Monday, March 11, 2013

Pink Vanilla Key Lime Mallow Cones


It's still bleak and wintry here, but spring is already bubbling over in my kitchen. Heaps of marshmallow and meringue were whipped up this weekend and then tinted in the softest pastels. I'm so ready for the season's lightness and effervescence - I can't wait a moment longer to embrace it all!

Sugar cones make great little vessels in which to carry fluffy homemade marshmallow. To make it a ringer for soft-serve, I piped it with a large French decorator tip. The colors and flavors were inspired by two paint swatches I've been toting around in my purse since late December. Maybe someday I'll get to use those colors on a wall, but for now they look pretty good on dessert.


Both recipes are adapted from my friend Shauna's book Marshmallow Madness! (highly recommend!). I increased the gelatin slightly to make sure the marshmallow batter would pipe well and hold up to a second layer stacked on top.  I couldn't have asked for better results!

The key lime marshmallow flavor is so delicious, and together with the crunchy cone it reminds me of key lime pie. The pink vanilla layer swirled on top is a nice compliment, too. After the marshmallow is piped and set, the layers really stick together well, so I wouldn't hesitate to make these for a kid's party. There's no chance of the marshmallow falling off/out of the cone, and it's something that would be so easy for little hands to hold.


These were a delight to make, and pretty easy, too.  Just a note - like most marshmallow recipes, you'll need a candy thermometer to make these.  If you need a large french star piping tip, you can buy one here.

Pink Vanilla Key Lime Mallow Cones
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Yield- 15 servings (15 cones)
Prep- 1 hour 30 minutes
Source: Adapted recipes from Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever

You'll be making two consecutive batches of marshmallow for these, so when you get finished piping the first layer in the cones, be prepared to wash up your saucepan, piping tip and batter bowl for the next layer. I tried dividing one batch of marshmallow into the two colors and flavors, but after piping the first color (lime), the second color had already begun to set up. An attempt at re-whipping only made the vanilla layer lax and un-pipeable. Two consecutive batches is the way to go, here. Small glasses make a nice holder in which to stand the cones upright while piping.  I used 2 oz. cylinder dessert glasses (pictured).

Cones
Piping gel or clear corn syrup
White nonpareils
  1. Brush piping gel or clear corn syrup around the top edges of 15 ready made sugar cones. Place the nonpareils on a small plate and then roll the edge of a cone in the sprinkles. Repeat with remaining cones and leave to dry on parchment paper. Have the cones placed upright in glasses and ready to receive piped marshmallow.

Key lime marshmallow
Pink-Vanilla Marshmallow
5 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
5 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup key lime juice (ready-made is fine)
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup water
Pinch of salt
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. clear vanilla extract
Green food coloring
Pink food coloring











Have ready to hand a large pastry bag fitted with a large french piping tip.

Key Lime Marshmallow
  1. Whisk together in a small bowl - gelatin, key lime juice and 1/4 cup cold water.  Let set for 5 minutes until gelatin absorbs liquid. 
  2. In a saucepan with a candy thermometer inserted, combine sugar, 1/4 cup corn syrup, 1/4 cup water  and salt. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, pour the remaining 1/4 cup corn syrup in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Heat the gelatin in the microwave or on the stove-top until melted completely and pour into the mixing bowl with the corn syrup.  Turn mixer on low and keep it stirring until the sugar syrup is ready.
  3. When the syrup reaches 240F. slowly pour it into the mixer bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes, then increase to medium-high and beat 5 more minutes. Finally, increase to highest speed and beat 5 more minutes, until tripled in volume. Add food coloring and beat until incorporated. Immediately scoop marshmallow into the large piping bag - do not tarry here -and quickly pipe the mixture into the cones, swirling in a circular motion as you pipe. 
Pink Vanilla Marshmallow
  1. Whisk together in a small bowl - gelatin and cold water.  Let set for 5 minutes until gelatin absorbs liquid. 
  2. In a saucepan with a candy thermometer inserted, combine sugar, 1/4 cup corn syrup, 1/4 cup water  and salt. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, pour the remaining 1/4 cup corn syrup in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Heat the gelatin in the microwave or on the stove-top until melted completely and pour into the mixing bowl with the corn syrup.  Turn mixer on low and keep it stirring until the sugar syrup is ready.
  3. When the syrup reaches 240F. slowly pour it into the mixer bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes, then increase to medium-high and beat 5 more minutes. Finally, increase to highest speed and beat 1-2 more minutes, add vanilla then beat again for 1-2 minutes.  Mixture should  be opaque and tripled in volume. Add food coloring and beat until incorporated. Immediately scoop marshmallow into the large piping bag - do not tarry here -and quickly pipe the mixture into the cones, swirling in a circular motion as you pipe. 
Tip: Combine 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar with 1/2 cup cornstarch and dust the cones with this mixture. This  will take away any stickiness and makes them easy to bag in cellophane for party favors.

48 comments:

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie said...

Perfectly gorgeous, Heather!

Susana said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm que delicia!

Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen said...

These are too precious. It makes me think of some old-school marshmallow-y cone things I got for Christmas as a kid. I loved those! Can't wait to try these :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look so pretty! What a wonderful idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

carriekim said...

Gorgeous (as always)! You are so my idol.

angie said...

What a wonderful idea!!! angie

Chef Beth said...

Would you please provide the weight equivalent for your 5 teaspoons of gelatin? I would love to see all recipes use weight instead of volume measurements... it's so much more accurate! Thank you so much!

Sharla said...

I am hosting a baby shower in April using these exact colors!!

Katherine - Real Food Runner said...

This looks SO good!

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Cookin' Canuck said...

Lovely, lovely lighting in your photos. What a fun idea for Easter!

thyme Sarah said...

So delightful. So dreamy. What a perfect treat at a children's birthday party!

Leslie said...

Stunning.....So spring-y!

Pembe Vanilya said...

i am totally speechless :)

IFeelCook said...

So lovely!!

Amanda said...

These are so pretty, love them! :)

Sue said...

Simply beautiful! I would especially love to try the key lime:)

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said...

Wow..this is such a cute idea!!

Claudia said...

I love these; but where do you find the mini sugar cones?

thefarmgirlcooks said...

Genius! I'm already thinking of a way to use these!

SprinkleBakes said...

Chef Beth - 5 teaspoons is about 3/4 oz.

Claudia - they are't mini, I used the standard size cones that you get at the grocery store.

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Claudia said...

Oh! thank you so much, love your work!

Vicki Bensinger said...

Wow these are beautiful. I'd like to eat one of those cones right now. Perfect for spring!

sugarswings said...

so pretty! i agree don't wait to pipe (made that mistake with marshmallow!)

Lora said...

Aww so cute and clever! And those spring colors! Yum.

italiangirlcooks said...

Beautiful, luscious and no doubt delectable!

thejoyofcaking said...

These are so cute. They would make great Easter treats for sure!

yinmom yangmom allie said...

What an adorable idea for a children's treat! The colors are so pretty & they sound delicious! Love the photography, as always... :)

siriusyareader said...

Yummy! These look delicious and cute! They'd be perfect for a friends birthday- the only problem is that she's vegetarian. Is there any way I could substitute the gelatin?

Vicki Wilde said...

I love making marshmallows and have been eyeing up this particular method! I love the color and flavor combination here, super pretty and springy!

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

these are adorable and so perfect for spring! i love the marshmallow in the cone, too cute!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Oh my gosh! These are too cute to devour! :D

Amanda said...

Siriusyareader - There are vegetarian gelatins out there; some of the kosher varieties (not all). I think Hein may be one brand. I have a friend who is vegetarian and so I've bought some before for various projects around her birthday.

Would a simple honey and water solution work (in place of the sugar, water and corn syrup)? I try to avoid corn syrup and typically make a honey, gelatin and water version of marshmallow, was wondering how that would work out and in what measurements to get the right end product.

Gwen said...

The colours are lovely...! And it looks oh-so-tasty! :) xxx

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Oh my goodness, these are lovely!

Fabelicious said...

OMG, I love these! I am making a dessert table for my niece and this would be a perfect addition! Thanks!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

So, so pretty! Would be perfect for a baby or bridal shower this spring!

Becca said...

Oh these are so so pretty and delicate and just so sweet! I love them! :)

Tieghan said...

These are so cute! I love them. you are so genius!

Fawn at Cowen Park Kitchen said...

These are gorgeous. I might have to get that book...

Heather said...

Pretty! Makes me think of spring!

Susan said...

PEEPS re-invented. CUTE!

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers said...

These are so pretty I can't even...

shelly (cookies and cups) said...

These are totally adorable!!

Wendy said...

What a wonderful idea for a marshmallow holder (other than my finger)!I do love marshmallows. :) They look so pretty. By customizing the colors they would be great at a baby or bridal shower!

Jaime {sophistimom} said...

These are just so lovely I could cry. Well done, as always.

Cristina Popescu said...

Hei, can I melt store bought marshmallows and use those? Would they return to their original consistency?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Cristina!

No, I'm afraid that won't work. The marshmallow won't hold its shape after melted.

Ev Thomas said...

Oh my word - your pictures and recipes are just amazing. I'm love love loving your blog.

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