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.

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Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie
Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie
8 years ago

Perfectly gorgeous, Heather!

Susana
Susana
8 years ago

Mmmmmmmmmmmm que delicia!

Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen
Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen
8 years ago

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
Rosa's Yummy Yums
8 years ago

They look so pretty! What a wonderful idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

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

angie
angie
8 years ago

What a wonderful idea!!! angie

Chef Beth
Chef Beth
8 years ago

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
Sharla
8 years ago

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

Katherine
Katherine
8 years ago
Cookin' Canuck
Cookin' Canuck
8 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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

Leslie
Leslie
8 years ago

Stunning…..So spring-y!

Pembe Vanilya
Pembe Vanilya
8 years ago

i am totally speechless 🙂

IFeelCook
IFeelCook
8 years ago

So lovely!!

Amanda
Amanda
8 years ago

These are so pretty, love them! 🙂

Sue
Sue
8 years ago

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

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com
Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com
8 years ago

Wow..this is such a cute idea!!

Claudia
Claudia
8 years ago

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

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

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
8 years ago

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.

xo
H

Claudia
Claudia
8 years ago

Oh! thank you so much, love your work!

Vicki Bensinger
Vicki Bensinger
8 years ago

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

Sugar Swings
Sugar Swings
8 years ago

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

Lora
Lora
8 years ago

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

italiangirlcooks
italiangirlcooks
8 years ago

Beautiful, luscious and no doubt delectable!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

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

yinmom yangmom allie
yinmom yangmom allie
8 years ago

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

siriusyareader
siriusyareader
8 years ago

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
Vicki Wilde
8 years ago

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
Brigette Olmos-Arreola
8 years ago

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

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
8 years ago

Oh my gosh! These are too cute to devour! 😀

Amanda
Amanda
8 years ago

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
Gwen
8 years ago

The colours are lovely…! And it looks oh-so-tasty! 🙂 xxx

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
8 years ago

Oh my goodness, these are lovely!

Fabelicious
Fabelicious
8 years ago

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

Bellenza Wedding Bistro
Bellenza Wedding Bistro
8 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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

Tieghan
Tieghan
8 years ago

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

Fawn at Cowen Park Kitchen
Fawn at Cowen Park Kitchen
8 years ago

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

Heather
Heather
8 years ago

Pretty! Makes me think of spring!

Susan
Susan
8 years ago

PEEPS re-invented. CUTE!

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
8 years ago

These are so pretty I can't even…

shelly (cookies and cups)
shelly (cookies and cups)
8 years ago

These are totally adorable!!

Wendy
Wendy
8 years ago

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}
Jaime {sophistimom}
8 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
8 years ago

Hi Cristina!

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

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

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