Mäusespeck Muffins (Marshmallow Muffins)

I probably bake too many muffins. But I have a good reason for it. Whenever I want to try out a new ingredient, muffins are perfect for this purpose. Meagan gifted me with a package of Dandies vegan marshmallows and at first, I didn’t really know what to do with them. Especially because they did all stick together in their package due to their long trip. And because I can’t even remember the last time I had marshmallows. And when I had them, I ate them straight from the package. I think I don’t know anybody who ever baked with marshmallows. But yesterday I did. And I made muffins. And they turned out amazing!

So what’s up with that weird name, you ask? Mäusespeck is the German name for marshmallows. Mäuse means mice and speck means ham or bacon. I never figured out whether it was bacon for mice or from mice. These muffins don’t contain any mice and definitely no ham. They are filled with vegan marshmallows, dried cranberries, and chocolate chunks. Not very healthy, but definitely cruelty-free!

Double chocolate marshmallow muffins with dried cranberries

Mäusespeck Muffins (makes 12 muffins)

300 ml (1 1/4 cups) non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon ground flax-seed
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
240 g (2 2/3 cups whole spelt flour or 2 cups whole wheat flour)
27 g (5 tablespoons) Dutch processed cocoa powder
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
75 g (6 tablespoons) sugar
60 g (1/4 cup) soy yoghurt
60 ml (1/4 cup) canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
50 g (15 pieces) Dandies vegan marshmallows, each marshmallow chopped into four pieces.
40 g (1/3 cup) dried cranberries
50 g (1.75 oz) semisweet chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F). Line a 12-cup muffin pan or lightly brush with oil.

In a bowl, combine non-dairy milk, flax-seed, and vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes. In another bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir yoghurt, oil, and vanilla into non-dairy milk mixture. Add liquid to dry ingredients, stir until combined and fold in marshmallows, cranberries, and chocolate.

Bake for 20 minutes. Let sit in the pan for five minutes before removing.

If you have a blowtorch, you can place an additional marshmallow on top of each muffin and briefly roast it:

Roasted marshmallow

31 thoughts on “Mäusespeck Muffins (Marshmallow Muffins)

  1. That really is a weird name! I’m glad the muffins don’t have any mice! :P

    They look wonderfully fluffy and yummy, and I love the toasted little marshmallow on top. I do have a blowtorch, but I’m probably too clumsy to allow myself to go anywhere near it! :D

    1. Those look really good! I thought about turning my leftover marshmallows into marshmallow fluff or cream. Thank you for the link.

  2. YUM!! Those look amazing! I really want to try Dandies and those muffins! Just curious though, as I would call that kind of thing a cupcake, what is the difference between a cupcake vs. a muffin for you?

    1. I think I might have called these cupcakes if the had more sugar and I made them smaller and with some frosting. I think texturewise these are more like muffins.

  3. I hadn’t seen anything that would have made me want to indulge in a bag of vegan marshmallows… until now! Your muffins sound amazing! I’ll most probably give them a try even before I can get my hands on a bag of Dandies – I’m sure they’d be awesome even without them – and will be looking forward to trying them with marshmallows too.

  4. What an awesome use for them! I see it didn’t take you long to figure out what to do with them… Perhaps I’ll have to pick up another bag sometime soon and whip up a batch of these myself!

  5. Lucky you to receive such a great gift! And lucky us to receive your recipe with it! ;) My mom used to bake squares that sound much like these muffins, with mini-marshmallows and chopped chocolate. But of course, hers were totally unhealthy with butter, eggs, etc–yours are so much better!

  6. Gosh, I miss Mäusespeck. I was never a candy girl, but I loved Mäusespeck (or “Süßen Speck” as it is called around here). I need to find out where to order those marshmallows. And I admire your willpower – I would have eaten that whole package by itself! :-)

    1. Man bekommt sie bei Vegan Essentials oder Du kannst auch ein marshmallow kit zum Mäusespeck selbermachen bei angelfood.co.nz bestellen. Ist alles ein bisschen teuer, aber man könnte es sich ja z.B. zum Geburtstag wünschen.

  7. Those look sinful! And I’m going to try to root out the meaning behind Mäusespeck–I mean, why “mice” “bacon” for “marshmallow?” Utterly intriguing.

  8. Who cares about healthy- these muffins look soo good! And I think it´s called Mäusespeck b/c of the german saying: “Mit Speck fängt man Mäuse” at least I think so :)

    BTW This is Mel :) I stopped blogging on Urban Girl Scout Cooking. You´re invited to take a peek at my new blog, if you like!

    Have a beautiful and sunny day
    (it´s already pretty warm over here)

  9. How can you bake too many muffins? Not baking enough muffins is much worse! These sound addictive, and a good use of Dandies, which, believe or not I haven’t actually tried. I have tried Sweet and Sara’s, and Ricemello Creme.

    I love your dotted bowl and the way it coordinates with the toasty dots on the muffin topping.

  10. I think it is terrific you make so many muffins… every single one I have ever seen looks beyond perfect, these included! I loooove the roasted marshmallow on top- brilliant!

  11. i think this is a totally good use for these elusive vegan marshmallows; they look so very tasty! i have never been able to find the dandies here in hawaii, sadly. i guess i will do without on my camping trip this weekend! you have good friends! peace, andrea

  12. Oooh that sounds awesome! I love that you roast a marshmallow on top of the muffins–it sounds like a good excuse to buy a blowtorch haha. I’ve had a totally random marshmallow craving lately and was a little disappointed when I couldn’t find Dandies in stock at the store the other day. :( When I first tried them, I was like you and ate many of them straight from the bag. They also make delicious rocky road ice cream and s’mores!

  13. So at the end you found a good (and short) name for it :D I’ve never tried baking with them, but if I ever find some vegan marshmallows here (unfortunately, I think it’s quite unlikely :S) it would be great to try it ^^

    You’re right: it’s not the healthiest treat, but a cruelty-free unhealthy treat is always better than just an unhealthy one :P

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