Baby seals are the cutest, and this marshmallow version is SO kawaii! Using just a few ingredients, you can create these squishy cute baby seal marshmallows at home!
A while back, I saw some baby seal mochi videos floating around Facebook, and I thought, WOW those are so cute! But, of course, they were at a store in not-Kansas (actually, it was somewhere in Asia, pretty sure), so I had to give up on the idea.
BUT, what if I recreated it myself? I started to think about baby seal mochis, and then I started thinking…. Okay, what else is white, squishy, and easier to make than mochi? I was feeling kind of lazy at the time, so I really didn’t want to bother handling mochi.
The answer is marshmallow. Yes! Baby seal marshmallows! Really easy piping marshmallow, no less. Now, I will go ahead and say that mochi tastes better than piping marshmallow. However, this is easy enough that you might actually make it, so I think there’s just a trade-off here.
Piping marshmallow is really easy to make, and I put a link to the recipe I used in the recipe comments section, so see below!
Remember, when piping, a steady hand is key! Don’t move too fast, and make sure to move at a steady pace. If you stop and go, you will get ripples, and it won’t be smooth.
I like to say, have a firm solid grip, but don’t squeeze too hard. You might mess up the first few (I did), but there is a lot of marshmallow, so there’s definitely room for error!
The other key is to get the black sesame positioned correctly. If you watch my video below, you can see my shaky hand desperately hoping to get it right! A couple of tips… Be aware of the direction the sesame seed is facing on your finger, so you know exactly what angle it will be at when you stick it on the marshmallow, and slightly wet your fingertip with some water, so the seed will stick to your finger easier.
Watch the video below to see how I made these baby seal marshmallows!
Baby Seal Marshmallow
Baby seals are the cutest, and this marshmallow version is SO kawaii! Using just a few ingredients, you can create these squishy cute marshmallows at home!
- 1 piping marshmallow recipe see notes
- 1 Tablespoon black sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup cornstarch up to a cup
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar up to a cup
- #2A and #6 piping tips, two piping bags
Make your piping marshmallow (see notes!). Meanwhile, on a large baking sheet (you may need more than one), sprinkle cornstarch and powdered sugar until you have a thin layer covering the entire bottom.
Get two piping bags out, and fit one with the #2A, and the other with the #6 piping tip. When the marshmallow is done, add most of it to the #2A bag, and a little to the #6 bag. The 2A will be the body, so we will use a lot more of it.
With the #2A bag, start piping a round shape, and then pull away to make a pointed "tail". You want your seal to be pretty round, so pipe slow and get plenty of marshmallow out. You want the body to be about 2 inches long, and then a short tail after that.
After you've piped the bodies, pipe the muzzle (is that what it's called?), by piping a dot, and then another dot right next to it (see pictures and video...). TIP: if it's pointy where you pull away, you can wet your finger tip and press down to flatten it out.
Add two sesame seeds for eyes, and one on the muzzle for its nose.
Scoop the powdered sugar/cornstarch mixture over the seals (or sift more over the top), and roll them around so they are completely covered in the powder. Tap each seal to remove excess powder.
Using kitchen shears, cut little slits on each side to make the flippers. Add some more powder, so it doesn't stick back to the body.
I used Martha Stewart's recipe. I used a half batch, because it makes a lot, and because the marshmallow starts setting if you wait too long, which makes the muzzle harder to pipe.