Tuesday, January 11, 2011

S'More Cupcakes!

Oh boy!  Who doesn't love a s'more!  Oh!  Can't you taste that yummy, gooey, delicious treat right now!  It takes you back . . .it lets you be a kid again!  Messy, worth-lickin' fingers with melted chocolate smeared on your chin!  Oh yeah!

So, my Madison Grace is having a "S'More Fun" birthday party.  With the final plans having been tweaked, therefore making them "final," it goes without saying that I've made a little "detour" to the plans and I'm surprising her with S'More Cupcakes!  Who won't like these!  My hope is that a dozen of them make it to the party!  Only time will tell!

You're going to read through this recipe and say, "Whatever!"   I know, it seems long, drawn out, and maybe even a little complicated.  But trust me, it's much easier than it reads and I do think the final product is worth the little bit of extra effort!  Clear the house, i.e -- kick everybody out so that you can have a little peace and quiet as you mix and pour, and sort and bake!  When they return, you'll have a delicious little camping treat for your darlings!

S'More Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 1/2 cups flour
1/1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

Mix all of that in a bowl and divide in half.  Yes, right now will be good!
You should have 2 bowls with dry ingredients in both! 

To EACH bowl add:

1/2 cup of milk (not a 1/4 of a cup to each, but a 1/2 to each.  You'll be using a total of 1 cup)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup oil.

Stir well.

To ONE bowl add:

3/4 cup cocoa

To the OTHER bowl add:

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (either make your own or use the kind in the box)

You should now have a chocolate cake mix and a graham cracker cake mix.  GREAT!

Take 6 large marshmallows and cut in half.

Graham Cracker Crust

1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Mix well together.

Line a regular muffin pan with cupcake liners and spray a bit of non-stick cooking spray in each liner. 
    What the assembly looks like
  • put a smidge of graham cracker cake mix in the bottom of the liner (I used 1 tsp. of batter)
  • sprinkle a bit of graham cracker crust on top of the cake mix
  • top with 1/2 of a marshmallow, cut side down, in the middle of the crust
  • spoon chocolate batter over the marshmallow, covering the marshmallow.  (I used the pampered chef medium scoop; which is probably about 1 TBSP. or so of batter)
  • sprinkle a bit more graham cracker crust on top of the chocolate.

Place in oven and bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes.  (I went the whole time; it's difficult to test for doneness because of the gooey marshmallow).

Cool on rack.

Chocolate Ganache

1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup whipping cream

Warm whipping cream and pour chocolate chips in and stir until smooth and melted.  Dip the top of the cupcake in the ganache or spoon a bit of the chocolate over the top of the cupcake.  Let set up -- can even set in the refrigerator, if desired.

*I added powdered sugar to my mix to make a sort of chocolate frosting -- I don't know why, I just liked it better for this dessert.

Marshmallow Frosting

1 jar marshmallow fluff
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

Mix all of the ingredients together until well blended.  Frost the cupcake with the frosting or put into piping bag and dollop the top. 
So!  I'm sticking these sweet morsels in the freezer and will complete the project Friday night!  I'll post the completed cupcake this weekend!  I'm sure your on the edge of your seat just waiting! 


Completed S'More Cupcake!

The verdict -- many liked them, but I'm not sure I was totally impressed with them!  They're not hard to make, but they do required some additional steps that aren't the usual for cupcakes.  My suggestion is to make them for the adults and give the kids something else!  You know how kids are, about 2 bites and they're done!

1 comment:

  1. Danielle is wanting a camping party this year. This will be so yummy! I can not wait to see you finished cupcake! Miss you!