Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Some More S’more Cupcakes

by Darla

Okay. So. I’m off island. I’m staying with family again. I’m in the Great White North (that’s actually still green and lovely). But the hubster and our boy are still on island. And they had a big storm this past weekend. Her name was Irene, and she was way more of a bitch than any Irene I’ve ever met.

Voldemort said it best: “Hurricane Irene? Who names these things? Irene is one of the least threatening sounding names ever. Why not name it “Hurricane Flobberworm”?”

Except. She knocked the crap out of the power and cell service where hubs and the kid are. Le sigh. I haven’t really talked to them in three days because they’re conserving cell power, and obviously, there’s no interwebs. Blerg. I miss ‘em.

The hubster reassured me this morning, though, that they’re partying like it’s 1699, so I shouldn’t worry. I’m picturing them doing all the nerdy things that they both love to do anyway, but electronics always get in the way. I’m sure there’s plenty of reading going on, but there’ll also be chess. I love that my geeky boys love chess. :)

I also pictured them spearing marshmallows and toasting them over the blue flames of the gas burners on the stove, since we don’t lose that when the power flees. And then I got a little jealous. Cause I love toasted marshmallows and s’mores. Especially when they’re a the-power-is-out-let’s-do-something-fun-and-goofy kind of thing.

And then I was all like, “Oh yeah. They haven’t had power in three days. That means not really any water in three days. That means no showers in three days. Ew.” Then I was all grateful that I’m somewhere where I can still shower and not have to be around stinky, dirty boys, sitting in the dark getting my ass kicked at chess.

While you check out my lost-power-inspired cupcakes, I’m off to make them a care package. It’s going to have cookies and candy and special little treats that they can’t get down there. And air freshener.

I know s’more cupcakes have been done and re-done, and there’s tons of seriously gorgeous and delicious versions out there, but come on. Can you ever really have too many s’more recipes?!

I knew I wanted graham cracker crust on my cupcakes, instead of giving my cupcakes a little bit of crust on the bottom, I decided to give them a whole graham cracker cup. I never think there’s enough graham in s’more treats, so I wanted to add lots to these. After all, actual s’more are full of graham cracker yumminess. I put three tablespoons of the crust mixture into each cup, pressed it into the bottom and up the sides firmly, and baked it until it was golden and smelled amaziiing.

Since the graham crust recipe has plenty of butter or margarine in it, it doesn’t stick to the edges, but I wanted to be extra careful, so I gave the whole pan a light spray of non-stick cooking spray. Oh. And P.S. Use margarine and Nabisco Original Graham Crackers to make this portion vegan. :)

Next I added two level (almost scant) tablespoons of chocolate cupcake batter to each cup. You can really use any cupcake recipe here that you love, or even a boxed cake mix. Just be aware that the amount of graham crust that my recipe uses is only enough for 12 graham cracker cups, so if your cupcake recipe makes more cupcakes than that, you’ll need to adjust accordingly. You can even make these with yummy vegan cupcakes.

Immediately after these come out of the oven, I gently pull the edges away from the pan to help prevent sticking. Once the edges are pulled away, you’ll find that the cupcakes turn in the cups freely, thanks to the light coating of cooing spray that we added earlier.

Rather than removing these individually, like I would with most other cupcakes, I decided to cover them with a clean dry towel, and flip the whole pan over. Look how pretty the little golden graham cups turned out! They taste just as lovely too.

Immediately flip the cupcakes over so that they don’t get crushed, and transfer them to a wire cooling rack to prevent sogginess.

Now it’s time for some fluffy marshmallow frosting. I actually went with a pretty basic meringue for these. In fact, it’s the same frosting that I used on my Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts. It’s fast, easy, and tastes just like marshmallows.

When all of the ingredients are combined and whipped to perfection, you should have stiff peaks that don’t fall over when you shake them.

Now put a big old, happy dollop of frosting on each cupcake. :) I used a large French star tip for decorating my cupcakes because I knew it would toast beautifully. Even un-toasted, though, I think it looks gorgeous.

Unfortunately, I still don’t have a little kitchen torch, so it’s back to the dumbest broiler ever for me. I lined my cupcakes up in a row, toasted one side of them, rotated them, toasted, rotated, toasted…and so on. It was tedious, but since I have a stupid, stupid broiler, it was my only option. It only took about 5 minutes to do every, single one of my cupcakes, though, so it’s not a big deal.

And just look at how gorgeous they turned out! It was totally worth the toast and turn.

For the coup de grace, I finished my s’more cupcakes off with a milk chocolate ganache (to simulate the melted Hershey’s bar), and tiny dehydrated marshmallows. And I love how they look! Mostly, though, I love how they taste. These are seriously incredible.

I have to admit, I am not happy with the ganache recipe that I used. It tastes fantastic, but I could never get it thicken up properly. It was just a little too runny and thin (as evidenced in the photos), even after chilling it. I’m hoping I can chalk this up to the humidity on the island, because the recipe comes directly from Martha Stewart, but I’ll have to make it in a normal atmosphere and let you know. I had hoped for a thick, glossy ganache that would hold it’s place and not run down the cupcakes and get messy. Not the case. However, it really, really is delicious, and it was a perfect compliment to the cupcakes, flavor-wise, so if you don’t mind a little mess, I still recommend it (recipe is below).

The crisp graham crust is so amazing with the soft, rich cupcake, and the marshmallow frosting and chocolate ganache really help these taste like a perfectly toasted, campfire s’more. :) It makes me so happy when something ends up being this delicious! I know these seem like a lot of work, but I promise, they took less time than you think. Twenty minutes to prepare and bake the crusts, another 20 minutes for mixing and baking the cupcakes, and less than 15 to make the frosting once the cupcakes cooled. As for the ganache, please. It took less than five minutes (although I chose to chill mine for at least 30 minutes to help thicken it up a bit).

S’more Cupcakes
with Graham Cracker Cups [Printable Version]
Makes 12 cupcakes (maybe 13 or 14, if you’re lucky!)

Ingredients

FOR THE GRAHAM CUPS
9 sheets graham crackers
2 tablespoons (25 grams) sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick or 56 grams) unsalted butter, melted

FOR THE CUPCAKES
1 cup (127 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (75 grams) cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup (153 grams) sour cream

To make the crust: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (165 C). Lightly spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Either crush the graham crackers by hand, until they are like rough sand, or process in a food processor for several pulses. Add the sugar and mix, or pulse, to combine. Add the butter and mix until thoroughly combined and resembling wet sand. Press firmly into the cups of the muffin pan, being sure to push it up the sides of the cups. Bake until golden and fragrant, about 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely before filling.

To make the cupcakes: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined. Stir in the vanilla.

Sprinkle 1/3 of the flour mixture into the mixing bowl and mix until just combined. Add half of the sour cream, mixing until just combined. Repeat, alternating the remaining flour in 2 more additions with the remaining sour cream in one more addition (ending on flour).

Place 2 scant tablespoons of batter into each prepared muffin cup. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops of the cupcakes spring back lightly when touched.

Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Toasted Marshmallow Frosting [Printable Version]

Ingredients

3 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated or superfine sugar (I prefer superfine, as it dissolves faster)
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl set over a pot filled with a couple of inches of barely simmering water. Whisk the mixture frequently to prevent the egg whites from cooking. Continue whisking lightly until the mixture reaches 160 degrees. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk the mixture on high until the whites are shiny and hold stiff peaks, about 7 to 8 minutes. Gently stir in vanilla extract.

Milk Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients

4.5 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
scant 1/2 cup (about 125 ml) heavy cream

Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl; set aside.

In a small saucepan set over medium high heat, bring cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 10 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Allow to cool completely before using, whisking occasionally.

Recipe by Darla

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1 Danielle August 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

Remembering from the ice storm a while back where I lost power for two weeks baby wipes make a good quick wash. No substitute for a real shower, but they at least make you feel cleaner. Thank goodness my mom has a generator and I could wash my hair there or I would have shaved it off….
I love the graham cracker crust on these! I should really make them for my teen volunteer group!

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2 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots August 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

That’s hilarious…partying alike it’s 1699. Haha! On the bright-side, these cupcakes look amazing. Glad you didn’t get to miss out the s’mores! ;-)

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3 Blog is the New Black August 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I love s’mores so much and every time I make a s’more goodie… it never makes it to my blog because it gets devoured way before that!

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4 Heather August 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

What tip do you use for the marshmallow frosting, it looks great.

BTW when you say great white north, where exactly do you mean? If it’s Canada you need to get the best chocolate chips in the world (Chipits Milk Chocolate, the brown bag) I bring 20 bags home couple times a year!

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5 Sincerely Jill August 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

As per usual, these look delicious! I’ve been on a marshmallow kick… these cupcakes just might have to be made.

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6 Kathy - Panini Happy August 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Wow, what incredible little bites!

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7 Julia August 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I can’t even think straight I’m so excited about these. Everyone (including myself) has done a s’more, somehow. But ding dang, these might be my favorite way yet!!!! Hope your hubster and boy have fun partying like it’s 1699, old school style w/ candles and room temperature water, fancy!

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8 Cubicle.com August 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Wow, those look amazing. I love the way the icing was applied with the star tip. Makes it look very sophisticated. Thanks for sharing!

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9 Kankana August 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Those are the prettiest cupcakes I have ever seen! So neatly made absolute PERFECT and you have done that char without a torch but a broiler .. that is super amazing.

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10 Reem August 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm

God these cupcakes are Beautiful!!!! Perfection is what this is…. Honestly right now I’m in total smore cupcake coma….. Love it

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11 Snippets of thyme August 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm

These look utterly divine. I love how you got the topping perfectly toasted under the broiler. Yum!

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12 Jane Ko August 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Gorgeous!! I’ll be making these this weekend

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13 Jessica August 24, 2011 at 11:32 am

What a gorgeous and yummy looking cupcake!

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14 Sasha @ The Procrastobaker August 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

These are the most stunning cupcakes ive seen in FOREVER. They look so comforting and down right gorrgeouusss. You are an utter genius :)

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15 Mike @ How To Make A Smoothie At Home August 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Theses cupcakes look great. Excellent pictures. I cannot wait to try out this recipe!!

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16 katili August 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Wow! I love these so much, the graham cracker cup is adorable!

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17 Laurie August 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

ahhh…i’m SO mad at my boyfriend for being born on august 10th!!!!!….i made him s’mores cupcakes 2 weeks ago, but these are wayyyyy better!!!!!…guess it won’t hurt to celebrate again ;)

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18 Jennifer F. August 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Ooooh! I very much need to make these, stat. :D

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19 Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats August 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

You did SUCH A GREAT JOB on these cupcakes!!! They look simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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20 Jonathan August 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I made these last night and they were an amazing success (for the first cupcakes I’ve ever made)!! Thanks for the recipe!

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21 brandi August 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

Gorgeous! I’ll be making these the minute I deliver and am no longer diabetic.

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22 sabrina August 31, 2011 at 8:40 pm

The frosting looks amazing! I can’t imagine how you can do that with a star tip!

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23 SweetSugarBelle September 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

These look AMAZING!

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24 Sheri C. September 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

Do you have any suggestions for what to do if your stove broiler refuses to work at all, and you don’t have a kitchen blowtorch either? I’m guessing they’d still taste pretty good un-toasted, just more of a microwave-s’more flavor instead of a campfire-s’more. Just wondering if there was another way to get them toasted, though.

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25 Lacey September 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

It seems like something is missing on the marshmellow frosting . i did everything as it says and its just liquid, it never thickens and forms peaks. And I make cupcakes all the time so this isnt something new to me. The only consisitency is the sugar and it doesnt even seem like enough. the whole thing is such a small amount, i don’t get it. now i have cupcakes n no frosting!

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26 Christina September 28, 2011 at 2:49 am

I tried this recipe today because it looked so good! But mine came out really, really dry – both the crust and the cake… I followed the recipe to a T… Any tips or insight?

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27 Justine September 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Made these for my mother’s birthday. I made them with gluten-free graham crackers and gluten-free chocolate cake mix and they turned out great! Your portions made for the perfect bite-sized cupcakes! And oh my was that meringue icing delicious! Everyone devoured them and it was a great hit! Even my boyfriend, who doesn’t really have a sweet tooth, ate 3! Also, they were so much fun to make! Thanks for the recipe!

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28 Regan October 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I made these last night with brownie mix instead of cake mix. They were very rich, but good! My only problem I had was that the crusts crumbled off a lot when they were bitten into!

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29 KD January 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

How do you get the graham cracker crust to stay together? They came completely undone when I turned them upside down. I followed the directions exactly (I think), Pam spray included. Help please?

I also used 0% fat vanilla Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream and the chocolate cupcake-y part is AMAZING.

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30 Kristin April 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Just made these. The graham crust was wonderful and easy to do. I was, however, disappointed with the cupcake. It seemed really dry and perhaps not sweet enough despite the additions of the ganache and marshmallow. Maybe I’ll use a regular chocolate cupcake recipe next time….

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31 Maria V. May 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Thank you, Thank you! I found this recipe just in time for my son’s, boy scout camping weekend. I made this delish cupcakes although, I changed a few things, like for example I drizzle some caramel on top of the marshmallow frosting along with chocolate ganache :-) They came out perfect and so good I ate three of them myself! All the parents and the kids loved them :-) This are genius!

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32 J BUIRT June 19, 2012 at 5:11 am

just wondeing if you could use muffin liners for this recipe

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33 Darla June 27, 2012 at 7:46 am

I’m sure that you could. I haven’t, but they came out of the muffin pan so beautifully, I’m sure muffin liners wouldn’t be an issue.

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34 Susie October 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Planning to make this weekend on a mtn get away. Did you use full size cupcake pans or mini? I’d prefer to use mini, but do the graham cups hold being so small?

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35 Darla October 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I made standard cupcakes. I’ve never made them as minis, but I don’t see any reason that they wouldn’t work.

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36 grr December 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

the icing recipe doesn’t work at all

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37 Minerva December 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

This is my first time baking these and I don’t know what I am doing wrong. When I bake the cups they start to come off the sides and onto the bottom of each muffin mold. They don’t look like cups anymore but merely like a graham bottom… HELP!!! Any ideas??

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38 Emily May 9, 2013 at 10:31 am

These look amazing! I am an editor for AllFreeCasseroleRecipes and I mentioned these in a S’mores blog post I just wrote. http://www.recipechatter.com/smores-galore-variations-campfire-classic/

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39 vaishnavi June 26, 2013 at 6:29 am

Hi Darla…firstly I want to tell how amazinggggggggg your blog is:).. love it! I made these smores cupcakes today and they GOBSMACKINGLY DELICIOUS!! I’ve tried tons of recipes for smores cupcakes but yours wins hands down.. And not to forget the silky marshmallow frosting.. TO DIE FOR:).. keep up the fab work..
Cheers!

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