Tuesday, February 26, 2013

S'mores Cupcakes


My brother texted me a photo late the other evening of S'mores Cupcakes.  He asked me if I could make him some.  "Tonight I'm assuming?", was my response.  I probably would went have went out that night to get the ingredients I needed except I was already in my I'm not going anywhere gear.  I hope my brother is happy though because I think I lost a little sleep thinking about these that night.

I had to be sure and make it clear to him, these cupcakes were to be removed from my premises promptly before I'd make them.  I've been trying to cut back on sweets (feel free to laugh, I did) and I really didn't need these cupcakes staring at me mocking.  "Eat me, you know you want me!"  "It will be completely painless when you go and try on swimsuits!"

Dark Chocolate Cake
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cups + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.  

In a mixer combine, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, egg, milk, oil, and vanilla extract, mix on low-speed until combined.  Slowly add water and mix until combined.

Divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cups.  They will end up about 3/4 full.

Bake 14-16 minutes.  Let cool.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder
1/8 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add butter to a mixer or bowl and beat for 1-2 minutes until butter starts to get fluffy.  Add cocoa powder and mix. Add powder sugar, milk, vanilla and beat on low speed until light and fluffy.

Frost cupcakes.

S'mores Topping
2 cups Golden Grahams cereal
2 cups miniature marshmallows
6 ounces dark chocolate (or semi-sweet, or milk chocolate it's your call)
3 tablespoons heavy cream


I used a muffin pan to shape the toppers, but I would suggest just doing them on parchment instead for easier removal.  (My muffin pan has the scars to prove it.)

Combine the chocolate and heavy cream in a heat-proof bowl and melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water.  Or on half-power in the microwave.

Smear a 2-inch circle of chocolate on the bottom and add a few marshmallows and a few pieces of golden grahams.  Drizzle over that a little bit more of the melted chocolate and then add more marshmallows and more cereal.  Place in the fridge until hardened up.  Place the toppers on the frosted cupcakes.

I just hit the marshmallows with a kitchen torch to toast them.


I'm warning my brother right now, he has until 3:30 to come and get these or they are going out on the curb with this sign.  

I'd suggest driving by my house really slowly about 3:31 just to check!

Enjoy,

Gina

15 comments:

  1. These do look dangerous, Gina! Love those toasted marshmallows!

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  2. Don't think those would be safe in my kitchen either...take one, give the rest of the calories away. These look SO GOOD, Gina!

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  3. Am I too late? Have I missed my chance to drive by and stalk these cupcakes? Holy smokes, Gina! You officially are the BEST sister in the word. I hope your brother knows that!

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    1. Sorry Liren, he ran right over after I posted the pic. Lol. Or maybe he was already outside waiting?

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  4. Gina,
    Your cupcakes are DANGEROUS to be in my kitchen. I would ahve to give them away ASAP, too. I would come and pick some up, if I lived closer:)

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  5. Wow do those look amazing! I am deliberately going to forget I ever saw this...

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  6. So ... he did come! I am not a s'mores fan - that is until I saw dark chocolate cakes... buttercream ... and then I couldn't pull myself away. There's a home for sale down my block in case you want to move here and have a supportive eater.

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  7. Wow, those look super! I need to move to your neighborhood so I can get some of these for myself. Or I suppose I could make them too; that might be a bit more practical, no? Good stuff - thanks.

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  8. But I don't want to MAKE them! I just want to provide them a good home! How sad I'm too late. BOO HOO HOO! Seriously, I've had my eye on these babies since their sneak preview the other day. What is not to love about s'mores?! Gorgeous job!

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  9. I have fallen in love with this recipe :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  10. o my...these evil beauties look dangrously tempting, Gina.

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  11. Okay - these have to be the CUTEST" cupcakes I have seen! Not too mention I bet they tasted like heaven. So beautiful! Hope you are doing well!!!!

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  12. LOVE your sign!!! That's the way I feel about most of my baked goods :) I hide them in the freezer till my oldest stops by...then I send them home with him to share with his other high metabolism friends. Your cupcakes are adorable...what perfect toppers!

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  13. Your s'mores cupcakes are just PERFECT! I feel it's luck for me whenever my cupcakes turn out right. But yours are seriously professional looking. Right now, I am hoping to be able to sink my teeth into one of these decadent fellas. Missing you loads and still unsure when I will be able to visit the USA yet. Take care Gina!! ♥ ♥

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