Saturday, June 18, 2011

S'More Cupcakes

Today was a redo of my cupcake fail from last week. Last week I was high on my last from scratch cupcake success and decided I needed to have S'More Cupcakes ala Martha Stewart. Epic.Fail. They exploded and then crashed into hollowed out, strangely textured, brownie cups with an odd graham cracker bottom. It was humbling to say the least but didn't dampen my desire for a cupcake that tastes like a s'more. I love s'mores but am not particularly fond of smelling like campfire and am decidedly against sleeping on the ground so I don't get them very often. I have a S'more cookie recipe that is great but the cupcake version had become a personal quest. I stewed about it all week trying to figure out where I ran amok and was unable to pin down where I made the mistake.

This morning I decided to heck with Martha, I was going to do a "Jiggleized" version that I was more likely to do more than once. Enter the lowly cake mix. Love the cake mix. It's pretty hard to mess up Betty Crocker, there is a reason she's Betty Crocker after all! I wasn't willing to spend the dough on high end chocolate today either so regular chocolate chips and broken graham crackers sufficed. This was yum...the frosting was awesome and I got to use my butane torch. There aren't many things in my cooking repertoire that require a flame thrower so if I can find one I usually try it out. It worked like a dream. Creme Brulee' watch out!

S'more Cupcakes
24 cupcakes

1 package graham crackers broken into pieces
Semi sweet chocolate chips
1 chocolate cake mix, whatever one your like best. I used German Chocolate

Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. Place graham cracker pieces in the bottom of each cup. Just smoosh them in. I didn't cover the whole bottom with graham.

Sprinkle chocolate chips (8-10 chips) over the graham crackers.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Fill each cup 2/3 full.

Sprinkle tops with crushed graham crackers and a few more chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 for 18-20 min. Cool completely on wire rack.

Marshmallow Frosting
8 egg whites
2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp vanilla extract.

In a heatproof mixing bowl combine egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. Place bowl over a small saucepan filled with simmering water. Whisk egg white mixture non stop until egg whites are warm and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

In electric mixer add vanilla to egg whites. Starting at low, gradually increasing speed to high whip egg whites 7-10 min or until shiny, glossy, stiff peaks form. Use frosting immediately.

Toast tops with torch or in the oven for a few minutes. If you use the oven watch closely to avoid burning.

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Kim McCallie said...

That marshmallow frosting looks delicious. I love the toasted edges. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

What a beautiful cupcake. Sorry to hear about your failure, but I guess we all have our share of failures. I know I have. Those cupcakes look so yummy. I'm envious of your butane torch :) I'm your newest follower. Hope you have a blessed day.
Ps- Every Wedesnday I host a recipe spotlight where you can come and show off your best recipes. I'd love for you to stop by!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Those sound delicious!!! I too love me some smores, so Smores cupcakes HAVE to be good! Stopping by from FTLOB.

Cat said...

Yum! I adore s'mores and cupcakes really can't imagine how I couldn't LOVE them together :)

Elena (Running in Heels After Child) said...

I have been wanting to make smore cupcakes, I have been looking for a perfect recipe.

These ones look good, I am going to check out your cookie recipe now.

Sweet And Crumby said...

Totally LOVE this! How fun and I give you kudos for making it do-able and easier than the MS version. Personally, I have had my share of troubles with some of her cupcake recipes.

Kirstin said...

WOW! can I come over?

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

YUM!..that is all, just YUM!

*thanks for linking this up to Made it on Monday!

ValleyWriter said...

These look delicious! And I agree - sometimes cake mix is the best way to go - I <3 Betty Crocker!!

Brenda said...

Oh gorgeous! I've been dying to try s'more cupcakes. Yours look easy and delicious! By the way, I made cookie dough cupcakes using Betty Crocker. No one knew the difference. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
Thanks again.
I hope to see you there!

Gloria said...

I love these too!! gloria

Im follow you! gloria