7.19.2009

S'mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

Did You Know? The first recipe for s'mores was published in 1927 in the Girl Scout Handbook, and the event marked the official introduction of the s'more into popular culture.

It's been a pretty crazy past few weeks for the bakery, so I haven't been able to post as much as I'd like to. With cookouts and birthday parties, I've been quite the busy baker, which is exactly what I had hoped for. Last Wednesday, was a huge night for Sweet Inspirations. We had a promo at Felt Boston, and baked all the desserts for their girls night. Chocolate was the theme of the night, so chocolate is exactly what we made, with a few extras thrown in for good measure. We put togther quite the spread, and Felt was nothing short of impressed. The night was spent getting our name out there, and I think people were pretty responsive. They loved the idea of such young people starting their own business, and good food to go along with that never hurts. Talks of a partnership with Felt are also in the works, but I'll let you know about that when things are more clear. We have a bunch of orders in the next few weeks, so I hope I'm not too busy to keep you updated. I'll definitely be posting what we made for Felt in the next few days, but until I get all my pictures uploaded, I'd thought I'd share some S'mores cupcakes...



S'mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

I've made these twice in the past two weeks, so I guess that says something for how good they are. First for a Fourth of July cookout, and next for my best friend, and partner in crime, Chris' graduation party. They start off with a graham cracker crust, followed by a thin layer of melted chocolate. A chocolate cake makes up the filling, which is sprinkled with even more graham cracker crumbs and melted chocolate. Topped off with a toasted marshmallow frosting, and a hershey bar, these cupcakes are quite the show stoppers.


S'mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes
Adapted from Martha Stewart

2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
Marshmallow Frosting, recipe follows
Hershey bars, for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.

In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.

Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.

Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.

Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 6 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.

Once cool, place cupcakes back inside the muffin tins, and frost them using a large plain round or French tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809), fitted inside of a pastry bag. With the oven broiler on high, place the trays (one at a time) inside the oven, as close to the top as possible. Close the oven for 30 seconds, then open, and watch the frosting as it turns golden brown. You may have to rotate the pan for even coloring. This process happens very quickly, so keep a close eye. While still warm, tuck a Hershey bar inside each and enjoy!

Yields 2 dozen cupcakes.


Marshmallow Frosting
Adapted from Martha Stewart

8 large egg whites
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.

Makes more than enough for 2 dozen cupcakes.


S'mores Cupcakes

49 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how much I love smores...its indescribable! These look amazing.

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  2. These are dangerous!!! Soooo YUM

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  3. awww...these are too cute!!!

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  4. These were absolutely amazing! I think my favorite cupcake you've made so far :)

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  5. Stunning. And just look at those perfect meringue peaks!

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  6. Gorgeous photos!! These cupcakes are beautiful.

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  7. these cupcakes look simply amazing! LOVE the first picture! you are very talented :)

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  8. They look awesome and I'm sending a belated "Congrats" to Chris!

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  9. Those are just adorable. And they sound so delicious!

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  10. Best looking s'mores/cupcakes ever!

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  11. Wow, so tempting...love the marshmallow frosting...YUMMIE!

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  12. This is such a perfect cupcake with a little of everything. I especially love this frosting!

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  13. Genius, I say!! I especially love the idea of Marshmallow frosting. That little chocolate bar tucked on top is perfect too. I'd love these. Gonna have to put them in the must-try cupcake folder :)

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  14. They look terrific! And sound yummy even with all the chocolate but would LOVE to see them with a graham (cracker) cupcake instead of chocolate. (I'm not crazy about chocolate.)

    I'm glad to hear that all is going well with you! Looking forward to all your photos.
    ~ingrid

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  15. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love s'mores. That first picture with the beautiful marshmallow frosting sold me. And, they look easy to make.

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  16. That looks so SO delish!!! Never a pretty cupcake have I seen!! Glad to have found the blog!

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  17. Oh my gosh Hayley congratulations!!!! Getting so much exposure and positive response is just what you deserve for being not just talented, but organized and hard-working! I feel really happy for you guys!!!
    These cupcakes look very cute. Good job with the decoration!
    You know, I just read your profile (for some reason I don't read bloggers profiles very often) and I just have to say that you should educate yourself in whatever you want. Even though you're almost done your degree, a few more years in school are nothing compared to the long career you have ahead of you, which will be full of pleasure and gratification if it's in the field you love. Sorry, i don't mean to give advice when not requested, it's just that I'm a big advocate for "do exactly what you want to do"!

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  18. These are such a good idea. I love smores but I haven't had them in years!

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  19. Oh my gosh, what absolutely perfect looking cupcakes... I don't think these could look any better, for real. Beautiful!

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  20. These cupcakes are AMAZING!! I baked them the other for my company's "Iron Chef" contest and people were raving! Let me ofcourse add in the fact that I DO NOT own an electric mixer (I really need to get one!) and even though it would have been helpful to have one, they still turned out great! The homemade marshmellow topping tasted unbelievable it just didn't have the "height" as it normally would have with an electric mixer versus hand mixing. LOVE LOVE LOVE the recipes on here please keep it going!

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  21. hey girl! wow, looks like I've missed out on a lot of good happenings to you and your bakery. well, we all knew it would take off and fast.
    glad to see things are moving. let's have you expand to cape cod. LOL

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  22. They look so cute! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  23. Absolutely beautiful - you are such an artist!

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  25. I must make these!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Found your blog via your post about the chocolate cake that first appeared in Gourmet. I made a few modifications (documented on my blog) and it was amazing. Thanks for the help! Good luck with your bakery!

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  27. what a great idea! those look delicious!

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  28. Great photo. Love the juxtaposition of the chocolate bar against the frosting

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  29. These cupcakes look amazing. I LOVE to bake, however I usually focus more on the taste than the decorating...though these look both delicious and beautiful.

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  30. ok girl, where are you? I bet you're lost in your own bakery? I pray you have opened one by now??

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  31. I don't know what graham crackers are - what could I use instead?, would you use a plain sweet biscuit like Milk Arrowroot, or not sweet, like a Sao

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  32. Why did I just find your blog? I love it!

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  33. Hey, where'd you go?! We need more of your sweet creations!

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  34. These are just beautiful! Yum yum!

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  35. I'm probably making some of these this weekend weekend. They look so delightful.

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  36. Hayley! You're bakery is really taking off! Congratulations! Also, please send me s'mores cupcakes right away ;-)

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  37. I love cupcakes and I wish I had one of these right now

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  38. so beautifully simple and delicious! i can't wait to make these myself! look very much like a summer treat i could enjoy in this rainy spring weather!

    love your blog! <3 meaghan @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com/

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  39. Holy YUM!
    Thanks for sharing, girl!
    Have a wonderful night :)
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

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  40. Great post! I’m looking to make some changes in my own eating habits and learning to cook, so I appreciate your insight a lot! Thank you. I recently stumbled upon this blog like I did yours and I thought your readers may appreciate it: http://burisonthecouch.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/food-for-thought/

    I’ve started to look for their stuff more regularly and I think I’m going to add your blog to my list as well. Thanks for the post!

    -Amy

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  41. Just.. wow. I want to die with several of those in my mouth. :D

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  42. Those look amazing! Might have to try them out =)

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