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April 4, 2014

S'more Cupcakes - Chocolate Cupcakes with a Graham Cracker Crust, Chocolate Ganache Filling, and Topped with a Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting

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It's been a tough week around our house. The stomach bug hit us, and it hit us hard. Thankfully we're all better, and it makes me that much more grateful for our health. So after disinfecting our home, and doing about 50 loads of laundry, I made s'more cupcakes. Why s'more cupcakes? Well because after the week we had, we needed a treat.

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At first, I was just planning to make some good 'ol chocolate cupcakes. Something quick. Then, I thought, let's put something crunchy in there. When I came across some graham crackers, it hit me: s'more cupcakes!

Since I bake so often, my pantry and fridge are always well stocked. (I like to refer to it as being "well stocked" and others in my family, like my husband, like to call it "hording." Either way I almost always have the ingredients to make a sweet treat with very little planning.) My well-stocked pantry (or hording) meant that I even had a jar of marshmallow cream! So, fluffy marshmallow frosting would top this baby off. To give the cupcakes even more of a s'more feeling, before piping a generous amount of frosting on to each cupcake, I dipped the top in chocolate ganache. Then dipped the edges of the cupcake in graham cracker crumbs.

S'more Cupcakes|The Crafting Foodie

Since I had the bottom and top of the cupcake all s'mored out, I didn't want the inside of the cupcake to feel left out. So I decided to fill it up with some milk chocolate ganache. I almost always use dark chocolate in my baking (and my straight-up chocolate eating), but s'mores require milk chocolate, usually in the form of Hershey's. Yup, happened to have some mini-size milk chocolate Hershey's Bars in the back of the pantry too.

There you have it - s'more cupcakes. The perfect way to end a horrible week!

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S'more Cupcakes

 

Ingredients for the Graham Cracker Crust

4 full graham crackers

1/4 stick (2 tbs) unsalted butter, melted

1/8 cup granulated sugar

 

Instructions for the Graham Cracker Crust

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a 12-cup, cupcake tin with paper liners.

Crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs. (I placed the crackers in a large, zip-top bag and crushed them with a wooden rolling pin.)

Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and melted butter. Divide the crust mixture into 12 equal parts, and place at the bottom of each cupcake liner. Pat the crust down with the back of a spoon to create a well-packed crust.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven, and proceed with the recipe.

 

Ingredients for the Cupcakes

Adapted from the chocolate cupcake in the book Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate - chopped

1 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate - chopped

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled

1/2 cup strained yogurt (or sour cream) (To strain yogurt, simply place it in a fine-meshed strainer lined with paper towels. Place the strainer over a bowl. Allow it to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours.)

 

Instructions for the Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt both chocolates until smooth. You can melt the chocolate in a double boiler, but I prefer to melt chocolate in the microwave. I place the chocolate in the microwave and warm it in 30-second intervals. Mixing the chocolate after each interval. Once the chocolate is almost melted, remove it from the microwave. Mix the chocolate until it is smooth. Place it off to the side to cool off a bit.

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar for about 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Stop the mixer and add in the melted chocolates. Mix until the chocolates are just incorporated.

Add the eggs and mix until the eggs are just incorporated.

Next add the vanilla and yogurt (or sour cream). Mix until streaks of white from the yogurt or sour cream are completely incorporated into the mixture.

Finally, add the dry ingredients and coffee alternately in three additions, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.

Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake in the center of the oven for 18-20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven when the centers of the cupcakes no longer jiggle.

Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack until completely cool.

 

Ingredients for Semisweet Chocolate Ganache

12 ounces of semisweet chocolate, chopped fine

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp good quality vanilla extract

 

Instructions for the Semisweet Chocolate Ganache

Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.

Warm the cream until it's just about to boil.

Pour the warm cream over the chocolate. Allow it to sit for a minute or two. Then mix until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is shiny.

Add the vanilla and mix to combine.

Place the ganache in the refrigerator and allow it to cool and thicken. 

 

Ingredients for the Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting

1 7-ounce container of marshmallow cream

1 1/2 sticks (12 tbs) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Instructions for the Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting

Cream the marshmallow cream and butter in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until well combined and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and salt. Mix until combined.

Add the powdered sugar on low, and mix until smooth and creamy.

 

Ingredients and Instructions for Assembling the S'more Cupcakes

 

Ingredients

Baked and cooled chocolate cupcakes with a graham cracker crust

Prepared semisweet chocolate ganache

Prepared fluffy marshmallow frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip

Graham cracker crumbs

12 Graham crackers cut into small rectangles

12 Hershey's milk chocolate pieces

 

Instructions

Using a sharp paring knife, cut a 1/2 inch hole in the center of each cupcake. Place a heaping teaspoon of the chocolate ganache in the center.

Heat the remaining ganache until it's back to a liquid consistency. Dip the edges of the cupcake in the melted ganache. Roll the wet edges in graham cracker crumbs.

Pipe the marshmallow frosting on top. Finally, place a small graham cracker and Hershey's milk chocolate piece on top of each cupcake.

Yields 12 cupcakes.

 

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These look amazing! Glad you made it through your week! No fun getting the bug :( I'm all for treats like this instead!! Pinned!

Delightful deliciousness! These look absolutely amazing! I wish it wasn't so early so I could make some! :D

What a treat these are, they look brilliant. I want one right now!! Visiting from Marvelous Monday link party. Pinned! I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to link up these delicious Cupcakes with us and more of your recipes. Have a great week!

Thanks so much Cindy! It was a really yucky week, but these cupcakes did make it better :) Thanks for pinning! I hope you try the recipe. It's a ton of fun!
Best,
Aida

Thanks so much Heather! These cupcakes took on a life of their own - kept making them more and more decadent. They were delicious! I wish I could share one with you!
Best,
Aida

Thanks Laura! I'll definitely check out your link party :) Thanks for the pin as well!
Best,
Aida

These cupcakes are so amazing!! Nothing beats the classic smore combination :)

OMG these look so delicious! I love smores and I love cupcakes so I'm definitely going to have to try these.

So happy you could end such a rough week on a high note! Glad you are feeling better. These cupcakes look insanely delish! I love s'mores anything, and you totally nailed it here! :D

oh do these look good! checking them out from the lovely ladies link party and I really wish I had one :-)
Cathy

Hey it's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog. I LOVE this and would love for you to link up at our link party this week! I also have a super great spring necklace to give away so come on over :)
http://www.thechildatheartblog.com/2014/04/link-party-with-morganize-with-me.html

Omigoodness, just the thought of these makes my mouth water. This sounds like a dessert that could go right on my list of favorites!

You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday Aida. {high fives} Just a heads up, Tip Junkie can help you index your blog more effectively if you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room! Simply login and click "add a project" on your profile page to get started. {yep I've got your back!} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
Link ~ http://www.tipjunkie.com/how-to-add-a-craft-room-project-on-tip-junkie

These look amazing -- especially that fluffy marshmallow frosting! Pinned!

Thanks Zainab! I know. There's something about chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows that's just magical!

Thanks Vicki! I hope you do give them a try. They're worth it!

Best,
Aida

Thanks so much Allie! Is there any other way to make a stinky week just a little better than baking something over-the-top delicious? Not in my book. Thanks for stopping by!

Best,
Aida

Thanks for stopping by Cathy! I wish I had one of these tonight as well. We're on day 7 of spring break, and I need a treat!

Best,
Aida

Hi Deonna,

Thanks so much! I'll definitely check out your link party. I'm always up for a good party ;)

Best,
Aida

Thanks Lulu! These are favorites in our house now! I hope you give them a try! Thanks for stopping by The Crafting Foodie.

Best,
Aida

Thanks so much Blair! The frosting is killer, and the best part is that it's so easy!

Best,
Aida

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