25 January 2010

S'mores: Cupcake Style

Marshmallowy, chocolatey, graham crackery, cupcakey smores. How can you resist? I obviously can't, I've consumed 4 of these in the past 24 hours.
It took me 2 days to make these because I ran out of sugar. How that is possible, I'm not sure. For most people, running to the store for sugar isn't that big of a deal. But I live in Vermont. Over the mountains and through the woods I must go to buy sugar. You don't just 'run' to the store to pick up sugar or milk. You plan out your trips, especially on weeks like this, when it snows every day. You plan out your 40 minute round trip drive to the store, down some dirt roads, and purchase everything you can think of. And I don't even live in the boonies!

At first, I didn't think I would be pleased by this chocolate cake. Something about the consistency was off. Then something with them changed by the next day when I threw together the icing. The cake seemed to hold itself together the way it should, and the combination of the cake, crust, and icing were marvelous. They look just like toasted marshmallows, and I can't wait to bake these again to share with other people. Maybe for a Barbecue?

Because I couldn't find any butane for my kitchen torch, I used the broiler...next time I'll have a little more fun with these!

Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes
Printable Recipe
by 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
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 5 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.
  7. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.

Marshmallow Frosting

Printable Recipe
by Martha Stewart
(Kacey's Kitchen halved this recipe for 24 cupcakes)
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

1 comment :

  1. Only four in one day? These look gorgeous, so that seems like true resistance! What a fantastic recipe.