Monday, March 1, 2010

i want s'more please.

i must say these are the prettiest lil cupcakes i have ever made.
white, billowy frosting piled high, thick graham cracker crust and rich chocolate in between.
even i was impressed with how these babies turned out....
and they taste better than they look.

when you live in a beach town in orange county, california summers are synonymous with beach days, bonfire pits and s'mores.
i think this toasted marshmallow treat is very near and dear to many of us.
we were once the little kid staying up late at a family and friends summer gathering.
nice and cozy by the fire side...sneaking just one more pile of gooey goodness before it was time to leave for the night.
something just so nostalgic about them.

i made this batch of cuppies for a some client as a thank you.
everyone LOVED them.
they had frosting on their lips and happy faces to prove it.

S'more Cupcakes
yields :: 36
{print recipe}

For the graham cracker crust:
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
11 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
8 oz. milk chocolate, chopped and melted

For the cake:
2 cups plus sugar
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup plus 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1½ tsp. baking powder
1½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For the frosting:
8 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
½ tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter and salt; mix well with a fork. Drop about 2 tablespoons of the graham cracker mixture in to the bottom of each cupcake liner. With the back of a spoon compress the graham cracker mixture into the bottom.
Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven. Maintain the oven temperature.
While the graham cracker mixture is baking, place the chopped milk chocolate pieces in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals stirring at the end of each interval.
Stop when chocolate is almost completely smooth. Do not over cook.
Place melted chocolate in to a sandwich size Ziploc bag. Once the bag is filled with the chocolate, snip off about a 1/4 inch of one of the bottom corners of the bag.
Pipe a quarter size amount of chocolate on top of the graham cracker mixture in each cup.

To make the cake batter, sift together the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix on low speed just to combine. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract; whisk together. (Reminder! Start to boil 1 cup of water.) Add to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary.
Add the boiling water and stir just to combine (batter will be thin).

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners, filling each to just below the top of the cupcake liner. Place pans in the oven and bake about 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs on it. For even baking, rotate the pans halfway through. Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in the top of a double boiler. Heat the mixture on medium heat whisking frequently. Whisk until the mixture reaches 160° F on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk starting at low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 5-7 minutes. Mix in the vanilla until combined.
Frost cooled cupcakes as desired. I placed a large dollop of frosting on each cupcake. To get whispies and peaks, I used the back of a spoon and gently pushed into the frosting and pulled up. Brown with a kitchen torch (using your oven broiler to brown tops is NOT recommended.) and enjoy!!

adapted from :: annie's eats

ready for transport in my new cupcake courier from costco!
I loooove it.

13 comments:

  1. Those look so good! I will have to make them for my husband!

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  2. Thank you! He would be very grateful to your for baking him a batch!

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  3. I recently discovered your blog and I think it's amazing! Just wanted to let you know I nominated your for the One Lovely Blog award :)
    http://mamajanskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-sweet-it-is-to-be-loved-by-you.html

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  4. These were so, so good! Really great!I could have eaten a lot of them....a lot of them.... -Emily S

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  5. they were at game night, i think i had 3... haha sooooo good!!!

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  6. I just finished baking these and OMG they are amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  7. Thanks for the comments everyone.
    So glad you liked the Shannon! They are pretty spectacular....

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  8. Hi! I just wanted you to know that we are featuring these cupcakes on our blog today! Feel free to stop by! They look amazing. You have a great blog and I am your newest follower!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  9. I am making these for my son's 14th birthday. They are baking up so wonderfully!

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  10. I'm wondering if these need to be kept in the fridge overnight or if they are OK at room temp for one day? Thanks!

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  11. Hi! I just came across your blog via Pinterest and these look delicious! Definitely going to have to try them sometime. I went to school at Hawaii Pacific University and lived in Honolulu for 3 years so it was fun seeing someone else who lives on the island! I'm now back in Indiana, but I miss HI often. Thanks!

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  12. Hi- Could you tell me how many cupcakes one batch makes? Also it looks like there are chocolate chunks in the batter, is this just the melted chocolate on the bottom? Thanks!

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  13. Hi! I found you through Pinterest, and just made this last night-- They were amazing!! I cut the recipe in half, but still turned out beautifully. Thank you so much! This is now my go-to cupcake recipe :)

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