Monday, February 3, 2014

S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with a graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallowy meringue frosting. Oh. my. gosh. These were super duper delicious! I’ve been so excited to make these S’mores Cupcakes for a while now but I didn’t have a kitchen torch to toast the tops. I don’t know why I haven’t bought one before, but I’m super excited that I got one for Christmas. Thanks Mom!

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

The recipe for these cupcakes is from Jennifer Shea’s new cookbook, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! (pssst… I’m giving away a couple of signed books below) Trophy Cupcakes has several locations in Seattle. You should visit if you get a chance. Such cute shops and the prettiest cupcakes. I visited the shop in Bellevue a few years ago. Adorable!

But the first time I met Jennifer was back in 2008 when we were both on The Martha Stewart Show. What?!?

Yes. Still crazy to me. I was on to show Martha how to make my Cupcake Pops about six months after I started the blog (P.S. This past Saturday was National Cake Pops Day. YAY!) and Jennifer was on the show to make these same s’mores cupcakes … which I didn’t get a chance to try when I was on the show.

S'mores Cupcakes

So, I thought they would be the perfect ones for me to make from her new book.

And boy am I glad I did. They are fantastic!

graham cracker crust

They start with a graham cracker crust for the cupcake. Awesomeness!

Graham cracker crust

Place a teaspoon of the crust mixture in each baking cup.

Making cupcake crusts

And press with the bottom of a small glass.

Graham Cracker Crumb Cupcake Crust

Like so.

Chopped Chocolate

But that’s not all. They get chocolate, too.

S'mores cupcake crust

Yep. Just sprinkle chopped chocolate on top of the crusts and bake for a few minutes to set first.

Cupcake Batter

Cool and then… fill with the chocolate cupcake batter. YES!

S'mores Cupcake Batter

But we can’t stop there. Before baking, sprinkle more graham cracker mixture and chopped chocolate on top. I like where this is going … oh and I’m messy!

S'more cupcake

Beautifully cupcakes. I actually think they’re great just like this.

Toasted Meringue Frosting

But they wouldn’t be s’mores without the fluffy marshmallow frosting.

Swirl the meringue frosting on top of the cupcake with a star tip and then toast using a kitchen torch.

P.S. I love my kitchen torch. This was the first time I’ve used one, and now I want to toast everything. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get one. So fun!!!

S'more Cupcake

But not as fun as biting into these babies. Yummmm!

Here’s the recipe … and check out Jennifer’s video on MarthaStewart.com too OR skip down below for the giveaway.

S'mores Cupcakes

Servings: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup boiling water

Meringue Frosting

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Make the crust first:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bow, mix together crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter until well blended and no dry crumbs remain.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each liner. Press the crumbs flat into the liner using the bottom of a small glass. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of chocolate over each crust. (Reserve remaining graham cracker crumbs and chopped chocolate to top the cupcakes before baking.)
  4. Bake crusts for 8 minutes. Remove the pans and let crusts cool for at least 5 minutes before adding cupcake batter.

For the cupcakes:

  1. After crusts are prepared, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Then combine eggs, milk, oil and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add sugar and mix until combined. Then add flour mixture. Blend at low and then increase to medium. Beat for 2 minutes until blended and smooth. Remove bowl from stand and add boiling water. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Batter will be thin. Then let batter rest for 15 minutes and stir again gently before using. Fill liners with prepared crusts three-quarters full with batter. Sprinkle with reserved chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Bake about 16-20 minutes until done. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Make the meringue frosting:

  1. Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of a stand mixer. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water without letting the bottom of the bowl touch the water in the saucepan. Hold the handle of the bowl with an oven mitt while whisking the egg white mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the whites are hot to the touch… about 4 minutes. Then transfer bowl to the stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture, starting on low and increasing to high speed. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form and the meringue has cooled, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vanilla and whisk just to combine. Use frosting immediately.
  2. Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with an Ateco #867 star tip. I used a Wilton 4B tip. Pipe high swirls on the cupcakes and brown the meringue using a kitchen torch and serve immediately.
Source: Trophy Cupcakes & Parties! by Jennifer Shea, 2013

Here’s a little peek into the book.

It’s filled with recipes for cupcakes and crafty ideas to help you create charming parties. It’s basically super cute.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

  • To enter just leave a comment below and share the best thing you ate this weekend. Was it sweet? Was it Super Bowl snacks? Do tell.

  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Sorry! Time’s Up, Winner announced below.

  • Two (2) winners will be selected at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening.

Good Luck guys!

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Okay – we have two winners. And I’m now super hungry for party food and appetizers!!!! Thanks for sharing all your best bites. Mine was actually these cupcakes. They are seriously so good. And… I’m still eating them. I have to stop.

Congratulations Katie B. and E. Nadler. Hope you enjoy the book and you should definitely make these.

*Amazon affiliate link.

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~Cathy said...

NY pizza in NY for the Super Bowl. Go HAWKS!!

February 5, 2014 12:29 PM
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Denise said...

My favorite snack was Salsa Con Queso (jarred kind). Sadly, I think I ate 1/3 of the jar all by myself!!!

February 5, 2014 12:30 PM
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Amal said...

Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream for sure! :)

February 5, 2014 12:45 PM
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Naomi said...

Mmm…sweet potato fries.

February 5, 2014 01:00 PM
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Jill said...

I ate beef and fine beans spring rolls. Very delicious!

February 5, 2014 01:06 PM
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Rachel K said...

The crepes (or skinny pancakes, as my son calls them) my husband made for Saturday breakfast. So yummy.

February 5, 2014 01:21 PM
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Shannon said...

I ate chocolate covered homemade marshmallows!

February 5, 2014 01:27 PM
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Heather said...

Homemade chicken pot pie! So yummy!

February 5, 2014 01:33 PM
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Mary said...

These are crackle-tastic cupcakes, can’t wait to try them out.

My fav meal last weekend was a chocolate rice krispie bun with toffee and a cup of tea after getting my appetite back from a tummy bug! :)

February 5, 2014 01:48 PM
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Darlene said...

Chocolate marble pound cake!!! Yummmmmmmy!!!

February 5, 2014 02:03 PM
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Cici L said...

I had a great chicken pot pie at a mom and pop restaurant on Saturday. After being in the cold all day, it was a great way to warm up!

I look forward to making these s’mores cupcakes!!

February 5, 2014 03:20 PM
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Jenifer said...

Homemade Teriyaki meatballs, first time making my own Teriyaki sauce :)

February 5, 2014 03:39 PM
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Laura said...

I ate my first ever cinnamon role this weekend! I’ve eaten one everyday since…

February 5, 2014 03:42 PM
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Ronnie S said...

Made some chocolate covered strawberries for my mom.

February 5, 2014 03:59 PM
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angelarenee said...

Well seeing as I’ve been having horrible morning sickness, I’m gonna say the best thing I’ve eaten this week is a 7/11 cheese danish. Just for the simple reason that it is the only thing that stayed down…

February 5, 2014 04:05 PM
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Kerry @ Kerry Cooks said...

Whoa, these look ridiculously good! Also, could you be any cuter with Martha?!

February 5, 2014 04:22 PM
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Tina said...

nutella bread…yum

February 5, 2014 04:25 PM
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jeannie said...

yum….homemade crab wontons…..

February 5, 2014 04:27 PM
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Erin Lynn Groves said...

homemade cream of potato soup with a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! YUMMO

February 5, 2014 04:28 PM
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debbie said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was Brunch at the Ceasar’s Palace! Everything was delish!

February 5, 2014 04:30 PM
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Barb said...

homemade butterflake dinner rolls

February 5, 2014 04:31 PM
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Stephanie C said...

Made pecan bars for a super bowl party!

February 5, 2014 04:37 PM
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Kristi A. said...

My husband made burgers, even dragging out the barbecue in the -20C cold to make them properly. So good! It was a taste of summer.

February 5, 2014 04:42 PM
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Cassandra said...

black bean nachos!

February 5, 2014 04:43 PM
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Gloria P said...

We had sliders made with leftover pot roast and an apple gallette (so easy to make!).

February 5, 2014 04:44 PM
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Kleina said...

Kettle corn popcorn :)

February 5, 2014 04:47 PM
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Ines Elena said...

Tried out a zucchini cake! AMAZING

February 5, 2014 04:49 PM
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mtcarrie said...

Something simple, cream cheese with Jalapeno Pepper Jelly with Wheat Thin’s ;)

Thanks!

February 5, 2014 05:12 PM
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Anonymous said...

Not very original, but some pizza from a new restaurant! Hadn’t had pizza in a while, but i just hit the spot Saturday night.

February 5, 2014 05:25 PM
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Alana Silowka said...

I had stuffed jalapenos with cream cheese and bacon with a little dab of sweet jam. They were delish!

February 5, 2014 05:35 PM
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Jan said...

Homemade corn chowder

February 5, 2014 05:42 PM
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Sean E said...

It’s a tossup as to the best thing I ate this weekend! I was back home for a funeral and had my mom’s ricecakes for breakfast (cooked rice and egg mixture cooked pancake style and eaten with melted butter and drizzled with honey) or New Mexico Taco Box taquitas with fresh quacamole! Yumm! Some of my favorite things!

February 5, 2014 05:45 PM
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Angie said...

Can’t wait to try making some of those scrumptious looking cupcakes! Super Bowl weekend was all about the mini bite size king cakes!

February 5, 2014 05:53 PM
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Lilly said...

Hardboiled egg casserole!

February 5, 2014 06:05 PM
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Sheyla said...

Ahi tuna burger with cajun fries from Lazy Dog, yummy!

February 5, 2014 06:35 PM
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Marisa said...

Brownies!!!

February 5, 2014 06:36 PM
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Julia said...

I made lobster claws, my son and I had to work for our dinner :)

February 5, 2014 06:43 PM
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Rachel O. said...

Yum! Cupcakes! The best thing savory I ate this week was Buffalo Chicken Dip! The best sweet thing was Salted Caramel Gelato, oh yeahhh!

February 5, 2014 06:44 PM
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Donna said...

Cupcakes!!! ok and Buffalo Chicken Dip! Yum!!!

February 5, 2014 06:53 PM
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W. Rodriguez said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a piece of marble cake. I thought it was rum cake but my friend assured me that there was no rum. Delicious!

February 5, 2014 07:03 PM
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Denise said...

A delicious veggie soup with homemade garlic croutons.

February 5, 2014 07:13 PM
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Kulthoom kazi said...

I had a red velvet muffin! And just made some chocolate cake

February 5, 2014 07:28 PM
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Kulthoom kazi said...

Candy while watching the superbowl!

February 5, 2014 07:29 PM
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Lorie said...

I had some Nutella brownies! Yummy!!!

February 5, 2014 07:48 PM
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Julianne said...

Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups!!

February 5, 2014 08:08 PM
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Joyce B. said...

Wings, of course.

February 5, 2014 09:10 PM
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Jenny W said...

I had ice cream cake for my birthday but would have loved to have eaten these cupcakes!

February 5, 2014 09:12 PM
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Sheila Libby said...

The chocolate cake I made for my friends Disco Birthday party. I filled it with chocolate mousse and iced it with buttercream. The best part is everyone said it was the best cake they ever ate!

February 5, 2014 09:55 PM
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Lizeth said...

This Cupcakes looks so good *-*
This weekend I made your recipe of rainbow cupcakes, that was so delicious :D

February 5, 2014 10:08 PM
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Hasnat said...

I made cake pops for the very first time for a very special person. It was not so great but I loved it because I spent my time and effort on it.

February 5, 2014 10:50 PM
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Sonia Y. said...

Ham and cheese empanadas!

February 5, 2014 10:52 PM
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Bex said...

Best thing I ate was a chocolate waffle – absolutely delicious :)

February 6, 2014 04:40 AM
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Feren said...

i am so trying this!! this looks sooooo good

February 6, 2014 07:31 AM
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Manpreet said...

My mouth is watering right now..your pictures are so good, each crumb looks scrumptious!! Can’t wait to try this, lovee smores!!:)

February 6, 2014 12:13 PM
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milkteaxx said...

these are amazing! super cute looking too!

February 6, 2014 08:24 PM
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Kari said...

Is there any way to save leftover meringue frosting?

February 8, 2014 09:06 AM
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Vicki said...

I just prepared those cupcakes for our Sunday afternoon treat, and they came out perfect! I just reduced the sugar a bit to adjust it more to the German taste. I love your creativity and great ideas! Thanks for all those inspirations.
Love from Germany
Vicki

February 10, 2014 01:48 AM
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Sanam said...

You do not know howww happy reading this post made me! I absolutely love smore’s everything! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you!

xo,
http://www.bakemestyle.com

February 13, 2014 12:44 PM
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s said...

These look delicious. S’mores are my favorite. Can;t wait to try making them. Come check out my blog. Its for school and there are not a lot of posts but i would love to hear your input. Thanks!

http://asprinkleofsweetblog.blogspot.com/

February 18, 2014 03:07 PM
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CHefgirl said...

i luv smores

February 23, 2014 09:42 PM
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Anonymous said...

i hate it when wi dont have enough ingredients you guys are so cruel- you put these delicious looking cupcakes on your website when in reality, they really do not look like that:( and on top of all that i do not have the right amount or enough or any of the ingredients

March 9, 2014 01:56 PM
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March 10, 2014 05:14 AM
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Buru said...

tnx

April 6, 2014 03:00 AM
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Buru said...

hi

April 6, 2014 03:02 AM
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Amadea Ng said...

This recipe didn’t work out for me! It was dreadful )’:
The cupcake was soggy – it rose beautifully in the oven, but when I took it out, the middle sank all the way!
Sigh, really upset.

May 8, 2014 08:33 AM
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