S’more or less

Smore Ingredients

S’mores equal ooey and gooey and yummy. To make them, all you really need is some marshmallows and melted chocolate to sandwich between a couple of graham crackers for a quick and easy treat.

But, I wanted to make something more. Something s’more I guess you could say… by using the star players in this sweet treat and baking them into cupcakes.

I originally wanted to make cupcakes with a marshmallowy frosting that I could use a kitchen torch thingy on and toast the surface. However, I don’t have a kitchen torch and that’s probably a good thing. But I had to get these flavors out if my mind. And the only way I could do that is bake. So this is what I came up with instead.

Side view

Marshmallow stuffed graham cracker and chocolate cupcakes. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Gooood.

Graham Cracker Batter

First, I added a little graham cracker cupcake batter in the bottom of the baking cups. And then I topped it with a butter, graham cracker and brown sugar mixture. Ohhhh yeah.

Marshmallow Centers

Then I cut some marshmallows in half and placed them right on top of that.

Cupcake Batter

Lastly cover the marshmallows and fill the baking cup about 3/4 full with the chocolate cupcake batter and more of the graham cracker crumb mixture.

Top View

When they bake, the marshmallow will mostly melt away into the cupcake, but a little will make it’s way to the surface and peek through the topping.


When you take them out of the oven, use a toothpick to separate any of the cake from the edge of the pan while they are still warm. They may stick a little from the marshmallows. But if you go ahead and do this carefully while they are still warm, then you can remove them without the cupcake tops tearing.

Side view

Then when you unwrap them, they will be perty! These looked too tempting right out of the oven so I may have had one or three while they were still warm. You could definitely stop here and serve them just like this.


But the chocolate lover in me, convinced me to make some ganache. It was a struggle, but the chocolate won as usual.


You can just use a spoon and pour it on randomly so you can still see some of the textured tops underneath. You can also dunk them for complete chocolate coverage.

Good Ganache

But, I like the messy look on these. The non-precise, shove in your face look.

Smore Cupcakes

And I also like them with the extra marshmallow look.


Not as easy to stuff in my face this way, but I managed.

S’more Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup cocoa
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup oil
6 jumbo marshmallows cut in half, plus more for decorating

Graham Cracker Crumb topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda together with a wire whisk.
Separate the mixture in half into two bowls.

Stir cocoa into one bowl and the graham cracker crumbs into the other.
Add 1/2 cup milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 cup oil to the cocoa mixture and beat on medium until combined.
Repeat adding the same ingredients to the graham cracker crumb flour mixture.

Prepare the graham cracker crumb topping.
Add the brown sugar and crumbs in a small bowl and pour on the melted butter. Stir until combined.

Pour a little graham cracker cake batter into the bottom of your baking cups and then sprinkle the topping mixture lightly on the surface.
Place a marshmallow half on top and then cover the marshmallow with the chocolate cake batter until it is about 3/4 full.
Sprinkle with more topping mixture.

Bake cupcakes for about 15 minutes. Place a cookie sheet underneath when you bake just in case. I had a little bit ooze over into the oven. Oops.

This recipe will make at least 12 cupcakes. I had a some batter from each left over so you can probably get more like 14-16.

Let cool and top with ganache.

Heat the butter and cream on the stove. Heat until just before it boils. Remove and pour over chocolate. Stir until completely melted and smooth.
Pour over cupcakes and add more marshmallows if you desire.



P.S. These are not gluten-free. But thank you so much everyone for all of the great gluten-free links and resources on the previous post. I do think I will give a go at a recipe sometime once I get my hands on the right ingredients.

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394 comments on “S’more or less”

  1. I love s’mores!… but s’mores with a cupcake?! Yum! However, I don’t think these will help me with my New Year’s diet. :( Darn!

  2. I’m not a fan of marshmallows but this looks nice. :D

  3. Oh my goodness!! So sinful and temtping…especially in light of New Years and all of the resolutions going on!! I am going to bed right now before I try to make these!!

  4. Candy – Interestingly enough, neither am I. But covered in cake and chocolate, I can do it. Alone, not so much.

  5. These look delicious as usual. You’re awesome Bakerella!!

  6. wow, you are amazing! maybe mini marshmallows on top would be easier on the mouth. i would love to try anything gluten free you made!

  7. As my 6 year old daughter would say…. HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Those look so good! I can’t wait to try them.

  9. YUM is right! I can’t wait till I’m off of phase 1 (and 2) of South Beach and can have things like this again!

  10. what a coincidence! for some reason this entire weekend i’ve been craving s’mores – probably started when i tried that new smore pie thing-y from mc donalds…anyways, i have a feeling i will be making these this week. they look beyond yummy!

  11. I love you. I really do. Bite size sin. Mmmm.

  12. Would you PLEASE give us a little tutorial on how you take your pictures with the smooth colorful backgrounds? The graphic design lover in my would love to see this side of your posts. Pretty please?

  13. I LOVE S’mores too, but I LOVE ice cream, so just recently I made S’mores Ice Cream! Check it out! Great minds think alike! :)


  14. My favorite cupcake store in Seattle, Trophy, makes s’mores cupcakes on Sundays and Mondays. They do actually blowtorch their marshmallow ‘frosting’ and it is visually beautiful. Yum, indeed! :)


  15. YUM indeed! I’m dreaming of S’mores lately too! Thinking of a S’more cake . . . hmmmm!!! These look amazing.

  16. I’ve been waiting for you to do a s’mores cupcake! yay!

  17. I had s’mores for the first time in a LONG time on New Year’s Eve at a friend’s bonfire, it had been so long I forgot how yummy it all is, now this just melts my heart because I LOVE cupcakes and still have that slight craving for the s’mores again, might have to try this one! YUM is right!

  18. I have not had a smore since I was a tween…. that is so interesting.. you tackle the most fun ways to bake..

  19. Im totally making these sometime this week! Look delicious!

  20. I’m putting these on my “must bake” list!

  21. Mmmmmm. I just mad a s’more dessert with my little girls this evening. We made a grahm cracker crust and topped it with hot fudge, marshmallow, chocolate pudding with cool with folded in then grahm crackers on top. It was yummy. Those cupcakes look awfully good.

  22. Your sense of humor is so great. “However, I don’t have a kitchen torch and that’s probably a good thing.” I’m right there with you on that one! This just made my day. I love s’mores. I can’t WAIT to try these.

  23. Bakerella your last entry changed my life! I had never heard of celiacs disease or took the time to know what it meant to eat gluten-free. Your post made me curious and the nerd in me had to research. What I found shocked me because it described so much of what I have been struggling with for the past 6 months. I have switched to gluten-free and I’m going to give it a go for the next couple of weeks and see if it makes a difference in how I feel. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention in wonderfully sweet way :)

  24. Hmm…I like the mixing of the graham crackers throughout, and the marshmallow surprise inside. But I think I would rather have a marshmallow-y frosting/topping of some kind, even without the kitchen torch.

    Nice work. Oh, and I second the photo tutorial idea. You say scrapbook paper, but those aren’t 12×12 sheets, now, are they? They must be bigger.

  25. I can’t wait to try these! I made s’mores at the office in the microwave when I was about 8 months pregnant, haha! Love them!

  26. YUM! Totally going to have to try these!

    I actually made “S’mores POPS” this season as a fun experiment. Here’s the link:


  27. Lauren – wow. I wasn’t expecting a comment as powerful as yours. If you do have Celiac’s, I’m so sorry but also happy that some of the comments might have made you aware enough to investigate your symptoms. Let me know what you find out.

    Marisa – they were the small ones in this post. One sheet on the table and one propped behind. Sometimes I use really big sheets though.

  28. These look so wonderful. I think you are the princess of baking! I would say queen, but I always think of the wicked queen from Snow White when I hear queen. Princesses are prettier too! :)

  29. Shut your sweet mouth! Are you kidding me?
    S’more’s like this. It must be HEAVEN! Thank you God, thank you.

  30. These look amazing!! Definitely have to give them a try. I ADORE s’mores, so I think I would love them. Gorgeous photos! :)

  31. Dear GAWD, these look good. I’m going to have to send this to all the moms I go camping with in the summer. If we make these in the winter, maybe it will tide us over until the next time we make these summertime treats with our kids. Thanks, Bakerella!

  32. “Not as easy to stuff in my face this way, but I managed.”
    Bakerella, you crack me up =) Thanks!

  33. Yum is right, those look fantastic.

  34. These look amazing! I have been craving S’mores but I haven’t picked up a kitchen torch yet so I’ve been stuck! Thank you so much for coming up with these!

  35. Those marshmellows have it right! YUM! I still the the idea of torching marshmellow fluff on top. Think I can pull it off with a lighter?

  36. Who doesn’t love s’mores?! I’m excited to give this recipe a try. Along the same lines, check out my s’more ice cream cake… http://grahamsandee.blogspot.com/2009/07/birthday-party.html

  37. this is so yummy and mouth-watering

  38. Oh my goodness YUM! I want these just as they come out of the oven.

  39. OMG! These look amazing! I just got back from a birthday dinner for my mom, complete w/creme brulee for dessert and your recipe still makes my mouth water! I’m going to have to make these SOON!

    thank you for a beautiful site, great recipes & beautiful photography. Visiting your site is always inspirational.

  40. these look AMAZING
    guess who is going to be picking up marshmallows and graham crackers on her way home from work tomorrow?

  41. OMG these look Aahhhmazing. Most of your treats intimidate me too much to try on my own but these look too good not to…

  42. Oh wow, these look amazing! I’m definitely going to have to try making these one day! :)


  43. Have I told you lately that I love you? Really! I’m not a marshmallow fan either as someone else said, but I adore a good s’more. I’m going to try these tomorrow!

  44. I can’t wait to try these. And my five ‘children’ (ages 21-28!!!) will love you forever. All five of them STILL love to make s’mores any/every chance they get!!! Thanks in advance. Lori L

  45. OMG!!!

    that looks beyond yummmmmmy!!!!!

  46. oh my goodness! I MISS HOME!!!!! We don’t have graham crackers here in Australia, and I was JUST talking about s’mores yesterday!! My sis is coming out to visit, and those are just one of the things I can think of that she NEEDS to bring me. (along with Hershey’s chocolate, Reece’s peanut butter cups, Count Chocula…you get the idea). I am going to try these with a plain cookie substitute…

  47. Oh HELL yes, grrrrl.

  48. These look yummy… as always!!!

  49. Wow, these looking amazingly delicious, it’s only 9:30am and I’m already craving for cupcakes! I am definately going to have a go at making these however I’ve never seen graham crackers here in the UK, can anybody suggest an alternative? Thanks ^_^

  50. How do you stay so thin?!?!? I would weigh 400 lbs.!

  51. These almost make me wish I wasn’t vegetarian. The day they invent vegetarian marshmallows is the day I’m finally happy.

  52. oh my gosh these look great! gonna have to make these soon!

  53. Fabulous idea! These look amazing. :)

  54. It’s 16 degrees this morning where I live in Florida – and I don’t even live up north in the Panhandle!! It’s too cold to go outside and enjoy real s’mores by a fire, so this is the next best thing! Thanks!

  55. gurl, your makin me drool!!!! Now that, that is over, I think these sound devine. I love smores, but you can’t bring the campfire with you to work and these I could. Now I must tell me my butt is not happy with you, but thats okay my mouth things you will be the new BFF.

    Love you bunches,
    Cha Cha

  56. Uuuuh these look SOOO good I cannot wait to trym’ out!
    Thanks for sharing, you’re the best!

  57. I have baked with marshmallows before too and have had them completely disappear into my treat – was wondering if you thought they could be added midway through the baking process in order to preserve more of the marshmallow? I’ll have to give it a try! Thx for the yummy recipe!

  58. So pretty and so yummy looking. Can’t wait to give these a try. They’d go great with my morning coffee. Hehe, breakfast of champions!

  59. These sound so yummy! I like the idea of having S’mores and I don’t have to smell like a camp fire:) Thanks bakerella!

  60. OMG!!!! these are definitely going in my “TO TRY” list!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O these are so beautiful… its almost insane. :)

  61. with the marshmallow on top, the chocolate is like a little delicious seatbelt. haha. i will deffinately try these! they look so fun, i love putting stuff in the middle of cupcakes just to see what happens, i can’t believe i’ve never tried marshmallows!
    wonderful idea!

  62. yum.

    i’ve made cupcakes with a marshmallow frosting. all i did was made chocolate cupcakes, and then right as i was about to take them out of the oven, i placed a jumbo marshmallow on top of each of them..got them hot enough so i could smooth them over the top and placed them back in the oven to get a nice little toasty look to them. yum-o!

  63. I love s’mores with a passion. Now I have two recipes for s’more cake things that I want to make (but need to stop being lazy and actually make)… yum :)

  64. Oh, my goodness! You have my full attention. Now I “have” to make these for my Brownie Girl Scout Troop, right?

  65. Oh wow……now I know what I am doing this afternoon. Yum!!

  66. Great recipe, Bakerella! Love it and I’m off to make it! Thanks.

  67. …..and there goes my New Year’s resolve…. those look heavenly!!

  68. I was looking for a recipe for our Girl Scout Service Unit meeting on Thursday. Don’t tell PW, but these upstaged the flat apple pie I was going to try.

  69. thank you so much my daughters 3ed birthday is this week and we where planning on having a hot dog roast in the snow for her snow flake theamed party and i wanted cake but could not get away for doing smor’s over the fire.. this was the pirfect answer to my delima!! we will be having these cupcakes next weekend!!

  70. Oh Bakerella…every Monday morning I am drooling all over my computer screen. Can’t wait to try these!!

  71. looks sooo yummy!! I can’t wait to try!!!

  72. wow! those look amazing!

  73. Those look yummy! :)
    this is off the subject, but I have always wondered how you stage your photos. I love how you always have a simple colored background. Obviously, I assume you use photoshop, but I wasn’t sure how you staged the products. Any info you’re willing to share would be awesome. Thanks!!

  74. Can’t wait to give these a go! I might try them over the weekend.

  75. Thank you Bakerella! I am confident that I can now say my life is complete! I am a HUGE smore fan.. these look AWESOME!!

  76. THese look SO dangerous but you know I will have to try this! Thanks so much! You’re a genius!

  77. Good Gosh! These look so good!

  78. Mmm a perfect winter treat!

  79. Can we say heaven!!! This cupcake looks so delicious Bakerella, that I HAD to share it on my blog!!

    Thank you for making such wonderful creations!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!

    <3 Betsy

  80. oh, my….. you’ve found a way right into this pregnant lady’s heart! Though I like the idea of the torched marshmallow cream on top. I love toasted marshmallows. YUM! Might just have to try these soon.

  81. Those look so yummy! They are a definite must-make!

  82. Yowza! These look so good! I know what I am going to be making tonight! Thanks!

  83. OMGOSH those look absolutely delicious! i love the added graham cracker crumble!

  84. hahaa I just tuned in to watch Scooby-Doo and they are eating S’mores!! hahaa cool!

  85. These look great! Martha Stewart has a recipe for Smores cupcakes on her site with the marshmallow frosting. O.M.G. Totally, totally worth purchasing a torch to make those suckers! They are a HUGE hit every time I make them. These look way easier, but just as tasty!

  86. OMG I think my mouth just started watering.

  87. These look beyond yummy …the pictures make them so tempting but having just joined WW , I wonder how many points each one would be?? Probably the extra 35 allowed each week…used up on one delicious cheat!!
    Thanks for the post Angie.

  88. These look amazing. I tried baking with marshmallows once and it ended up a disaster, so I will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for the great idea!

  89. Okay you had me at S’mores! I cant wait to make these!

  90. These look wonderful. I Love SMores. One of my favorite treats. I think it would be awesome to have the mini marshmallows on top and then torched a little, if you had a torch, and then add the ganache. It would give it that distinct toasted marshmallow taste. Hmm wonder if I have ingredients to give these a whirl. I got birthdays for my girls coming this would be a yummy winter bday treat.

  91. umm…i know i will get stoned for this, butt…i hate smores. well, not hate, but stringly dislike. i love e verything seperaetely though. like i love grahm crackers, chocolate and marshmellows, just not all together. i know,im weird. this still looks yummy though. and I definetly recommend buying a torch! i just use the one that came with my creme brulee kit. It’s only $20 for the torch + 4 ramekens. they sell zippo fluid there too, but its too expensive, and its waayyyy cheaper at homedeopt. i used it to melt cheese on crackers, french onion soup etc…

  92. Can’t wait to try these, they look soooooo sinful. :)

  93. Genius! While the sweet little cupcake is enough by itself, I agree with the extra marshmallow for appearance sake. Does it need it for taste as well?

  94. WOW!!! My kids would LOVE these. And unfortunately so would I. There’s an internal fight going on inside of me right now…do I make these and be the best mom ever or do I not and attempt to maintain my figure. I dunno…I’m not sure I can resist…

  95. Idea, next time you make them put the marshmallows in the middle of the cupcake when they start rising. twist the marshmallow first. anyways they look great good on the lips,but bad on the hips.

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