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!
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.
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!
They start with a graham cracker crust for the cupcake. Awesomeness!
Place a teaspoon of the crust mixture in each baking cup.
And press with the bottom of a small glass.
But that’s not all. They get chocolate, too.
Yep. Just sprinkle chopped chocolate on top of the crusts and bake for a few minutes to set first.
Cool and then… fill with the chocolate cupcake batter. YES!
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!
Beautifully cupcakes. I actually think they’re great just like this.
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!!!
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.
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
- 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
- 6 egg whites
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- MAKE THE CRUST FIRST: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
- In a medium bowl, mix together crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter until well blended and no dry crumbs remain.
- 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.)
- Bake crusts for 8 minutes. Remove the pans and let crusts cool for at least 5 minutes before adding cupcake batter.
- FOR THE CUPCAKES: After crusts are prepared, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. 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: 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.
- 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.
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!
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.
I loved a raspberry chocolate cookie crumb bar at a friend’s going-away party.
I made my mom’s birthday cake this weekend. She turned 71 and she requested a chocolate cake with white buttercream, so that’s exactly what I made her. It was yummy!
What yummy looking cupcakes, thanks for sharing the recipe. I guess the best thing I ate this weekend was a crumb cake I made for the family. Simple and everyone enjoys it for breakfast.
WOW!! looks amazing!
Yummy fesh pomagranate! No baking this weekend, but I cannot wait to bake these cupcakes next weekend – the torch is on my shopping list! :)
Red velvet cake pops and chocolate covered strawberries :-)
Sushi and Bonefish Bang Bang Shrimp for superbowl.
Homemade pizza pie…my husband’s aunt made it for lunch on Sunday. Delicious!
what didn’t I eat this weekend?? One of the best was a oreo ribbon pie! Very sweet :)
The best thing i ate this weekend was a ton of chocolate! I worked at a chocolate festival and got to sample yummy chocolates while i worked! I think i’ll make these cupcakes next week when i host bunco. yAY!
I just made these cupcakes with a group of 13-year-olds for a class at my cooking school. They loved them, especially the part about using the torch…with supervision, of course! The best thing I ate this weekend was Crab Tater Tots that I made…a kind of tater tot/crab cake that is great for the gluten-free crowd.
my homemade pizza on Friday night- yum!!
The best thing I ate this weekend was a cheese steak slider at my cousin’s Superbowl party. So good.
Dunkin donuts brownie filled donut!
Embarrassed here too but I enjoyed my sausage rotel cheese dip the best!
These are soooo beautiful Angie!! Mmm!
I had a goat cheese tart this weekend that was simply delicious. The flavors were so balanced; I couldn’t help but smile with every bit.
pan fried cod!
The best thing was local honey, granola and yogurt with fruit compote at brunch. All local, all amazing!
I made black bean spinach egg rolls and they were yummy!!
I made a tasty artichoke & jalapeño dip yesterday.
The most delicious thing I ate was a made from scratch chocolate cake and chocolate icing.
Chicken and waffles at home during the game. Yum!
I am having an award ceremony in my honor this month and I may just have to make these instead of a sheet cake.
The best sweet thing I ate this weekend was an oatmeal chocolate chip cooking that had been dipped in chocolate!!!
Triple chocolate cupcakes with cheesecake frosting, made by me, hehe.
Rigatoni Pizza. Pizza with pasta on top. Omg.
I made your cheesecake this weekend. I make it all the time and it is amazing. I made a blueberry topping and oh my goodness it was good!!
The best thing I ate this weekend was a tomato soup recipe by Ina Garten. It is AWESOME. My husband calls it ‘adult spaghetti-o’s’ :)
I made, and ate, white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake slices. i probably dont need a book about making more sweet stuff :(
I made a bacon cheeseburger dip for a Superbowl party. Yum!
Didn’t have any cupcakes, but we had Buffalo Chicken dip and it was great!
Pepperoni loaf! It is so addicting when I make it with homemade bread!
I ate corn and ham chowder in homemade bread bowls. Yum!
Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies!
As much as I love sweets, the best thing I ate this weekend was a sushi roll that had bacon in it! You can never go wrong with bacon!
Had some amazing honey garlic chicken wings made by my lovely mother. Mmmmmm…
My new neighbor gave me a vanilla Flan, and my daughter made her a lemon meringue .pie, needless to say we have to make another for her.
The best thing I ate was bacon wrapped little smokie sausages. So delicious but oh so bad!
Definitely Banana and white chocolate chip pancakes I made myself and my boyfriend for breakfast on Sunday morning mmm
I made burgers, beer boiled hot dogs and cupcakes!
The best thing I ate this weekend was a chocolate coated almond and lemon zest heart shaped cookie with delicious blueberry ice cream from Jake’s ice cream at the Irwin Street Market in Atlanta!
….this amazing oatmeal cake with a coconut pecan topping – it was dangerously addicting!
I made some rice Krispy treats this weekend. :) they’re AMAZING!!!!
My grandma’s cooking. As a flight attendant, even after trying all the delicacies the world provides, home cooked food is still the best <3
The best thing I ate this weekend was my favorite chocolate cupcakes with a new peanut butter frosting I “whipped” up. Delicious! Hit of the Super Bowl party!
The best thing I ate this weekend was homemade Galaktopoureko. Delicious!
I made coconut key lime pie. It was amazing!
football shaped brownies with chocolate ganache, in a pool of salted caramel. ummm!
The best thing I ate this weekend is a Filipino dish called sinigang. My husband makes it and it’s a favorite in our house.
Red Velvet cupcakes! Left overs from a wedding order this weekend:)
The best thing I ate this weekend was a Lindt chocolate bar, more specifically – the Caramel “with a touch of sea salt” bar. IT IS SO GOOD. Gosh. I nearly cried – it was that good. That could’ve been my hormones too, but I would like to think that it was due to the chocolate.
Also, OMG – those cupcakes look fantastic. You just inspired me to go out and buy one of those torches too.
The best thing that I ate this weekend was a chocolate cake with cheesecake swirls and caramel. I shared it with my lovely bestfriend while watching the hunger games.
The best thing I ate was actually a yummy salad that had feta, salami, cheese, peppers, olives, with Itallian dressing. SO good!
I found a recipie for Cronuts and made them this weekend. First attempt at making these, it was a long process but well worth it. They were pretty tasty!
Superbowl snacks (wings, pizza pinwheels, etc.)
Vanilla sponge cake with whipped chocolate buttercream. A delicious classic!!
every layer of those cupcakes look amazing!
the best thing I ate this weekend was, Salted caramel Macarons!!!!
of course buffalo chicken wings!!!
The best thing I ate this weekend was a yummy, sweet, syrupy “gulab jamun” after a delicious Indian takeout from a local restaurant. Mmmmmm
Cheesecake for my dad’s birthday!
Best thing I ate was swordfish Sebastian from Kruse and Muer. Mmmm
The best thing I ate was homemade French silk pie at a super bowl party. Melted in my mouth – so good!
My husband made the best chocolate mousse with Grand Marnier for the Super Bowl!!!
The best thing I ate this weekend was chocolate babka from The Ritz diner in NJ!
The best thing I ate was a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles! It was decadent!
I made a thick vegetable soup in the crockpot. It was the perfect food for a cozy, stay-at-home-with-the-family winter weekend!
Guacamole! Mmmmm. But I would have loved a cupcake more!
I made some flourless chocolate cake.
watching it fall was so much fun. :D and my boyfriend loved the cake so much he kept hiding it from people so they wouldn’t ask for it. haha.
dark chocolate hershey kisses!
There’s too many things to choose from! My husband and I went out for our anniversary Friday night, and it was great!
I made some dairy free fudge with coconut milk. It is amazing!
My tastiest treat was also from Trader Joe’s . . . dark chocolate covered pretzels. Just the right combo of salt & sweet with a slightly bitter edge! Didn’t care much about the game, but those were gooooooood!
cinnamon bun cupcakes from SugarBabe cupcakes in PA
nachos with potatoes and black beans…yum!!
My homemade pizza on Friday night:) yum!!!
I had probably three scoops of bittersweet chocolate ice cream (yikes!). But it was very delicious :)
Ate amazing macaroons my husband brought from Switzerland – wow!
My hubby made the best BBQ beef ribs and I made twice baked, garlic, bacon and cheese mashed potatoes! SO GOOD!!
I baked cinnamon rolls with cream cheese glaze. My. Kids loved it.
Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread!
Monster Cookie Ice cream…yum!
We had roast, potatoes and carrots and lemon cupcakes for Superbowl Sunday.
I ate peanut butter crackers wherein the peanut butter was freshly ground from the farmer’s market. Not exactly s’mores, but definitely yummy! :)
My husband and I went out for Mexican… yum!
Pecan pie bar….bars:)
Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. Yum!
Warm chocolate brownie pudding!!!!! Delicious!!!!
Beef randang, made for our family chinese new year celebrations.
My husband and I made pancakes and sausage for our daughter and granddaughter.
That would be Freedom Farms Donut Shop!! (owned & operated by the farm kings!)
Hmm…that’s a tough one but I would have to say donuts from the Farm Kings Donut Shop! YUM!!
Bergamot Lemon Meringue Bars – So delicious!!!
Best thing I ate this weekend was the Red Velvet Oreo Brownies I made for the Super Bowl. It was the first time I made them and I seriously wants to hold the pan hostage!
Ate at Kneader’s. Had the best turkey sandwich ever.
The best thing that I ate had to do with the company. I had a lunch with my sweet hubby to kick off the weekend!
I made a new recipe from Money Saving Mom’s blogsite for our superbowl party last night and it was fantastic! everyone loved it – Banana Cake with Browned Butter Icing, just amazing.
But This cupcake recipe looks delicious. My daughter’s 15th birthday is tomorrow and she loved chocolate and cheesecakes, so I want to try these cupcakes for her birthday.
A little bowl of chocolate chips!
What an amazing book! Those cupcakes just look SO good… I really want to try them!
a veggie/hummus wrap sooo good!
My husband’s bean soup and cornbread.
Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough
I made cherry limeade cupcakes that were delicious!
Peanut butter mini cupcakes
Went to the lake,with husband and KFC, had their lemon cake for the topper of the day!!
The best thing I ate was buckwheat pancakes with blueberries!
Leftover Christmas desserts from the freezer… Best ever!
I love the cupcakes!
I had some amazing smoked fried chicken…yum!
Yum ! A new favorite :)
Homemade copycat Pokey Stix!
My Dad’s BBQ ribs!
A decadent treat of Wings, Guacamole & Queso with friends at Superbowl party. Can’t wait to make these!
The best snack this weekend, apple slices with warm caramel and dark chocolate on top.
That book looks awesome. And so is your cupcake.
I had Tuxedo Dark Chocolate Mouse Cake with my family and we loved it!
Wow-I need that book! These are stunning. Oh, I need a kitchen torch, too. Putting it on my wish list. :)
homemade vegetarian vegetable soup…and I made it! :) these cupcakes are intriguing…must try!
The best thing I ate this week was a strawberry ice cream :)
A yummu sweet mango :D. It was perfection.
Mango milkshake from bobby’s burger palace :D. Awesome cupcakes :D
Best thing I ate was probably the steakhouse filet salad from Texas Roadhouse. Best thing I made was Sriracha Caramel Corn…actually pretty good!
The best thing I ate was waffles :)
When out to a speciality hamburg restruant!
Best thing I ate was a piece of chocolate torte. Back to the diet today! ;)
It’s a toss up – scratch made fudgey brownies or cheesey, spicy, sausagey, beany Super Bowl dip with a few extra kicks to make it different and delicious (I’m a sucker….a dip sucker). It’s just so yummy!
This weekend I had amazing meatloaf, made just like my grandmother’s. I also ate won ton sausage cups surfing the super bowl! Delicious!
Peppermint/Chocolate Ice Cream Cake :)
A rich decadent chocolate cake I made with my kids for my birthday. Yum!
I made/ate a yummy Fuji apple cream cheese jello!
My husband’s no-knead bread, fresh out of the oven with soft salted butter and roasted garlic.
Homemade Kettle Corn – YUM!
Caprese sandwich on Saturday. It was delicious!
Brownies, so delicious!!!
Pannetone bread pudding! Yum!
The best thing I are this weekend was zucchini banana oat bread that I made. So moist and delicious!!
We ate banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, topped with candied bacon and a chocolate drizzle! They were delicious!
German Chocolate Cake yummy!!
Loved the video and recipe. Best thing I ate this weekend was the banana bread with chocolate chips,I made for my family. Yummy.
I ate way too much queso.
Classic black and white cookies :) This book looks adorable!
Best thing I ate this weeked was a new recipe I tried chicken cordon bleu casserole
taco stuffed shells…yummm
My roast chicken. Yum yum!
The best thing I ate was a gooey caramel cheesecake. Yumm!
a Coconut tart Huuummmm !!!!
The best thing I ate was a layered salad my nine year old daughter made. She made her own dressing and everything…it was really good. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.
Best thing I ate this weekend was my homemade ziti.
Wings and football with a dessert of chocolate cake !!!!
Best thing I ate was an English Sunday lunch with family.
Kiwi cake – sponge base, whipped cream with yogurt on that, and topped with kiwi slices and a glaze. Very fresh, not too sweet, and definitely healthy (thanks to the kiwi and yogurt) :-)
Buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese coleslaw
I’m on a diet… ugh!!! So, the yummiest thing I ate was an egg white omlet with spinach, red peppers, mushrooms, and onions. I did use real butter to cook it… please don’t tell!
Best thing I ate this weekend ? Tough one !
Maybe my pepperoni pizza enchiladas !
I had to work (waitress) during the Super (bad ending) Bowl. My boss had one of our cooks whip up some shredded pork nachos for the employees! So YUM!
I looooove this! I want to bake them right now. Oh i had a great turkey dinner
This book is awesome/adorable/i want to start baking right now!! The best thing i ate was a turkey dinner courtesy of my husband. Who said turkey dinners just for thanksgiving?!?!
I made a Tuscaloosa tollhouse pie that was rich and yummy’
The best thing I ate was Flour-less Orange Cake :)
the passionfruit curd I made smothered on hot toast!
spicy ahi sushi – yum!
The best thing I ate this weekend was a chicken burger after a long warrior race!
A slice of my Red Velvet Cake!!!
chocolate and its familiy !
I had the best homemade pizza ever!!! It was sooo mouth-watering and definitely the ideal Saturday treat!!!
I had some homemade banana bread muffins, fooled myself into thinking it was healthy dispite all the sugar :)
Ugh. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that my favorite thing I ate this weekend was Lil Smokies wrapped in crescent rolls.
Scrambled eggs with an avocado & chilli salsa on corn tortillas…yum!
White Chocolate Chip cookies!
I had homemade chocolate fudge! Deeeeeelishh????
I was testing different monkey bread flavours. DELICIOUS!
My husband treated me to afternoon tea at Claridges hotel in London who are renowned for their high teas. :)
Mexican food for the superbowl tonight!
That book looks cute! And the best thing I ate was football shaped pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting :)
I made cauliflower popcorn! and I’m definitely going to make these smores cupcakes!
I ate Dark chocolate fudge pralines… Super delicious ??????
I can’t wait to try this recipe! I just got a torch also so I’m excited to use it. I made deconstructed Jalapeño poppers this weekend. They were delish!
Fish and chips
Homemade chewy chocolate chip cookies :)
Breakfast was my best meal this weekend. I had a prawn & cheese omlet with toast & hasbrowns
I ate a delicious curry!
My dad came back from a business trip to Switzerland with different kinds of cheese, so my husband and I spent a romantic evening with a cheese fondu.
After doing a full fast day (only 500cal) on Sunday I had a spinach salad topped with salty, squeaky haloumi cheese and a poached egg…yummo!!
The best thing I ate was nachos that my fiance made for the superbowl! :)
Prawn and cheese omlet with hashbrowns and toast so yummy at local hotel and restaurant the red rock
These look so good! I don’t have a torch but going to try and find a way to do them without. This weekend the best thing I ate were the cookies baked by my 5 year old. We’re in the UK and super bowl isn’t big over here so no party or snacks for us!
I got to share delicious Afternoon Tea treats with other mommies.
The best thing I ate was 4 Alarm wings from Wingdome!
The best thing I ate this weekend was flourless chocolate torte!
I had the most delicious Umami burger!! It’s melt in your mouth goodness!! Xox :D
I had the most delicious Umami burger. It’s melt in your mouth goodness!! :) xox ?
These cupcakes look amazing!
Fruchoc ice-cream cake – twas my birthday :-D ps fruchoc’s are a small apricot fruit bite covered in chocolate.
A Tiramisu cupcake from Cupcake Royale!
The best thing I ate this weekend was chocolate covered ginger from trader joe’s…yum!
Sushi. Date night on Friday. It was delicious!