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 too OR skip down below for the giveaway.

S’mores Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes



  • 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


  1. MAKE THE CRUST FIRST: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, 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.
  5. FOR THE CUPCAKES: After crusts are prepared, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake about 16-20 minutes until done. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!


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.


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1,071 comments on “S’mores Cupcakes”

  1. The pecan pie our neighbor brought us from the Flying Saucer Pie Company here in Houston!

  2. I love the spicy chicken wings we had!

  3. a barbeque chicken sandwich from Whole Foods!

  4. I made (and devoured) creme egg blondies! So delish, definitely a keeper of a recipe.

  5. Mmmm. Found a little Mediterranean restaurant in Houston on Friday and it. was. delicious.

    3 different kinds of hummus, tzatziki, gyro meat, beef and spinach meatballs, stuff I can’t remember or pronounce. Oh, heavens.

  6. The best thing I had this weekend was a cookie cake…but not the traditional kind – a cake in a 9×13 pan, but like a cookie. Moist, yummy goodness!!!!

  7. Chocolate macarons.

  8. those look SO DELISH :)

  9. I made a chocolate dessert that was pretty darn good!

  10. The best thing I ate was sweet and sour chicken!

  11. my mom’s homemade shortbread cookies!!!!

  12. Sorry about the bowel snacks…..should have been bowl. I am a medical transcriptionist and type that word often. LOL

  13. The best thing I ate this was homemade garlic pizza!

  14. Super bowel snacks.

  15. Wings and Onion Rings… Great Football watching finger food.

  16. I baked ribs yesterday–delish!

  17. Ham & cheese sliders–super greasy, super good!

  18. Chili Cheese Dip for Superbowl party, yummy!

  19. Spiced duck breast at Chambar in Vancouver, BC. So good….

  20. Cake pops/balls, homemade by me (following your directions)

  21. Detroit-style pizza & I just had the last leftover slice! Too good.

  22. My cousin makes the best grilled BBQ chicken! It’s always my fave when we have family get togethers

  23. I had delicious BBQ!

  24. A couple of girlfriends and I went to this great restaurant called The Warehouse in Marina del Rey, CA to hear a fun 11-piece rock band perform in the lounge – we all had this huge and amazing brownie and cappuccino ice cream sundae with tons of warm, thick chocolate fudge sauce – it was sooo delicious!!!

  25. The best thing I ate this weekend was brisket hash and topped it off with an amazing caramel latte! OMG it was all amazing!!

  26. Eclair cake made for my best friend’s birthday. It was simply divine!

  27. I made a 5 ingredient potato soup yesterday and it was delicious. Simple, quick, and tasty.

  28. Chocolate peanut butter brownies. So rich and yummy!

  29. Oh. Those cupcakes look delicious!! best thing I ate this weekend, oddly enough was a salad. It was pretty basic, although I did add goat cheese and a granny smith apple to spice it up.

  30. Was ill this weekend so didn’t eat much, but went to the movies and the popcorn tasted so good for some reason!

  31. My daughter’s favorite–Queso made with Rotel tomatoes and green chilies and good old Velveeta.

  32. The best thing I ate were oreo truffles. :) Yummy!

  33. Pistachio gelato from Whole Foods. To. Die. For.

    Can’t wait to make these, though!

  34. Homemade peanut butter swirled brownies from scratch. Mmmmmm!

  35. A big thick juicy cheeseburger with avacado slices followed by homemade smores cupcakes. MMMM!

  36. A meatball sub from a small shop new to my town, I ate it for three meals in a row!

  37. Zesty chicken wings from my local Lucky’s market. Lot’s of their deli stuff is yucky — but boy, oh boy — the zesty wings are perfectly seasoned and of course, fatty. Just writing this makes me think I need to buy some more!

  38. My strawberry cupcakes made from fresh strawberries!

  39. we made a leg of lamb and the house smelled edible!

  40. white chocolate, cranberry oatmeal cookies. Yum!

  41. homemade eclairs!

  42. Brownies with chocolate chips and walnuts!

  43. Chicken Fingers and Fries! I’m on a diet so that was a real treat!

  44. Best thing I ate this weekend was puff pastry spread with huckleberry pepper jelly and rolled up with a chicken apple sausage inside. Yummy!

  45. Coconut Joy Ice Cream.

  46. Speckled eggs! – well not actual eggs, but those yummy jelly-centred Chocolated, candy coated egg sweeties you get! I ate like 5 packets, I’m so ashamed – They were awesome though!

  47. Yummy Superbowl food! Cheesy bread, spinach dip, brownies…. and the list goes on!

  48. I had cookies from the Great American Cookie Company. Those are so good! They were for a Super Bowl party we went to.

  49. Homemade flour tortillas, warm with butter–so good!

  50. I had Kneaders cinnamon fench toast. It’s to die for!

  51. homemade beef stew for Sunday dinner

  52. Nothing too exciting but we made homemade pizza’s for the big game.

  53. I made chocolate muffins with red wine so yammy!

  54. Chocolate aChip Fudge brownies! Yum!! :)

  55. The best thing I ate this weekend was nearly an entire bag of Lindor caramel truffles!

  56. Toffee Cookie Butter cookies served warm with a scoop of Blue Bell….yum!

  57. A red velvet shake from Steak’n’Shake. It was a cheat day! (OK, technically a drink, but there were little bits of cake in it and it was sooooo good.)

  58. Homemade banana nut muffins! :)

  59. We actually made a fire in the snow after snowshoeing & had roasted sauges over the firepit. Best weekend ever.

  60. The best thing I ate this weekend was falafel. It wasn’t sweet but it was soooo goooood!!!

  61. Nothing better than BBQ Pork Ribs on SuperBowl Sunday with caramel popcorn to snack on.

  62. I made a poundcake that was super good – tasted just like my grandma’s!!!

  63. Buffalo Chicken Dip at a Super Bowl party! Yummy!!

  64. Strawberry Shortcake!

  65. A yogurt-orange cake..yummm

  66. I made a football cake for the Super Bowl and that was pretty yummy ;)

  67. I had a delicious Avocado Omelet.

  68. The best were definitely gourmet cupcakes from a bakery in the city. I may or may not have split six of them with my husband– you know, so I could taste them all!

  69. My husband made the most delicious pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

  70. Cheese sticks!

  71. Chili con carne with all the fixings at our Super Bowl party!

  72. I had buttermilk brownies with fudge frosting!!so yummy almost ate the whole pan cause i was stressing about my poor broncos

  73. I made football oreo truffles from a post of yours awhile back. They were delicious!!

  74. Coca-Cola Cake. so yum!

  75. Pulled chicken nachos with homemade guacamole.

  76. S’mores and cupcakes?! My two favorite things combined!!! Can’t wait to make these!! I had the most delicious homemade jalapeno poppers with bacon made from scratch!! Spicy but delicious!!

  77. hibachi chicken and rice yummy!

  78. We had home made salsa and chips during the game! Yum!

  79. A sun-dried tomato mini-tartlet for Super Bowl-Yummy!!

  80. The best thing I ate this weekend was apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream!

  81. I made my super crispy fried Salt & Pepper Chicken wings for Superbowl Sunday :) So excited about this book!!

  82. Buttered Popcorn. It was family fun day Saturday, we saw Frozen…it was adorable! Thx :)

  83. The best thing I ate this weekend was gummy bears during the super bowl! I made my own oreo truffle footballs, but sometimes I enjoy sweets more when I didn’t have to make them :)

  84. A Patty Melt!

  85. Homemade Asian sweet dough bread. So soft, yummy!

  86. Jalepeno popper dip – where has it been all my life!

  87. The best thing I ate was on Sunday. My hubby and I went to Off the Grid food trucks. We had chicken and waffles, with mac and cheese and collard greens with bacon! So good! Writing about it makes me want some right now!

  88. I had so many goodies this weekend! But the BEST was the CHOCOLATE COVERED BLUEBERRIES! Oh yummy!

  89. my best edible this weekend were lemon shortbread thins dipped in tea! mmmm delicious!

  90. The best thing I ate was a Chinese sticky rice my mom made (it was Chinese New Years!) Yumm. And I made some killer sweet potato cupcakes. I ate too much.

  91. I had german chocolate cheesecake :) Sooo good!!!!!

  92. A sushi burrito from the Jogasaki food truck! Every time I see that truck I HAVE TO get one! They are awesome!

  93. I had the most amazing spoon of Biscoff Cookie spread and Peanut Butter Co’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter spread! AMAZIIINNG! Definitely hoping to incorporate into some treats soon!

  94. We made chocolate chip cookies. Straight up–always reliably good.

  95. I made dark chocolate brownies for Super Bowl. The recipe came from The Pioneer Woman. Very good.

  96. My mums roast beef Sunday dinner! Traditional and delicious!

  97. Butter Chicken for dinner on saturday. Yummy!

  98. pumpkin cream cheese truffles

  99. Best thing I had to eat this weekend? A small and simple bowl of vanilla ice cream with miniature marshmallows, shredded coconut, and warm caramel syrup. Yum diillyisious!

  100. kalamata olive hummus

  101. 8 layer dip, I ate it all day lol it was my dinner!

  102. I had one of these delicious cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle! They are so yummy and I love their little shop!

  103. The best thing I ate this weekend was stuffed pizza bites.

  104. I had chips and dip. I can’t remember the last time I had this.

  105. I love this S’mores cupcake recipe! As for yummy food, I made a delicious Buffalo Chicken pizza last night. Thank you Pinterest!

  106. The best thing I ate this weekend was a ruby red grapefruit. Juicy and delicious! Oh wait maybe it was the eggs benedict with potatoes on the side or it could be the air popped popcorn…so many choices. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  107. I had a piece of very yummy cherry cheesecake!

  108. I finally made some Caramel Coconut Cupcakes! So good!!

  109. For hubby’s bday and the super bowl, I made brownies with thick Hershey’s candy bars in the middle. Served it with vanilla ice cream.

  110. Limited edition peppermint Oreos– soooo addictive!

  111. The best thing I ate was taco salad for the Super Bowl! Yum yum!

  112. CHIPS AND SALSA! YUM!!!! :O)

  113. I made banana white chocolate chip muffins and they were delicious!

  114. It’s hard to choose, but my little niece is now getting into baking and she made peppermint brownies. So good!

  115. I had a bowl of vanilla ice cream (I don’t do that very often) and it tasted really good!!

  116. Our Super Bowl snacks! Homemade mozzarella sticks, pigs in blankets and ice-cream sundaes!

  117. The best thing I ate was homemade Biscoff ice cream. Delicious!

  118. My favorite pralines & cream ice cream!

  119. The best thing i ate this weekend was sliced mango

  120. Homemade chicken ranch wraps while watching the Super Bowl…enjoyed that more than the game!

  121. These are just so lovely.
    I’m going to ask St. Valentine’s for a marble pastry board and a kitchen torch!

  122. Grilled redfish…delish!

  123. It’s a tie between the red velvet cupcakes and queso. I couldn’t get enough of either!

  124. Super Bowl bread it has sausage, cheese, and spicy peppers.

  125. Our friend brought a huge tupperware full of plain inari sushi to the Super Bowl party we attended, and I couldn’t stop eating them. So simple, but so great.

  126. A warm gooey chocolate chip cookie :)

  127. Superbowl taco salad!

  128. A big delicious bowl of chili with a baguette.

  129. Went out for Vietnamese! Delish.

  130. My favorite thing I ate this weekend was this indian dish called a samosa. Delicious!

  131. The best thing I had this weekend was a veggie frittata. It was delicious, packed full of veggies, and a surprising hit!

  132. I made mini brownie fudge cupcakes! :)

  133. Chocolate super bowl cupcakes.

  134. The best thing I ate were half a batch of homemade almond cookies for Chinese New Years!! Whoops :) <33!

  135. Strawberry Chex Muddy Mix :)

  136. I had some yummy buffalo chicken nachos at a Super Bowl party!

  137. Buckeye dip with new pretzel spoons!

  138. The dinner I had Sunday was delicious! Baked chicken, green beans, and corn bread muffies!

  139. dark chocolate almond bark! oh my yummm

  140. homemade rice pudding…mmmmm

  141. beef stroganoff, yum!

  142. I ate Chcolate Cheese came mmmm my favorite :)

  143. Thanks for the giveaway!! My 6-year-old and I made a mocha ice cream pie for my mother-in-law’s birthday that was a surprising smash hit!

  144. We had delicious bacon wrapped little smokies at our Super Bowl party (Go Hawks!)

  145. I went away this weekend and had some Caribbean Jerk BBQ chicken.. Mmm MMmm Good !

  146. I’m wishing I ate these! But I had a yummy bowl of ice cream!

  147. Finally made a good batch of gluten free brownies, and made pistachio cupcakes for everyone else!!

  148. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies!!!

  149. Mini-cimmanon rolls for dessert last night

  150. The best thing I ate this weekend was strawberry frozen yogurt with dinosaur sprinkles! :D

  151. I made Smitten Kitchen’s yummy Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies….filled with craisins and walnuts…they were delicious!

  152. We made great brownies yesterday. This book looks really fun!

  153. I had an awesome Super Bowl meal…made homemade pull pork sandwiches for the first time and they were the bomb!

  154. The best thing I ate this weekend was a DELICIOUS crepe filled with pesto, spinach leaves, tomatoes, and mozzarella!

  155. The best thing I ate this weekend was a donut from Dunkin Donuts. I have been trying to watch what I eat, so that was a yummy treat!

  156. Best thing I ate?? Um, a bowl of Lucky Charms :)

  157. Chilie…Cold weather, cold game, great bowl of hot chili!!

  158. Mint chocolate chip cookies

  159. The best thing I ate this weekend was definitely greek yoghurt mixed with honey drained walnuts. Best, healthiest snack you’ll have ever had. But very addictive! Ooh even thinking about it makes me want it.

  160. My dad made some delicious fried shrimp!

  161. Best thing I ate this weekend was pad thai :))

  162. My friend made crostinis with a basil pesto and sweet potatoes. It was so delicious! Love anything with sweet potatoes!

  163. Delicious pineapple curry!!

  164. It was a project weekend, so no cooking…almost all takeout! However, I did take a popcorn break and made popcorn with coconut oil…yum!

  165. Since it was Chinese New Year we had some sweet and sour pork from my favourite place! We eat sweet and sour pork all the time but not from this one restaurant. It’s so good!

  166. The best thing I ate this weekend was homemade soy and sesame oil roasted Chicken :)

  167. Chocolate chip waffles from Waffle House!

  168. Chocolate peanut butter cup gelato…oh my.

  169. Nachos of course.

  170. Homemade potato skins for the superbowl!

  171. I shared a platter of Vegetarian Tacos with a vegan friend – YUM :)

  172. Best thing = my husband’s first try at eggs Benedict. He nailed it!

  173. Tiramisu cheesecake from TLC Cheesecake!

  174. I made the S’mores cupcakes and my neighbors helped eat them. Wow, they want more. I am always baking and cooking something and I share with my neighbors. But these were mmmgoood

  175. Chicken Tandoori for lunch on sunday. Yummy!

  176. A sub sandwich from Jersey Mikes soo good!

  177. Had some delicious egg rolls for Chinese’s New Year! :)

  178. Homemade brownies :)

  179. My husband’s chili mac. Sticks to your ribs on a cold blustery day!

  180. Sweet! The new Butterfinger Cups. Oh so tasty!

  181. I made Martha Stewart’s cream cheese pound cake…..soooo good. Top it with sweetened whipped cream and berries…..yum!

  182. I tried a new recipe and made a Salmon Pie. It was divine!

  183. the best thing i ate was a slice of pizza

  184. Had Korean tofu pot for dinner, then took a quick stroll to H-Mart and bought some fresh salmon sashimi and uni to eat at home while sipping hot tea–Delicious! Perfect way to end a Saturday evening.

  185. Vanilla cupcakes made by me :) Deeeelicious! ?

  186. My mom’s spaghetti…it’s my fave!

  187. The same thing I eat every Sunday during football season – Alton Brown’s Buffalo Wings. Simply the best!!

  188. The best thing I ate this weekend were some delicious, potstickers to celebrate the Chinese New year.

  189. I think the best thing I ate (drank) this weekend was hot chocolate.

  190. Mint chocolate triffle dessert.

  191. Super Bowl Foods

  192. Sushi!!!

  193. 7 layer dip at a super bowl party

  194. Home made pizza! yumm!

  195. The best things I ate was some chinese food…not too exciting but it hit the spot!

  196. black sesame “pudding” from dim sum

  197. I had to work all weekend so … the best thing I ate was when I had a chance to shove chocolate in my mouth!

  198. Chocolate chip cookie dough!!

  199. A Thai appetizer dip at our Super Bowl party

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