Classic Marshmallow Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes
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This Classic Marshmallow Chocolate S’mores Cupcake Recipe is PURE HEAVEN! Moist, tender cupcakes with graham crackers, chocolate ganache, and a marshmallow topping that is positively incredible.
These cupcakes are elegant, but low key enough for a backyard barbecue. You just can’t go wrong with making these easy cupcakes.
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Marshmallow Chocolate S’Mores Cupcakes
Cupcakes are a wonderful dessert to bring to any cookout or get together. They are portable, easy to carry, and always bring a smile to the faces of adults and kids alike. What better way to celebrate the birth of America than with these S’more Cupcakes? They’re a perfect twist on a classic s’more we all love!
Graham cracker-lined chocolate cupcakes topped with a chocolate glaze and toasted marshmallow frosting. So ooey and gooey, you don’t even need a campfire to enjoy this classically American treat!
Can I Use a Chocolate Cake Mix Instead?
Yes, you can use a boxed cake mix if you want to. I love the flavor of homemade cake, and it doesn’t take long to mix up, so that is always my preference. However, if you find a great deal on inexpensive cakes or have some you need to get used up, you can easily swap the cake for a premade cake. Do what works best for you, and you can’t go wrong.
Tips for Browning the Marshmallow Topping
It’s important when it comes to browning the marshmallow topping that you always use a torch that is intended for kitchen use. Anything else could be dangerous if you use something that isn’t for food. Make sure you understand how to use the kitchen torch before starting. Using a kitchen torch is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Just lightly brown the tops of the cupcakes, so they don’t get too dark.
Ingredients For Chocolate Cake
Don’t worry, I know it looks like a lot of ingredients at first glance, but I promise everything is pretty straightforward and easy to work with. These are truly easy s’mores cupcakes, and I know you are going to think they are entirely worth the effort.
For the Graham Cracker Base
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Granulated sugar
- Melted butter
For the Chocolate Cake
- All-purpose flour
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Large eggs, room temperature
- Buttermilk, room temperature
- Strong black coffee (just brewed and still warm)
- Vegetable oil
- Vanilla extract
Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache
- Semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- Light corn syrup
Ingredients for Marshmallow Topping
- Large egg whites
- Cream of tartar
- Pure vanilla extract
How to Make S’mores Cupcakes
I can’t wait for you to dig into these s’mores cupcakes! They are something you can’t help but become hooked on. The delicious flavor is unforgettable, and they are simple to make.
First Step: Put the oven rack in the lower-middle position. Warm the oven to 350 degrees F. and line a cupcake pan with baking liners.
Second Step: Combine the graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl. Then place a dollop of the graham cracker mixture into each of the baking cups. You only need about one tablespoon of the mixture for each cupcake. Press them down, so the crust is solid and well-formed. Bake them for 5 minutes, so they harden up and allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes.
Third Step: Mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a stand mixer. Blend in the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla. Beat the ingredients for two minutes on medium speed. The batter is going to be pretty thin, and it’s supposed to be. Place the batter in a glass measuring cup that has a pour spout and pour the batter into the cupcake pan.
Fourth Step: Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick that comes out clean. Take the cupcakes out of the pan and let them cool for 10 minutes.
Fifth Step: Prepare the chocolate glaze by combining the chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat and constantly stir until it’s all melted and a smooth texture. Take the pan off of the heat and let it cool to room temp. Let it sit for 30 minutes so it will thicken and be a spreadable texture. Stir from time to time as it sits.
Sixth Step: Add a thick layer of the chocolate glaze to each of the cupcakes using a spatula. Let them sit for a few minutes. Then pipe the marshmallow topping on each cupcake.
Seventh Step: While the cupcakes and chocolate ganache are cooling, prepare the marshmallow frosting. Put the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar into a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over the top of a saucepan that has water that’s been simmering. Whisk it continually until all the sugar has dissolved, and it’s warm to the touch. This typically takes around 3-4 minutes. Put the mixture into a stand mixer bowl and use the whisk to beat it on low speed. Slowly increase the speed to high until it’s stiff and glossy. This takes around 5-7 minutes. Pour in the vanilla extract and combine.
Eighth Step: Put the frosting in a large decorating bag with a 1M decorating tip. At a 90 degree angle to the cupcake, pipe a spiral of icing. Start out the outer edge and work inward.
Ninth Step: Take a kitchen torch and toast the marshmallow topping, so it looks like a toasted marshmallow. Add a chocolate bar for garnish and serve! Enjoy!
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Classic Marshmallow Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes
For the Graham Cracker Base:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1 cup strong black coffee, just brewed and still warm
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Chocolate Glaze:
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
For the Marshmallow Frosting:
- 8 large egg whites
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
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- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with baking cup liners.
- In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Place a tablespoon sized scoop of the mixture in the bottom of each baking cup. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press down the graham cracker crumbs until they form a solid crust.
- Bake for 5 minutes to allow the base to harden. Cool for 5-10 minutes before filling with cupcake batter.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Batter will be thin. Transfer batter to a glass measuring cup with a pour spout and pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan. Cool the cupcakes in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
- To make the chocolate glaze, in a saucepan, combine the chocolate, butter, and corn syrup over medium heat and stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool in room temperature for about 30 minutes until chocolate thickens to a spreadable consistency. Stir occasionally.
- Using an off-set spatula, spread a thick layer of chocolate glaze on top of each cupcake. Let set for a few minutes before piping marshmallow frosting on top.
- To make the marshmallow frosting, place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Place frosting into a large decorators decorating bag fitted with the 1M decorating tip and approximately 1/4″ above cupcake top at a 90° angle to cupcake surface, pipe a spiral of icing, beginning at the outer edge and working inward. Using a kitchen torch, lightly toast the marshmallow meringue to resemble a toasted marshmallow. Decorate cupcakes with a piece of a chocolate bar if desired.
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