My idea of camping is a reservation at a Holiday Inn. With that said, I do enjoy the benefits of camping…….like smores. Who doesn’t love smores? Warm melted chocolate and marshmallowey goodness. (is that a word? Yes, I think it is now)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter (3 sticks)
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
- 8 large egg whites
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Place graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and melted butter in a large bowl. Stir until well combined.
Line mini muffin tins with cupcake liners. Place approximately 2 teaspoons graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottom of each liner and pack crumbs into the bottom of the liner. Place 1 teaspoon of the chopped bittersweet chocolate on top of the graham cracker crumbs. Transfer the muffin tins to the oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on medium low-speed, beat until mixture has cooled, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla, and then cocoa mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream and beating until just combined after each.
Add batter to graham cracker crust, filling liners approximately three-quarters full. Push two mini marshmallows into the batter and bake cupcakes approximately 16 minutes, rotating halfway through, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer tis to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.
Transfer bowl to an 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. Use immediately.
Frost cupcakes and lightly brown if desired with a kitchen blow torch. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container up to 2 days.
I got an idea for this cupcake when I saw a brownie recipe where they added a couple of mini marshmallows. I started imagining how melted marshmallow would taste in a cupcake and before you know it my mind had me sitting outside the Holiday Inn at a fire pit and I had smores in my hand. A chocolatety smores cupcake. (and yes, chocolatety is a word too)
This recipe does take a few steps but the process is worth it. You will not be able to do this over an open fire but you can make them and eat them in front of a fire. It’s the same thing. Just like a reservation with the Holiday Inn is like camping. It’s all how you look at it.
I hope you enjoy these. Bon Appetite!