(originally posted 2012)
Every year my husband has the whole month of July off from work so we fill our canteens with family adventures and memories. But then August marks the end of summer and it’s back to the grind for everyone. August 10th is National S’mores Day!
S’mores are the kind of treat that are so good but such a nightmare when you’re camping with kids. Gooey marshmallow and chocolate smeared all over their face, clothes, and hair with no running water in sight. And the dirt just loves itself some melted marshmallow. It usually ends with me giving all my kids a baby wipe bath and surrendering to the s’mores.
You don’t have to go through all that to enjoy s’mores. This S’mores Cake has a graham cracker cake filled with marshmallow creme and topped with a milk chocolate frosting.
I garnished mine with mini-marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cracker crumbs. I’ve been dying to use my kitchen torch that I got for Christmas so I gave my marshmallows a little toast but it’s definitely not necessary. The middle is oozing out in this picture but that’s only because I cut into the cake right away before chilling it. Did I mention that I’m working on my patience? If you chill it your marshmallow center will set up but if you leave it out of the fridge long enough it will go back to this. Which isn’t bad…just messy.
GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS
In this cake the flour is replaced with graham cracker crumbs which results in a moist, coarse-crumbed cake unlike any cake I’ve ever had. I just used a huge Hershey’s bar to make the frosting which is probably against the frosting rules. I’m sure you’re supposed to use nice gourmet milk chocolate but when I think s’mores, the Hershey flavor is what comes to mind.
Yield: 8 servings
This S’mores Cake has a graham cracker cake filled with marshmallow creme and topped with a milk chocolate frosting. Less mess when camping!
Graham Cracker Cake:
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs, yolks and whites divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (see Note)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 (7 ounce jar) marshmallow creme
Milk Chocolate Frosting:
- 8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup cream
- 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
- mini marshmallows
- chocolate chips
- graham cracker crumbs
For the Graham Cracker Cake: Preheat the oven to 375°. Line the bottom of two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment or wax paper. Spray each pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt; stir together and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside. Replace the mixer bowl and fit with the paddle attachment. Cream together the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the egg yolks until well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Add in the dry ingredients alternately with the milk on low speed, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing just until incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, fold in about a third of the egg whites to lighten the batter. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites until completely incorporated. Batter will look a little strange! Don’t be worried.
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake the cakes for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for about 5-10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack, remove the parchment paper, and cool.
Once the cake has cooled completely, transfer one of the cake layers to the serving platter. Carefully spread a layer of marshmallow fluff over the cake, not quite reaching the edges. Top with the remaining cake layer and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm.
Once cake has cooled prepare the Milk Chocolate Frosting. Combine the chocolate, cream, butter and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals or until the chocolate has melted. Whisk the ingredients together until completely smooth. It will be thin. Pour frosting over the top of the chilled cake, allowing it to run down the sides in some places.
Let frosting set slightly so that your decorations don’t just run down the side. Once it has set slightly, garnish with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cracker crumbs. Return to the refrigerator to chill until set.
Cake will set up quickly, and should be stored in the refrigerator if not being served shortly after being assembled.