Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Smores Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for a co-worker's birthday. They were pretty darn easy and show stoppers! Tons of people kept coming up asking how to make these. Well, if your wondering - here's how:

Makes 24 cupcakes:
1 large package of mini marshmallows
1.5 c Graham Crackers
5 tbsp Butter (melted)
.25 c Granulated Sugar
Box Chocolate Cake Mix - plus req ingredients (oil, water, eggs)
Optional topping of Hershey bar pieces or additional graham crackers

First - preheat oven according to box mix. Prepare 1 package of about 10 crackers (my box came in 3 packages to a box) - crush them in a food mixer until crumbs, add 5 tbsp of melted butter and 1/4 cup of sugar. Place a heaping spoonful of mixture in each of the cupcake liners. Next take a small cup and squish the graham cracker mixture into a nice crust on the bottom of each liner (think making a cheesecake). Place in the oven and bake for 5 min.

Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate cake mix as directed on the box. Spoon the mixture into the liners to fill 3/4 full. Bake as directed on the box.

For the marshmallow topping, you need patience. Get everything out and ready to go before starting. A small sauce pan. A small bowl filled with mini marshmallows and your *cooled* cupcakes. Warning - only do small batches at a time. You want to use about 1/4-1/2 of the bag of marshmallows for melting and the others for sticking on top. Take a handful of marshmallows and put them in the sauce pan over medium heat and stir until melted. Next, icing a cupcake with melted marshmallow and then stick directly down into the bowl of marshmallows. The mini marshmallows will only stick when the melted marshmallow is really melted, gooey and hot. You can only do one at a time and about 4-5 before I recommend melting another handful. I reiterate -small batches are key. Once all cupcakes have been "topped", you can melt with a blow torch or the broiler. When using the broiler, watch your cupcakes like a hawk. They will only need 30 seconds to a minute!

I topped them with pieces of a Hershey bar or graham cracker. Optional. Enjoy!

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