With this S’mores Cupcakes recipe, campfire feeling is guaranteed. Soft graham cracker cupcakes with a crunchy graham cracker crust, topped with delicious chocolate ganache, and fluffy marshmallow frosting. With video!
Who doesn’t love campfires?
Sitting around a fire on a mild summer night is something magical. I love to sit in front of the fire and alternately to stare into the fire and into the sky. Chatting, laughing, and singing with your friends, and enjoy the night.
There are too little nights like this. I would love to have more time to do that more often. It brings you down to earth and slows you down. Forget the smartphone, forget the TV. Just you and nature.
I hope that till next campfire Mario learns how to play guitar because he built his own guitar. And he is going to play it. No matter what. I really, really hope he can play it…
What is THE campfire treat? Right, s’mores! I’m a sucker for s’mores.
That toasted, warm, and gooey marshmallow between chocolate bars and graham crackers is so delicious. I love to play around with it and squeeze it that the marshmallow oozes out and all over my fingers. It seems that I’ll never grow up in some ways.
Because such campfire situations happen too seldom in my life, I need to bring campfire feeling to my home. This S’mores Cupcakes recipe is the best way to do so.
The Graham Cracker Cupcakes.
For the graham cracker cupcakes, I used this S’mores Cake recipe as a starting point.
I decided to replace a part of the flour with finely crushed graham cracker crumbs to get graham cracker taste into my cupcakes.
The graham cracker cupcakes are soft, moist, and have a great flavor. They fit perfectly to the chocolate ganache and the marshmallow frosting.
For me, authentic S’mores Cupcakes need to have a graham cracker batter.
Think about s’mores.
- The marshmallow is gooey - like the frosting of this cupcakes.
- The chocolate is tenderly melting - like the chocolate ganache of this cupcakes.
So 2 parts out of 3 are very authentic and close to real campfire s’mores.
Then we need graham crackers. Ok, cupcakes are not crunchy like graham crackers. This is a fact. But I wanted to have a little crunch in the cupcakes, so I added a graham cracker crust as a bottom of the cupcakes.
That graham cracker crust is the key and the 3rd important part to a very authentic s'mores experience. I can honestly say, that I've never had more authentic S'mores Cupcakes before.
The Chocolate Ganache.
I recommend making the chocolate ganache in the beginning and let it stay until you start frosting the cupcakes. When it is too warm, it is too thin and would run down the cupcakes.
Spoon the cooled chocolate ganache on top of the cooled cupcakes. If the chocolate ganache is not smooth anymore, reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds.
Because the chocolate ganache is made of chocolate bars and whipping cream, it tastes like pure chocolate bars but creamy.
Go with the brand you love, but for me, nothing can compete with Hershey's milk chocolate bars. This is THE s'mores chocolate for me.
The Marshmallow Meringue Frosting.
You can decide:
- make your own marshmallow meringue frosting that tastes like marshmallow cream but is stiff enough that it holds its shape
- frost your cupcakes with store-bought marshmallow cream
- top your cupcakes with big marshmallows
I don't know how about you. But #1 is my absolute favorite. If you are not in the mood for making the frosting, then #3 seems to be the best alternative.
The marshmallow meringue frosting can be toasted with a kitchen torch like marshmallows.
Using store-bought marshmallow cream would be super delicious as well, but the consistency is not the best for frosting cupcakes. We all love marshmallow cream, and we all do know that it is super gooey. It wouldn't stay on top of your cupcakes. It would run down the sides.
To make marshmallow meringue frosting on your own is not that hard as you might think. You don't do much more than whisking, and mixing, and mixing, and mixing until the meringue is stiff and glossy.
Because the egg whites are warmed, you don't need to be worried about salmonella, and the frosting won't weep either.
This S'mores Cupcakes recipe
- is the most authentic and best s'mores cupcakes recipe
- doesn't require a campfire (but you could bring them to a campfire, your friends and family would be grateful)
- is super s'mores-licious
Does anyone have any recommendations on a guitar-playing-crash course? Seriously.
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The Best S'mores Cupcakes Recipe
- 1 cup chocolate bars, finely chopped (170g)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream (80ml)
graham cracker crust
- 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs (80g)
- 3 tbsp butter, melted (42g)
- 1 tbsp granulated white sugar (12g)
graham cracker cupcakes
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (90g)
- 3/8 cup all-purpose flour (45g)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup oil (120ml)
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar (100g)
- 1 large egg
- 2 vanilla beans* (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
- 1/2 cup buttermilk (120ml)
marshmallow meringue frosting
- 3 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup caster sugar (150g)
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners (this recipe yields about 16 cupcakes). Set aside.
- Make the chocolate ganache: Place chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set aside. Heat heavy cream in the microwave for about 1 minute or until very hot and almost boiling. Pour over chocolate. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and combined. If chocolate doesn't melt completely, then put the bowl into the microwave a few seconds. Set aside until you start frosting the cupcakes.
- Make the graham cracker crust: In a small bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar until evenly moist. Press into the bottoms of your cupcake liners. Bake for 5 minutes until the tops are set. Set aside.
- Make the graham cracker cupcakes: In a medium-sized bowl, stir graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder, and salt to combine. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment beat egg and sugar on medium speed until creamy and combined for about 2 minutes. Add oil and vanilla* and mix on low speed until combined. Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk to the batter and mix on low speed just until combined. Begin and end with dry ingredients.
- Spoon batter with an ice cream scoop into the cupcake liners on top of the baked graham cracker crust and fill 2/3 that your cupcakes don't sink or spill over the sides. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick centered in the middle comes out clean. I baked mine for 18 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before frosting.
- Make the marshmallow meringue: Fill a saucepan 2 inches high with water and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl (preferably glass) and set over the saucepan. The bowl should not touch the water. Whisk continuously for 3-5 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved. (Make sure the meringue doesn't get too hot, or the egg whites will cook through, and the meringue won't be stiff but lumpy. Remove from saucepan in-between to cool down a bit, if necessary.) The meringue should be warm to the touch. Remove from heat and beat with an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on high speed until shiny, glossy, and stiff peaks form, for about 5-7 minutes.
- Spread the chocolate ganache on top of the cupcakes. Frost cupcakes and store in an airtight container at room temperature or the fridge for up to 2 days.