graham crackers and marshmallows and chocolate, oh my!

i think i may have stated before that i'm not a fan of chocolate cake.  it always seems to be too dry and tastes fake to me.  couple that with every s'mores cupcake recipe that i have come across has chocolate cake based cupcakes.  that began my quest to make my own recipe for s'mores cupcakes that was graham cracker cake based instead...  i literally put together the best parts of 5 different recipes (some s'mores, some not) to come up with this one, and i have never made a cake that wasn't from a box mix that was this incredibly moist - trust me, you will want to eat this cake batter before baking it!  it is a bit of work to get to the finished product, but i *swear* it is worth every bit of your sweat and time to make them.  so party at my house this weekend if you want one!

two last things before i get to this recipe... adorning my s'mores cupcake is one of my new skully love cupcake wrappers which will be in my etsy shop later today.  isn't it cute?!!!  and i have to give a BIG thanks to sue, pili and rhi for their assistance with creating it!  you'll each be getting a set! =)

yes, i know you probably want to lick the screen right about now.  so here it is!

deb's birthday cupcakes, aka graham cracker s'mores cupcakes

5 c. graham cracker crumbs, divided (3 cups, 1-1/2 cups, 1/2 cup)
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs, separated
1-1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. shortening
1-3/4 c. sugar, divided (1-1/2 cups, 1/4 cup)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
bag regular sized marshmallows
milk chocolate frosting (see recipe below)
a couple of hershey bars broken into the little rectangles for garnish
mini marshmallows for garnish
foil lined baking cups for best results

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  turn graham crackers into crumbs using a food processor or blender.  empty contents into large bowl.  repeat until you have 5 cups.  in another large bowl mix together 3 cups of graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.
2. put egg yolks, milk, shortening, sugar and vanilla into a blender.  cover and process until smooth.  add to graham cracker mixture and mix well.
3. beat egg whites with mixer until stiff.  fold into cracker mixture.
4. place 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.
5. place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each baking cup.  use the bottom of a small glass (a shot glass works really well, lol!) to pack crumbs into the bottom of each liner.  transfer baking cups to oven and bake until the edges are golden, about 5 minutes.
6. fill baking cups about 3/4 full with cake batter.  bake 18 minutes.
7. while cupcakes are baking, flatten as many marshmallows as you have cupcakes with your fingers.  slide oven shelf out far enough to reach without burning yourself.  place one flattened marshmallow on top of each cupcake.  slide cupcakes back in and bake for 4 minutes more.  side note: marshmallows will lose their puffiness once you remove them from the oven and look like a flat icing on the cupcake.
8. let cool completely.  if you would like more marshmallow taste like i do, flatten another marshmallow per cupcake and put under the broiler for about a minute.  this will toast them nicely (see photo below).  just make sure to keep an eye on them so they don't burn!
9. frost cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting.  sprinkle with remaining graham cracker crumbs on top.  garnish with a hershey bar piece and mini marshmallow.

makes at least 2 dozen cupcakes.  ENJOY!!!! =)

toasted marshmallow photo:

milk chocolate frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2/3 cup hershey's cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup half and half (the hershey's recipe calls for milk but i think half and half makes it taste way better)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. melt butter.  stir in cocoa.  alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.  add small amount additional milk, if needed.  stir in vanilla.

makes about 2 cups frosting

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    I'm drooling, seriously drooling all over the keyboard now, Deb!
    That sounds totally delicious, if it's a bit of work indeed... but totally worth it!!

    And the new cupcake wrapper is just too cute for words! Thank you, thank you so much!

    You truly are a baking Goddess!!

  2. Holy crap, that looks delicious!!!

  3. omg!! that is one incredible looking cupcake. no doubt herseys would pay you for that recipe <3

  4. I love your skulls.

    check out mine at misshiltonink.blogspot.com

    im a fledgling blogger and found you from "in love with handmade"