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Smore-Cakes Recipe - Best Cupcakes Ever!

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Everyone I know loves smores, so this inspired me to make Smore-cakes! People devoured them! The methods to making such delicious smore-cakes are pretty simple.

In my recipe, however, I took things a step further by making the cupcakes from scratch. This is totally optional. I collect antique cookbooks - my oldest one is from 1904. I decided to get some use out of one of them, my Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook from 1956 - which my good friend gave to me recently. The cake recipe I used is for Burnt Sugar Cake - I thought the flavors sounded perfect for the smore-cakes! I modified the recipe with added graham crackers which were pulverized in my blender, and I made some other changes to the recipe to taste more like smores! will include the full recipe in this instructable. I hope you enjoy these delicious smore-cakes - they are highly addictive!!!
 
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Step 1: Make the Cupcakes

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If you are going to make cupcakes from a box, then at this time you will follow the instructions to do so. If you want to try something totally new and different, and make Burnt Sugar Cake from my modified recipe - then please follow the instructions below!

Syrup

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
additional water, to make 1 cup liquid (see instructions)

Cake

2  cups of cake flour
1/4 cup of graham crackers (Pulverized in your blender or food processor) - blend 8-12 graham crackers as you will need more of it for later, when decorating the cupcakes
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup soft shortening (or, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil - either will work)
2 eggs (1/3-1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla, if desired

Directions - First Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
 
Syrup:
  1. To make syrup first caramelize the 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy skillet over low-medium heat until clear and medium brown, shaking pan gently to keep from burning.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add slowly, stirring constantly, 1/2 cup boiling water.
  4. Stir over low heat until lumps are dissolved.
  5. Measure and add water to make 1 cup liquid.
  6. Set aside to allow it to cool.

Cake:
  1. Sift together into bowl, 2  cups sifted cake flour, 1/4 cup of pulverized ground up graham crackers and 1 cup sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. (I used my ninja blender to pulverize graham crackers and I also put it through the sifter two times).
  2. Add 1/2 cup soft shortening (or replace with 1/2 cup vegetable oil) and 2/3 cup cooled caramel-water mixture.
  3. Beat 2 minutes.
  4. Add remaining 1/3 cup cooled caramel-water mixture, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. Beat 2 more minutes.
  6. Pour into greased cupcake pan.
  7. If making cupcakes - it should take 18-22 minutes approximately at 350 degrees F.
  8. Bake until cake tests done or toothpick inserted comes out dry.
mclare501 year ago
Looks delicious!!!! I love s'mores and cupcakes, so this is my kind of combination!!!! :-)
Yum!
PitStoP1 year ago
Hi Holly long time don't see!!!
Woah Holly these cupcakes look so good and mouth watering. You always make the sweets look even sweeter. ;) I like how the melted marshmallows makes it look like frosting. Very nice pro looking pictures too. The second picture made me smile =) I bet he was like Yumm... Let me have it!! =D
I also have an old recipe book that I love that was my moms and is my favorite one of all and how I started cooking when I was a kid. It's falling apart but I will never get rid of it. You will gain weight just looking at a lot of the pictures of the recipes! lol Thanks for sharing this recipe. Yummy to the tummy...
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Hey Andy! :) Thanks for the comment/compliments! It's funny you noticed the 2nd pic - my favorite! I think it's pretty funny...he doesn't usually like chocolate but he loved these things. I think they are way too addictive so I won't be making them again for a while!!! That's neat you still have your mom's old cookbook - probably has the best recipes. :)
You're very welcome.. And yes this cookbook is the more like the bible (my cooking bible) in my kitchen. It's that thick too. It's not only a cookbook but kinda like an encyclopedia with a lot of info in the types of fruits and vegetables, where they're from and info on cooking ingredients and what they do (like yeast) when added to your recipes. And if you want to make something with a certain ingredient ( like apples ) you can look in that lasts pages in the index and find all the recipes it has for it. Pretty cool.. I still haven't seen any other cookbook like this one. =)
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
That sounds like a great cook book!!! It's nice to be able to look it up by ingredient to find all related recipes...so nice! I go through phases where I like cooking a lot of things and trying new recipes..then get burnt out with everything and get some Buffalo Wild Wings like today...:)
Buffalo Wild Wings??? That sounds Dangerous! =P
Btw, You have my vote. ;)
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Thank you thank you thank you! :) )))
Yay! S'more everything please :D
rrkrose1 year ago
Wow these are beautiful (and look delicious)!
HollyMann (author)  rrkrose1 year ago
Thanks!!!
HollyMann (author) 1 year ago
Thanks Jessy!!! I don't ever want to make them again! They are too addictive for me!
They're gorgeous! If I had marshmallows I would probably try to make these tonight.