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S'mores Cupcakes - rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker topped with whipped marshmallow frosting. Hershey's chocolate and graham cracker crumbs! | JavaCupcake.com

S’mores Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker crumble topped with whipped marshmallow frosting, Hershey’s chocolate and a dusting of graham cracker crumbs make these the most epic S’mores Cupcakes you’ll ever have!

S'mores Cupcakes - rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker topped with whipped marshmallow frosting. Hershey's chocolate and graham cracker crumbs! | JavaCupcake.com

It’s been almost two years since my neighbor (and now best friend!) Chasity enjoyed my cupcakes for the first time.  Two summers ago, she had an end-of-the summer BBQ in her back yard and we roasted marshmallows for s’mores.  It had been forever since I had s’mores and it inspired me to make cupcakes…  S’mores Cupcakes!

I brought those cupcakes to Chasity and they instantly became her favorite!  She still talks about them to this day!!  So, when it was time for Chasity to leave Germany and move back to the USA, she requested I make them again for her!

S'mores Cupcakes - rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker topped with whipped marshmallow frosting. Hershey's chocolate and graham cracker crumbs! | JavaCupcake.com

This time though, I wanted to make them a little fancier.  The first round were delicious, but they weren’t as “pretty” as I like to make my cupcakes.  I love a gorgeous swirl of frosting on top of the cupcake and I love using liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  So, that’s exactly what I did with these cupcakes. I just think they turned out absolutely beautiful!  Well… as beautiful as a cupcake can be!! hehe

Instead of having a graham cracker crust and a cracker on top, I decided to fill the cupcake with the same mixture that I’d use if I were making a graham cracker crust.  I packed that filling in tight so when you took a bite, the filling would be firm like a pie crust.

S'mores Cupcakes - rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker topped with whipped marshmallow frosting. Hershey's chocolate and graham cracker crumbs! | JavaCupcake.com

The frosting is a marshmallow frosting and a s’mores cupcake wouldn’t be complete with a Hershey’s chocolate!  So, I topped each cupcake with a chunk of that delicious Hershey’s milk chocolate and a dusting of graham cracker.

Perfect!  And… Chasity loved them! :)

One of the hardest parts of military life is saying goodbye to those friends you’ve become so close with.  So close, they’re family.  Chasity… I love you and I am so thankful for the friendship we shared!  I couldn’t have had a better neighbor, friend and now sister! <3  Good luck to you in the USA and you will be missed every day!

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S’mores Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Graham Cracker Filling

  • 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp sugar

Marshmallow Frosting

  • 1 7oz jar marshmallow fluff/creme
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream/milk

Garnish

  • 1 bar Hershey's chocolate
  • Reserved graham cracker crumbs

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Graham Cracker Filling

  1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Mix together until completely incorporated.
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup for garnish.

Marshmallow Frosting

  1. Cream together the butter and marshmallow fluff.
  2. Add the sugar, vanilla and salt and mix on high until combined.
  3. Add enough cream until you get your desired consistency.
  4. Beat on high for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Assembly & Garnish

  1. Using an apple corer, remove the center of each cupcake.
  2. Fill each cupcake with the graham cracker filling. Pack the filling tightly into each cupcake by pressing down and adding more until the filling reaches the top.
  3. Using a Wilton 1M tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  4. Place 1/2 a square of chocolate onto the top of the frosting.
  5. Sprinkle reserved graham cracker filling onto the frosting.
  6. Keep stored in an air tight container up to a week.
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Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Celebrate this lucky holiday with these festive, fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes!

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A few years back I made green velvet cupcakes topped with Bailey’s Irish cream frosting for St. Patrick’s Day.  It was way back in 2009, the super early days of blogging.The cupcakes turned out really amazing, but my blogging skills lacked just a little bit.  So, if you’re interested in a little giggle… go check out that post!

These cupcakes, however are a LOT better and this post will be more up to my current day standards of blogging.  Pretty pictures.  Nicely written recipe.  Ya know, the works!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these festive and fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

So to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, I wanted to use that famous lucky cereal with those marshmallows.  You know, Lucky Charms! But, I didn’t want my cupcakes to be like every other Lucky Charms Cupcakes I’d seen on Pinterest.  So, I took what I liked from a few different recipes and combined them to make these!

The bulk of the recipe comes from The Novice Chef.  I really love how she made cereal milk by letting the cereal just hang out in the milk.  You know, like what’s left in the bowl after you eat all the marshmallows and throw out the cereal bits from your Lucky Charms?  That deliciously sweet cereal milk is what’s is used in this recipe for the moisture.  Genius if you ask me.

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I was actually out of vanilla extract, but I did have maple extract.  I thought it worked perfectly because the maple added a more breakfasty flavor to the entire cupcake.  Perfect combination with the Lucky Charms.

After baking, I did notice that the cupcakes that had less cereal in them puffed up really high.  Some even had a massively big dome on them.  So, if you want a bigger dome, put LESS cereal in your batter.  And to be honest, if I make these again, they will probably only get about a cup of cereal, at the most.

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I’m serving these cupcakes up to the kids at my daughter’s middle school today… a lucky treat for them!

Happy Baking!

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups Lucky Charms cereal, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

Frosting

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup Lucky Charms cereal and the milk. Allow to soak for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the cereal & discard. Measure out 1 cup of the milk and discard the rest.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar, oil and maple extract and whisk until completely incorporated.
  5. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the cereal milk. Begin and end with the flour. Mix until the flour is about 90% mixed into the batter.
  6. Gently fold 1 1/2 cups Lucky Charms cereal into the batter so that it is evenly distributed.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting

  1. In a double-boiler over medium high heat, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar with a whisk.
  2. Constantly whisk the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites have become foamy.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Using a star tip, pipe frosting onto cupcakes
  6. Garnish with Lucky Charms Cereal.

Notes

Recipe originally from The Novice Chef

S’mores Cupcakes

Last weekend my neighbors had us over for one big BBQ before school started.  Toward the end of the evening, the fire pit was lit and the marshmallows were brought out.  It was S’more time!!!

I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a s’more.  It had probably been years, to be honest.  At first, I wasn’t going to eat one… I was just going to let the kids enjoy it and watch.  But, then my wonderful husband roasted the perfect marshmallow.  You know… golden on the outside, soft and gooey on the middle… perfect.  And, I wanted it.  So, I made him give it to me… smushed next to a hunk of Hershey’s chocolate inbetween two graham crackers.

First bite.  Heaven.  Why don’t we make these more often?  I ended up eating two whole s’mores.  Yeah.  I know, why did I stop at two? haha But… all this s’more goodness got me to thinking about making a s’mores cupcake.  One last tribute to the summer, the neighborhood bbq’s and the amazing deliciousness that is graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow.

So… this cupcake was born.  The “End of Summer S’mores Cupcake.”  It’s simple in it’s ingredients.  Graham cracker crust, my favorite chocolate cake topped with toasted marshmallow frosting and garnished with a chunk of graham cracker and chocolate… but the flavor is all s’mores!! YUM!

Before the summer is over… make these for your family or neighborhood friends.  One last tribute to summer and all it’s fun!

Enjoy!

S’mores Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Graham Cracker Filling

  • 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp sugar

Marshmallow Frosting

  • 1 7oz jar marshmallow fluff/creme
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream/milk

Garnish

  • 1 bar Hershey's chocolate
  • Reserved graham cracker crumbs

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Graham Cracker Filling

  1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Mix together until completely incorporated.
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup for garnish.

Marshmallow Frosting

  1. Cream together the butter and marshmallow fluff.
  2. Add the sugar, vanilla and salt and mix on high until combined.
  3. Add enough cream until you get your desired consistency.
  4. Beat on high for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Assembly & Garnish

  1. Using an apple corer, remove the center of each cupcake.
  2. Fill each cupcake with the graham cracker filling. Pack the filling tightly into each cupcake by pressing down and adding more until the filling reaches the top.
  3. Using a Wilton 1M tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  4. Place 1/2 a square of chocolate onto the top of the frosting.
  5. Sprinkle reserved graham cracker filling onto the frosting.
  6. Keep stored in an air tight container up to a week.

 

Left over marshmallow frosting and chocolate?  Make real s’mores!

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