S’mores Cupcakes

 Smores Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

When I think of summer I can’t help but feel nostalgic for a trip I took when I was in high school.  A friend and I went up North in Wisconsin to her parent’s cabin for a week one summer. The trip was full of all the memorable things a summer vacation should have: Fishing, Swimming in the Lake, Card games, Bonfires and of course S’mores. That trip was amazing and sometimes I’d like to go back to the days when nothing made me more excited than waking up at dawn to go watch the sun rise and jump in the lake.

Anyway- these cupcakes are perfect. Graham cracker crust layered with a rich chocolate cake, topped with a fluffy toasted marshmallow frosting. Though I’d give anything for a verse of “Kumbayah” around the campfire, these did the trick in a pinch! They really tasted just as I’d imagined and I can’t wait to make more S’mores-themed desserts. I also got to use my Kitchen Torch again which was actually so fun! (If you don’t have one you can try toasting the tops under a well-monitored broiler.)

 Smores Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

S’mores Cupcakes and a Giveaway!

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

  • For the graham cracker crust:
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 1/3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped or chocolate chips
  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil?
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For the frosting:?
  • 8 large egg whites, at room temperature?
  • 2 cups sugar?
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter; mix well with a fork. Drop about 1 tablespoon of the graham cracker mixture in the bottom of each cupcake liner and press down to line the bottom.
  3. Sprinkle a small amount of the chopped chocolate on top of the graham cracker crusts. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, and maintain the oven temperature.
  4. To make the cake batter, sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl, whisk together to combine.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract; whisk together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the boiling water and stir just to combine (batter will be thin).
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners, filling each about ¾ of the way full. Return the pans to the oven and bake about 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through baking. Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. To make the frosting, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, for 3-4 minutes or until it reaches 160° F with an instant-read thermometer.
  8. Remove bowl and mix using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk starting at low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form. (Be patient- this may take 7 minutes or so.) Mix in the vanilla until combined. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired. Brown with a kitchen torch and garnish with graham cracker segments (optional).
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Recipe adapted from: Annie’s Eats
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Comments

  1. says

    First I want to say how CUTE these cupcakes are!! Great job!! There are so many great items on that website that I just can’t choose :) I would definitely use this tiered serving tray for my best friend’s bridal shower coming up!! It’d be perfect!!

  2. says

    Well, my favorite item on the Nambe site is the Anvil Multi-Candle centerpiece (I think it will go well with my Anvil 2 Tier Server). And, I want a smore cupcake! Carl Forsman

  3. says

    1st… I LOVE SMORES and therefore I LOVE these cupcakes!
    2nd… Nambe has great products… their vases are awesome but I REALLY like their wood salad bowls and servers!
    HOPE I WIN! lol I love giveaways!

    -jocelyn

  4. says

    ooh these look divine!

    I’d love to enter the contest! I’d love to display my Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Icing on this serving tray!

    I also love the wooden cheese block with knife and spreader on the Nambe website.

    Thanks for such an amazing giveaway!

  5. says

    the cradle round bowl caught my eye! so simple and elegant. of course cupcakes would grace the tier server at birthday dinner celebrations when i serve my most requested chocolate black bottom cupcakes!

  6. says

    Ooh! I love your recipes and I loved the products on the Nambe website. I think I would choose the Sunburst 2-tier server. So elegant! I really hope I win!

  7. says

    I love the TILT glassware – so different. The wood and Alloy pieces are lovely too – especially the 2-tier stand. And I’m going to try your s’mores cupcake recipe next baking chance I get!

    Thanks for sharing this website! Helen Clarke

  8. says

    If I had to choose one it would be the copper canyon cake stand. It is so unusual and eye catching, unlike the standard clear glass ones that everybody seems to have.
    Your cupcakes look fantastic. I have been wanting to put my torch to use, but I am having problems with it now.
    -Tina
    flourtrader.blogspot.com

  9. says

    The Copper Canyon Cake Stand is gorgeous! There is little that would not look amazing on it! Thanks for introducing me to this company! The drooling has begun.
    ~Karrie

  10. says

    Omg your cupcakes are gorgeous! I want to sink my teeth into one! I have a recipe for a chocolate raspberry fudge cupcake that I make with chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce that I would definitely display on this tray!

  11. says

    I’m in love with your cupcakes! They look amazing! =) I really like everything on the site, but especially like the copper canyon collection. I really like the Anvil 2 tier server as well!

  12. says

    These cupcakes are gorgeous!! I just had a great time looking at their site!! They have so many serving platters that I loved! The Mauropa Serving Platter was probably my favorite.

  13. says

    Wow – GREAT cupcakes and stand! I’m going to answer both questions!

    I have these coconut cupcakes that are a family favorite that I would put on them. I am also making my nieces wedding cake – and it’s going to be all individual cheesecakes…those would be beautiful on it!

    The second – did you see their Copper Canyon Cake Stand? Holy Cow – that is ART!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  14. Carrie says

    I love the Cradle Pasta bowl! This tray would come in handy for the monthly mommy meet ups that I have at my place. Great looking cupcakes!

    callard76 at yahoo . com

  15. says

    I absolutely love the simple elegance of the Grande Wood Tray. The way the wood and metal set each other off perfectly.

    (It’s in the “wood” section.)

  16. Kristen says

    Audra these cupcakes look amazing! Next on my list to try along with the homemade oreos! I would definitely use the tiered tray to display funky decorated cupcakes! Nambe products are great, we got a few as wedding gifts and use them everytime we have a party!

  17. says

    What a lovely server! Your cupcakes look so good on it! I think fruit and cheese would be lovely on it as well because of the natural wood! Beautiful!

    ~Brooke
    brooke.malko at gmail dot com

  18. says

    Ahhh I just discovered your blog and must admit, I’m smitten! S’mores cupcakes, red velvet truffles, strawberry lemonade bars…yum!! I think there could be nothing cuter than a batch of your Mini Banana Cream Pies (from June) displayed on the Nambe tier server. Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah

  19. says

    Ahhh! I just got married and did cupcakes at the luncheon – so could have used the anvil two tier server or copper canyon three tier server. Would definitely use either a lot in the future!

    Love your site!

  20. says

    Wow..what an awesome cupcakes..I love how you burned them just a little on top, very very pretty..like from the magazines!

    And I absolutely love your giveaway! Everything from their sites look amazing and beautiful..and your tier server look fantastic, personally I think that I would serve also cupcakes, looks more elegant right?!!

  21. says

    Erin here! Wow I bet many things would look great on that tray. But it kind of makes me want to put two different types on cake on it – a mock-tiered cake!

  22. says

    The cradle pasta bowl is gorgeous. I’m a big nambe fan, I’ve inherited a couple pieces already. I would love to add the 2-tiered server to my collection!!

  23. says

    Those s’mores look absolutely delicious, and kudos on an awesome job torching the marshmallows!
    If I had to choose one thing to display on this stand it would be my Lavender Vanilla Cupcakes with Whipped Raspberry Buttercream frosting. The chunky texture of the frosting would make a great contrast with the smooth lines and polished wood of the stand.

  24. says

    The “Sunburst 2 tier server” is what caught my eye on the Nambe website. Very elegant and would make a beautiful presentation for my pastries. Thanks for the chance to win something. It’s always thrilling!

    Heidi Namba

  25. says

    The tray you you display the cupcakes on is almost as beautiful as the cupcakes themselves. I know that my neice who has had a major loss recently would treasure it.

    I’m off to bake :)

  26. says

    Hiya~ I’m Lauren and I love your site!I love the Copper Canyon Pitcher! I wish we had one so I could put my homemade lemonade in something besides a plastic Target one!

  27. says

    Your cupcakes looks amazing. All of the Nambe products looks stunning and I really like the Swoop Cheese Board with Knife and the Anvil Salad Bowl with Servers. The Anvil 2 Tier Server is a show-stopper and I would love to serve my mini Meyer lemon meringue pies on it.

  28. says

    You’re Strawberry Margarita and Mojito cupcakes would look divine on that tray! Too bad I won’t have one for this weekend–I’m making these two recipes for our house warming party. I’ll let you know how they’re received!

    Excellent post as usual, Audra. And what an wonderful way to drum up more publicity!

    Samantha Haddow

  29. Laura says

    OOOOOH!!! I HAVE to try these s’mores cupcakes. Delicious!! I display my favorite “Chubby Monkey” cupcakes: Banana cake filled with chocolate ganache, peanut butter frosting, with pretzel sprinkles and banana chips!

  30. Therese says

    The tiered server, with any of your fabulous cupcakes, would be a dream to own. Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas and inspiration with us! You’re the greatest.

  31. says

    Well, shoot…..now I’m gonna have to go out and buy me one of those kitchen torches just so I can make these cupcakes (which look awesome by the way!) And I love the Copper Canyon cake stand on the Nambe site… Thanks for sharing!

    Joyce

  32. says

    My husband and I are moving to a new town in hot Virginia and I would love to serve a double hitter of Baked Alaska cupcakes on top and cool mint chocolate chip bars on bottom on the tiered server. All in hopes it would win us new friends.
    LBSomogyi@gmail.com

  33. Pam says

    I have been thinking about a s’mores cupcake recipe and here it is! Now I can make it for my next dessert request. I have loved Nambe for a long time and own many pieces. My new favorite is the Anvil Quad Condiment Server, my all time favorite to use are the butterfly bowls.

  34. Tracy says

    I am expecting a baby girl so I’d love the Baby Nambé Love Bowl-Pink – and I am having a cupcake craving right now….

  35. says

    I may be a bit old fashioned but my favorite Nambe product is the Butterfly Bowl my sister has had sitting on her living room table for the last decade. Nothing makes me feel more comfortable or at home than seeing it on the table. The s’mores cupcakes look beautiful but I would not share them with anyone. So to me they are kinda dangerous to my lavish thighs.

    I would use the Anvil 2 Tier Server for a tapas night. I just see myself with several kinds of cheeses and some grapes on the top with olives and crackers on the bottom. Of course with some lovely red wine to set the tone.

    Tracy Lea Hensley

  36. Irene Carr says

    I toasted up my first s’more at Girl Scout summer camp … and 40 years later … still calling for s’mores! Love the idea of a s’mores cupcake–this recipe is a keeper!

    The Sunburst 2-Tier Server caught my eye … lovely to serve scones in the morning and sweet delights in the evening. Love the versatility of this server–dress it up/dress it down.

  37. says

    I really like the Nambe Scoop chip and dip server, my sister got one for her wedding and it’s gorgeous.
    Those cupcakes look amazing, I can’t wait to try the recipe.
    Kristi Hays

  38. says

    OMG I absolutely loooove nambe. My first piece was a champagne flute pair that we used to toast at our wedding, and since then our collection has grown…thanks to our wonderful friends and family who have given us such beautiful pieces. My newest one is the morphik 3 tier tea light candle holder, which is absolutely beautiful and they have a matching tiered cake platter. I am so saving my money to get that one.
    I would love to add the Anvil 2-tier cake Server to use at my gatherings. I would have a lovely show piece to display all of the delicious delectable’s that I loooove to make. Friday I just got done making beautiful swim lover’s cupcake conecakes that featured a lifeguard teddy graham bear and a gummy floatation device, for my daughters swim party! The presentation would have been divine on Nambe’s 2 tier server piece!
    Good Luck to all, whom ever wins will absolutely love the piece!!!!

    Jolene Bueno

  39. says

    I would use this stand to show off the Keylime cupcakes l am testing out. I came across this site checking out how people have used graham cracker crusts on cupcakes. These look delicious! I’ll have to add them to the list of recipes to try out.

    - Lindsey Barr

  40. says

    My favorite item on the the nambe website is the morphik two tiered server, it is elegant and unique, as are all their gorgeous designs. This recipe looks delish, I cant wait to make them with my daughter, Thank you for sharing, you have inspired baking time in our schedule tomorrow.
    - Narissa C. Bonne

  41. Linda Reinman says

    We received a Nambe tray for our wedding more than 49 years ago, and we still use it! I love using it to heat and serve hors deuvres! And even after all of the use it’s had, it is still beautiful, and unique! My brother and his wife sent me a lovely vase last year, and I just ordered a trivet, since the other products have held up so well. I’m a real fan, and hope to get the exquisite Anvil 2-Tier Server,as well. I’m looking forward to making those cupcakes for the family soon.

  42. says

    I love the Copper Canyon collection. My favorite is the Copper Canyon Wine Chiller. It is beautiful and functional.

    Lauren Yerk

  43. Anonymous says

    My favorite piece that I love from Nambe is of course my everyday Claire flatware. I love love love them. I wish I could own more Nambe pieces. They are so beautiful and elegant. All my dinner guest comment on how pretty my spoons and forks are. They always want to take them away in their purses.
    Monica LaCome

  44. says

    I can’t say I don’t enjoy the multitude of products Nambe have to offer from their flatware to their serving trays. I think I have a little of them all. I do however like their Cooper Canyon collection just out. As for your recipes . . . I do believe I have a found a new site with some very delicious and creative recipes I will have to try and share with everyone I know. Thank you for sharing!

  45. Emily says

    I would love to display some of my yummy vegan cupcakes on this tray. Thanks for having such a great site!

  46. says

    I am in love with your blog, and check it all the time! I made the pink grapefruit sorbet last week!
    Anyway I love everything from Nambe, but especially the Scoop Server! It is absolutely beautiful!

    Hope I win!

    Margot Crandall

  47. says

    The Copper Canyon Collection- anything in it, but I especially like the big 15 inch bowl. These cupcakes sound fun- we are going to try to make them in the morning. I hope we win!- Fern Henley

  48. Stephanie says

    I can’t wait to try these cupcakes–they look amazing! I love the Pirouette Bowl on the Nambe website. Stephanie Mansfield

  49. says

    Oh, these cupcakes look amazing! We, too, took a vacation up to northern Wisconsin…and s’mores were made every night over a campfire. We needed LOTS of smoke to keep the mosquitoes away!

  50. says

    Hi!S’mores cupcake is a favorite of mine. I feel I’m in heaven every time I eat it. I’ll definitely try your recipe asap. Thanks for sharing!

  51. says

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto
    a co-worker who was doing a little homework on this.
    And he in fact ordered me lunch because I found it for him.
    .. lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!
    ! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk
    about this topic here on your website.

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