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Super S’Mores Cupcakes

Super S'Mores Cupcakes
PREP TIME
50 min
COOK TIME
35 min
YIELDS
24 servings

Decadent cupcakes inspired by the legendary campfire treat.

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Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

1 ½
cups graham cracker crumbs
4
Tbsp (½ stick) butter, melted
¼
cup sugar

Cupcakes

2
cups all-purpose flour
2
cups sugar
1
cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2
tsp baking soda
1
tsp baking powder
1
tsp kosher salt
1
cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1
cup warm water
½
cup vegetable oil
2
large eggs
1
tsp vanilla extract

Marshmallow Frosting

8
large egg whites, at room temperature
2
cups sugar
¼
tsp cream of tartar
2
tsp vanilla extract

For Decorating

3
graham cracker sheets, broken into 24 pieces
1 4-oz
bar semisweet chocolate, broken into 24 shards
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Directions

Notes

Special equipment: a handheld pastry torch

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two standard 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.

Step 2

In a small bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar until well combined. Press a heaping tablespoon of the crust mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup and bake until golden and just set, 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 3

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the buttermilk, water and oil and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling them about two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs attached, 12 to 15 minutes.

Step 4

Let cool in the tins on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the tins and allow to cool completely.

Step 5

Combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a heatproof mixing bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites are warm and smooth to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on low speed, gradually increasing to medium and then finally up to high. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, 7 to 10 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and whisk in the vanilla.

Step 6

Spread the frosting on the cupcakes. With a handheld pastry torch, lightly brown the frosting. Decorate each cupcake with a graham cracker piece and a shard of chocolate.

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