S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes

 

S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes have a graham cracker crust with chocolate filling and are topped with toasted marshmallows and Vanilla Swiss Meringue buttercream.

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, we have all been craving for more chocolate and sweets around our house.

 

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There seems to be no relief insight from Old Man Winter - at least for a few more weeks where I am,  so I made these S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes to keep us going for now.

At least we can still dream of warm and toasty weather and imagine the crackling sound of the campfire while we enjoy these cupcakes.

 

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These cupcakes start off with a graham cracker crust baked up with a chocolate cupcake (feel free to use your favorite recipe or a box mix).

I scooped out a piece of the baked cupcakes and filled them  in with some melted chocolate and piped on my go to Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

 

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For that campfire feel, I also broiled some mini marshmallows until thy were slightly golden and placed a few on top of the piped cupcakes.

To finish them off, I drizzled some more of that melted chocolate and added some crushed graham crackers.

 

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Enjoy these cupcakes with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day and snuggle up dreaming of warm summer nights together :)

 

 

S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes

S'mores Chocolate Cupcakes have a graham cracker crust with chocolate filling and are topped with toasted marshmallows and Vanilla Swiss Meringue buttercream. Crushed graham crackers are sprinkled on top for added crunch.

Ingredients

  • * 24-30 mini marshmallows
  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • * 1 1/2 cups graham cracker, crumbs
  • * 7 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Chocolate Cupcakes
  • * 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • * 1 cup granulated sugar
  • * 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • * 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • * 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • * 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature, shaken
  • * 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • * 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • * 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • * 5 large egg whites
  • * 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • * 2 cups of unsalted butter, softened and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • * 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • * 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • * 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Turn oven or toaster oven on broil. Place mini marshmallows on a baking sheet in a single layer. Broil for 2-3 minutes, checking every 30 seconds for doneness as they burn quickly. Remove from oven and set aside. IMG_5843.jpg
  2. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Graham Cracker Crust
  4. Reserve 2 tablespoons of crumbs. Place remaining graham cracker crumbs in a bowl with butter and mix to combine. Add approximately 1 tablespoon of mixture to each cup and firmly press crumbs down. Bake in preheated oven for about 5-10 minutes until hardened. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  5. Chocolate Cupcakes
  6. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  7. In the bowl of an electric mixer. cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.
  8. Lower the speed to medium, add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
  9. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and boiling water.
  10. Turn the mixer to low speed, add half of the buttermilk mixture and alternate with half of the flour mixture. Add the rest of the buttermilk and flour and mix only until just blended.
  11. Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it's completely blended.
  12. With a large cookie scoop, fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full, covering the graham cracker crust.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 23 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  14. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  15. Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  16. Whisk egg whites, sugar and salt in a heat proof stand mixer bowl and place over simmering water. Heat mixture to 160 degrees F while whisking constantly.
  17. Transfer mixer bowl to stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on medium high speed until mixture forms stiff peaks and the bottom of the bowl is cooled to the touch. (about 10-12 minutes).
  18. Change mixer to beater attachment and turn mixer on low speed. Add butter in one piece at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition. The mixture may appear clumpy and almost curdled looking at first—this is normal. Keep mixing and it will become even and smooth again. (about 20 minutes).
  19. Add vanilla extract and turn mixer to medium high speed beating for another 2-3 minutes until the mixture is smooth.
  20. Chocolate Glaze
  21. Add chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Repeat until melted.
  22. Assembly
  23. Scoop out a piece of the chocolate cupcakes with a cupcake corer or a tiny knife. Fill with chocolate glaze and replace the cupcake tops. IMG_5845.jpg IMG_5846.jpg IMG_5847.jpg
  24. Fill pastry bag with buttercream fitted with Wiltons's 1M or 2D tip and pipe on cupcakes.
  25. Fill another pastry bag or ziplock bag and snip a tiny hole. Drizzle chocolate glaze over the buttercream.
  26. Add two or three mini toasted marshmallows and sprinkle with reserved graham cracker crumbs.

Notes

The cupcakes are best consumed the day they are made.

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Heavily Adapted from: Glorious Treats

Comments

  1. we can unhesitatingly fall into sugar again if it includes these sweet,adorable and tempting treats,thanks for sharing this recipe :-)

  2. Marion - Make This dish says:

    Love S’mores! These look so decadently good, wouldn’t mind snacking on a few of these to warm up with!

  3. Sarah @ Bread & Batters says:

    These look absolutely mouthwatering. Need some now!

  4. Butter cream in the middle sound so good Kelly! Perfect recipe for V-day :) make sure you stay warm!

  5. This is a cupcake that is on my to-bake list but I still haven’t gotten around to it yet. I love Swiss meringue buttercream – that stuff is the best!!

  6. Oh heavens, these look AMAZING! What a decadent, delicious dessert treat. And so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  7. I love that you have a graham cracker crust on these! And vanilla swiss meringue buttercream is so so good – you have me wanting some frosting right now! lol These are so fun Kelly!
    Ashley recently posted…Strawberry Vanilla Muffins

  8. These are some of the prettiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen! Smores combination is a winning one and it reminds me of summertime. I need happy thoughts right now since I’m surrounded by snow and cold here in CT.
    Hope you’ve been feeling well. :)
    Tina @ Tina’s Chic Corner recently posted…Black And White Cookies

  9. These cupcakes sound delicious! Love the idea of the chocolate filling inside, yum. They’re decorated so cute Kelly!

  10. These are the perfect cupcakes for the winter and summer!! I love that it has all the elements of s’mores…graham cracker base, rich chocolate cupcakes, oh that well of chocolate in the middle and my favorite VSMB frosting to top it all!! Kelly, I am in LOVE!! They are so pretty :)

  11. These cupcakes look amazing! I love how you decorated them too. Pinning!

  12. We just made s’mores this weekend to celebrate the Super Bowl. I never would have thought of making a cupcake from a s’more. Kelly, you are so creative and talented!

  13. Wow Kelly! These cupcakes look fabulous…I love everything in it…you bake like a professional my dear.
    Thanks for this great recipe and hope you are enjoying your week :D

  14. I love s’mores Kelly! These make me feel like summer time. Which I wish it was! Love the chocolate drizzle
    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron recently posted…Double-Stuffed Cookie Dough Oreos

    • Thanks Chelsea, haha, same here, I wish it was summer too or at least the weather would warm up a bit where I am hehe :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend:)

  15. Love this bit of summer bursting to lift my winter blues! I adore smores and cupcakes, so these are pretty much perfection in my book.
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife recently posted…Easy Tofu Curry

  16. Hi Kelly,

    Marshmallow and chocolate are always the classic black-and-white combination… You have made these cupcakes with this heavenly combination so extremely well :D Yum!

    Zoe
    Zoe recently posted…Light Lemon Bundt Cake

  17. They look sinfully decadent and DELICIOUS!!

  18. I love all things S’mores! These looks amazing! Pinning for later!

  19. These cupcakes are too cute, Kelly! I love the addition of the crushed graham crackers on top. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinning and featuring on social media today. :)

    Have a lovely day. And again, so happy to have you in our FB group now!
    Julie @ This Gal Cooks recently posted…Strawberry Banana Phyllo Cups

    • Aaw thank you so much and for all the pinning and sharing, you’re amazing Julie :) Thanks so much for having me in the group and the invite, I’m so happy to be a part of it – happy Friday and hope you have an amazing weekend:)

  20. These look fantastic! I love the muffin cups too – makes them adorable to look at and they look delicious to eat. Pinned!
    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen recently posted…Spicy Crab & Avocado Salsa

  21. These are so beautiful, Kelly, and they look dee-licious! I love S’mores desserts, and I love how you added charred marshmallow to them because they just have to have that flavor to qualify as a s’more, don’t they? ha Your photos are stunning, too! :)
    marcie recently posted…Beef Bourguignonne with Pearl Barley

    • Totally agree, the charred marshmallows are my favorite part of a s’more :) Thank you so much and for sharing Marcie, you are always so sweet, happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend:)

  22. These cupcakes turned out so so pretty! And I bet they taste wonderfully too! I love them : )

  23. These look beautiful and so decadent. Perfect for any chocolate lover. My son would just LOVE the toasted marshmallows.
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  24. These cupcakes look so decadent and rich! You always do such a great job with presentation, what lovely treats!
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl recently posted…Fresh Veggies Pasta Dish

  25. These cupcakes are so over the top, I love it! S’mores are the ultimate treat and you’ve taken them to a whole new level :D :D :D
    Allie | Baking a Moment recently posted…Rice Pudding with Blood Oranges in Vanilla Cardamom Syrup

  26. Oh wow they look great.
    Lady Lilith recently posted…Death Metal

  27. These cupcakes are adorable, Kelly! I love that there’s a graham cracker crust. These really have me thinking of summer now. It’s too bad this winter weather just won’t quit. Hopefully you’re staying warm and I bet these cupcakes are doing a great job of helping with that :)
    Katy recently posted…Chocolate Curry Coconut Bar

    • Thanks so much Katy :) This winter has definitely felt longer than most with all the snow storms and bone-chilling temperatures. Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay warm too:)

  28. These are beautiful, Kelly! They look like a lot of work, so I’m extra impressed :) Your family is so lucky to get all these goodies!
    Andi @ The Weary Chef recently posted…Chicken and Greens with Wine and Bacon

  29. these look divine!

  30. Your cupcakes are so pretty Kelly – they look professional!
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living recently posted…Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies Recipe

  31. I LOVE the decoration on these cupcakes! They are sooo pretty and I can just imagine eating them up and pretending to be in front of a fire place! Perfect for two for Valentine’s Day!

  32. Kelly, I’ve always wanted to create a smores cupcake and now I don’t have to – I can make yours! These remind me of summer and look delicious!
    Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner recently posted…Creamy Mushroom, Onion and Bacon Risotto

    • Thanks so much Deb, they were a lot of fun and definitely did remind me of summer which is what we need in the snowy NE coast haha ;) Hope you have a fantastic weekend!:)

  33. A graham cracker bottom and chocolate in the middle? Yum! Great looking cupcakes Kelly! Hope you have a great weekend :)

  34. Hi Kelly, I got your message. So sweet of you to check-in on me. :) I hope all is well with you. I’m taking a much needed break from blogging but hope to be back soon. Miss you too my friend! Have a fantastic weekend. xo

    P.S. Love these cupcakes –especially the chocolate part. :)

    • I’m so glad to hear that you are taking a much needed break Anne, I totally understand – I didn’t realize how time consuming this could be too. Please take as much time as you need my sweet friend :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!:) xo

  35. Ohmahgosh! Kelly, I love how you scooped out the centers of these babies and filled them with chocolate! These have got to be the ultimate S’mores cupcakes ever devised by man, er…woman! ;) Seriously. The Swiss Meringue Buttercream? With the toasted marshmallows? Hello! Come to mama. Hahaha! Thanks for sharing, my friend. Have a fabulous weekend! xo

  36. WOW!!!! These look SO good!! Your pictures are beautiful! Graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallows?? I want to face plant in them!
    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy recently posted…Skinny Chocolate Bundt Cake

  37. Oh my, Kelly! These look amazing I love how you scooped out the center and filled it with chocolate filling. Now I am really craving a cupcake and would probably whip up a batch if I wasn’t so exhausted from this week. There is always tomorrow though :)
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberry Sauce

    • Thanks so much Ashley :) Haha, yes there is always tomorrow ;) Wish I could trade you some cupcakes for your truffles or mini cheesecakes :) Catch up on some much needed rest my friend, this seemed like a really long and busy week for me as well – hope you have a relaxing and wonderful weekend!

  38. Whoa, these are gorgeous! Love a meringue buttercream… such a silky texture! Pinning (=
    Gloria // Simply Gloria recently posted…Homemade Stuffed Pizza Pockets

  39. Little masterpieces you made there, Kelly. Cute and delicious! Just lovely! :) ela

  40. Wow!!!!! This is such a genius idea!!!! absolutely LOVED it!!!! This is such a perfect dessert idea during these insanely cold winters! :)
    Samina | The Cupcake Confession recently posted…Valentine’s Special #1 Virgin Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes + {My New Blog Design}

  41. Wow! These look amazing! What a special treat- my family would love these!
    Shannon {Cozy Country Living} recently posted…Spinach, Broccoli & Ricotta Frittata

  42. Whoa, do these sound outstanding! Love that you filled these…plus I love your Swiss meringue :)

  43. Melted chocolate filling as well as a graham cracker crunch! A sweet hit with a crunch! Nice!

  44. Wow, these look amazing, Kelly! Love the sound of s’mores- really can’t believe I’ve never had them! :)
    Jess recently posted…Luscious Raspberry & White Chocolate ‘Heart’ Cake

  45. I haven’t had a good s’more in quite awhile, and after seeing this amazing deliciousness, I think I need to remedy that!!! These cupcakes are just beautiful girl!! :)

  46. Oh gosh, they look delicious, I can’t tell you the last time I had S’mores! Chocolate cake and S’mores!

    check out my recent post, cheesecake with strawberry topping

    Michael :-)
    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/strawberry-topped-cheesecake/

  47. I would love to have one of these for Valentine’s Day. The cupcakes look beautiful, and love the idea of toasting the marshmallows.

  48. I love s’more anything!!! The broiled marshmallows on top is perfect. These sound so good!!!

  49. OMG!! I want a huge bite out of this cupcakes!! Pinned!
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com recently posted…Chocolate Amaretto Molten Cakes

  50. Kelly, these S’mores in cupcakes form are really irresistible. I’ve featured your recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.
    Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden recently posted…S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes by Life Made Sweeter

  51. Never had S’mores growing up (I don’t think people know about it in Japan…). I still remember when I first tried it… it was soooo good. Then I start to realize there are so many S’more goodies. Like these cupcakes. I’d love to have some. YUM!!!

  52. Oh wow these look lovely and chocolatey I love s’mores and I bet these do help to keep those winter blues at bay! There is no let up over here in the UK either but I bet these help you think of warmer days. Wish I had one right now on the ship with me :)

  53. these cupcakes would definitely help us go through this winter!

  54. Gosh. S’mores are seriously one of my weaknesses. You’re talking to someone who has made them under the broiler every night for the past week! Put them into a cupcake? Even better!! :) If that isn’t motivation to carry us over to spring, I don’t know what would be! Beautiful post.
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