Hershey’s S’mores Cupcakes – delicious chocolate cupcakes with a graham cracker crust, filled with light and fluffy marshmallow filling and topped with milk chocolate ganache.
If you have little kids, then you must know that the few days after a kid’s birthday party can be pretty difficult. Of course, since it is impossible that all the invited people can come on the day you planned, you can do nothing else but prepare for a few more visits of your dear friends. And if you are, besides all that, a food blogger, then you can’t risk your good baking reputation and not greet the guests with a sweet bite ?
Well if you have recognized what I’m talking about, then I will give my “wild card” for this kind of situation to you – cupcakes. Yes, in a very short time, and without much sweat, you will have a beautiful dessert on your table. A dessert which is very difficult to turn down. And if there are children, success is guaranteed. Simply, I haven’t seen a child that doesn’t lick all the frosting from the cake!
Even though I have made cupcakes numerous times, for this year’s after the birthday party, I didn’t want to repeat any of the old recipes, so I decided to something completely different – Hershey S’mores Cupcakes. Don’t know what this is about? Then just imagine Hershey’s chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker crust, filled with light and fluffy marshmallow filling and topped with milk chocolate ganache. Sounds good? Trust me, as good as it sounds, the taste is even better! Maybe this is not the original S’more dessert, but the beautiful Hershey’s chocolate cake made this treat only more decadent
As for he kids, the first disappointment because of the missing frosting was quickly substituted by excitement when, while drilling trough the ganache with their spoons, they concluded that there is a hidden marshmallow filling. Of course, that means that you will automatically have to take into account a few destroyed Hershey S’mores Cupcakes which will just serve for play time for the little chocolate diggers:)
For the crust:
1 1/3 cup graham crackers crumbs
5 Tablespoon sugar
5 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted
For chocolate cupcakes:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons Hershey’s Cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk- room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg-lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water
For marshmallow filling:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
For milk chocolate ganache:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
10 oz. milk chocolate-finely chopped
1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
How to make it :
To make the crust:
Place rack in center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 F, line cupcake tins with 16 cupcake liners and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter and mix well with a fork.
Press about 1 1/2 Tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liners and bake 6 minutes, then set aside to cool.
To make the cupcakes:
In a large bowl combine cocoa, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add oil, milk, egg, and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes with a hand-held electric mixer on medium speed, then add boiling water and beat to combine (batter will be thin). Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners over the crust (it should be 3/4 full)
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool in pan, then using a sharp knife or cupcake corer hollow out the centers of each cupcake(cut the top of each center and save for later to place it back onto the filling).
To make marshmallow filling:
In a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water whisk together egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar, until sugar dissolves (be careful, the water shouldn’t touch the bottom of the bowl). Continue whisking over simmering water until egg mixture is warm to touch, then remove from heat and continue beating with the mixer until still peaks form. At the end add vanilla and mix well.
Transfer the filling to a piping bag with round tip or use the plastic bag and cut off the corner and fill the cupcakes. Place back the tops from centers of cupcakes.
To make the ganache:
On a low heat in a small sauce pan melt chopped milk chocolate with 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil, stirring until it’s completely smooth. Remove from heat and add cold heavy whipping cream, stir well until it’s evenly combined. Using a spoon spread the ganache onto the cupcakes. If the ganache is the too runny place it in the fridge briefly to set to top the cupcakes.
Store in the fridge.