Food For Getting Together: S’mores Cakes

As you know, America just celebrated a birthday. Like most Americans, we got together with family and had all sorts of good fun.  And like most celebrations in America, it involved food.

My mother made the best ham on earth and my sister Frankensteined a macaroni salad….like literally Frankensteined it by using about 35 different condiments in the dressing. It was amazing. And we will never get to experience it again because she has no idea what all she put in it.

Now, never one to be satisfied with just dinner, I made dessert. And not just any ordinary family get-together dessert, like angel food cake or cookies from the Costco bakery. Something fancy. Something from PINTEREST!!

I’ve been somewhat on a s’mores kick, having been seated around at least 2 bonfires lately. Something about fire just begs the s’mores come out and play. I dug deep into my Pinterest recipe file, way back to the second thing I ever pinned: Single Serve S’mores Cakes in a Mason Jar.

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S’mores Cakes in a Half-Pint Mason Jar




The pictures from the pinned recipe are better than mine, but this recipe drove me nuts. I think I used every single measuring cup and spoon I own, which irritates me for some reason, like it shouldn’t be that complicated. And the cakes were made in pint-size jars, which is a huge dessert (they recommend sharing, but who wants to share their dessert and what if it’s flu season!?). So I had to do quite a few alterations to make it work for my own personal needs. Like not sharing.

This is my simplified version. Printable recipe here.

You will need:

2 sleeves of graham crackers

1 stick of butter

1 box of chocolate cake mix (and ingredients required on the box)

1 Hershey’s chocolate candy bar (optional)

1 bag of large marshmallows

cupcake liners, for extra cake batter

Method:

1. Coat 12-15 half-pint jars with oil or cooking spray.

2. Crush the graham crackers, melt butter, then mix together.

3. Press graham cracker crust into bottom of jars using the bottom of a tall spice container that fits into the jar to pack it down.

4a. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

4b. Mix up chocolate cake.

5. Pour batter into jars, filling to half-full. Or half-empty if you are tired of baking by this point. Make cupcakes with any leftover cake batter.

6. Place one square of Hershey’s chocolate on top of batter. Optional step, but the melty chocolate is a really delicious surprise.

7a. Place jars in a rimmed baking pan with about 1/2 inch of water to help prevent breakage.

7b. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean, keeping in mind that there is a melted piece of chocolate in the center, too.

8. When ready to serve, turn on oven broiler and place 3-5 marshmallows on top of cake.

9. Broil for 1-2 minutes, serve immediately.

Here are some photos of my process, if you prefer visual aids:

Graham cracker crust
Graham cracker crust

 

Graham cracker crusts (plural)
Graham cracker crusts (plural)

 

Chocolate cake batter, half full.
Chocolate cake batter, half full.

 

With a chocolaty surprise!
With a chocolaty surprise!

 

Baked cakes. Bring on the marshmallows!!
Baked cakes. Bring on the marshmallows!!

 

Marshmallows stuffed into the jars.
Marshmallows stuffed into the jars.

 

Broiled marshmallows.
Broiled marshmallows.

 

She like.
She like.

 

A couple of last thoughts on the S’mores Cakes….they are really rich.  The half-pint serving was just about right.

I love that they can be made ahead of time. Since the final step is broiling the marshmallows, the cakes can be made any old time and finished off at serving time. I love that I have a few leftover to enjoy later when I come down off the macaroni salad high.

 

Leftovers!!
Leftovers!!

 

The true test of the fussy recipe is, “Would I make these again?” Absolutely. They were fun to serve and fun to eat! Not overly complicated, impressive presentation (bad photography aside), and tasty!

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