s'bit different.

28 June 2013
Understandably, patriotic desserts abound for the upcoming fourth of July celebrations. In years past, you've made the now classic flag cake and you've layered brightly colored berries with cream and meringue. So, how about something just a little bit different for this year's celebrations?

Just before the fireworks begin, pass around a rustic pastry box filled with nostalgic summer flavors. With a light milk chocolate sponge cake base, a marshmallow top and a few crumbs of graham cracker, the S'more Mini Cake will please the whole crowd.  (And, guess what? You don't even have to make a frosting. So, as the summer heat takes over, your time in the kitchen will be minimal.)

S'more Mini Cakes

Ingredients, for the cakes:
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 8 oz bar of milk chocolate
2 egg whites at room temperature
1/4 cup cream cheese
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
seeds scraped from one vanilla bean

Ingredients, for the topping:
12 jumbo/extra large campfire marshmallows, split in half around the widest part
8 graham crackers, crumbled into a fine sandy texture

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter and the chocolate and set aside. Combine all other ingredients for the cakes in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and chocolate and mix everything together until a batter forms. Do not over mix. Line 24 cupcake tins with your preferred cupcake liners and spray very lightly with cooking spray. Fill the cups halfway full and place the tins into a preheated oven. Cook for 7-10 minutes until the tops spring back to the touch or a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Immediately, place the halved marshmallows on top of each hot cake (still in the tins) and put under the broiler. Watch closely! Broil only long enough to lightly brown each marshmallow. Remove from the oven, press the marshmallow down a bit so that the edges 'goo' out. Tilt each cake to roll the gooey edges into the crumbed graham crackers. Set aside and cool.

1 comment:

Naomi said...

Yum! It would be fun to pass around a box of treats as a surprise during the fireworks! I might try this! Thanks for the idea!

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