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S’mores Cupcakes

19 Apr

S'mores CupcakeMy favorite part of summer is sitting around a campfire and eating s’mores. After a long day of swimming and running around, there is nothing better than curling up in a flannel blanket, watching the night sky and consuming this sticky delight. The smell of toasting wood, combined with the fluff of the marshmallow melting into the creamy chocolate that’s barely being supported by crisp graham crackers is a staple at any outdoor gathering. I always compete with others to see who can get their marshmallow the most caramelized without burning it, dropping it, or setting it on fire. Naturally, there are always a few fluffy casualties in the process.

Making s’mores indoors has never been a successful experiment for me. I’ve blown up far too many marshmallows in the microwave. Plus, I miss the smell of the firewood that goes along with the great taste. As a quick fix to tide me over until summer arrives, I came up with the S’mores Cupcake to satisfy my cravings. Although I can’t promise an authentic camping experience from consuming one of these, it will make you feel better until you can get your hands on the real thing.

If you had any meringue left over from making our Lemon Meringue Pie, you can use it to top these cupcakes!

S’mores Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcake

1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 whole large egg
1 large egg yolk
4 graham crackers

In a small bowl whisk together the cocoa powder and the water until the cocoa powder is dissolved and let the mixture cool to room temperature. In a bowl whisk together the flour, the baking soda, and a pinch of salt. In another bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar. Add the whole egg and the egg yolk, mixing until batter is smooth. Alternate adding cocoa with flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
Crumble graham crackers and add 1 1/2 Tbsp to each unlined cupcake pan. Press graham cracker down firmly and fill the rest of the tin with the cupcake batter; about 2/3 full. Bake in a 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Meringue

6 egg whites
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
a pinch of cream of tartar

Whip whites and cream of tartar until frothy, and slowly stream in sugar. Whip until glossy, soft-peaks form.

Assembly

When completely cool, top with meringue. Happy Trails!

St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Cupcakes

8 Mar

cupcakes_Oh, St. Patrick’s Day. A time filled with four-leaf clovers and myths of leprechauns. Instead of drinking green beer this year, I want to celebrate the holiday with a festive treat. Since I’m not the biggest fan of food coloring, I’m choosing the next best thing to mark the occasion: beer as flavoring. I’m using Guinness not only because it’s Irish, but it’s a heavy beer which makes a really moist, delicious cupcake.

I first tried this recipe when I was secretary of the honor society in college. There was a fundraiser for the school’s club activities and we needed to represent the holiday. Being in college, most clubs took this opportunity to do jello shots and make foods like truffle fries and lobster mac & cheese that would be delicious when drinking beer. Did I mention I went to a culinary school? We liked to get fancy.

Being a team of mostly bakers, we decided cupcakes were our best option. The president of the society, Annabelle, and I stayed up all night testing cupcakes. After many sugary bites and lots of laughs, the Guinness Cupcake was born. The next day we sold out within the hour and people were begging for more!

For this recipe, I like to make a simple syrup out of the Guinness and brush it onto the cupcake after they bake so that the flavor isn’t lost in the cupcake. Feel free to also add a little bit to the frosting as well. Green sprinkles are always welcome.

GUINNESS CUPCAKES

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Guinness
1 stick butter
3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/3 cup sour cream

Simmer Guinness, butter, and brown sugar in saucepan until butter and sugar melt. Add cocoa and whisk until smooth. Remove from burner and cool slightly. Mix flour, sugar, soda, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix egg and sour cream. Add cocoa mixture and mix slowly for about a minute. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.

FROSTING
4 oz. cream cheese, soft
1/2 stick butter, soft
1/2 lb confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp Guinness

Mix ingredients together by hand. Once blended, whip on a mixer until light and fluffy.

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