S’Mores Cupcakes! (Nut-Free Recipe)

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S'mores Cupcakes

 

Summer’s coming and that means camping, hobo pies, and marshmallowy, gooey, chocolatey s’mores!  I can hardly wait.  Since I’m so impatient, I thought we could both use a taste of summer a little bit early.  And what better way to do that than with S’mores Cupcakes!  They’re chock full of everything we love about those tasty summer treats…and more…frosting.  Oh yes, S’mores with frosting.  Is there anything better?  I think not.   Well, one thing.  They’re completely nut-free!

 

S'mores Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs, room temp.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Mini-Marshmallows
  • 1/2 bag of Graham Crackers (from box like Honey Maid)
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup Salted Butter
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Marshmallow Extract
  • 2 Hershey Bars, broken into squares (garnish)

Instructions

    Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add your eggs, milk, and oil.
  5. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Break graham crackers in half and place in Ziploc bag.
  8. Pound with blunt object (like rolling pin) until finely crushed.
  9. Scoop 1 tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs into cupcake liner.
  10. Place a scoop of chocolate cake batter onto graham cracker crumbs.
  11. Push 3 mini-marshmallows into the center of the cupcake.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool. Once cooled, put on wire rack.
  14. Frosting
  15. Place softened butter in mixing bowl and add the cocoa and powdered sugar.
  16. Mix on low until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary after each step.
  17. Add the extract.
  18. Add heavy cream.
  19. Fill Decorating Bag with frosting. You'll also need a Coupler and Wilton 8B Tip if you don't have them already.
  20. Pipe frosting around the top of cupcake.
  21. Garnish with graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and a Hershey bar piece.
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Note:  You can use Hershey’s Miniatures if you don’t have nut allergies in your home. They have more a more finished look.

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