Gimme S’more Cupcakes

June 13, 2008 at 8:49 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 40 Comments
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Apologies to IHC readers that my recent teaser was a 5 days wait before this cupdate. You ok Janna? breathe. breathe. LOL

I’ve had s’mores cupcakes on my must-bake list for a while now. I love all the components of a s’more – chocolate, marshmallows and graham cracker. What’s not to like? I remember going to beach parties (one of the perks of living in Socal. You jealous?) when I was younger and batting my eyelashes at the nearest boy to bend my coat hanger for me. Just FYI, ::staring @ Nikki::, this is not a metaphor. Ahem. as I was saying… Stabbing those jumbo marshmallows to roast over the fire pit was the highlight of many beach nights. So I knew with these s’mores cupcakes, I wanted to bring some of my high school beach night nostalgia back too.

(Recipe adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop & CrazyDeliciousFood | photos from me!)

Makes about 15 cupcakes


For vanilla bean marshmallows* / Makes about 50 mini marshmallows
1/4 oz unflavored gelatin (1 packet of Knox gelatin)
1/6 cup cold water
2/3 cups granulated sugar
2/9 cups light corn syrup
4 tsp water
a pinch of salt
1/3 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used 1 vanilla bean, scraped)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup powder sugar
*If you don’t want to make your own marshmallows, you could use store bought too, but trust me when I tell you that home made is SO good!

For cupcakes
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla

For frosting*
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow cream
1 cup powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
blue food gel
*Marshmallow frosting recipe makes alot. You can freeze the leftovers for another time. Defrost before using.

fruit rollup
lifesavers candy (I used the gummy one so they are elastic to fit the bear easier)
teddy grahams (I used the honey flavor)
cocktail umbrellas
1 cup graham cracker crumbs for sand


To make marshmallows—
Line a pan with plastic wrap and lightly oil it. Set aside.

[NOTE: I used my small 7-1/4″x5-1/4″ glass pyrex dish.]

In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/6 cup cold water. Soak for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sugar, corn syrup and 4 tsp water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil and boil hard for 1 minute.

Pour the boiling syrup into soaked gelatin and turn on the mixer, using the whisk attachment, to high speed. Add a pinch of salt and beat for about 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, add in the vanilla extract beat to incorporate.

Scrape marshmallow into the prepared pan and spread evenly (Lightly greasing your hands and the spatula helps a lot here). Take another piece of lightly oiled plastic wrap and press lightly on top of the marshmallow, creating a seal. Let mixture sit for a few hours, or overnight, until cooled and firmly set.

[NOTES: I let mine set for about 3 hours but I recommend overnight.]

In a shallow dish, combine cornstarch and powder sugar. Remove marshmallow from pan and cut into equal pieces with lightly oiled scissors (the best tool for the job) or a chef’s knife. Dredge each piece of marshmallow in powder sugar mixture.

Click image to enlarge
Pre-powder sugar (L), Post-powder sugar (M), Size comparison with a teddy graham (R)

To make cupcakes—
For graham cracker bottom: Combine 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup melted butter. Add about 1 teaspoon++ into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Put in freezer to set about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

For chocolate cupcakes: Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.

Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a small sized bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.

Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.

Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 2/3’s full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 20-22 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

While the cupcakes are still warm cut out a cone and insert a mini marshmallow in the center. Replace cone.

Obviously I am not the best cone cutter outer-er but its nothing a glob of frosting wont hide right?

[NOTES: If I had a creme brulee torch I would have toasted the marshmallow before replacing the cone back.]

To make frosting—
Beat butter in a medium bowl with mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in marshmallow cream. When well blended, beat in powder sugar and vanilla. Increase speed to high and beat for 3-4 minutes until frosting is fluffy.

Reserve 1 tbsp++ white frosting and color the remaining with blue food gel to desired color.

To assemble cupcakes—
Using an offset spatula apply blue frosting to cupcake. Put graham crumbs on 1/2 of the cupcake for sand. Using a toothpick add some white to the blue to resemble waves. Draw outfit on teddy grahams with food safe markers. Put the teddy graham on either a lifesaver “innertube” or a fruit roll up “towel”. Garnish with cocktail umbrella.

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Husband rating: A
He still prefers a “real smore” b/c he’s a chocolate hershey bar addict but said this was a good cupcake translation.

Wife rating: A+
I really liked the crunchy graham cracker bottom and chocolate “cake” combination. The marshmallow middle and marshmallow frosting were a great compliment! I think my favorite beach bear was the one sunbathing upside down but the water raft one is a close 2nd. LOL. What’s your favorite?


Postscript: I love to bake but since I have limited resources I have to make all the ingredients count. If they can play a 2for role, all the better. Though I admit this time I was a little sad for the dual role that the teddy grahams had to play. It couldn’t be helped. It had to be done. But I didn’t enjoy it.

Save me!!!



  1. OMG, these are SO cute!! I’ve done the beach cake with blue piping gel, brown sugar sand and teddy graham beach bums, but the mini version on the cupcake are just too cute. The umbrellas are a great touch.

    We have beach parties here, but there are only about 3 months of the year that are warm enough for them! Most places we can’t have fires on the beach though. And I’ve never heard of using a coat hanger for a s’more. The advantage of living in Michigan is the deciduous trees so we can just bust off a tree branch, scrape off the bark, and start cooking!

  2. ZEBE, piping gel! I will have to try piping gel next time. I got a little lazy and used food safe markers instead. We has palm trees but these aren’t great for “branches”. I guess the coat hanger was a CA substitution. LOL

  3. Oh, those are sooooo freakin’ adorable! I love the Teddy Grahams. What an awesome idea with the graham cracker bottom and I love that you made your own marshmallows. I used to make my own all the time, but I’ve been inspired to start making them again!

  4. These cupcakes are so cute! And they look and sound delicious! teddy graham killer.

  5. TANYA, I am definitely a home made marshmallow convert. My friend, Nikki, made me some a couple months ago and I’ve been craving them ever since!

    MARY, teddy graham killer? guilty as charged. But I did show remorse so do I get a lighter sentence? HAHA!

  6. Aahhh! Save the teddy grahams! And seriously, coat hangers? Nothing better than a random branch peeled and sharpened by some cute boy with his pocketknife :)

  7. CAITLIN, oooh-la-la. Cute boy with a pocketknife. Scouts honor baby! HAHA!

  8. You just made me laugh loud enough to get a very weird look from the hubs. Thank you for your great ideas and even better pictures. The poor teddy…

  9. MRSDANIGIRL, HAHA! Glad I could make you giggle. I am still mourning that teddy. He was such a good little graham. sniff

  10. Ok- seriously- CUTEST CUPCAKES EVER! You’re brilliant! Bravo.

  11. JOY, ah gee. thanks J-dog! I could never compare to your podcasts though… btw you are way over due for another one, no? ::wink::

  12. teddy grahams for smores cupcakes!
    brilliant. well done!

  13. KHOO, thanks hun! Appreciate the comment love :)

  14. You’re so creative! Those look like a treat for both eye and tastebud.

    Also, I wanted to say thank you for “voting” for my TWD posts in the ISO thingamajiggy they do on TWD. As a new blogger/photographer (and I use that last term loosely, lol), it really means a lot to me. :)

  15. JACQUE, thanks! I totally understand what you mean about “photographer” b/c thats how I feel. I think thats the fun of food blogging – improving cooking skills and photography skills!

  16. I really like the graham bottom. It looks like it would taste really good.

  17. Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!! SOOOOO cute! Girl, you blow me away sometimes with your mad skills!

  18. GRETCHEN, thanky! I really loved the combo of the graham and cupcake. So good!

    ALANNA, ah shucks. stop stop. haha. thanks chica! :)

  19. Lookit you and your bad marshmallow making self!!! That is way more work than I ever want to partake in but I love seeing the photos of others, HAH!

    I confess I am an old school s’mores lover with Hersheys chunks…yummmm. But I wouldn’t turn down a cuppie with it either.

  20. Sounds and looks yummy. I have a question though, what are those black specks in your marshy-mallows? Vanilla bean? Mmmmm Mmmmmm.

  21. MARA, Sometimes I get crazy with all components but it makes coming up with cupcake ideas more fun right? ;)

    JAYSPICE, exactly! I lurve vanilla beans! YUM!

  22. These are so very cute.
    I love the bear cub floating in the green gummy lifesaver. Adorable.

  23. Oh and I thought making marshmallows was fun, but my mixer did not. It made terrible noises the whole time like it was about to say “Peace Out”. It was scary.

  24. JANNA, I didn’t make Dorie’s marshie recipe. I made a different one from Nikki‘s blog. The Dorie ones didn’t turn out that good for me but this recipe was awesome. Then again I only made 1/3 of the recipe so maybe thats why my KA handled it better. ;)

  25. Oh I have so many wonderful comments to make on this

    1. Fuggen Adorable

    2. So glad you liked my marshies … ahh how far you’ve come, you used to make me make them for you and bring them with me across the country

    3. My gutter brain will not be mentioned, but serio, who the fug uses a coat hangers to toast marshies? You use a STICK they’re not smores if you didn’t use a stick. Geeze in the future when you make smores please be more authentic and use a stick. Thx – The Mgt

  26. NIKKI
    1. thanks
    2. oh yes they were good. But I already knew that! Though I think flying cross country makes them taste even bettter ;)
    3. Where do you propose I get said sticks? We have palm trees in CA! coat hanger works just fine TYVM!

  27. better watch that mixer Janna…when it starts making noises like it wants to take a forever-rest…IT DOES.

  28. Adorable!!
    We’ve always been coat-hanger-marshmellow-roasters in our family! I always thought using a plain ol’ stick was kinda gross! I guess it’s part of the experience..but you know. *shrugs*
    RIP Little Teddy…you served your baker well!

  29. SUZY, thank you! Sheesh I was starting to feel like a freak. HAHA!

  30. ok the knife to the poor little teddy…. made me bust out laughing… yeah the coworkers are looking over at me a bit weird :) these look super tasty!

  31. STEPH, Glad to give you a giggle at work. Lord knows my CWs think I am nuts from my random bouts of giggles when I read blogs too! I say laughter is great medicine for a “case of the mondays” though. ;)

  32. Hello,

    I’m going to make your s’mores cupcakes. I’m not going to decorate them with a beach scene as they are the 3rd cupcake flavor for an engagement party. I was intending to use regular marshmallows, ie. partially fill cupcake liner, put in marshmallow, finish filling liner, and then baking. What do you think?

    Thanks for the recipe/idea!

  33. INGRID, Just to clarify. You want to bake the marshmallow with the batter at the same time? I tried that for my first attempt and the marshmallow melts into the batter. It tastes great but you don’t get a “white center” b/c of that. If you want the white center, you’d need to insert the marshmallow in the center after the cupcakes been baked. HTH!

  34. Thank you for answering back so promptly. I’m intending to make these tomorrow.

    Yes, that is exactly what I was intending to do. Which tasted better, soft melted center or the firmer? Also, how stable is the frosting? Could I use a torch to LIGHTLY brown the frosting? Just a thought….I’m really new to this “think outside the box baking”. Ha-ha! Wasn’t trying to make a play on words but it works.

    Thanks again and wish me luck…otherwise everyone is getting Publix desserts!

  35. INGRID, I personally like the marshie a little firmer. It was nice all melted into the cupcake batter but you couldn’t really taste it as marshmallow, just a soft cakey center. You know? I am not sure how the marshmallow frosting would hold up to a blow torch. Maybe try one and see how it works! You’ll have to come back and let me know too. Good luck with your baking!

  36. Thank you so much! I am going to do as you suggested….add marshmallow after baking and try the torch on one. I will be certain to let you know how it goes!!!!

  37. wow! these look awesome, and i love the pictures! so adorable!

  38. HEATHER, thanks for your sweet compliments!

  39. These are precious! And I love S’mores!

  40. MARYANNA, thank you. I think precious is the perfect way to describe them! :)

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