S'more Cupcakes S'more Fun

I’ve never been one for kumbaya-ing around a campfire. But if you ask me to camp out, I’ll travel far and wide bringing gifts of graham, fine chocolate, and marshmallow. Or—as it happened last weekend—I’ll come by train with dark chocolate bars shoved into my suitcase and a few pounds of finely ground graham crackers stashed in my purse.

Now, there are a lot of s’more cupcake recipes with chocolate cake bottoms, but—in my humble opinion—if you are making a s’more-styled dessert there should be a fair amount of graham action going on to be paired with good quality chocolate bars. (Hence the toting of said contents over state lines.)

And so the s’more cupcakes were born soon after my arrival home. They were for my sister’s bridal shower, which I keep telling people was “camp-chic” themed because it sounds better than “campy.” (I suppose it’s also a more accurate description if you have white linens, s’more-themed desserts piled onto cake platters, and twigs that have been spray-painted and used as table centerpieces.)

So the shower was only loosely Adirondack mountain-themed, which is where she’ll be getting married in about a month. The Adirondacks are a magical place that smells of pine once you hit the mountains; the scent wafts into your car even with the windows rolled up. The lakes are calm enough to see the reflection of forest trees on the water. And the summer nights offer up clear, constellation-lit skies.

It’s also the perfect place to park yourself in front of a campfire, in the company of at least one bag of marshmallows, a solid gang of graham crackers, and a stack of chocolate bars. Should it be unlikely that this scene will happen anytime soon—and should this depress you—I suggest making these cupcakes.

Browning the marshmallow topping is almost as entertaining as toasting marshmallows, if you have a gas stove. You simply hold the top of each frosted cupcake until it licks the flames on the range and you achieve your desired stage of browning. If you don’t have a gas stove, you could use the broiler though I caution it’s not as fun. And for the love of all things woodland, don’t hold back on the frosting: it should be piled high, it’s marshmallowy nature will hold everything in place.

Some may say the cupcake trend has run its course, but it only makes sense to have an individually portioned dessert if the s’more is your inspiration. S’mores ain't for sharing. Neither are cupcakes. And they both tend to follow where the fun is.

So if you’ve ever longed to sit at a campfire holding a long twig with a marshmallow stuck to the end of it, you’ll likely enjoy this little dessert number. They are guaranteed to bring you back to your childhood or at least off up some youthful fun. And—kumbaya or not—it’s okay to laugh when you get a little marshmallow frosting on your nose.

S'more Cupcakes with Marshmallow Meringue
Adapted from Bon Appétit



1.5 cups finely ground graham crackers
1/2 cup flour
2.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground mace (or nutmeg)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup half and half
6 oz of a good quality dark chocolate bar (such as Scharffen Berger)

1.5 cups sugar
6 egg whites
Pinch of kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of coffee-flavored liqueur, such as Kahlua


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Sift the ground graham crackers, flour, baking powder and spices into a medium bowl. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add salt and then add eggs, one at a time, while continuing to beat the mixture; add vanilla. Add graham cracker mixture in 3 additions, alternating with half and half and ending with the graham cracker mixture.

Spoon mixture into lined muffin cups and fill until the muffin cups are only half full. Break up your chocolate bar(s) into large pieces and divide between the half full batter cups. Top with remaining batter so that no chocolate is showing. Bake for about 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Try to stick it in a spot that isn't filled with chocolate)

While cupcakes are cooling, make the meringue by whisking sugar, egg whites, and a pinch of salt together in a small heat-proof bowl. Place a small amount of water in a saucepan big enough to allow your bowl to fit in it. When the water is simmering, place the bowl with the sugar and egg whites over the water; ideally, the bowl should not be touching the simmering water. Whisk the mixture for 6-8 minutes or until the mixture reads higher than 140 degrees on a thermometer.

Pour egg white mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer and whip on medium-high speed for 6-8 minutes, until it becomes a stiff, white meringue; whip in vanilla and coffee liqueur. Pipe meringue frosting onto cupcakes or just frost them with a knife, making wispy, cloud-like patterns.

Hold cupcake over the flame of a gas burner on a stovetop for about 15-20 seconds or until desired toasted marshmallow doneness. Alternatively, place a few cupcakes at a time under a broiler, checking every so often to prevent scorching.

Makes about 12 cupcakes

-It takes about 15 crackers to make the ground graham and a food processor makes fast work of it.

-You could flavor the marshmallow with whatever you like. The coffee liqueur added a nice depth of flavor. I have also tried Cointreau.

-Sadly, these cupcakes don't fair too fabulously in the fridge. Best to frost and eat, though they are certainly still edible the day after.

-Check out my interview on The Mighty Rib, done by fellow foodie and blogger, Kevin Shalin; he's newly transplanted to Boston and serves up a new food feature on his blog daily.


  1. The Adirondacks sound so wonderful! These cupcakes look very delicious. Congratulations to your sister!

  2. I think an Adirondack themed shower sounds like a great idea. I've seen a couple of versions of these cupcakes before, but yours look especially good. I don't these these are a trend...definitely a classic!

  3. The meringue looks just like a toasted marshmallow! Too cute!

  4. Just for the record, we still make s'mores in the chimnea once in a while. Dudette adores them (I'm more fond of the plain ole toasted marshmallow). The cupcakes though, those I could eat by the plateful. You're right, they're not for sharing!

  5. Yes, for me the meringue is definitely the best part of this dessert. I've always been a fan of toasted marshmallows ... and frosting. :) Happy toasting!

  6. i like the term 'camp-chic', but i like 'glamping' even better. :)
    terrific cupcakes--toasted marshmallow is one of my favorite flavors, period and the end.

  7. camp-chic! genius. i love this cupcake! and camping. and smores.

  8. I completely maxed out on s'mores in June when I made them for a competition... but I've seen so many delicious recipes appear since then! Once I'm ready, I will be trying these cupcakes.

  9. S'mores cupcakes are a truly great idea! we'll definitely have some of this camp-chic before the summer's over!

  10. Nice blog and these look delicious !

  11. I don't care if cupcakes are no longer "trendy", I'd happily eat these any day! One can never have enough toasted marshmallow and chocolate....

  12. Could this cupcake be made in a Big Top silicone
    cupcake mold?

  13. I imagine you might have to double this recipe. Looks like the Big Top silicone mold fits 1 cake mix, which should yield ~25-30 cupcakes, according to the cake mix boxes I checked out online. The baking time might vary a bit too; it will probably take a little longer.

    You may have to stick the entire thing in the broiler to "toast" the frosting too, unless you have a kitchen torch. :)

    Hope this helps and happy baking!

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