These cupcakes are like the perfect combination of smore’s and cake. A few weeks ago we entered a cupcake contest at our church’s spring women’s event and Brooklyn knew from the moment she saw this recipe on the Pioneer Woman’s television show that this was the winning cupcake. Well… in fact it did not win (I think there was voter fraud*) but it sure was good and we’d make them again! Using a pastry torch to lightly brown the marshmallow frosting puts it over the edge yumminess. We also added more graham cracker crust to the bottom and sides of the cupcake.
Graham Cracker Chocolate Cupcakes With Marshmallow Frosting
Graham Cracker Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the graham cracker crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two standard 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
For the cupcakes: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the buttermilk, water and oil and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling them about two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs attached, 12 to 15 minutes.
Let cool in the tins on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the tins and allow to cool completely.
For the marshmallow frosting: Combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a heatproof mixing bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites are warm and smooth to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on low speed, gradually increasing to medium and then finally up to high. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, 7 to 10 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and whisk in the vanilla.
*there wasn’t voter fraud. But we are demanding a recount.