S'mores Cake

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Okay, so it's Friday. Actually it's Thursday at 11:05 PM, but you'll be reading this tomorrow... Friday. I'm trying to get this blog post written before midnight. I've written fourteen posts every month for a while. It's a thing now... I have to get at least fourteen blogs written every month. Or... I will feel like a failure.

So here's the thing: I got bangs yesterday. I don't think I've changed my hair style in two and a half years. You'll probably see some pictures eventually. But not now because I don't have makeup on and my hair is in a knot on top of my head. A garlic knot. Mmm those are good.

It's a big change. I don't recongnize myself anymore. I can't decide if I like the bangs or not. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I feel like Lloyd Christmas.

Here's another thing: I have to wake up early tomorrow, drive to my parents' house and bake Hannah's (my sister) birthday cake for tomorrow night's celebration, because our oven is still broken. Then we're going shopping. We is myself, mom and my sisters. I think I need some more maxidresses in my life. Ohh they're just so comfortable. They float around you and don't make you feel self conscious about your love handles.

Anyway, I should go to bed. That's what I was getting at.

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I made this S'mores Cake for Memorial Day, I think. So it's been a month since I made it, but I remember it pretty well. It was delicious! I especially loved the cake part. It was flavorful for cake. You know what I mean? This cake was more about the cake than the frosting. The cake has browned butter (of course), brown sugar, ground up graham crackers, oil, eggs, sour cream and milk in it. And... pudding mix. I've never used pudding mix in a cake before, but I bit the bullet and used vanilla pudding mix in this cake. Maybe that's why it was so flavorful and moist? I probably won't make it a habit, but I might use pudding mixes in cakes every now and then.

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The frosting is a marshmallow-y seven minute icing, basically. It's made with egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and salt. You cook the egg whites and sugar over the stove until the sugar is dissolved, and then you beat the mixture until whipped and fluffy.

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The frosting gets spread over the cake, and then the cake is placed in the oven and broiled until golden brown. I wish I had broiled this cake a little more to get more of that toasty-marshmallow flavor. I drizzled the s'mores cake with chocolate ganache. I used dark chocolate because that's what I had on hand, but I should have used milk chocolate, I think.

Let me know if you make this! I think it would be perfect for the Fourth of July or a summer barbecue. Have a great weekend!

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S'mores Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
4 large egg yolks (save 2 whites for frosting)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 package graham crackers, finely ground
1 cup all purpose flour

Toasted Marshmallow Frosting
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Ganache
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 ounces coarsely chopped dark chocolate (you could use milk or semi-sweet)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 (9-inch) cake pans with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 1-2 minutes, whisking frequently, until butter foams and starts to turn golden brown. Remove pan from heat. Pour butter into a large mixing bowl.

Add brown sugar, oil and pudding mix to bowl; mix together, using a mixer on medium speed, for 1 minute or until well combined. Beat in egg yolks until well combined. Beat in baking powder, baking soda, salt, sour cream and milk until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in graham cracker crumbs and flour until just combined.

Divide cake batter into pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and middle of cakes springs back when lightly touched. Cool 12 minutes on wire racks. Run a knife around outer edges and invert cakes onto wire racks or platters to cool completely.

To make the toasted marshmallow frosting, whisk together egg whites, sugar and corn syrup in a heat-proof bowl placed over a saucepan with barely simmering water. Keep whisking for 5-10 minutes, or until egg mixture is warm and sugar is dissolved.

Add egg mixture to a large mixing bowl and add vanilla and salt. Mix, using a mixer on high speed, for about 10 minutes or until egg mixture is whipped, fluffy, and stiff.

To make the chocolate ganache, bring cream and butter to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Turn heat off and whisk in chocolate until well combined and smooth.

To assemble cake: heat oven broiler on a low setting. Place one cake on a piece of foil on a cookie sheet; spread a generous amount of marshmallow frosting on top. Broil cake for a couple of seconds until golden brown. Generously drizzle the top with chocolate ganache. Place other cake on top. Pipe marshmallow frosting on top of cake. Broil for a couple of seconds or until golden brown. Drizzle cake with remaining chocolate ganache.

Makes 10 servings


47 comments:

  1. i wanna see the bangs! that cake looks absolutely divine :)

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  2. I didn't do bangs. Did you comment on my FB "bangs or no bangs?" post and say no bangs? I hope not!

    I was totally thinking I should make this for a 4th of July party we're going to on Saturday. Then you said make it. Kismet. So how many graham crackers, because my sleeve may be different from your sleeve.

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  3. What are you doing to me...??!!

    That looks fanta-bulous. S'mores are the greatest gift ever.

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  4. delicious sweet temptation on a platter...omg.

    the photography is gorgeous, too!

    and congrats on getting your 14 posts done for the month!

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  5. Your cake looks absolutely delicious. Love the layers and the browned butter in the cake sounds wonderful!

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  6. It looks amazing! I think I pretty much have to make this. I have got to tell you that I have made a ton of chocolate chip cookies and by far my favorite is when I used vanilla pudding powder in the batter..oh man are they good! I get over the fact that I kinda feel like a 'cheater' after I eat the first one:). I also think they stay moist longer..for some, I'm certain very technical, reason.
    Happy 4th of July!
    Rachael

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  7. I love cakes that are different and this one fits the bill!!! I am going to have to try it. This is one of those recipes that when I see it I want to make it right now! Have a Happy 4th of July and have fun finding maxi dresses!

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  8. WOW! This looks so great. I'm in love with this cake - I want it NOW!

    Have a nice day!
    Elly

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  9. I love that you made 7 minute icing. That's so homey and old fashioned. What gorgeous pictures too, but where is a picture of the bangs??

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  10. Uh oh... am I blog failure then? I definitely don't post that much :(

    I want to see the bangs!!

    Oh my, that cake.... heavenly.

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  11. Had bangs a couple of years ago and felt the same way. The reason I grew them out in the end is because it was a pain to keep getting them cut every month. But I liked them enough to have been playing around with the thought of getting them again. Pretty cake!

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  12. WHAT THE WHAT!? This. Looks. Amazing.

    Hope you have a great weekend!


    megmacdesigns.blogspot.com

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  13. Wow. This looks so good! (And so pretty!) Your recipes never cease to amaze me.

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  14. This was a treat to wake up to today! I love anything s'mores and am adding this to my list of 'smores things to make'! :)

    Have fun baking and shopping today!

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  15. Emily this looks amazing!! Will definitely have to check this one out....I've used strawberry jello in a cake before- and it does help with moisture.

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  16. Give your bangs two weeks and you'll love them. Your cake looks amazing as usual. Have an amazing weekend!

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  17. this cake looks so good! i'm loving all the s'mores desserts lately :)

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  18. Emily.. this. is. amazing! Reminds me of Gilmore Girls with Suki's dream cake for Lorelai's wedding! YUM!!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. That cake looks pretty darned awesome, Emily! Very Viennese using the graham cracker crumbs too. I'd try it for July 4 but I decided to make a sheet cake and decorate it like the Declaration of Independence. Seriously...

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  20. This cake looks fabulous! I've added the ingredients to my grocery list and will be making it for a birthday party next week!

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  21. looks so fancy! good luck with the cake baking for your sis :)

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  22. My sister in law would LOVE this. She is a s`more fanatic!

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  23. I got bangs for the first time a few years ago and they definitely took some getting used to, but I eventually fell in love with them. I'm sure you look adorable!

    Mmm smores. Even better in cake form I'm sure!

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  24. Woaw it looks really good! And what a frosting!
    I'm looking forward to seeing your new hairstyle ^^

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  25. Looks amazing! I've been dying to add a kitchen torch to my collection of kitchen toys, and I think I'm going to have to get one now so I can do the frosting properly - I can't imagine this cake fitting into my broiler.

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  26. o.m.g. That cake looks amazing! I went to chocolate-marshmallow heaven just looking at it!

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  27. Ah, I think I'm going to get bangs this weekend! I've been going back and forth on it for about a month. I think I just need to rip off the bandaid and do it.

    I made a s'mores cake and it was amazing. I love that you used brown butter in it - I basically use brown butter in everything these days.

    I'm convinced if we lived near each other we'd either best friends or hate each other because we're so alike?!

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  28. This cake is the perfect summer treat, look so good!

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  29. What a fabulous cake! I need to try putting a pudding mix in too.

    And yes, please post a pic of your bangs, I'm sure they're super cute :)

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  30. I never thought of "toasting" seven minute frosting to make it more like toasted marshmallows. Must investigate this idea...

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  31. Beautiful cake! It's my kind of exuberant, just like a DQ blizzard :)

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  32. Thanks everyone for the sweet comments!

    Anon, okayyy.

    Amy, I don't think I did! I hope you liked the cake.

    Rachael, I've heard that from other people. I think I should try it!

    Nuts about Food, yeah they're kind of fun right now, but I don't think I'll keep them.

    Angel Bites, my mom always uses Strawberry Jello to make her pie. :)

    Tom, I had no idea it was Viennese. Wow!

    Liz, I think we'd be friends! I don't have any baking friends who live here. You should get the bangs. They're fun and a nice change. And you can always grow them out again. :)

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  33. This looks completely amazing! So moist and chocolatey.
    http://www.curlygirlkitchen.com/

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  34. Now that's a cake! And what's better than an actual S'more?? A S'mores cake...that's what!

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  35. What size is the box of pudding regular or large?

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  36. When you say "package" of graham crackers, do you mean one of the wrapped packages inside the box of graham crackers or the whole box? I am excited to make this cake for my niece's birthday!

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  37. One sleeve of graham crackers. Enjoy!

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  38. do you have to put leftovers in the fridge?

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  39. I think it's okay to be left out for a day. After that I would refrigerate it.

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