Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Give me s'more cupcakes

We have an open fire in our front room; it was my mother's Christmas present a few years back. Every year my brother and I have proceeded to buy marshmallows and chocolate digestives to create s'mores whilst sat in front of the telly watching Strictly Come Dancing. My mother doesn't appreciate the marshmallow on the grate but they're my little winter treat so here are a few replica cupcakes!

For the cake:
30g dark chocolate
5 digestive biscuits
80g unsalted butter, softened
280g caster sugar
200g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
240ml milk
For the topping:
200g caster sugar
4 egg whites
100g dark chocolate to decorate

Preheat the oven to 170C and line a muffin tin with cases. Grate the dark chocolate with a fine cheese grater (it's a good idea to leave it in a fridge beforehand) and crush the digestive biscuits. I'd suggest either putting them in a plastic fridge bag or a plastic bowl and attacking them with a rolling pin. Using a mixer blend the butter, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt together to get a breadcrumb-like consistency. Mix the eggs and milk in a jug and slowly add to the dry mix whilst whisking until the batter is smooth. Fill the paper cases 2/3 of the way with this mixture before covering with the chocolate gratings and crushed digestives. Bake for about 20 minutes and then leave to cool.

You can then either ice them normally or create this marshmallow-like topping. If you don't have much time on your hands I'd suggest using a jar of marshmallow fluff (you can buy it now in most supermarkets) but if you want to be authentic, make your own. Start by heating the sugar in a saucepan with 150ml of water and bring it to the boil. Whilst this is boiling, separate your egg whites and whisk them until fluffy and quite stiff. After about 10 minutes your sugar syrup should be ready. You can test it by dropping a small amount into a cup of cold water. If it forms a solid ball it is ready, if not, leave it a few more minutes. Keep testing until it is ready. You can then add it to the beaten egg whites, misting as you go. Whisk until the bottom of the bowl is warm and the mixture shiny. Spread this atop your cupcakes. 

Now comes the fun bit. I used a cooks blowtorch to crisp my marshmallow, but if you have a gas hob, you could toast it off here. If not, any form of flame would work (please don't go wandering round lighting fires to toast your cupcakes on...). Please be very careful. I will happily admit that I set fire to every single paper case and I made about 18 cupcakes. Just watch what you're doing and blow out the flames. Decorate with a piece of chocolate and you're done!

Adapted from Hummingbird Bakery's "Cake Days"


Vicki Skitt said...

They look to die for!
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Gen said...

This looks beyond delicious!

Olivia said...

Oh my gosh these look amazing!!! xx

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Jenny said...

Wow these sound amazing they look super yummy too! x
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Aimee Victoria Long said...

This actually looks soooo good!!! I wish I could bake.
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Anthea Lau said...

omg this looks delicious! craving s'mores now <3

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Randa Paige said...

yum! now im hungry! im definitely going to try this! :) And i love your blog! and can't wait to read more! I also followed you on GFC!

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Mon Petit Billet said...

Oh my! Those cupcake s'mores look like a little piece of heaven! Have to try this :)

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