Monday, July 30, 2012

S'mores Cake

Old Jer Bear's birthday is this coming Saturday and since we will be with his step-mom and dad I decided to surprise him with a birthday cake. He had actually told me not to, as a not to bother with it type of thing. But with all the s'mores craze with food on Pinterest lately I couldn't resist putting my S'mores Cake idea together. 

It worked out great, the guys played flag football for about 2 hours yesterday...just enough time for me to get a cake together. Luckily nearly everything I needed was already at my house. 

Let's face it, aside from Reese's Peanut Buttercups there is nothing better than a S'more. I use to roast marshmallows in my toaster oven just for the sake of it. I probably ate a half a bag a week. Something about graham crackers, chocolate, and melted marshmallow is just divine. If someone would make a sugar free marshmallow I would be in heaven. Why, oh, why must I love sugar like I do? It's an addiction really. 

I promise you this cake is to die for. Literally, you may need to check you blood glucose levels after eating a piece. At least plan on running a mile or two to make up for the calorie intake. 
Yup, you are looking at a food pic on a paper plate. I am sure I just broke some carnal rule of food blogging, but who cares I was in the middle of dishing this out to a bunch of guys. 

Graham Crust:
2 cups of crushed graham crackers (I had a box of pre-crushed)
1/2 stick of melted butter (maybe a little extra if your's is too dry)
dash of salt

Chocolate Cake:
1 box of your favorite chocolate cake (I prefer devils food)
*follow box directions for cake and add the following ingredients
1 egg (making 4 total for your cake mix)
4 oz sour cream
1 tsp vanilla

Marshmallow Ganache:
10 oz marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup softened butter (almost melted, the firmer the butter the firmer your frosting)
1/2 - 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350, or whatever your cake mix calls for. Grease a 13x9 baking dish, I used a glass Pyrex. Pour all of the ingredients for the graham crust into the pan, mixing together and press down into an even layer. Mix your cake mix ingredients together and add to the pan. I baked mine for roughly 35-40 minutes. But watch the cake starting at 30 minutes so it doesn't over cook. 

In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, combine all of the ingredients for your marshmallow ganache together. Spread over the cake once it has cooled and enjoy!

***The marshmallow frosting isn't my usual recipe. It didn't stand up well, but it tasted great. If you were doing this in a cupcake format, or wanted to be more decorative with your frosting technique I would suggest using my Easy Marshmallow Frosting recipe. 
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