If you go camping just for the s’mores, these cupcakes are for you, any season. Save the gas, kick back in your living room and pass around the platter. For that irresistible burnt marshmallow flavour, don’t forget to pull out the kitchen torch and scorch the topping.
Prepare Graham Cake, but use Graham Cupcakes variation.
Once cupcakes cool to room temperature, prepare Milk Chocolate Ganache. Scrape ganache into very small, deep bowl or storage tub. Let sit 5 minutes, or until lukewarm and dippable but not too runny.
Dip top of each cupcake into ganache, let excess drip off, then return cupcake to wire rack. (You will have some ganache left over for other uses.) Let cupcakes sit 15 to 30 minutes, until ganache sets. Or, on warm day, refrigerate 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare frosting. Using buttered disher, add domed dollop of frosting to top of each cupcake.
Cut Hershey’s bar into squares. Push 1 square into frosting on each cupcake. (You will have some squares left over for other uses.)
Using kitchen torch, quickly scorch top of each dollop of frosting, just until golden.
Tool Time: The cake batter is thick yet soft and fluffy. It’s difficult to load even amounts into each muffin cup. For best results, use a disher. This is a type of scoop with a spring-loaded arm that sweeps through the cup to release the contents. I also use a medium-sized disher to dollop the frosting. Buttering the scoop allows for an easier release of the sticky frosting.
Oh No: Alas, some of the squares in the Hershey’s bar will inevitably break into shards. For best results, the bar should be at room temperature. Cut it carefully with a sharp knife. I use a bar with 16 small squares, and save the shards and shavings for other uses. Careful with that torch! The marshmallowy frosting burns in a blink and may catch on fire. Scorch it only until golden; it will continue to darken for a second. Have a bright idea to simply scoop marshmallow crème from a jar instead of making frosting? So did I. Except it doesn’t work well. The crème inevitably succumbs to gravity, and slowly sags.
CREDIT: SUSAN SAMPSON
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