S’mores Cupcakes

I absolutely adore s’mores. They bring back memories of high school bonfires, with crackles of fire dancing up into the night sky, and carefree summer days. So this past week when my Chief Culinary Consultant’s mom said she bought graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate bars and marshmallows for s’mores one night, I was totally excited. Even though the boys initially said that “only girls and little kids get excited about s’mores” they definitely went back for seconds and thirds and admitted that s’mores were better than they remembered. See, s’mores are fun for everyone! Ha! So when thinking about what I wanted to bake up this week, I immediately decided that it had to be something s’mores-related. Enter these cupcakes. Which taste pretty much exactly like s’mores.

The cupcake batter smelled like a big ol’ pile of graham crackers once it was mixed up. Who would have thought that graham cracker smell could be intoxicating? It totally was.

Cool the cupcakes, then top them with chocolate ganache and a big heaping pile of marshmallow frosting. If you have a kitchen torch, bust it out and toast up the marshmallow frosting. Mmmm… It’s amazing how much these really taste like traditional s’mores – the graham cupcakes are spot on and you definitely can’t mess up chocolate and marshmallow :)

So whether you grab a stick and some marshmallows over a fire or bake up these beauties, I hope you get to enjoy s’mores at least once this summer!

S'mores Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes


For the Cupcakes:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1-1/3 cups graham flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons salt
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
10 ounces (1¼ cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar
¼ cup honey
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Ganache Glaze:
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup heavy cream

For the Marshmallow Frosting:
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon)
1/3 cup plus ¼ cup cold water
1 cup granulated sugar


1. Bake the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together both flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream the butter, brown sugar and honey until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium; beat in the eggs and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

3. Divide the batter evenly among the lined cups. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until golden brown and a thin knife inserted in the centers comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored up to 1 day at room temperature, or frozen up to 1 month.

4. Make the Chocolate Ganache Glaze: Place the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl and microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds, or until the chocolate softens and starts to melt. Bring the cream to a full boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; pour over chocolate. Working with a rubber spatula, very gently stir together until the ganache is completely blended and glossy.

5. Make the Marshmallow Frosting: In a mixing bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water. Allow the gelatin to soften, about 5 minutes.

6. Heat the remaining ¼ cup water and the sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring; clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan. Boil the syrup until the temperature reaches the soft-ball stage (238 degrees F). Remove from heat; add the syrup to the softened gelatin. Whisk the mixture by hand to cool, about 1 minute, then use an electric mixer to whisk on medium-high speed until soft, glossy (but not dry) peaks form, 8 to 10 minutes. (The frosting must be used immediately because it will harden.)

7. Assemble the Cupcakes: Spoon 2 teaspoon of the chocolate ganache glaze onto each cupcake. Fill a pastry bag with a large plain tip with marshmallow frosting; pipe frosting onto each cupcake, swirling the tip and releasing as you pull up to form a peak. Hold a small kitchen torch 3 to 4 inches from the surface of the frosting, and wave it back and forth until the frosting is lightly browned all over. Serve immediately.

(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes)


90 Responses to “S’mores Cupcakes”

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  1. Sophie on July 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I love this! I tried to make a different version of these using a recipe I found online, but they didn’t turn out nearly as good as these look. I can’t wait to try them your way- your creations never let me down!


  2. Kathleen on July 13, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I can’t wait to try these. They look soooo delicious!


  3. Becka on July 13, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Could you possibly suggest a substitute for Graham flour please? We can’t get it in the UK :(
    Would wholemeal flour work?

    Thanks! :)


  4. Rosanne on July 13, 2011 at 5:04 am

    To Becka, I live in Ireland and we can’t get this here either, however, I did find this info online from Wikipedia:

    Graham flour is not available in all countries. A fully correct substitute for it would be a mix of white flour, wheat bran, and wheat germ in the ratio found in whole wheat. Wheat comprises approximately 83% endosperm, 14.5% bran, and 2.5% germ by mass.[5] For sifted all-purpose white flour, wheat bran, and wheat germ having densities of 125, 50, and 80 grams/cup, respectively, one cup of graham flour is approximately equivalent to 84 g (~2/3 cup) white flour, 15 g (slightly less than 1/3 cup) wheat bran, and 2.5 g (1.5 teaspoons) wheat germ.

    Plain whole wheat flour can also be used as a substitute in recipes, but the resulting baked goods’ textures will differ from that of examples where graham flour was used.


    • Anne on July 13th, 2011 at 6:14 am

      To Rosanna,

      Thanks. I live in the Netherlands and I have been wondering what to use instead of graham flour as well. Those cupcakes have following me around the room ever since I opened my mail this morning. Can’t wait to try them.



  5. Sasha (The Procrastobaker) on July 13, 2011 at 5:05 am

    What a lovely idea! These look worryingly addictive, and really do capture the yumminess of a smore. Gorgeous recipe and stupidly tempting photos! :)


  6. The Café Sucré Farine on July 13, 2011 at 5:19 am

    What a wonderful summer dessert!! I love the idea of using graham flour and I can’t wait to try this marshmallow frosting! I might try some tiny chocolate chips in mine too! Thanks, Chris


  7. Anne on July 13, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Sorry Rosanne, I just noticed I misspelled your name.


  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on July 13, 2011 at 6:23 am

    These look unbelievable! I’ve never seen a graham cracker flavored cupcake before!


  9. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 13, 2011 at 7:00 am

    mm! I’m going to make these tonight!
    Thanks for your wonderful recipes :)


  10. Katrina on July 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Ummm yes please!! Awesome recipe.


  11. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

    perfection in a cupcake!


  12. Lori on July 13, 2011 at 7:53 am

    My son and his crew team would devour these. I might make them to take to the race this weekend. Thanks for posting


  13. Jacqueline on July 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Yumm! I love that these have a graham cracker crust! Most of the one’s I’ve seen have a chocolate base, but I think this seems more like an actual s’more!


  14. Blog is the New Black on July 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Gorgeous! I tried making s’mores cupcakes once and the frosting was a giant fail! :( I can’t wait to try yours.


  15. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on July 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I have not yet braved s’mores cupcake making, but perhaps I will have to now! These look perfect.


  16. Paula on July 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Wonderful looking cupcakes! Make me want to stick one on the end of a whittled down tree branch and slowly savor each delicious bite.


  17. Robyn {Planet Byn} on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

    i made s’mores cupcakes a few weeks ago for a party, except instead of spreading the ganache overtop, i cut out the centre of the cupcakes and filled them with it. YUM. everyone freaks out over s’mores in any form!


    • Michelle on July 13th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      I was thinking that a chocolate filling would be delicious too! Great minds think alike :)


  18. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking on July 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Yum!! The frosting looks so irrisistable!


  19. Erin on July 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Very pretty cupcakes!


  20. Barb on July 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I’ve made these before, they look even more like smores if you take a kitchen torch and singe the icing a little bit!


  21. Marcia on July 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

    These look so delicious. My mother often made graham cracker cake when we were growing up. I have never been able to duplicate it and have it be moist like here. Was this a moist cake? It always strikes me funny how often I try to duplicate tastes from my childhood.


    • Michelle on July 13th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Marcia, Yes, moist but not fluffy.


  22. sherri lynn on July 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Oh yum! On my summer bucket list is to make lots of s’mores inspired desserts! I made some s’mores cookie bars recently that were pretty delicious too! Here is the link: http://sherrilynnpuz.blogspot.com/2011/07/smores-cookie-bars.html


  23. Jess Wakasugi on July 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    The cupcakes alone look sooo good! What is graham flour though…?!


    • Michelle on July 13th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      Jess, graham flour is, well, graham flour 😉 I have found it in grocery stores that have a display of Bob’s Red Mill products (that’s the brand I bought) – either in the baking aisle, cereal/oatmeal aisle, or if there is an organic/natural products section, there too.


  24. jen @ the baked life on July 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

    mmmmm these look like the perfect picnic dessert, especially when there’s a fire ban !


  25. Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Those look incredible 😀 I looooove the marshmallow frosting, so pretty!


  26. Barbara | Creative Culinary on July 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I made some very similar cupcakes several months ago but the marshmallow topping was from a jar and it was a total beast to get out of the jar and then pipe onto the cupcakes. I had not considered making my own marshmallow topping but now will; these look beautiful. Although must admit, I will torch the topping…for me s’mores HAVE to have that burned sugar taste!


  27. Valerie on July 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I loove those cupcakes!! They look just pretty and with that chocolate on top i couldn’t resist!!


  28. Jenny Flake on July 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Gorgeous! I love s’mores everything. Beautiful cupcakes!!


  29. Cait's Plate on July 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Oh my. I definitely need to make these! What camera do you use? Your pictures are beautiful!


    • Michelle on July 13th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      Aw, thank you! I use a Canon T2i with a 50mm 1.8 lens


  30. Maria on July 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous!! I want to take a bite!


  31. Krafty Keely on July 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I just made some s’mores cupcakes recently and they were fabulous! Yours are gorgeous and look delicious! I like the idea of making a graham cupcake. Mine were a chocolate cupcake on top of a graham cracker crust and then i just used marshmallow fluff as the frosting…


  32. tom on July 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    more smores, sweet upon sweet


  33. Jen of My Tiny Oven on July 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I need one of these right now!!


  34. Martha in KS on July 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    You must try these! I made Smores Cups for July 4th and they were a big hit. I used chocolate chips and added one more graham cracker. Also I popped them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes after topping with marshmallow. Here’s the recipe – http://two-who-wander.blogspot.com/2010/06/any-season-smores.html


    • Terri on July 13th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      I made these for the 4th of July cookout but used a whole marshmalllow (turned sideways) so there would be more surface to dip in the melted Hershey Bar. Sprinkled them with red white and blue nonpareils and served them on a flag platter – so easy and cute.


  35. Maggie @MaggieCooks on July 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    You were the first blogs I ever visited and you are still making me come back every time! love your pictures and recipes!
    So creative! :)


  36. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar on July 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Ya know, normally I’m not a fan of anything graham. But…ahem… these could change my mind. They look yummy! Buzzed and will be trying these 😀


  37. Alida @ Alida's Kitchen on July 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I have been wanting to make s’mores muffins for a while, and this just changed my mind. I will now be making s’mores cupcakes! These look incredible – thanks for the great recipes…as always. :)


  38. Erin @ Making Memories on July 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    You can’t go wrong with anything s’mores! And these look wonderful!


  39. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on July 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Oh these sound delicious! there is just something about S’mores that everyone loves!


  40. Vanessa on July 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I have never tried s’mores before. I didn’t grow up in a like camping type family so this I have only heard about. I think I will try these cupcakes. They look amazing!


  41. Robin on July 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    These make my mouth water!!!


  42. Ann on July 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Delicious! I’d like s’more!


  43. Kendra @Blendra on July 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Oh wow! Could these look any tastier, seriously, they look heavenly. Great photo!


  44. Courtney R on July 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    It was the chocolate oozing out from under the frosting that got me. Irresistible.


  45. pinksalmonlady on July 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Looks delish! I dont think graham flour is available here in Brisbane though. What can i substitute for it?


  46. Peggy on July 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

    These sound great! Especially the graham cupcakes – those alone have me sold =)


  47. Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen on July 14, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Wow, I’ve seen a lot of recipes for s’mores inspired baked goods lately, but these cupcakes are by far the prettiest. If they taste half as good as they look, then I’ll have to try them soon! Thanks for sharing them with us!


  48. Susan on July 14, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I don’t even know what to say. Those cupcakes have rendered me speechless. I guess I know what I’m doing today. Thanks for sharing!


  49. Tracy on July 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I’ve never heard of graham flour before but it sounds wonderful! These cupcakes are the perfect summer treat!!


  50. Debbi on July 15, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Woah- those look so good!!!!


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