Friday, August 24, 2012

S'more Cake

Part of the menu for the baby shower I threw last weekend included a s'mores cake. The mommy-to-be loves s'mores so I knew I had to incorporate them somehow. To make eating the cake even more fun, I baked a miniature baby figurine into the cake and whoever found it in their piece of cake won a prize. The cake turned out better than I expected. It was super moist and the combination of marshmallow frosting and chocolate ganache made for the perfect combination of indulgence and lightness.

S'more Cake
From Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
Yield one round cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Baking Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: about 1 hour


{for the cake}

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup applesauce
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk

{for the marshmallow frosting}

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz. jar marshmallow fluff

{for the chocolate ganache}

1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

{for the garnish} - optional

chocolate chips
mini marshmallows


Start by making the cake. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two round baking pans (8-inch or 9-inch) with parchment paper or foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix for about one minute. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the liquid mixture alternately with the evaporated milk. Transfer cake batter to the prepared pans and bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

While the cake is baking, make the marshmallow frosting. In a bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter for about one minute. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, then the marshmallow fluff.

Next, make the chocolate ganache. Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan over a medium heat. Once the cream is simmering (not boiling), add the chips. Remove the pot from heat and stir until all the chocolate is melted. Let cool.

Now, it's time to assemble the cake. Lay the first layer of cake on your serving platter, flat-side up. Spread marshmallow frosting on the top layer. Top with the second cake layer, flat-side down. Pour ganache over the top of cake and place in the fridge so the chocolate sets and firms up.

Remove cake from fridge about an hour before serving. Garnish with chocolate chips or mini marshmallows (or both!) to make the cake more festive.



Melissa said...

That sounds delicious!

Carrie said...

That cakes looks wonderful! I've got to give that recipe a try. :)

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

OMG I WANT IT!!!!!!!!