S’Mores Cupcakes

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Menu Part: Dessert
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 12 cupcakes

These cupcakes are a newer item for Brown University, but in a short time they've made a big splash on campus. Topped with a piece of Hershey's chocolate and meringue frosting, these cupcakes also feature a graham cracker base and mini marshmallows.

Ingredients

3 oz. graham cracker crumbs
2 oz. unsalted butter, melted
2 ¼ oz. granulated sugar
2 oz. mini marshmallows
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
4 oz. granulated sugar
5 oz. all-purpose flour
1 ½ oz. cocoa powder
¾ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 oz. boiling water
1 ¾ oz. vegetable oil
4 oz. milk
1 ¾ oz. eggs
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. baking powder

Meringue Frosting
4 oz. egg whites
7 oz. granulated sugar
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. vanilla

1 Hershey candy bar 

Steps

1. In bowl, mix together graham crumbs, sugar and butter. Line muffin tins with baking cups. Scale crumbs into bottom of each cup and press firmly. Bake in 350°F oven for 5 minutes. Let cool.

2. Sprinkle chocolate chips and marshmallows on top of graham crust.

3. In mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. In mixing bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed until incorporated. Increase speed and beat 2 more minutes. Scrape bowl. Add boiling water and beat on low speed until just combined and smooth. Scale batter into each cup. The marshmallows will float to top.

4. Bake in 350°F oven for 20 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool completely.

5. For meringue frosting: In heat-proof bowl, whisk together egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla. Place over double boiler and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to mixer fitted with whip attachment. Whip on high until stiff peaks form.

6. With piping bag fitted with large star tip, pipe swirl on top of each cupcake, using kitchen torch, brown edges of meringue. Break candy bar into 12 pieces and garnish each cupcake.

Recipe by Brown University, Providence, R.I.