Foodie Friday: S’more Experimental Baking

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Sometimes kitchen experiments work out wonderfully. Other times they fail. Then there are the ones in between: they can’t be deemed full-out successes, but they’re not terrible. Today’s Foodie Friday dish is one of those “in-between”-ers.

I set out to make something sugary to share with the students I am taking on a retreat this weekend. Aiming to use only ingredients I had on hand, I decided on s’mores-inspired brownies. Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallow seemed appropriately indulgent.

All in all, the flavor combo was very nice. What keeps it back from being a great dish is that this batch ended up more cake-like that I was hoping. Next time I will likely add an egg or two more to the batter. I suppose just using a brownie mix or making my own brownie batter would be good, too. I’m not opposed to messy desserts, but I think the switch to a more brownie-like batter would reduce the amount of crumbles this cake produced.

S’mores Cake
10 graham cracker sheets
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 egg
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tub of marshmallow creme (regular marshmallows would also work)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 13″ x 9″ glass baking dish by lining it with foil, up an perhaps over the edges.
  3. In a food processor, reduce graham crackers to crumbles. Remove and stir in 6 Tbsp. melted butter and sugar.
  4. Press this mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake about 15 minutes, or until a bit more brown in color.
  5. Mix cake mix with the egg, oil, butter, and vanilla. Stir until mostly smooth.
  6. Once the graham cracker layer is done baking, pour the cake batter on top.
  7. Bake about 20 minutes, or until the cake is almost completely set.
  8. Remove cake from oven. Spoon or pipe marshmallow creme evenly on top.
  9. Return cake to oven and turn on the broiler. Watch closely as the marshmallow turns golden-brown. Once the topping becomes your desired color, remove from oven and cool.

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