Monday, February 15, 2010

MSC: S'mores Cupcakes

I was excited to make these cupcakes from the start! I LOVE S'mores, so I thought they would be terrific in cupcake form.

Mary Ann of Meet Me In The Kitchen chose this month's Martha Stewart Cupcake challenge recipe.

Now, I know I said I was excited to make these cupcakes, but that doesn't mean I wasn't slightly intimidated by it. Chocolate ganache? I'd never made that. Marshmallow frosting? I'd never made that! Heck, unflavored gelatin...I'd never even BOUGHT that before! And graham flour, what the HECK is that?! But that is the point of this challenge: trying something new and different, and challenging oneself. :)

So I made my way to my favorite health food store in Denton, Cupboard Natural Foods, and bought me a package of graham flour. By the way, if you love dried papaya spears, this is THE place to buy them, they are the best!

Anyway, I'd been feeling a little under the weather, but decided that it wasn't going to keep me from making these cupcakes. I found the cupcakes very simple to make, and they smelled absolutely amazing while baking. I halved the recipe.

I also thought that the chocolate ganache glaze was fairly simple to make. It turned out smooth and glossy, just as I had imagined it would.

As for the frosting, well, I have decided that any frosting that requires preparation on the stove tends to be a little bit of a challenge for me. I think I just need more practice. After heating the water and sugar to the soft ball stage, I whisked it with the gelatin/water combo as instructed. I then put it in my stand mixer for the required amount of time. After five minutes on speed setting '6', nothing had happened. So I upped the speed to '10' and started to see some progress. But, I think I let it go for too long, because the frosting was difficult to pipe onto my cupcakes in the end. But that's okay, now I know to up the speed.

Here they are:

I haven't actually tried these yet. I'm a little nervous that they won't be good! And, I was too stuffed from last night's Valentine's Day dinner to even consider eating one of these! My co-workers will be arriving soon, and they are my usual guinea pigs. I'll update when I have some opinions from them.

On a completely random note, look at what my awesome mother-in-law got for me:

It's a t-shirt! She got it from So cute!

Be sure to check out everyone else's baking experiences! Our blog roll can be found at our MSC Cupcake Challenge website. Have a great day everyone!

UPDATE: I tried one and enjoyed the flavor of the cake very much, just like graham crackers. Since I made my frosting last night, it had turned into an actual marshmallow overnight! I thought it was pretty cool!!! And the ganache had a great flavor. I would definitely make these again, and apply the things I have learned.


Anonymous said...

Yours are so cute! I hope people like them. I made a lot of changes to the recipe, so I am curious to know how the original turned out.

k.a.r.e.n said...

Your cupcakes look amazing! Love your lil peak of marshmellow.

Anonymous said...

These look great. So far you're the first person I've found who was able to find the flour! I used crushed graham crackers in mine

Candice said...

Hello!! I'm so impressed at your determination to try the new things like ganache and marshmallows! ANd it looks like your efforts paid off because yours are very cute, for sure. ;)

Monica said...

Don't you love learning new things? They turned out great. Hopefully you've tried one by now. Let us know what you think!

Anonymous said...

These look fantastic! What a great adventure! All those new techniques you learned - that's terrific. And what a great bunch of cupcakes that came out of it! Nicely done!

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Mary Ann said...

Thanks so much for baking along with me! I am so relieved to hear that you liked these. I really liked them too.
They look perfect! Great job!

Megan said...

I never did try one the next day, but several bakers have mentioned that the frosting did turn into real marshmallow.

my little cupcake said...

congratulations for being so brave and making that frosting :) you're cupcakes look delicious!

Tracey said...

Wow, kudos to you for tackling so many things for the first time with this recipe Jennifer! Your cupcakes look fantastic and I'm glad they were tasty! Mine were a bit disappointing when it came to taste but still fun to make.

lakegirl said...

I like these, too! Looks like quite a few people didn't care for them. Yours look great!

Anonymous said...

I loved them too--although I used wheat flour since I don't have access to stores with fancy ingredients. Nice job!!!

Nina said...

How awesome! I'm impressed that you were so determined to make these cupcakes. I cut corners for this cupcake, but I'm so glad that you didnt!

Ann Martin said...

These are right up my alley! Yum Good for you for trying out new things.

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