S'more Cake

S’More Cake

So Chase this year wanted a cake shaped like a giant s’more. This is what I came up with.

 

Graham Crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • Cream these together and then add
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. chill for 30 minutes before rolling out.
  2. Roll out dough on parchment paper about 1/4 inch thick and cut at 12″ square.
  3. Transfer each cracker to a cookie sheet and poke with a wooden skewer to give it that “graham cracker” look.
  4. Bake each cracker for 30 minutes each at 350 degrees. You might need to play with this a bit. You just need to make sure it is firm enough that it doesn’t start to bend when you set it on top of the cake. If it does, just throw it back in the over @350 for another 20 minutes or so.

I got the graham cracker recipe from here.

Chocolate

I decided for the piece of chocolate to not go with an actual giant piece of chocolate. I figured using cake would be much easier for the kids to eat so I made the Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Cake (the same one I used in the Lightning McQueen cake) and cover it with chocolate ganache so it looked like an actual piece of chocolate that was melting. I think that worked out pretty good!

 

 

Marshmallow

So for the marshmallow part, I made a 3-layer cake (recipe from here) and covered it in white fondant. Underneath the fondant though is Martha Stewart’s 7-minute frosting. I used this frosting because it’s essentially a cross between frosting and marshmallow anyway, so I thought it might make it taste more marshmallowy. The problem though is that the frosting is very airy and with the weight of the fondant, it got pretty compressed. I think if I were to do this again, I’d just use buttercream.

Ingredients (cake)

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions (cake)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

Ingredients (frosting)

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions (frosting)

  1. In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine sugar, corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, and egg whites. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 minutes.
  2. Attach bowl to a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat mixture on high speed until glossy and voluminous, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Use immediately.

  

 

So after I frosted the cake, I covered the whole thing in white fondant. It’s a little tricky to get around the corners and stuff – the best advice I can give is to work very slow. It’s pliable enough to do it without creases, you just need to take your time.

 

And of course, Chase wanted transformers fighting on top.

Lightning McQueen Chocolate Mint Birthday Cake

So for Chase’s 5th birthday I decided to make him a cool cake. Last year I did the Lego cake and was marginally happy with it, so I wanted to top it this year. I decided to go for broke and do a Lightning cake. I did some research on the ‘net and tried to find something I could copy but while I found some really cool Lightning McQueen cakes, I really couldn’t find anything out there with instructions. So I decided to just go for it and resign myself to making another plain ol’ cake if I really screwed it up.

The Cake

I started out with the Hershy’s “Perfectly Chocolate” chocolate cake (same one I used last year). It’s really the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve found – really chocolatey and really moist. One thing to note with this batter is that it comes out REALLY thin – watery, in fact. Just be aware, that’s the way its’s supposed to be.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

 

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  • Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  • Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely.
So, I made two of these 13×9 inch cakes. Next, I made a buttercream frosting. Except since Chocolate Chip Mint is Chase’s favorite flavor anything, I substituted mint extract for the vanilla.

The Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream

 

Directions

In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

Chase’s Lego Cake

Chase LOVES Legos! He wakes up every morning thinking about what he wants to build, or what needs to be fixed.  He goes to bed at night talking about what he made and planning what he will make tomorrow.  And, he is good at it! I am always so impressed to watch him build these amazing cars and trucks- pretty amazing for a 4 year old.

So, for Chase’s 4th birthday Chris made Chase his own Lego Birthday Cake! It looked really cool, but, it tasted even better! This is the best chocolate cake EVER! So rich, dense and moist! Perfect! He found it on the Hershey website, I know, too obvious!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.