I grew up in a big, happy, family of 8 and am proud to see it swell now to 24. 13 wonderful adults and 11 happy cousins, not including the 6 fur babies. It's nearly impossible to get us all together at one time, let alone at my house.
Sunday I had the pleasure and blessing of having all 24 in our home to celebrate my brother's family moving to Texas from the great state of Minnesota. Unless you ask my Mom, who is mourning this bird leaving not just the nest, but the coop. We soothed her tears with a little humor:
It was also a birthday celebration, and the birthday boy requested a s'mores cake. I scoured the interweb for such a cake without luck. Instead, we decided to get a little creative with some of our favorite recipes that showcased classic s'mores flavors - chocolate, grahams, and marshmallow.
This cake combination was crazy GOOD. So if you came here seeking S'mores Cake with spunk (and alliteration), look no further.
Make this Graham Cracker Crust. Bake it in a 10 inch spring form pan according to her directions under "if you are making a baked pie or dessert". Set aside.
Make this Beatty's Chocolate Cake batter. (NOT the frosting). Note: after you add the hot coffee, the batter will be reeaaalllly loose, but no fear! That's normal. Pour it over the baked graham cracker crust. Bake as instructed, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely.
NOTE: I made the crust & cake one day, cooled it completely, and froze until party day. The morning of your event, pull it out of the freezer and place on a cake stand. When thawed (or completely cooled), frost your cake.
Make this Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting. Frost your cake. Be fancy if you have the tools, or use a butter-knife like I did. It all tastes the same :). Put it into the fridge while you make the ganache.
Make this Chocolate Ganache. Pour over top of the marshmallow frosting and top with crumbled graham crackers. Place back into the fridge until your event.
We ate this bugger so fast and furious, that you only get to see a slice and a bite! See Minnesota?
"There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots and the other is wings."
Chris and Jen, ya'll spread your wings now and enjoy your adventure!