So a few months ago one of my good friends asked me to make her s'mores cupcakes for her birthday. I made an experimental version a few posts below...but I wasn't impressed. Well they tasted like amazing chocolate marshmallow cupcakes, but nothing like s'mores.
I noodled on it for a while, but just didn't have the time to try again before the big day. Which turned out to be a 95 degree day, and did I mention our new house doesn't have A/C? Yes, turning on the oven was a decision of madness, but I perservered.
I went with a graham cracker cupcake (2cups of graham crackers!) studded with chocolate chips, because I wanted the s'mores experience in every bite. Fluffy boiled icing was the frosting of choice, birthday girl loves it. LOVES IT, and doesn't care a whit that it is the world's most sticky substance ever known in a kitchen. Well not totally, but close.
So I whipped up a huge batch of fluffy boiled icing. I coned out the cupcakes and filled them with the frosting. Then I topped them with the frosting and a slice of Hershey's and graham cracker.
S'mores in every bite. These things were CRAZY. Absolutely everyone loved them, and birthday girl was in heaven. Sure the house was 88 degrees when I was done and didn't cool down til 10pm, but it was worth it. They looked pretty too.
Fluffy Boiled Icing
3 tablespoons of meringue powder
1/2 cup of cold water
2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup of water
Beat meringue powder and cold water until stiff, about 4 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Bring to boil and cool slightly.With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the syrup mixture to the meringue.
Then beat on high for 4 minutes, until stiff and glossy.
Store at room temperature.
It's super fun to pipe as well and will develop an outer shell, and can be left out overnight with no issues.