It's the 15th of the month which means it's a posting day for the Martha Stewart Cupcakes Club! This month's selection was chosen by Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen: s'mores cupcakes! The photo of these cupcakes in the book was absolutely gorgeous - the frosting looks so billowy. I tried a different recipe for s'mores cupcakes around this time last year and I loved them so I was excited to see how these would compare.
The first challenge was to find the graham flour that the recipe calls for. I had to visit 4 or 5 stores but finally I was successful (for anyone looking, Bob's Red Mill). The recipe indicated that these cupcakes needed to be served within a short time after being made and since it was just the two of us, I scaled way back. I made 1/3 of the recipe, which yielded 8 cupcakes, but only frosted 3 of them, sticking the rest in the freezer for another time. The topping is actually two parts - first a chocolate ganache and then on top of that, a marshmallow frosting. Since there are three components to the recipe, it is a bit fussy, but not difficult.
I knew these would probably not be a favorite after I made the cupcakes. As they cooled, I felt them and could tell they were very dense. I kept an eye on them as they baked so I'm fairly certain they weren't overdone, but I'll be interested to see what everyone else says about their cupcakes. The chocolate ganache was my favorite part of the cupcake - great consistency and wonderful flavor. It was also really shiny! The marshmallow frosting was a bit of a disappointment for me too. It hardens quickly after being made so you have to pipe immediately. I thought it was too rubbery when I sampled one of the cupcakes; I guess I'd hoped for soft and gooey like a toasted marshmallow. As I expected, my cupcakes were also really dense - so much so we didn't end up eating the ones I topped. I probably wouldn't make these again, but it was fun trying them once!
Thanks to Mary Ann for her selection this month! We don't post the recipes, but you can find it on page 150-151 of Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book. And if you don't have the book, you could always try the s'mores cupcakes I posted last year :)