One of my resolutions for 2013 is to be more productive. So far, I’ve attempted to bake and it’s only the 6th. YAY, me! A couple of months ago, I picked up a bag of smoked chocolate chips from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Ballard. I’ve had it in my mind to redo a S’mores Cupcake using the chips and finally got around to trying it today.
I realize that a S’more isn’t smoked…The chocolate just reminded me of a campfire. I also wanted to get the impression of a S’more without reproducing a Trophy Cupcake. (I also need a new pastry torch…so I can’t toast the tops without holding them under the broiler.) My plan was to make a graham cracker cake, fill it with marshmallow fluff and top it with whipped chocolate ganache that I made from the smoked chocolate. I thought that this would be the right order…graham cracker on the bottom, chocolate on the top, liquid-y marshmallow to squirt out from the middle to get your fingers all sticky…all with the faint hint of smoke in the back ground.
I failed in my selection of a graham cracker cake recipe. When I first looked at the recipe I chose, I thought that it would result in a light cake that would be easy to fill with the marshmallow fluff. I was torn between this recipe and a recipe for graham cracker pound cake, which I thought would be more like a graham cracker…dense and heavy…
When I try this again later in the week, I will go for the graham cracker pound cake…The cake ended up overly fluffy…a result of 1 tablespoonful of baking powder AND 3 stiffly beaten egg whites. I should have known.