The first recorded version of the S'mores recipe appeared in the 1927 Girl Scout handbook entitled Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. The recipe was featured in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1971. Folklore tells us that the name "S'mores" came about because everyone who tasted them wanted "some more."
The publication of the S'mores recipe was not the first time chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers were paired. The Mallomar Cookie was introduced in 1913 followed by the Moon Pie in 1917. The following recipe combines all the delicious ingredients of S'mores with rich Devil's Food Cake to make a treat that is sure to be a hit with your family!
For the crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
5 1/3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
8oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
For the cake
1 box Devil's Food cake mix - we used Pillsbury
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup oil
(the cake ingredients may vary according to the directions on the back of the box)
For the frosting:
8 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp vanilla extract (we used clear)
What you need to do:
Preheat your oven to 350. Melt your butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners. *We only have one cupcake pan so we had to bake in two cycles. If you have whole graham crackers crush enough to make 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. Chop your 8oz bittersweet chocolate bar (if you have the Ghiradelli brand you will need 2 - 4oz bars).
Return the pan to the oven and bake according to the directions on the box (about 18-22 minutes), rotating the pan halfway through baking. *We only baked for 18 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
*The frosting recipe calls for you to use a double boiler. We do not have a double boiler and probably wouldn't have used one anyway - that's just more to clean up later. We just set our clean, dry mixer bowl over a pot of simmering water.
These cupcakes are DELICIOUS! They will be perfect for a camping-themed birthday party, a Boy or Girl Scout gathering, or just a fun weekend kitchen project. The marshmallow frosting may seem a bit complicated, but it was actually very easy to make. You can probably just buy a jar of marshmallow cream to achieve a similar effect, but the homemade marshmallow frosting tastes so much better!