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Fire Pit S’mores Cake

Hungry Happenings Recipe by

A decadent s’mores flavored dessert decorated to look like a fire pit.

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  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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Fire Pit S’mores Cake

Brownie Layers:

1
box Betty Crocker™ Supreme brownie mix
1/4 cup water
1/3
cup vegetable oil
2
large eggs

Graham Cracker Crust:

12
graham cracker squares, crushed into crumbs
3
tablespoons butter, melted

Toasted Marshmallow Layer:

2
cups mini marshmallows

Chocolate Marshmallow Ganache Layer:

12
ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate (or chips)
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2
cups mini marshmallows

Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting:

2
cups mini marshmallows
12
ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate (or chips)
3/4
cup heavy whipping cream
1
cup marshmallow fluff

Cookies 'n Cream Fudge Stones:

Betty Crocker™ Hershey's™ Cookies ’n' Creme frosting
12
ounces white chocolate chips, melted
3
tablespoons chocolate cookie crumbs
1
tablespoon cocoa powder
Red food coloring

Fire and Logs:

2
ounces red hard candies
2
ounces orange hard candies
2
ounces yellow hard candies
8-10 pirouette cookies

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350ºF for metal pans, 325ºF for non-stick or dark metal pans.
  • 2 Line the bottom of two 8-inch round spring form pans with non-stick aluminum foil and spray the inside of the pans with baking spray.
  • 3 Stir together Betty Crocker™ Supreme brownie mix, water, oil and eggs until well blended.
  • 4 Divide batter into the two round pans.
  • 5 Bake for 30-34 minutes until a toothpick inserted about 2 inches from the outside of the pan comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely.
  • 6 Clean one of the springform pans, and cut a piece of non-stick aluminum foil and fit it around the inside of the round ring of the pan.
  • 7 Stir together the graham crackers and melted butter. Press into the bottom of the lined pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • 8 Remove pan from oven, sprinkle on 2 cups mini marshmallows and set under the broiler until the marshmallows are nice and toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Immediately press one of the brownies on top of the toasted marshmallows.
  • 9 Make the marshmallow ganache by combining the chocolate with the heavy cream and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high power for 30-second bursts, stirring after each until melted. Pour over brownie layer.
  • 10 Set remaining brownie over top of the ganache. Place in freezer for about one hour.
  • 11 Meanwhile, make the chocolate marshmallow frosting and the fudge rocks. Stir together chocolate, heavy whipping cream and mini marshmallows. Heat on high power for 30-second bursts, stirring after each until melted. Stir in marshmallow fluff. The ganache will be very thin. Allow it to sit at room temperature until thick enough to use as frosting.
  • 12 In another bowl, stir together the Betty Crocker™ Hershey's™ Cookies 'n Crème Frosting with melted white chocolate chips. Crush the cookie crumbs from the package of frosting and stir into the fudge. Divide into 4 bowls. To one bowl add 2 tablespoons of chocolate cookie crumbs. To another bowl add the remaining tablespoon of chocolate cookie crumbs and a tiny bit of red food coloring. To a third bowl add the cocoa powder. You want four different colors for your stones, which can be mixed together to make a variety of colorful stones. Cover and refrigerate until the cake is frosted.
  • 13 Once the frosting is ready, remove the s'mores dessert from freezer, un-mold it, move it to an 8-inch cake cardboard, then frost, reserving about 1/4 cup of frosting for later. Put that frosting in a zip top bag.
  • 14 Remove fudge from refrigerator, and create flat stones and arrange them around the perimeter of the cake in four rows.
  • 15 Use the remaining fudge to create two layers of 3 dimensional stones to set on top of the cake, forming the outer ring of the fire pit. Use the reserved chocolate marshmallow frosting to hold the stones together, piping it into between the stones and the first and second layer of stones.
  • 16 Arrange pirouette cookies to look like logs on top of the cake.
  • 17 Crush the red, orange, and yellow candies and pour onto a baking pan lined with a silicone baking mat. Heat in a 350ºF oven for about 6 minutes, until melted.
  • 18 Remove from oven and allow candy to cool completely. Crack into pieces to use as the flames. Arrange on top of the cake around the cookie logs.
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This Fire Pit S'mores Cake captures the fun and flavors of making s'mores around a campfire.  

As prepared by Hungry Happenings

Classic s'mores ingredients get turned into a summertime cake that will bring the campfire indoors!  

It's summer, and whether you enjoy camping in the great outdoors or just hanging out in your back yard near a fire pit, I bet you've made some s'mores. They're crunchy, chocolaty, gooey and oh, so good ... and so is this cake! Rich chocolate brownie is layered with a graham cracker crust, toasted marshmallows, and luscious chocolate marshmallow ganache. To make the cake look like a fire pit, stones made out of Cookies 'n Crème fudge are stacked around the outside of the cake, while candy flames and cookie logs complete the look.

This cake may seem intimidating with all the ingredients listed and all the layers, but it really is much easier than it looks. You can make it in an afternoon and have it ready to serve before you light your campfire. 

The recipe calls for baking two brownie layers in 8-inch springform pans. If you don't have two springform pans, then bake one of the layers in a regular 8-inch baking pan. After it's cooled, see if it will fit in the springform pan. If not, then cut around the outside, to make the brownie fit, then layer all the goodies inside and frost and decorate your cake. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Start by making the Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix and baking it in two 8-inch round springform pans, allowing them to cool and trimming the tops (if needed) so you have two nice and flat layers. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Then make the graham cracker crust layer in one of the springform pans. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Top the crust with mini marshmallows and put them under the broiler. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Once the marshmallows get nice and toasty brown, remove them from the oven and press one of the brownie layers on top. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Then make the luscious chocolate marshmallow ganache. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Pour it over the brownie layer. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Then top it with the remaining brownie and pop the whole thing into the freezer while you make the frosting, fudge stones, and flames. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

The fudge is super easy, all you need to do is stir melted white chocolate chips into Betty Crocker Cookies 'n Crème frosting and then add the cookie crumbs. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

To give the fudge stones a natural look, you need to color the fudge. Divide it into four bowls, leave one as is; add more cookie crumbs to another, some cocoa powder to another, and some red food coloring and cookie crumbs to the final bowl. You now have four very distinct looking stone colors, which can be blended together to make even more stone colors. Cover your bowls and set aside until you're ready to build your fire pit. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

To make the flames for in the fire pit, just crush up orange, red, and yellow hard candies and sprinkle them over a silicone baking mat.


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Pop them in a hot oven until they're melted, swirl the colors a bit using a skewer, then let it cool completely before cracking the candy into shooting flames. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

When the frosting is ready and you have the fudge and candy made, remove the cake from the freezer and un-mold it. You'll be able to see all the wonderful layers of the s'mores.


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

When you frost the cake, try to get the top and side straight, but don't have to worry about it being perfectly smooth. You're going to mess it up anyway once you add the stones!


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Now start forming and stacking flat fudge rocks all around the perimeter of the cake. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Once you get the cake covered in fudge stones you'll want to make some three-dimensional rocks to stack on top of the cake. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

As you add the rocks to the top of the cake, pipe frosting in between the rocks to keep them in place. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Break up some pirouette cookies into two or three pieces and arrange them on top of the cake to look like you're building a fire. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Then arrange the candy flames inbetween the logs. If you want your cake to light up, put a LED light in the middle of the cake and hide it with the candy flames. 


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

Turn on the LED light and serve!


Fire Pit S'mores Cake

 

Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog, Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com. 

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For a really cool effect, place an LED light in the center of the candy flames and light it before serving.

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