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.
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.
Then make the graham cracker crust layer in one of the springform pans.
Top the crust with mini marshmallows and put them under the broiler.
Once the marshmallows get nice and toasty brown, remove them from the oven and press one of the brownie layers on top.
Then make the luscious chocolate marshmallow ganache.
Pour it over the brownie layer.
Then top it with the remaining brownie and pop the whole thing into the freezer while you make the frosting, fudge stones, and flames.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Now start forming and stacking flat fudge rocks all around the perimeter of the 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.
As you add the rocks to the top of the cake, pipe frosting in between the rocks to keep them in place.
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.
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.
Turn on the LED light and serve!
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.