February 9, 2012Posted in: Dessert, Taste Test Thursday
S’mores Cake. In a jar. How cool is that?!
I’m not really the crafty type, but when it comes to food I can appreciate a little creativity. And s’mores in a jar? I can dig it.
Dig in rather. Which I did to this dessert. Jessica from How Sweet It Is, (where I found the recipe) suggests these s’mores jar cakes serve 2. Hah. Jessica is a better person than I am if she was able to share hers. There was no sharing here. (I did offer! Rachel just so happens to not care for chocolate, so yay for me). But I’m happy to share the recipe with you on this Taste Test Thursday so you can check out Jessica’s delicious creation yourself.
Besides being super tasty and reminding you of the warmer days of summer, these s’mores cake in jars are a fun gift to give. I gave my extra s’mores cakes to my siblings because I’m a nice big brother, but I bet they’d be a fun gift for any occasion, including Valentines Day. So tap into your crafty side and surprise your sweetie or friends with delicious s’mores in a jar!
- for crust:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 stick butter
- pinch of salt
- for cake:
- 1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- for topping:
- 1 bag of large marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt butter and mix in graham crumbs and salt. Mix until moistened. Spray 4 16oz mason jars with non-stick spray and press graham crust into jars. I used a flexible silicon spatula. It does not need to be perfect.
- In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. Add milk, cream, butter and vanilla, and mix until combined. Stir in sour cream. Sift dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture. Mix until batter is smooth. Using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to mason jars one scoop at a time. You only want to fill them up about half way, and the batter should work evenly for 4 jars. It doesn't need to be perfect.
- Place mason jars in a baking dish and add about 1 1/2 cups of water to the bottom. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cake is set.
- Remove cake from the oven and press large marshmallows down on top. Put as many as you like, I did about 3 or 4.Turn on your oven broiler, slide the tray of mason jars underneath, and watch carefully as you brown the marshmallows for about 1 to 2 minutes. Don't walk away or take your eyes of them - they go from perfect to burnt quickly!
- *If you don't plan on serving right away allow to cool after cake comes out of oven, wrap, and store for no more than a few days. Top with marshmallows and broil when ready to serve.
- **You can use any size mason jar. Just don't fill the jar more than halfway with cake batter.
Recipe from How Sweet It Is