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September 19, 2016

S'mores Campfire Cake


I saw this idea for a campfire cake a while ago and I knew I had to make it happen!

My boys had a Cub Scout potluck and I knew it was the perfect opportunity to make the cake!


The cake itself is a chocolate cake, stuffed with toasted marshmallow graham cracker filling and then frosted with chocolate frosting! 

It was as delicious as it was stunning to look at!


Campfire Cake
Inspired by Hungry Happenings

Cake:

Toasted Marshmallow Filling:
½ cup graham cracker crumbs
12 marshmallows (regular size, not the minis)

To Decorate:
3-4 Pirouline cookies
Assorted red, orange, & yellow hard candies (I used lifesavers and butterscotch candies)


Bake the chocolate cake (recipe here) in three 8-inch pans (decrease cooking time by 5-8 minutes).  Cool completely.

Immediately after the cakes are done cooking, line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.  Scatter the hard candies on the tray (no more than 1-inch apart).  Place the tray in the hot oven for 5 minutes or until the candy is melted. 

Remove from the oven.  Run a butter knife or toothpick through the melted candy to swirl the colors.  Set aside until cooled and hardened.

Lightly grease a baking sheet.  Place the marshmallows on the sheet.  Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted on one side.  Remove from the oven and cool slightly.  Once the marshmallows are cool enough to handle, place the buttercream, marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl and stir to combine – the mixture will be quite thick.

To assemble the cake, spread a small amount of chocolate frosting on a cake board or plate.  Place one leveled cake, crumb side down on the board.  Top with half of the toasted marshmallow mixture.  Place the second leveled cake, crumb side down, over the filling.  Repeat with the remaining filling and the last cake.

Frost the entire cake with chocolate frosting.  Create “stones” from the cookies ‘n cream fudge, alternating colors.  Add a ring of stones to form a lip around the top of the cake.  Use flatter pieces of fudge to cover the cake board or plate.

Break up the pirouline cookies and place them in a circle on top of the cake to represent logs. 

Break up the cooled candy.  Place the shards on top of the cake to represent flames.  Add a battery operated candle to light up the flames, if desired.


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