Showstopping S’mores Cake with tender layers of chocolate cake, and fluffy graham cracker buttercream with chocolate ganache and toasted meringue on top.
I saw a gorgeous S’mores Cake in my Instagram feed from Angel Food Bakery & Cafe in Minneapolis and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had to try making my own version of their cake with tender layers of chocolate cake and fluffy graham cracker buttercream with chocolate ganache and toasted meringue on top.
How to Make S’mores Cake:
Step One: Bake the Cakes
First, coat three 9-inch cake pans with shortening and sprinkle with flour. Cut out parchment paper and cover the bottom of each pan. In the large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine two chocolate cake mixes, vanilla yogurt, chocolate milk, eggs, and the oil. Mix for 30 seconds on low and then beat for 2 minutes on medium.
Separate the batter between the three cake pans (about 3 cups of batter in each pan). Bake the cakes at 325˚F for 35-40 minutes. Place the pans on a cooling rack for 30 minutes. Then, remove the cakes from the pans and set them on the rack until cooled completely.
Step Two: Assemble the Cake
Using a long, serrated knife cut the domed tops off the cakes. To help the smooth the process of frosting the cake, spread a little buttercream on the cake stand. Place one cake on top of it.
Measure out two cups of buttercream frosting and place it on top of the first cake. Spread out the buttercream with an offset spatula.
Step Three: Frost the S’mores Cake
Then, top with the second and third cake layers and add more buttercream between them.
In order to make sure the frosting between the layers is level with the cakes, run an offset spatula around the outside. Allow some of the cake to show through. Place the cake in the fridge to chill for about thirty minutes.
Step Four: Chocolate Ganache
In a saucepan, bring heavy cream to a boil. Next, add chocolate chips and the mini Hershey’s kisses and melt for about three minutes. Stir until smooth. Let the ganache cool until it is slightly thickened but still pourable.
Remove the s’mores cake from the fridge and pour the ganache on top of the cake, spreading it out and allowing some of the chocolate to drizzle down the sides. Return the cake to the fridge.
Step Five: Meringue Topping
To make the meringue, bring a small amount of water to a boil in a pot on the stovetop. In the metal bowl of a stand mixer whisk egg whites and sugar. Place the bowl on the pot of boiling water (do not allow the bowl to touch the water) and whisk continuously until the sugar has melted and the mixture reaches 140˚F.
Move the bowl to the stand mixer and beat with the whisk attachment until the meringue has cooled and is thick and glossy and stiff peaks form.
Spoon the meringue on half of the cake, making swirls and peaks for texture. Use a kitchen torch to toast the meringue.
Step Six: Garnish and Serve
Garnish the top of the s’mores cake with graham crackers, Hershey’s bars, mini chocolate chips, and chocolate sprinkles.
This S’mores Cake really is a showstopper with the chocolate ganache drizzle and toasted meringue on top! I bought this cake to my sister’s house and my niece’s and nephew’s eyes about popped out of their heads. They were so impressed and their favorite part of the s’mores cake were what they called the toasted “marshmallows” on top.
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