I had been wanting to make this cake for months, ever since I came up with the idea of a graham cracker pie crust for my Strawberry & Graham Cracker Layer Cake. This weekend, I finally felt like the moment was right. I’m not sure how I waited so long but I’m sorry I did because this cake is definitely up there with the best. In two words, it’s a s’mores cake. In better words, it’s a s’mores cake piled high with toasted marshmallows, oozing with chocolate ganache and marshmallow frosting between layers of graham cracker pie crust and fudgey chocolate cake. One of my cousins actually compared it to Mallomars – if you don’t know what those are, I’m so sorry. Click here to find out what you’re missing. I thought that was a pretty spot-on comparison and you could easily call this a Mallomar Cake instead of a S’mores Cake, if you’re so inclined. Thank god my (very big) family finished the whole thing, because I would not have been able to resist the leftovers, had there been any.
Summer is sadly still a few months away, but with a hint of warm weather last week in New York (I think it might actually have reached 60 degrees one day!), it really got me longing for warm, sunny days. Not just the beach and barbecues, but the real stars of summer: things like ice cream, s’mores, margarita popsicles, and Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices (the creme ones, duh).
For those not blessed with Ralph’s in their lives, it’s an Italian ices and ice cream establishment with locations all over New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey, open seasonally. To me, Ralph’s is synonymous with summer, the beach, warm summer nights, and basically, my childhood. My all-time FAVORITE flavor of Ralph’s is Strawberry Shortcake (not to be confused with Strawberry Cheesecake!). It’s refreshing and sweet and so perfectly embodies summer, AND it has graham cracker pieces mixed in.
Due to my love affair with graham crackers (see: s’mores cake with graham cracker frosting) Strawberry Shortcake has been able to clinch the title as my favorite Ralph’s flavor, beating out tough competition like Mint Chip, Mudslide, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup.
Rich chocolate cake, creamy graham cracker frosting, and perfectly toasted marshmallows… I had a dream about this cake the other night. It was a week after the last slice of cake was finished and the plate was licked clean, and I had a dream about it. It was like one of those commercials where someone raises the fork to their mouth and takes a bite in slow motion, with their eyes closed, savoring every crumb. I’m not even ashamed to tell you, because that’s how good this cake was.
In addition to the fact that this s’mores cake was INCREDIBLE, I’m proud to say that it’s the first time I’ve (partially) made up a recipe myself. The chocolate cake recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Triple Chocolate Cake Recipe but the graham cracker frosting is an invention of my own, based on the Food Network’s vanilla buttercream frosting recipe that I posted last week. I personally love anything s’mores, especially because of the graham cracker flavor. One day I had an epiphany – if I can make Oreo frosting with Oreo crumbs, why couldn’t I make graham cracker frosting with graham cracker crumbs? So that’s exactly what I did, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Combined with a layer of toasted marshmallows in the center and on top, this S’mores Cake is just heavenly. Continue reading