Wednesday, August 17, 2011

S'mores Cake in a Jar

I'm a just a little bit of a s'mores fan. Ok, really, I'm a HUGE fan. I love them just about any way I can get them. In fact, I should have a label over there on the side with all the s'mores goodies I've made; ice cream, pancakes, bars, cookies, get the picture.

Anyway, I made this little treat for a friend's birthday and had no idea what a huge hit they would be. They are super easy and taste just like a s'more! Plus, it's such a fun presentation, how can anyone resist eating them?

S'mores Cake in a Jar
8-10 half-pint canning jars

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick butter
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter and mix in graham crumbs and salt. Mix until moistened. Spray canning jars with non-stick spray and press about 1-2 tablespoons graham crust into jars.

For the cake:
1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk (I used 1/2 cup whole and 1/2 cup 1%)
1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) butter, melted
2 tablespoons sour cream

For the topping:
1/2 bag of marshmallows; large or small (In some of my jars I used the minis and others I used the new marshmallow stackers, which are kind of fun.)

In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. Add milk, 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 measuring cup, divide batter evenly between jars. Try not to fill them more than half way. Place the jars in a baking dish and add about 1 1/2 cups of water to the bottom. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cake is set.

Remove cakes from the oven and press marshmallows down on top, being careful not to burn yourself. Use your own discretion here as to how many marshmallows you want to stuff in the jars. Turn the oven to broil and put jars back in. DO NOT WALK AWAY OR TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE CAKES! Marshmallows should be puffed and browned in about 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.

My notes:
-I used half pint jars, which I think is a good individual-sized portion. However, I think I would have liked the graham cracker and cake layers to be just a little bit thinner. So, for me 9 half pints would have been perfect. You can try different sized canning jars, just don't pour the cake batter in more than half way.
-I did use one pint jar and the cake was cooked the same time as the half-pint jars.

SOURCE: Adapted from How Sweet It Is

Linked to...
Sweets For A Saturday @ Sweet As Sugar Cookies
Sweet Indulgences Sunday @ A Well-Seasoned Life


  1. do you think it would turn out ok with soy milk as the milk or coconut milk? and if i eliminate the sour cream, i have a sub but would prefer to leave out if it'll turn out ok. looks sooo good!

  2. Yes! You could use either and I think it would be ok. I would choose to substitute full-fat coconut milk from the can, I think it tastes better and the flavor goes great with chocolate. As for the sour cream, I think you could leave it out easily but you could also add a little more coconut milk or even throw in some coconut oil.

    I think a brownie layer instead of the cake layer in the middle would also work fabulous, if that's easier for you to substitute. Good luck, I hope it turns out for you.

  3. Holy cow those look amazing! Wish I had one for breakfast..ha :)

  4. I've really got to invest in some canning jars. These are the cutest things. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  5. Stopping by to let you know that your recipe was #2 on Sweet Indulgences Sunday. Hope you'll stop by this weekend and share another recipe.

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  7. I am a 4H leader for a bunch of horse crazy kids. I am wondering if I could make these before hand, and maybe do the marshmellow layer in the microwave at the barn/stable. I think that they would love this as they are really into making smores in the summer. What do you think?

  8. Yes, that would totally work! Marshmallows puff up really quickly in the microwave. Although it wouldn't be browned and have that fire-roasted flavor, it would still be delicious. Good luck!


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