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Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes

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Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes

What happens when you combine s’mores & pumpkin pie…..Chocolate Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes!!  Almost have to call them muffins instead of cupcakes.

Super moist cupcakes because of the canned pumpkin added to the cupcake mixture.  Just enough pumpkin flavor to spice these delicious chocolate cupcakes.

Recipe calls for large sized marshmallows.  You can use small sized marshmallows instead of the large sized (not as pretty).  We say the more marshmallows the better even if the are on the very toasted side.  You could use a small blow torch to lightly toast the marshmallows on top.  Either way you are going to have an ooey-gooey delicious mess.

Julie says the marshmallow topping turns out better in the oven.  Since you are adding pumpkin to the devil’s food cake….recipe will make 18 to 20 cupcakes.

Chocolate Pumpkin S'mores Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net #campfiremallows

Chocolate Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 9 graham crackers
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 (18.25 oz) package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate squares
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
  • store-bought whipped frosting
  • Large Marshmallows, cut in half

Cupcake Directions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Crush graham crackers in a zippered plastic bag using a rolling pin. Mix in melted butter and 2 Tablespoons sugar. Line two cupcake tins with cupcake paper liners. Add 2 teaspoons graham cracker mixer to each cupcake liner and flatten with the back of a spoon.  (Reserve the extra graham cracker crust for later.)

Chocolate Pumpkin S'mores Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net

3. Bake the graham cracker crusts in the oven for about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while working with the cupcake batter.

4. In a large mixing bowl, add canned pumpkin, vegetable oil, eggs, water and vanilla extract and mix together thoroughly with an electric mixer.

5. Add sugar, cake mix and pudding mix and mix again but be careful not to over mix. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

6. Use a large cookie scoop (three tablespoons) to portion batter into the liners on top of the graham cracker crust that’s already been baked.

Chocolate Pumpkin S'mores Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net

7. Bake cupcakes for 19 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Once done baking, allow to cool on a baking rack.

8. Add chocolate squares and shortening to a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments to melt. Mix between increments.

9. Once cool, spread a little bit of frosting on each cupcake and work on the marshmallows. See below.

Preparing Marshmallows

  1. Cut marshmallows in half and place on a cookie sheet that’s lined with parchment paper with the cut side UP. Broil in your oven for 1 minute (watch closely or they may burn). My oven broils at 550 degrees F and I moved the oven rack the second spot from the top. Broiling them in the oven turned out the best (the best looking marshmallows but if you have a torch, it’s actually easier). Remove marshmallows one by one and place three halves on each cupcake.
  2. If you have a kitchen torch, you can torch them! I found that torching the cut side is best. Be careful not to burn your marshmallows although some people like them “burnt” for their s’mores!
  3. Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over the marshmallows and sprinkle leftover graham cracker crumbs on top.

Notes: If you’re not going to decorate the cupcakes the same day you make them, be sure to store them in an airtight container overnight.

Chocolate Pumpkin S'mores Cupcakes from thelittlekitchen.net #campfiremallows

Special Thanks To Julie – TheLittleKitchen For Recipe Posting & Image Screenshots.

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