A’Tempting’ Tuesday: S’More Cake

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I love, love to bake. It relaxes me. I love the mess. I love searching for the perfect recipe and ingredient, and working to create something that is as pretty as it tastes. I bake from scratch 99 percent of the time and rarely use boxed mixes. I’m not always on a mission for a timesaver when it comes to my baking, like I am with our nightly meals. So, I admit I was a little apprehensive when I first saw this recipe. First, it’s made in the microwave — yes, I said microwave — and secondly, it uses a cake mix.

I thought “what the heck,” it uses minimal ingredients and will take very little time. I tried it and was pleasantly surprised.

Two words: YUMMY and EASY!

This is what I have to say about this Pampered Chef recipe. I’ve made it a several times now and while nothing can beat a traditional S’more made sitting around a camp fire, this is a close second when you want a good “comfort” dessert and don’t have the time to prepare it. It is baked in the microwave and finished off under the broiler, and all in the same pan!

It is made in Pampered Chef’s Rockcrok™ 2.5-qt. Everyday Pan, so it went straight from the microwave, to the broiler, to the table all in less than 10 minutes.

Here’s the recipe:

S’More Cake

3 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 oz), broken into squares
1 small package (9 oz.) devil’s food cake or 1 2/3 cup from a regular size package
1 egg
1 container (8 oz.) sour cream
1 bag (10 oz.) regular-size marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
3 whole graham crackers, coarsely crushed.

Directions:
Place oven rack in middle of oven; preheat broiler.
Microwave chocolate on high for 30-60 seconds or until mostly melted. Stir until smooth; set aside. (I used Pampered Chef’s Prep Bowl).
Combine cake mix, egg and sour cream (I used the Classic Batter Bowl); mix until blended. Pour Batter into the Rockcrok™ 2.5-qt. Everyday Pan.
Microwave, covered, on high for 4-5 minutes or until center of cake is firm and springs back when pressed.
Remove pan from microwave; arrange marshmallows in an even layer over cake. Broil 30-60 seconds or until marshmallows are golden brown.
Remove from broiler; sprinkle with crushed whole graham crackers (I used Pampered Chef’s Manual Food Processor to crush them) and drizzle with chocolate.

Yield: Serves 12

Cook’s Notes:

  •  This is best served immediately. It’s such a quick recipe, it’s very easily made right when you need it.  If you need to “bake” the cake in advance, save broiling the marshmallows and drizzling with chocolate until you are ready to serve.
  • The first time I made this, I jumped ahead without reading carefully.  I drizzled the chocolate before I placed it in the broiler.  The chocolate did not broil well.  This is just par for my life.  I’m always in a hurry.

Toolbox Talk:

I want to mention two of the Pampered Chef products I used when preparing this cake — not because I sell them, but because I really LOVE these items and use them all the time.

  • First is the Rockcrok™ 2.5-qt. Everyday Pan. I really do love this pan.  It is the only pan in my kitchen I can use in the microwave, on the stovetop, in the oven or under the broiler.  I have used it in all those ways.  It’s also attractive enough to serve from.  It is perfect for one dish meals (which makes it perfect for me because my husband will eat anything that is mixed together all in one pan).
  • Next is the Manual Food Processor. It is no secret that I love kitchen gadgets.  What I don’t love is bulky gadgets that are hard to store and have a ton of pieces.  The Manual Food Processor is no gadget — it’s a tool.  I literally use it every day. It is so much easier than climbing to the top shelf to pull out the food processor or standing for what seems like hours to chop something.  I use it for everything — from tasks such as crushing the graham crackers in this recipe to chopping onion.  I have even made salsa in it!  It’s compact and only has three pieces that all store together.  LOVE it!

Hope you enjoy.  Until next time….

Next week’s A’Tempt’:  Balsamic glazed pork tenderloin.

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