Thursday, January 20, 2011

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The Cake Slice: Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake

Graham Cracker Snacking Cake
This was such a fun cake to make this month for The Cake Slice. The cake has a long name but it's basically a s'mores cake and a very good one at that. I followed the recipe to a T except for the frosting. I got lazy and just threw marshmallows on the cake toward the end of the cake's baking time. I got great feedback on the cake because it's not quite what you'd expect; it's a lot denser and you can actually taste the graham cracker.

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Graham Cracker Snacking Cake

January’s Cake: Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake
(Recipe from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman)

For the Cake
8 whole graham crackers, finely ground (about 1 cup) *
¼ cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
6 tbsp (¾ stick) butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the Frosting
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup confectioners sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup marshmallow fluff *

Method – Cake
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8inch square baking pan and dust it with flour, knocking out any extra. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat until smooth.

With the mixer on low speed, add a third of the flour mixture, then half of the milk, stirring until combined. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk, ending with the flour. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up to cool completely.

Method – Frosting
Place the butter in a medium mixing bowl and beat until creamy. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Stir in the vanilla and the marshmallow fluff and beat until smooth. Use immediately or cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Cut the cake into squares and serve each one with a dollop of frosting on top. (Bring the frosting back to room temperature first if it has been stored in the fridge). Store any uneaten cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Stephanie

5 comments:

Heather Lynne said...

This sounds really good. I love the flavor of graham crackers and using them in a cake instead of for the crust sounds delicious.

Katie said...

Great idea to use marshmallows for the topping. They get nice and toasty then too

Emily said...

Now, why didn't I think of throwing in the marshmallow like that!!

Your cake looks great!

Monica H said...

I like that you used marshmallows instead of the frosting. I'm pretty sure I would have liked it more if I did that. looks pretty too.

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I would have to change the frosting if I made this again. I liked the cake but did not like frosting.