There is something about the combination of graham crackers, toasted marshmallow, and chocolate that speaks to me. While I enjoy their combined taste, I find I am compelled towards them also because of positive associations I have with the idea of a s’mores and youthfulness and frivolity. S’mores are a carefree snack that oftentimes reminds people of their childhood even if they never made s’mores growing up.
It is also one of the few quintessentially American foods, and I think anyone who considers themselves American needs to have had a s’more at least once. If I were running the show, during the swearing ceremony for U.S. citizenship, it would be mandatory to eat a s’more.
(Don’t worry, there would be imitation s’mores available for those unable to eat an authentic s’more because of dietary restrictions.)
Anyway, it was my brother’s birthday recently and when I asked him what kind of cake/pie/dessert I should make to celebrate it did not take him long to decide he wanted a s’mores cake (I also suggested cookies and cream cake and plain chocolate cake, but he was most into s’mores pitch).
I looked online for a while trying to find a recipe for a s’mores cake. I found some, but none that really delivered exactly what I was looking for. Some were more along the lines of a s’mores pie, while others featured graham cracker flavored cake (why would you want this over chocolate cake base?), and I found the use of marshmallow fluff over actual marshmallows to be in bad taste.
Long story short: I came up with my own game-plan. I found a chocolate cake recipe and added graham cracker pieces to it. Then I put a layer of toasted marshmallows in between two layers of cake and covered the top with melted Hershey’s bars. Along the sides I ‘glued’ on graham crackers with toasted marshmallows.
It turned out ok (my brother loved it) but it definitely took on that ‘homespun’ sorta look. ‘Lop-sided’ is a word I might use in describing it. But hey, it was from da heart people…