i've been toying with the idea of making a meringue for a few weeks now but i keep freaking myself out about the difficulty. last night i decided i wanted to make s'mores cupcakes and for that i would have to make a marshmallow meringue.
for s'mores cupcakes i used a little recipe i found for a graham cracker crust that goes at the bottom of each cupcake.
1 package graham crackers, smashed up into crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar
pre cake batter cups
alright, just so y'all know, that is too much butter. the "crust" on my cupcakes turned out a little greasy and it just tastes like butter, not graham cracker. so next time i'm going to use less butter.
for the cake part i used a betty crocker super moist devil's food and replaced the water with buttermilk. i've said this before, i'm not too good for a cake mix. it really just saves time which is nice because the crust and the topping for this cupcake were both labor intensive.
the cupcakes right out of the oven
then came the meringue. it didn't actually take all that long in the end but at the time it felt like it took forever.
here's the recipe i used for "creamy marshmallow frosting"
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites
2 cups marshmallow cream (1 7oz jar)
combine sugar, egg whites, and water in double boiler. beat over boiling water until soft peaks form. add marshmallow cream, beat until stiff peaks form. remove from heat, beat in vanilla.
sugar, water, and egg whites...looks like saliva :(
tada! marshmallow meringue!
the finished product
if i had a mini butane torch i totally would have toasted the meringue once it was on the cakes but i don't. i was a little lazy when i decorated these so they're a bit sloppy. my arms were tired from wrastlin' the meringue so i quickly, using just my right hand, slapped the frosting on top. i know better than to use an icing bag with only one hand but i didn't care. i didn't make these for any particular reason other than the fact that i got off work early today and decided to use my extra time experimenting in the kitchen.
the next recipe i plan to experiment with is pineapple upside down cupcakes. yum!