June 15, 2013

S’More Cake



S’More Cake

Here’s what you'll need for this cake: 2 brownie layers 2 cheesecake layers 2 chocolate chip cookie layers 5 graham crackers (this is one of the ‘cake’ layers) 1 recipe for marshmallow frosting 1 recipe for chocolate Frosting

Brownie


2 sticks unsalted butter 2 1/4 cups sugar 4 large eggs 1 1/4 cups Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon espresso powder (I used instant coffee) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour 2 cups chocolate chips (I used semi sweet)


Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 round cake pans (or a 9×13 inch pan for a standard batch of brownies). *Grease the pan AFTER you add a piece of parchment, like the note above says.

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave) briefly, just until it’s hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it’ll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

While the sugar heats a second time, crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla till smooth.

Add the hot butter/sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.

Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth. Note: If you want the chips to remain intact in the baked brownies, rather than melting in, let the batter cool in the bowl for about 20 minutes before stirring in the chips.

Spoon the batter into the cake pans.

Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool COMPLETELY on a rack before frosting or cutting (if your making normal brownies)


Cheesecake 1 1/4 pounds cream cheese (20 oz), room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 large eggs 1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium until fluffy, scraping down side of bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down side of bowl after each addition. Beat in sour cream.

Put a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of a springform pan, spray with non stick spray. Pour half of the filling in each pan Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the oven temp down to 325 and bake for an additional 45 minutes.

Remove pan from oven, let cool 20 minutes. Run a knife around edge of the pans to loosen from the sides; let cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until ready to use.

baking time for the cheesecake layered has resulted in over baked cheesecake. While I haven't experienced this, try baking your cheesecakes for about 1/2 the time and check and see if they're done… then continue baking if they need it.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe , spread half of the batch in each cake pan and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until it’s slightly golden. Not TOO golden or the cookie will be crispy, and you want a soft cookie in the cake.


Chocolate Frosting

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled (I let it cool about 1 hour, stirring occasionally) 4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (no need to sift) 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature 6 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to incorporate. Process until the frosting is smooth.


Marshmallow Filling

1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow fluff 1 stick butter, room temperature 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tbsp vanilla extract

To make the buttercream, beat together the marshmallow fluff and butter, on medium speed, until the mixture is smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Reduce the speed to low, add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat for another minute. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes until it’s light and fluffy.

Assembly Place one layer of brownie on a cake stand. Frost brownie with with marshmallow frosting. Place a cookie layer on the marshmallow filling. Spread cookie layer with marshmallow frosting.

Remove cheesecake from freezer, unwrap, and remove from metal bottom of the pan from each piece, then peel off parchment paper.

Place cheesecake layer on top of the marshmallow frosting.

Spread a layer of chocolate frosting on cheesecake. Layer graham crackers on the cheesecake. You'll have to break up the crackers to make them fit. Spread chocolate frosting on grahams, then place the second layer of cheesecake on the chocolate frosting. Spread cheesecake with marshmallow frosting

Then place the remaining cookie on the frosting. Spread the cookie with marshmallow frosting and put the remaining brownie on the marshmallow frosting. Spread the remaining chocolate fudge frosting on top of the cake and on the side.

So it looks like this:
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove from the fridge about an hour before serving to help it come to room temperature slightly. Because this cake is SO dense, when it chills, it gets even denser and takes a little muscle to cut.

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