Monthly Archives: March 2014

S’mores Cupcakes: The Experiment

We’ve had a long, cold winter here in Ottawa this year and as much as I like winter, I am seriously over it now!

I’m excited for beaches, tan lines and flip-flops!

Holguin, Cuba

Holguin, Cuba

Summer nights by the fire

Summer nights by the fire

I miss sleeping under the moonlight (being poetic here, I sleep in a fucking tent), waking up to a calm morning fog on the river and the smell of bacon

Morning Fog

Morning Fog

cooking over a fire.  I dream of long, hot summer nights by bonfires, drinking (hot chocolate for me) and eating s’mores… S’more S’mores please! It’s one of those treats that I go crazy over.

While I reminisced on my camping adventures, I started thinking about pre-made S’mores to bring on road trips or even just to eat at home because I’m unhealthy like that. One thought led to another and I decided to try to make S’mores cupcakes. Because hey, how hard can it be…

For this recipe you will need:

  • Graham cracker crust (I got mine at Bulkbarn which is the Graham Cracker Crust mix, added butter as per the directions and good to go. You may want to get a pre-made crust or look up a recipe to make one with graham cracker cookies.)
  • Guilt-Free Chocolate Cake  or a box of chocolate cake mix of your choice.
  • Small marshmallows

The Experiment 

  • I used parchment paper as cupcake liners instead. (I thought it would be all fancy and shit.) I then added two teaspoons of graham cracker crust. (Press down on the crust)

Parchment paper and Graham cracker crust

  • Next, I wasn’t too sure what would work best so I went 50/50 with the following:
Half with marshmallows inside, the other half without.

Half with marshmallows inside, the other half without.

Chocolate cake batter

Chocolate cake batter

  • I followed the same directions as the Guilt-Free Chocolate Cake for baking time and oven temperature.
  • When there was about 3 minutes left on cooking time, I took the cupcakes out of the oven to add some marshmallows on top of the 6 that didn’t have any inside.
Fresh out of the oven but not ready yet!

Fresh out of the oven but not ready yet!

  • As you can tell, those with marshmallows inside looked good. Until they flattened and I realized they were empty inside. Oops… I added some marshmallows on top of the other 6 and put the pan back in the oven for about 3 minutes.
Out of the oven and ready to enjoy!

Out of the oven and ready to enjoy!

And the final result

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal – Everything looks ok here.

The Disappointment

The Disappointment

The Success

The Success

The Glamour Shot

The Glamour Shot

I will certainly make this recipe again but will not put marshmallows inside. As for the 3 small marshmallows on top, I think I will go for a big marshmallow cut in half to make more of an icing look. Otherwise, it does taste like S’mores and it’s delicious. Perhaps not as delicious as the real thing but that’ll happen soon enough!

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3-Layered Jell-O Shots

Jell-O shots are very fun for parties and events or just to consume for no reason like I do, because you’re a grown adult and you can. As someone who doesn’t really enjoy drinking, Jell-O shots are great.  They give me a small buzz without giving me that bloated feeling and are relatively tasty. Last night I decided to try 3 layered Jell-O shots. It was my first time making them so next time, there are steps that I will definitely do differently. Since I went for quick and easy last night, the result below is a bit disappointing in terms of consistency and colours but at the end of the day, it tastes awesome and does the job.

I had a lot of Jell-O packages in my pantry so I chose 3 different flavours. I originally chose Peach, Berry Blue and Raspberry but the Peach package wasn’t sealed properly so I threw it out. I was left with Cherry and Strawberry so I chose Cherry. I later added blue food colouring to give it a different colour because I was already using a red coloured Jell-O.

Jell-O Recipe from About.com

  • 85 g of gelatin (1 Jell-O package)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/2 cup of Brandy, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Vodka OR Whiskey (I used Rum, most people use Vodka)
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  1. Chill the liquor and cold water mix in the refrigerator so they are a consistent temperature.
  2. Pour gelatin into a bowl.
  3. Add boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Stir in chilled liquor and water mix and food coloring (optional).

The next step is slightly different since you are going to be adding more than one Jell-O flavour to your shot glass.

  1. Pour the first layer into shot glasses or molds. Most people use plastic shot cups because the Jell-O squeezes out easily. It will also show your layers.  (I used 3 oz Dixie bath cups thinking it would be easier to rip and take the Jell-O out for pictures – I was wrong)
  2. Refrigerate until the first layer is fairly set. It doesn’t have to be completely set but it can’t be runny as it will blend together. Let set in the fridge for about an hour.
  3. Once the first layer is set, poor the next layer gently on top. Let set in the fridge for another hour.
  4. Once the second layer is set, add the third, slowly again as to not disturb the colours underneath.
  5. Let the liquids set overnight and serve cold.

Note that I had to edit the hell out of those pictures to bring out the colours. Or else, they looked like black blobs.

3 Layered Jell-O Shots

3 Layered Jell-O Shots

Blended Layers

Blended Layers

Leftovers on the Dixie cup

Leftovers on the Dixie cup

 

Just for funzies…

What it actually looks like without enhancement. - I submitted this one to Reddit.com/r/shittyfoodporn because it belongs there.

What it actually looks like without enhancement. – I submitted this one to Reddit.com/r/shittyfoodporn because it belongs there.

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