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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Deconstructed S'more Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

The theme of this month's #BundtBakers: Creative S'mores! The challenge: Play with the traditional marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, but participants are not limited to those components! Cookies, waffles, bacon, berries, homemade marshmallow creme, peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread may also be utilized. The options are unlimited.


S'mores are synonymous with Girl Scouts. I lead a group of Girl Scout Cadettes (for those of you not fluent in Girl Scout Speak, they are middle school aged). The troop recently met after taking a summer hiatus. Deconstructed S'more Bundt Cake was the perfect way to celebrate the kick-off of a new Girl Scout year!

I tend to over-simplify things in my life, so I did not stray from s'more basics: chocolate, graham, and marshmallow. These components were incorporated in the bundt cake in the form of chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow creme. I don't have enough creative juices to stray from a classic like s'mores!

What disappointed me a bit was although the marshmallow creme was streaked through the batter, it completely melted into the cake and didn't leave the marbling effect that I had intended. An additional disappointment was layering the ghaham mixture with chcolate chips resulted in a chocolaty graham mixture and didn't leave the graham cracker visible when the cake was cut.

A bit of bummer, but the end result was very well received by a group of Girl Scouts Cadettes, one Girl Scout Junior (my younger daughter) and a neighbor family.

The cake was not well received by my husband. "Too chocolaty," was his feedback. (As if that is a thing.)

This will be my go-to cake for Girl Scout special occasions!

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 devil's food cake mix (15.25 oz / 432 g), not with 'pudding in the mix'
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz / 96 g) chocolate flavor instant pudding
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 7 oz (198 g) marshmallow creme 
  • 12 oz (340 g) chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare bundt pan with shortening and flour.
  3. Combine graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar and melted butter in small bowl. Set aside. 
  4. Blend cake mix with pudding mix until well combined.
  5. Add eggs, oil, water and yogurt.
  6. Blend 30 seconds on low speed of electric mixer. Scrape bowl. Mix 2 minutes on medium.
  7. Gently fold marshmallow creme into cake batter, leaving a marbling effect.
  8. Layer 1/3 of the graham cracker crumbs in the bundt pan followed by 1/3 of the chocolate chips, 1/2 of the cake batter, 1/3 of the chocolate chips, 1/3 of the graham cracker crumbs, the second 1/2 of the cake batter, the last 1/3 of the chocolate chips and the last 1/3 of the chocolate chips. Note this will fill your bundt pan more than is probably recommended, so it is suggested to bake on a sheet pan to catch any potential drips. 
  9. Bake 55 - 65 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  10. Cool 10 minutes in bundt pan. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack. 
  11. Combine softened butter with confectioner's sugar and cocoa powder with hand blender. Gradually add milk until desired frosting consistency has been achieved. 
  12. Drizzle icing on cake as desired. 

Special thanks to Lauren at From Gate to Plate for hosting and selecting this month's theme. 

I love what the other #BundtBakers have been up to this past month! Please take a look at their impressive s'more creations:

  • Autumn Bundt Cake by The Freshman Cook
  • Caramel Apple S'mores Bundt by Taking on Magazines
  • Carrot Graham Mini Bundts with White Chocolate Chips and Marshmallow Glaze by Passion Kneaded
  • Chocolate Bundt with Marshmallow Graham Filling by Basic N Delicious
  • Chocolate Graham Cracker Bundt Cake with Roasted Strawberry Marshmallow Filling by Sew You Think You Can Cook
  • Cookie Crumble Peanut Butter S'more Bundt Cake by Baking in Pyjamas
  • Deconstructed S'more Bundt Cake by Cali's Cuisine
  • Graham Cracker Bundt Cake S'mores by Magnolia Days
  • Graham Cracker Bundt with Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Marshmallow Frosting by Food Lust People Love
  • Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Bundt with Marshmallow Topping by Our Good Life
  • Inside Out S'mores Bundt Cake by Liv for Cake
  • Key Lime S'more Bundt Cake by Patty's Cake
  • Mexican Chocolate S'more Bundt Cake by Tartacadabra
  • Nutella Glazed S'more Bundt Cake by I Bake He Shoots
  • Nutella S'mores Bundt Cake by Brunch with Joy
  • Oreo Grasshopper S'more Bundt by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Pretzels Crown in a S'more Bundt Cake by Los Chatos Chefs
  • Pumpkin S'mores Bundt by Living the Gourmet
  • Pumpkin S'mores Bundt Cake by How to Philosophize with Cake
  • S'moreo Caramel Bundt Cake by Making Miracles
  • S'mores Bundt Cake by From Gate to Plate
  • S'mores Bundt Cake by La mejor manera de hacer
  • S'mores Bundt Cake by I Love Bundt Cakes
  • S'mores Graham Cracker Bundt Cake by The Spiced Life
  • Salted Marshmallow and Graham Crack S'more Bundt Cake by Faith, Hope, Love & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

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    Unknown said...

    No such thing as too chocolatey.

    Stacy Rushton said...

    More and more I think you are right about us being drinking buddies in college! We have too much in common, although from the ages of your girls, I suspect I have quite a few years on you.

    I'm delighted to hear that you have a troop of Cadettes. So often the girls quit when they get to middle school, just when they can really use a positive outlet for all that energy and a solid group of friends who have their backs, not to mention a caring adult that isn't a parent for a sounding board. Your cake looks like the perfect celebration cake for Girl Scouts! Tell your husband, no boys allowed.

    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary said...

    Such a fun challenge and a delicious combination! This bundt cake looks scrumptious, even if it didn't come out exactly as planned! Thanks for sharing the YUM! Cheers!

    Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas said...

    I've given up trying to incorporate marshmallows into cakes now as you'd never have known that they were incorporated when it comes out of the oven. Your cake looks wonderful, chocolate cake is always a sure fire winner!

    Terri Steffes said...

    So delicious looking, that icing is perfect!

    Unknown said...

    My daughter's a Junior Girl Scout and loves it. I'm so happy that the new season's started up and can't wait for the first camping trip. Your cake looks so amazing, I'm sure the troop loved it!

    Mondo said...

    um..."too chocolatey" is not a thing. let me have his portions, please. thanks in advance!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

    How wonderful that you lead a troop of Cadettes, Cali! My girls both quit girl scouts in grade school. What a perfect bundt for honoring the Girl Scouts! It looks fabulous!

    Patty's Cake said...

    Too chocolatey???? Never!!! It is fantastic!!! As someone said, give me his portions, please!!! Don't be upset, husbands are that way there, here and every place in the world, hahaha!!! Congratulations for that perfect bundt cake!!! I wish I could have some of it!!! XO

    A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

    No, I do not believe that "too chocolaty" is a thing? What do men know!!

    Gloria Baker said...

    Look beautiful Cali :)

    Gloria Baker said...

    Look beautiful Cali :)

    Pam said...

    Wow! It looks gorgeous!

    Unknown said...

    My fluff didn't visually swirl in my chocolate cake either. :( But it was definitely still tasty and I have no doubt yours is too!

    Lavender and Lime ( said...

    It looks amazing, despite your disappointments. And your husband cannot be serious with 'too chocolaty' ;)

    Cocoa and Lavender said...

    Looks wonderful, and I bet a lot less messy to eat that a s'more!

    Teri said...

    Too chocolatey is not a thing! At least for me! Your cake is beautiful and I love how you decorated it. It looks amazing!

    Tricia Buice said...

    I don't think a cake can be too chocolatey - and this one looks wonderful! Love the decorations :)

    Lara said...

    Too much chocolate is impossible!! :-) And yes, no boys allowed, haha! Loved your story, lots of respect for you for guiding these girls!! And your cake looks delicious, maybe not as beautiful as you expected but with those ingredients you can't go wrong! Lots of sunshine from Spain XX Lara Tartacadabra

    Unknown said...

    Too bad about the marshmallow melting into the cake! That would have looked stunning, but I'm sure this is every bit as delicious as it looks and what a perfect treat for the Girl Scouts!

    grace said...

    too chocolatey!? say it ain't so! your drizzle work is perfect and i love the idea of it!

    Tammy said...

    The more chocolate the better!! You have never have to much...especially in one dessert. This looks fantastic :D