S’Mores Pudding Cake

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Author Notes: Who doesn’t like S’Mores? I’d like to meet that person. Well, actually, for a long time I didn’t like S’Mores. Then I realized that the thing I objected to was the texture; a poorly made S’More is hard to eat, with a crispy graham cracker, hard chocolate, and rubbery marshmallow, falling apart and getting your hands all sticky.

But then I discovered that the key to a great S’Mores dessert is to meld those layers together and give soft chocolate-graham-marshmallow goodness in every bite. That’s what this pudding cake does: Graham crackers, layered with rich chocolate custard smoky marshmallows. It’s easy and so totally over the top – it’s a picnic dessert extraordinaire! (This recipe is from Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand.)
Faith Durand

Serves 8 or more

S’Mores Pudding Cake

  • 4 cups (1 batch) Rich Chocolate Custard (recipe below)
  • 4 sleeves graham crackers
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 (13-ounce) jar marshmallow crème

Rich Chocolate Custard

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Smear a thin layer of chocolate custard in the center of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Cover the bottom with a layer of graham crackers and spread 1/3 (about 1 1/4 cups) of the chocolate custard on top of the crackers. Sprinkle 1 cup of mini marshmallows over the custard, and torch them lightly with a kitchen torch, until soft and browned. (You can also put them under an oven broiler for 45 seconds.) Repeat two more times and top with a final layer of graham crackers. (There will be four full layers of crackers, and three of pudding).
  2. Warm the marshmallow crème in the microwave or in a saucepan. Spread over the top of the icebox cake and spread while still warm. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the crackers have softened to a cakelike texture (test by inserting a thin knife along the side and bringing up a few crumbs). (This can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time, but it is best consumed with a day or two as it will get soggy if it sits too long.)
  3. When ready to serve, brown the top of the cake until tan and toasty with a kitchen torch or under the broiler.
  4. FOR THE CHOCOLATE CUSTARD Prepare the chocolate: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl.
  5. Make a cornstarch and egg slurry: Put the cornstarch and salt together in a medium bowl and whisk to make sure there are no lumps. Slowly whisk in the cream, making sure there are no lumps. (To be really sure, reach into the bowl and gently rub out any lumps between your fingers.) Whisk in the egg yolks.
  6. Warm the milk: In a 3-quart (2.8-L) saucepan over medium heat, whisk the sugar into the milk. Warm for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sugar dissolves, bubbles form around the edges, and the entire surface of the milk begins to quiver. Turn off the heat.
  7. Temper the slurry: Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of the hot milk into the bowl with the slurry, whisking constantly. The mixture should come together smoothly, with no lumps. If you see any, add a little more liquid and whisk them out. Pour it back into the pan, counting to 10 and whisking constantly as you pour.
  8. Thicken the pudding: Turn the heat back on to medium and bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking frequently and vigorously, working all the angles of the pot and scraping the bottom. Continue whisking for about 5 minutes, until the custard becomes very thick and starts to boil, with large bubbles that slowly pop up to the surface. Boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  9. Flavor the pudding: Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Stir the chocolate into the pudding and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk gently until the pudding is smooth and glossy and has fully absorbed the chocolate.
  10. Chill the pudding: Immediately pour the hot pudding into a shallow container. Place plastic wrap or buttered wax paper directly on the surface of the pudding (if you don't like pudding skin). Cover and refrigerate.
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4 months ago Patty Khuly

Made this for a 4th of July party. Came together easier than expected. I used more mini marshmallows, though. (Maybe a cup or two?) Didn't need as many crackers. (Only about 3 1/2 "sleeves.") And loved it easily five times as much as I expected to. The best part is that it cuts really easily. Served with a chocolate fudge sauce this is an awesome not-so-picnic-y dessert!!

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4 months ago Patty Khuly

Clarification: That's 1-2 cups more mini marshmallows than the recipe called for.

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5 months ago Assonta Wagner

I am going to try this with homemade marshmallows!

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5 months ago kellee

This is awesome! My family enjoyed this a lot. I'm enjoying my second piece as I write this. I did substitute coconut cream and coconut milk for the dairy and it worked perfectly. I will definitely be making this again and again.

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over 1 year ago Ceege

@ Demington

A box of graham crackers comes with 3 sleeves to a box. You would need to buy 2 boxes to get the 4 needed for this recipe. Save the remaining 2 sleeves for another use. (or just to nibble on).

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over 1 year ago Mae F

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made this for a family party and everyone just loved it (they had seconds and thirds and asked that I make two batches next time)!

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over 1 year ago Demington

Sleeves graham crackers? Please explain; I am perplexed.

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over 1 year ago MQAvatar

This has jumped to the top of my list of things I want to make when I get back from deployment. Thanks for sharing this inventive recipe with us, Faith.

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5 months ago anne

Get home safely Michael!