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The Official Cake of Summer 2016

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Earlier this year, mad scientist Erin McDowell pie-ified 5 of our favorite desserts, giving us Mallomar Pie and Crème Brûlée Pie and shattering the false boundaries of what pie means.

Mallomar Pie

Mallomar Pie by Erin McDowell

Crême Brûlée Pie

Crême Brûlée Pie by Erin McDowell

And now, from this same brain, comes a dessert that reimagines the classic s'more as a teeteringly-tall layer cake.

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S'mores Layer Cake
S'mores Layer Cake

First, you bake three rounds of a dense, toasty cake made from a mix of all-purpose and graham flours. The layers will rise and sink in the oven, leaving baby concave pools that you'll fill with milk chocolate ganache (or, for a simpler dessert, with whipped cream and fresh berries).

Once the cavities are flooded with ganache, top them with homemade vanilla marshmallow, which will act as a deliciously sticky glue between the layers. On the very top layer, you'll pipe little blobs of the marshmallow, toast it with a kitchen torch, and drizzle on the remaining ganache.

Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Marshmallows

Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Marshmallows by Erin McDowell

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3 Tips for Chocolate Ganache Success

3 Tips for Chocolate Ganache Success by Alice Medrich

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Commit to the s'mores cake when you want the flavor—and nostalgia—of s'mores but you don't want to ask your guests to make their own desserts (maybe they're toddlers, maybe they're very refined), or when it's one of those rainy summer days when a bonfire is not a possibility.

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S'mores Layer Cake

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Makes one big ol' 8-inch layer cake
  • GANACHE:
  • 4 cups chopped milk chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 x Graham Cake (https://food52.com/recipes/56539-graham-cake)
  • MARSHMALLOW:
  • 2/3 cup cool water, divided (5.35 oz)
  • 2 envelopes granulated gelatin (5 teaspoons)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (14.00 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (15 g)

And the combination of graham cracker, chocolate, and 'mallow doesn't end there!

Check out the other 6 desserts we've s'mored:

S'mores Cookies
S'mores Cookies
S'mores Ice Cream
S'mores Ice Cream
Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S'mores
Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S'mores
S'mores Icebox Cake
S'mores Icebox Cake
S'mores Croissants
S'mores Croissants
Strawberry S’mores Sundae
Strawberry S’mores Sundae