Faith Durand's S'Mores Pudding Cake

June 13, 2013

This week, Faith Durand from The Kitchn is serving as a Guest Editor at Food52. She chose a Wildcard winner, answered your questions on the Hotline, and is continuing to share recipes from her new book, Bakeless Sweets -- because during summer, dessert shouldn't require an oven.

This was the first recipe I developed for Bakeless Sweets, having been seized by the dubious ambition to create the most over-the-top, Pinterest-slaying s'mores dessert ever. This was strange, as I don't like s'mores very much; I find the clash of textures hard to enjoy. But I had a soft, gooey s'more at a restaurant one evening, with a tender graham cake as the base, and I realized that the icebox cake was the perfect canvas for s'mores flavors. This one has real torched marshmallows (you'll need a kitchen torch) and rich chocolate custard, slathered between graham crackers that soften in the fridge. No sharp edges -- just pure s'mores bliss. 

S'mores Pudding Cake from Faith Durand

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S'Mores Pudding Cake

Serves 8 or more

Pudding Cake

4 cups (1 batch) Rich Chocolate Custard
4 sleeves graham crackers
3 cups mini marshmallows
One 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

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Stacy Newgent for Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand 

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By day, you'll find me at The Kitchn (thekitchn.com), where I am executive editor and have a lot of fun writing about home cooking and kitchen design with our crackerjack team. I've also written several cookbooks, including the latest labor of love, Bakeless Sweets, all about pudding, panna cotta, icebox cake, no-bake cookies, and other no-bake desserts. I live in Columbus, Ohio, with my husband Mike, and a yard poised on the edge of becoming a garden!


paula.jacobson June 23, 2013
I made this for a brunch last week -- super easy, huge hit!
Glutenfreealie June 13, 2013
OMG! this looks amazing.. I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe.
hardlikearmour June 13, 2013
This is crazy in a good way!