Welcome to Camp Cake! We are so happy you could join us this summer. Camp Cake is an indoor camp where you can learn fun things like, baking, and caking, and most importantly how to slice and eat cake! I really wish there was a camp like this….and now there is! Today at Camp Cake we are making a S’moreo Camp Fire cake. Yum! All the delicious elements of a S’more - graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, plus the added bonus of an Oreo cookie. Time to build a fire….. or pull out a brûlée torch!
Let's Make a S'moreo Campfire Cake!
Making Your Cake Layers with Graham Cracker Crusts
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
2 x 8" round cheesecake pans with removable bottom – http://amzn.to/1LwSFC2
1 x 8” round cake pan - http://amzn.to/1NQHDF2
1 x 6lb recipe of chocolate cake – find my recipe here
Food Scale – http://amzn.to/1HIsmkr
2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs - you can buy them as crumbs or grind whole graham crackers in a food processor before measuring - http://amzn.to/1LwT33s
1/3 cup sugar - http://amzn.to/1Sm38i3
¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
4” round cake pan or drinking glass with flat bottom – for pressing down graham crust – http://amzn.to/1LwT4UU
Making Your Delish Graham Cracker Crust
Toss your sugar and graham crumbs together in a bowl.
Pour in your melted butter and combine the mixture with your hands. Squeeze a handful of the mixture within a fist, and if it holds together – it is ready to go!
Divide your graham crust evenly between the two 8” round cheesecake pans. You can use a measuring cup to help here.
Use your 4” round cake pan or the bottom of a flat drinking glass, to press the crust down firmly into the pans.
Put both pans in the fridge to chill for about 20 mins.
Dividing Your Batter and Baking Your Cakes
Fill two 8” round cheescake pans with 1 ¾ lbs of batter directly on top of the graham cracker crusts (once chilled).
Fill one 8” round cake pan with 2 1/2 lbs of batter.
Bake your three 8" round chocolate cakes at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and let them cool completely in their pans.
The Ooey Gooey Toppings - Chocolate, Marshmallows and Oreos!
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
1 x recipe of my 7 Minute Frosting – get this here
1 x Ganache Recipe – get this here – please note for this cake I used less ganache than is in the recipe link, so change the recipe amounts to 12oz of semi sweet chocolate and 12oz of whipping cream
1 x Simple Syrup Recipe – get this here
Simple Syrup Soaker Bottle – http://bit.ly/
2 x 300g bags of Double Stuffed Oreos - http://amzn.to/1fCHnxz
Ruler - http://amzn.to/1PvJT54
Serrated knife - http://amzn.to/1U3pUS1
Small offset spatula - http://amzn.to/1PvJUWG
Offset spatula - http://amzn.to/1LwTVVK
Rubber Spatula - http://amzn.to/1U3q4so
Whisk - http://amzn.to/1NQIHsG
Assembling Your Camp Cake
Remove your cakes from their pans, taking extra care with the two graham crusted cakes. Level all three cakes to be the same height. For tips and tricks on leveling, check out my video tutorial HERE. Sprinkle all three layers with simple syrup.
Place one of your graham crusted cakes, graham side down, onto your serving platter. Spread about a half cup of ganache onto that layer. Top the ganache with a layer of Oreos, I used 19 per layer, and I had to trim 6 of them to fit. I know, right? Are you drooling yet?
Now spread a generous portion of 7 minute frosting onto your Oreos. How marshmallow-y do you like your S’moreos? But make sure to save half for the next layer. ;)
CAKE TIP **I found when I spread my 7 Minute frosting that it started to ooze TOO much down the sides because I used too much. So I quickly put my cake in the fridge in order to firm up my frosting, and then I also decided to spread that oozing frosting all around the bottom half of my cake. A perfect example of how important it is to go with the flow when cake decorating! You can’t control what your toppings want to do sometimes :)
Now place your plain 8” round chocolate cake on top. You will again find that the weight of the cake causes your 7 minute frosting to ooze out more than you hoped, so simply use a spatula to scrape the excess away.
Repeat the entire process again, starting with ganache, topping with Oreos, and finally 7 minute frosting. Complete the whole cake with the final graham crusted chocolate cake layer, making sure to invert it so that the graham crust is on top. Wait…did I say complete? We are not done yet! Be sure to save a bit of your ganache for the top of your cake!
S’moreos by the Campfire !
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
16 Graham Crackers - http://amzn.to/1LwT33s
16 Regular Marshmallows - http://amzn.to/1U3qeQz
8 Squares of chocolate - http://amzn.to/1Ef7Cpq
8 Double Stuffed Oreo Cookies - http://amzn.to/1U3r4ga
Bamboo Skewers - http://amzn.to/1LwVpiI
River Rock Chocolates - http://amzn.to/1Ef7Rkt
Cinnamon Sticks - http://amzn.to/1Ef8n1Q
Gumpaste Flames - http://amzn.to/1Ef8sTc
Pre-Made Flag Banner - http://amzn.to/1NQMGVU
Wilton Colour Mist Red - http://amzn.to/1Ef8tXf
Wilton Colour Mist Yellow - http://amzn.to/1LwWh6X
Paint brush - http://amzn.to/1INntIK
Brûlée Torch- or an actual campfire- if you’re good at that kind of thing! - http://amzn.to/1NQMx4S
Lay out half of your graham crackers top side down. Lay one square of chocolate onto each cracker. Have the rest of your crackers, as well as the Oreos and marshmallows within reach. We are going to make one S’moreo at a time.
Place two marshmallows onto a bamboo skewer, leaving some space between, and brown them to your liking using your brûlée torch. Quickly place one marshmallow on top of the square of chocolate. Press an Oreo on top of that marshmallow, then add the second marshmallow and use a graham cracker to sandwich the whole thing together between your fingers. Squeeze your S’moreo slightly to help the marshmallows ooze out. Is your jaw on the floor?
Building a Gumpaste Camp Fire – How To Cake It Style!
Once all 8 of your decadent S’moreos are assembled, spread a bit of chocolate ganache onto the top of your cake. Lay your finished S’moreos around the top of your cake in a ring.
Then use your river rock chocolates to form an inner circle within the S’moreo border, and having fun using your cinnamon sticks as ‘wood’ to create the base for our flames! Speaking of which…
I hand cut some flame shapes from thinly rolled gumpaste and let them dry overnight. I further enhanced these flames by painting them with Wilton Colour Mist in Red and Yellow on both sides. I blended the colours with a soft paint brush to give the flames a more natural look.
Once your food paint is completely dry, place the flames upright between the cinnamon logs. Voila! This is about as outdoorsy as I get. Time to sit around the camp fire and eat some S’moreo cake! I will most definitely earn the cake eating badge! If you want a tee to pin all those badges to, you can find my Camp Cake tee right here. It's the official uniform of Camp Cake!
As an extra little touch I used a pre-made banner and printed the words Camp Cake on it by hand. I then strung the banner between two twigs, and added to the top of my cake – and there we go folks, I just earned my craft badge too! And I guess I earned my sharing badge by sharing this recipe with you! How could I keep this chocolate cake and graham cracker crusted beauty to myself? Especially when it's loaded with Oreos, marshmallows, chocolate ganache, and S'moreos!