let me tell you the truth about this cake.
it is probably the most "unhealthiest" cake i have ever made.
albeit it was one of the most tastiest cakes that has ever passed these lips - i would consider this cake a "once in a life time" cake.. it is the type of cake that you make for a celebration, a celebration that takes place away from your home and includes a whole lotta other people that you can share this cake with. also be sure to encourage others to take a slice or two home - the goal is to share the cake with as many people as possible.
yes, make that your goal when you bake this cake
it really is too tempting to sneak a piece when the late night snackies hit - so why not leave the temptation somewhere else?
the idea for this cake happened when i came across a recipe for cracker cake from "The Blender Cookbook" , yes there really is such a thing; circa 1960.
cracker cake sounds a little racist doesn't it? i am pretty sure though that was not their intent.
i decided to turn their basic cracker cake made from graham crackers into a s'mores cake -
genius right? i thought so.
marshmallow frosting made with dandies is spread between 2 layers of graham cracker cake
let me warn you, this is not a cake for the faint at heart - this is a super sweet & moist cake that will make your taste buds dance.
best served with a glass of milk and eaten with good company
s'mores cake would make a very festive appearance at your next BBQ
the cake is simple, using ingredients that most of us already stock in our pantry
chocolate chips can certainly replace the cacao nibs- honestly the cacao nibs was my pathetic attempt at making this cake somewhat healthy.
Justin was a fan of this cake, polishing off the entire cake within 2 days.
see i told you - dangerous.
at times you will need a little patience, the recipe can be a little fussy - however the fussiness is well worth the extra time. and since this is a "once in a lifetime" sort of cake, go on and take that little bit of extra time and patience and make this awesome dessert.
if you do make this cake let me know if you made any attempt to make it a bit more healthy than its current version and how it worked out for you.
you will need:
for the cake
2 cups finely ground graham crackers
1 cup finely ground walnuts
4 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy yogurt
3/4 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
additional butter to coat the cake pans
parchment to line the cake pans
for the frosting
1 1/2 cups dandies vegan marshmallow
1 1/2 pounds confectioners sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup cacao nibs
1/2 cup crushed graham crackers for side and top of cake as garnish
pre heat oven to 350*
in a medium mixing bowl combine graham crackers through baking powder - stir and set aside
in a bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter & sugar
then add soy yogurt and mix well
alternating between dry mix and milk add to mixer starting and ending with dry mix
line 2 round baking pans with buttered parchment paper, ensuring the parchment is also cut to fir the sides - both side of the parchment should be buttered
evenly divide the cake batter between the 2 round cake pans
bake in the pre heated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
remove from oven and allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes - after 10 minutes, very carefully (the cake is delicate) turn onto the wire rack and continue to fully cool the cakes.
to make the frosting, heat dandies in the microwave for 30 seconds or until pliable
in a clean bowl of a mixer add the softened dandies, butter and confectioners sugar and blend on low for 30 seconds - gradually add the almond milk and mix well.
working quickly with a gentle hand, frost the cooled cakes - you will add a layer of frosting to the top of one cake, then set the second one atop the frosted layer and continue frositng the sides and top of the cake
press the crushed graham crackers up the sides of the cake and around the top leaving the center graham cracker free for the cacao nibs - sprinkle the cacao nibs around the center of the cake.