Alec Lestr & Carlos Enriquez's Chocolate S'mores Cupcake Recipe

Patina Catering Chef Alec Lestr and Pastry Chef Carlos Enriquez appeared on Access Hollywood Live on Monday, to show what they are serving to the 4,000 in attendance at the 66th Emmy Awards Governors Ball and shared the recipe for their chocolate S'mores cupcakes.


  • 2 1/4 c + 2 Tb - Sugar
  • 1 3/4 c - All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 + 1 Tb - Cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp - Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp - Baking soda
  • 1 tsp - Salt
  • 2 ea - Large eggs
  • 1 c - Whole milk
  • 1/2 c - Vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp - Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c - Boiling water
  • 1 1/2 c - Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 c - Unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 oz - Bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 jars - Marshmallow Frosting


STEP 1 - Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

STEP 2 - Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.

STEP 3 - In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.

STEP 4 - Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.

STEP 5- Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.

STEP 6 - Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.

STEP 7 - Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip. Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners.

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