S’mores are one of the best desserts during the summer. Try adding those flavors to this Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake, and you have one dessert that will not last the day.
By now you know that I love s’mores, but I still do not love the sticky mess that comes from roasting marshmallows.
Even with older children comes the scariness of a pointy stick and fire. It must be the mom in me that cringes when those two things get together. The more I talk with friends I realize that I am not alone in this aversion to how s’mores are made.
But there is something about the summer and the need for all things s’mores. Since I absolutely love the flavor combo of s’mores, I have been having fun creating s’mores that do not need campfires to be enjoyed.
One of my favorite summer time desserts is the poke cake. Poke cakes have been around for quite a long time, but every so often I have a comment asking what exactly is a poke cake. A poke cake is exactly what it sounds like. You bake a cake and then while it is warm, POKE it with a fork or a wooden spoon. This creates holes or pockets for a filling to collect. The three main fillings that you can use are sweetened condensed milk, Jell-O, or pudding.
S’mores are made up of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. I made sure my cake had plenty of each ingredient for a complete s’mores taste.
This cake starts with a graham cracker crust that you bake the cake on top of. I happen to like cake mixes, so that is all I ever use for these cakes. If you want to make a homemade one, feel free too.
Let the cake cool about 10 minutes. Then poke it with the end of a wooden spoon. There is no right way to do this, but be a little more careful with this cake because of the crust. Then whisk together the pudding mix and milk and pour it over the cake immediately. Try to pour the pudding before it sets up. Use the back of a spoon to gently smooth and press the pudding into the holes. Let it cool for about 30 minutes on the counter, then place it in the refrigerator until chilled.
Now for the marshmallow topping. You could top the cake with marshmallows and broil them for a minute to get the roasted marshmallow taste, but I wanted a smoother, creamier topping. Stir together a jar of marshmallow cream and one container of Cool Whip. Go ahead and taste a spoonful because I know you want to. I did too!!! Spread it on top and end with chopped up candy bars because more chocolate is always a good thing.
Summer s’mores with out the danger of getting your eye poked out or sitting on a sticky marshmallow-ed chair. It’s a summer win!!!
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