"Never toast marshmallows on an unlined cookie sheet."
That was my social media status on Sunday while I worked on these little Bundts. My little marshmallow incident reminded me of another incident from my childhood. I'm not sure how old I was but I should probably say a really young age so that I look better in this story. Let's go with 10 years old.
There's a cooking show on Jamaican television called Creative Cooking. While I prepared lunch or a snack, I would fancy myself on Creative Cooking and talk to my imaginary audience. One evening, Creative Cooking featured candy making. I was intrigued. I don't think I had ever attempted anything from the show before and my kitchen skills were pretty limited - I could boil hot dogs and make seasoned rice. But candy needed to be made.
I gathered pots and spoons and then went out to the lime tree to get some limes. I'm not sure how the limes fit in. I don't think they were part of the recipe. Maybe I wanted them to be lime flavoured? Or maybe I have conflated some memories? It's been a while. Anyway, the sugar started melting and I started stirring. I should also point out that I had not written anything down from the show. It was all from memory. At some point, things started going very wrong. I no longer had pretty melted sugar on my hands, I now had smoking melted sugar. Oh and the spoon that I was using had started to melt also.
I panicked. Soon I had sugar stuck in the pot and on multiple spoons. I knew my mother would be home soon and she would probably kill me. So I grabbed the pot and spoons and tossed them into the back of the cupboard. Don't give me that look! I was TEN! I think. I didn't have a plan so the pot and spoons just sat there. Months passed and I had forgotten about the candy making disaster. I don't know if my mother had ever asked about the pot. She must have though and I'm pretty sure I lied. "The small pot? What small pot? That I use for hot dogs? Oh look! A fly. Let me get rid of it." Or perhaps, "Hmm. You're right. I haven't seen it in a while." Well, that would have been the truth. I couldn't see it hidden there in the back of the cupboard.
My luck eventually ran out (as it always did) and one day Mummy found the pot. Look, I am going to be honest. I do not remember much about "Discovery Day" but she spared my life so there's that. As I type this, my mother is actually on the phone with me. And funnily enough, she is complaining about a cast iron pot that my brother messed up. I'd ask her about "Discovery Day" but I see no reason to get her started on me. Ha! She's now talking about a spoon. It's like she knows what I'm typing over here. She has always been oddly "psychic" like that. While I was making notes for a blog post for next month, she randomly brought up the incident I was writing about. Time to distract her because I think she's heading down the "kitchen stuff my children have damaged" path.
Let's get back to 2015. The task for this month's Bundt Bakers is to create a s'mores cake. Confession: I've never had s'mores but I made s'mores brownies once. They were pretty amazing but I had carrot cake on the brain so a chocolate cake wouldn't do. I thought I'd make a carrot cake that had graham crackers and white chocolate chips and then top it with a toasted marshmallow glaze. I got my marshmallows toasted but didn't move quickly enough to get them all off my unlined/ungreased cookie sheet. The toasted marshmallow glaze was delicious but way too chunky to be used in the way I pictured it. And on top of that, I now had marshmallows stuck to my cookie sheet and spatula. Thankfully, Adult Kelly knows a bit more chemistry than 10 year old Failed Candy Maker Kelly. I boiled some water and poured it over my cookie sheet and spatula. Disaster averted. Toasted marshmallow glaze will have to wait though. I decided to stick with just a regular marshmallow glaze. In the middle of the night, I had the bright idea to top a mini Bundt with marshmallows and then toast the tops. Tasty. I didn't take pics though.
Carrot Graham Cake with White Chocolate Chips
Recipe by: Kelly Adapted from: Cake: Smitten Kitchen Glaze: Saveur
Yield: 9 mini Bundts (1 cup capacity)
1 cup flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup + 3 T oil
3 cups grated carrot
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons water
2 cups mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a nine 1 cup capacity mini Bundt pans.
Whisk together the dry ingredients. Then whisk together the sugars, oil and eggs in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry then stir until just combined. Fold in the carrots and chocolate chips.
Divide among the mini Bundt pans. Bake 15 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the mini cakes comes out clean.
Place the confectioner's sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl. Over medium heat, melt the butter in the water then stir in the marshmallows until melted.
Pour the marshmallow mixture into the sugar mixture. Mix until combined and use immediately.
Here are all the S'mores themed Bundts. Thanks for hosting, Lauren!
- Autumn Bundt Cake by The Freshman Cook
- Caramel Apple S'mores Bundt by Taking on Magazines
- Carrot Graham Mini Bundts with White Chocolate Chips and Marshmallow Glaze by Passion Kneaded
- Chocolate Bundt with Marshmallow Graham Filling by Basic N Delicious
- Chocolate Graham Cracker Bundt Cake with Roasted Strawberry Marshmallow Filling by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Cookie Crumble Peanut Butter S'more Bundt Cake by Baking in Pyjamas
- Deconstructed S'more Bundt Cake by Cali's Cuisine
- Graham Cracker Bundt Cake S'mores by Magnolia Days
- Graham Cracker Bundt with Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Marshmallow Frosting by Food Lust People Love
- Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Bundt with Marshmallow Topping by Our Good Life
- Inside Out S'mores Bundt Cake by Liv for Cake
- Key Lime S'more Bundt Cake by Patty's Cake
- Mexican Chocolate S'more Bundt Cake by Tartacadabra
- Nutella Glazed S'more Bundt Cake by I Bake He Shoots
- Nutella S'mores Bundt Cake by Brunch with Joy
- Oreo Grasshopper S'more Bundt by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pretzels Crown in a S'more Bundt Cake by Los Chatos Chefs
- Pumpkin S'mores Bundt by Living the Gourmet
- Pumpkin S'mores Bundt Cake by How to Philosophize with Cake
- S'moreo Caramel Bundt Cake by Making Miracles
- S'mores Bundt Cake by From Gate to Plate
- S'mores Bundt Cake by La mejor manera de hacer
- S'mores Bundt Cake by I Love Bundt Cakes
- S'mores Graham Cracker Bundt Cake by The Spiced Life
- Salted Marshmallow and Graham Crack S'more Bundt Cake by Faith, Hope, Love & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
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