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Making "smore" cupcakes without a torch??

post #1 of 12
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I would love to make smores cupcakes - I LOVE smores so I figured well a smores cupcake would be perfect! All the recipes that I've come across all use a small fire torch for the marshmallow frosting on top to give it that roasted look, but unfortunately I don't have one of these, and I'm wondering if there's any way to get the same affect without using one? Could broiling it in the oven for a few seconds work maybe, or would this just make a big mess?? I can't think of anything else and was wondering if anybody had any luck out there! TIA!
post #2 of 12
I think the broiler would work. I have a s'mores pie recipe that is a pudding pie with mini-marshmallows covering the top. It calls for you to use the broiler on it and it doesn't do anything to the pudding.
I guess you could try one cupcake first and if that turns out do the rest.
post #3 of 12
Here in the US, you can little small tourches. It is not much bigger than a pen light. I got mine at Lowes Hardware for only about 12.00. I don't know about the broiler, but then I never use mine, even for regular cooking cause I burn everything in it. Might work tho. Would the regular oven, cause that is how lemon meringue pie is made. Sorry not more help.[/u]
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post #4 of 12
You can use your broiler, but it's not the same. With the broiler you run the risk of cooking the meringue versus toasting the meringue with a torch. So when you try your oven make sure it is HOT when you pop your tester in and watch it closely. Be careful not to set your cupcake wrapper on fire icon_biggrin.gif
post #5 of 12
I wonder if you could use a BBQ lighter?
post #6 of 12
I've used a BBQ lighter before and it works well but make sure you don't leave the flame too long in one spot. It's not like a blow torch so be careful!

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post #7 of 12
You can use the broiler but watch it very closely, it goes from perfect to destroyed very quickly.

I would just buy a little torch. They only cost about $20 and then you can use it for creme brulee too!
post #8 of 12
I second coleslawcat. They're really inexpensive and refillable. I use mine for creme brulee, charring peppers, and s'mores cupcakes and brownies. I think I got mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond about 5 years ago. icon_smile.gif
post #9 of 12
I have done actual smores under the broiler before and, I usually set it to low and leave the door open so I can pull them out as soon as they look good.
post #10 of 12
I have no recipe but I saw your member name and had to reply!! We had a cabin at the shuswap for 16 yrs ..Loved it!! Miss it!!LOL

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post #11 of 12
I had a request for smores cupcakes recently, and like you, I didn't have a kitchen torch. Don't want to buy one either, as I have 4 teenage and tweenage boys (can you just imagine the trouble they could get into with that?!?). I found a recipe online that gives the flavor without the marshmallow frosting and torch. It doesn't look as pretty, but since when are smores pretty? I used mini marshmallows instead of the large ones too...

http://www.bakerella.com/smore-or-less/

Edited to add--- And they are yummy too! Might want to add a little more liquid to the chocolate, as my first batch the graham batter was thinner than the chocolate and didn't cook as fast. Was still gooey in fact. My second batch (when I switched to the mini marshmallows and thinned up the chocolate batter) turned out perfect!
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the great ideas! In the end I did end up purchasing a small flame torch from our hardware store and they turned out great - exactly what I had "visioned" icon_biggrin.gif Just out of curiosity I also tried one cupcake in the oven with the broiler, had the door open a little bit and they turned out better than I thought but they didn't look quite as nice as the torched ones. All in all I'm very happy and now I need to find some taste testers!

@kiddiekakes -yes I live in the Shuswap! I love it here, been here for 8 years now and never looked back icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif It's such a beautiful place...
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