Fall into Romance Hop & GIVEAWAYS!

Ahhh…Autumn! Whether it’s the crisp smell of apples or the crunch of leaves underfoot, fall is definitely my favorite time of year. It’s the special time of year where long summer days fade into cool evenings spent in front of the firepit cuddling with my favorite honey.

And nothing suits my mood better than a brand new batch of cupcakes to celebrate the season.

Those of you who follow my romance know that I am a bonafide cupcake FREAK. In fact, each of my hot romances features an original recipe for tempting treats in the back. So, in honor of fall, I’m featuring my favorite S’mores cupcake recipe and a new giveaway with the Sexy Scribblers.

Behold…the S’mores Cupcake!

S’mores are the perfect dessert to enjoy by the fire–but even if you can’t strike a match, you can fan the flames of desire for this chocolatey-marshmallow treat in cupcake form! (Pssst…Want more delicious recipes and good stuff? Subscribe to my VIP Newsletter!)

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Sorry for the horrible photo cropping. But don’t they look deliciously toasty?!

But before I hand out the recipe at the bottom, here’s the fantabulous Rafflecopter giveaway from the Sexy Scribblers. The Scribblers are a group of authors banded together to write traveling stories that you can enjoy for FREE. And just to give you a little something to keep you warm, we’re offering a load of free books for one lucky winner! a Rafflecopter giveaway

And, just because…I’m ALSO personally offering a $5 Starbucks gift card as a personal giveaway! Because, what goes better with cupcakes than some delicious coffee (or Coffey?)

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Two steps to win my personal giveaway, 1- Subscribe to my VIP newsletter AND 2- Comment below with “Done”, “I’m a member already” or “Not interested, thanks” and tell me what beverage you plan to get with the gift card!  I’ll be announcing the winner on November 22nd, before Thanksgiving, because I am SO thankful for my readers!! Be sure to check back.

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**UPDATE**- My contest is ended. Congratulations to the winner, Rhianona!

 

Now for the cupcakes to keep you company with their ooey-gooey deliciousness on these cold Autumn nights. Or mornings. Or…lunch…because, ain’t nobody judging you.

S’mores Cupcakes – makes 24

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So cute on my kitchen counter!

Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust
•1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
•5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
•1/4 cup sugar
•9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Chocolate Cupcakes (or use your favorite chocolate box mix)
•2 cups all-purpose flour
•3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
•1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•2 eggs
•1 cup milk
•1/2 cup canola oil
•2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
•2/3 cup boiling water
Meringue Frosting
•6 egg whites
•1 1/2 cups sugar
•1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
•1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 Instructions
Make the graham cracker crust first:
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
2.In a medium bow, mix together crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter until well blended and no dry crumbs remain.
3.Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each liner. Press the crumbs flat into the liner using the bottom of a small glass. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of chocolate over each crust. (Reserve remaining graham cracker crumbs and chopped chocolate to top the cupcakes before baking.)
4.Bake crusts for 8 minutes. Remove the pans and let crusts cool for at least 5 minutes before adding cupcake batter.
For the cupcakes:
1.After crusts are prepared, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
2.In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3.Then combine eggs, milk, oil and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add sugar and mix until combined. Then add flour mixture. Blend at low and then increase to medium. Beat for 2 minutes until blended and smooth. Remove bowl from stand and add boiling water. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Batter will be thin. Then let batter rest for 15 minutes and stir again gently before using. Fill liners with prepared crusts three-quarters full with batter. Sprinkle with reserved chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Bake about 16-20 minutes until done. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.
Make the meringue frosting:
1.Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of a stand mixer. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water without letting the bottom of the bowl touch the water in the saucepan. Hold the handle of the bowl with an oven mitt while whisking the egg white mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the whites are hot to the touch… about 4 minutes. Then transfer bowl to the stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture, starting on low and increasing to high speed. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form and the meringue has cooled, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vanilla and whisk just to combine. Use frosting immediately.
2.Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with star tip. Pipe high swirls on the cupcakes and brown the meringue using a kitchen torch and serve immediately.
Enjoy!!
Source: Trophy Cupcakes & Parties! by Jennifer Shea, 2013
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73 thoughts on “Fall into Romance Hop & GIVEAWAYS!

  1. Jackie says:

    “I’m a member already” I am going to get a Java Chip Frappachino. mmmm your recipe looks very delicious. Cant wait to make them.

    • JACoffey says:

      Thanks, Jackie. And thanks for popping over from my newsletter. 😉 Let me know how the cupcakes turn out. Post me some pics on Facebook! 🙂

    • JACoffey says:

      Thanks, Debbie. I am putting pumpkin spice on everything these days….oooh, pumpkin spice S’mores Cupcakes? Hmmmm…. 🙂

  2. Cynthia P says:

    I already subscribe. Pumpkin spice latte or mint hot chocolate if they’re still making them…I don’t go there often, just occasionally in the fall or winter.

    • JACoffey says:

      Same, Cynthia. I do buy pounds of ground coffee to make myself at home though. A frugal treat and I can prepare them however I want. Good luck!

    • JACoffey says:

      I love those Frapps in the summer months, Jackie, especially the Caramel but I’m always cold in the autumn. I need a little something to warm me up. 😉

  3. Michelle Willms says:

    Done – I’m already subscribed. Those are some gorgeous cupcakes. I’m hungry. I love love love recipes, so I cannot thank you enough for sharing this lovely recipes with us. Thank you (I had to at least TRY to thank you enough). I forgot the actual question for a moment there…I plan to have a double non-fat latte (I’m a simple person). I’ll then add a bit of Splenda, and some cinnamon.

    • JACoffey says:

      Thanks, Michelle–these are my second faves after my Black Forest cuppies (which I send in my newsletter, too!). I am ALSO a fan of the cinnamon, in fact, I totally cut out using half & half, if I add a sprinkle of cinnamon in my coffee with a bit of raw sugar, I’m good! 🙂

  4. peggy clayton says:

    Love the recipe and I get your newsletter already but can’t enter contest for ebook as severely disabled and can only do print but thank you for giving someone a g/c of your own

  5. Colleen C. says:

    Oh those look sooooo good! I am already a newsletter subscriber… Starbucks is my sister’s fav place for coffee… I would give her the gift card to enjoy her Peppermint mocha drink. 🙂

    • JACoffey says:

      Thanks, Colleen! I asked for a mini-kitchen torch for Christmas one year, and it makes toasting that marshmallow topping sooo easy and fun. 🙂 Even my teen son got into it. I had to turn over the torch to him. 😉 Giving the gift card to someone else is such a sweet gesture. Fingers crossed!

    • JACoffey says:

      You can totally make these with a boxed mix and some Marshmallow Fluff, if you are tight on time or inclination, Pat. 🙂 Glad you subscribe!!

    • JACoffey says:

      Kimberley, that’s my daughter’s special fave. She loves the white chocolate. For me…the darker the better! Good luck!

  6. Mel K. says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter. I would give the gift card to my mom and sis for Xmas. They drink coffee purchased from Starbucks. Thanks! Yessss…I love the cupcake recipe as well!

  7. Renae Kelly says:

    I joined but I think I was already a member. The beverage I would buy with this gift card would be a caramel frappee with extra caramel and an energy shot.

    • JACoffey says:

      Jeri- Starbucks’ hot cocoa definitely chases the chill out of your heart! Hoping you win some other fun treats to warm up this season!

  8. rhianona says:

    I am already on your list. 🙂

    I’m not sure what I’d buy for sure, but whatever it is, it would be absolutely horrible for me, but taste so good!

    • JACoffey says:

      Thanks for being a subscriber to my SWEET TEAM, Rhianona. You’re right…I don’t always Starbucks, but when I do…it’s definitely bad for me! (But sooo good!)

    • JACoffey says:

      **CONGRATULATIONS!! Rhianona, you are the winner of my Starbucks gift card. Check the email that you commented with. It should be arriving there, soon!!**

    • JACoffey says:

      Hey, “tilt”! These cuppies are actually easier than they look. If you want, you can sub in a box mix and use that whipped marshmallow fluff to top them. 😉 Good luck!!

  9. laurieg72l says:

    Done. The cupcakes do sound delicious. I love s’mores in the summer over a fire. This recipe will allow me to enjoy that taste all year long!

    I’ve never been to a Starbucks! I love chocolate and mint. What would you recommend?

    • JACoffey says:

      You got it, Laurie! I make this recipe at least four times a year. It’s great for those summer camping trips, even if you set up a tent in your own backyard. 🙂

    • JACoffey says:

      Whoops, I forgot to answer you. They have a chocolate peppermint Frappucino if you live in a warmer climate. Plus, my books are kinda steamy. Otherwise, ask for a mocha peppermint latte. Mmmmm! Warm, minty chocolate coffee goodness.

    • JACoffey says:

      Hooray, Liz! Peppermint mocha is also my daughter’s favorite. Now you just need a peppermint stick to swizzle in it. Mmmm! Thanks for entering.

  10. ladymagnolia99 says:

    Those cupcakes look so delicious. I have copied the recipe!! I can definitely imagine drinking a cup of coffee while eating them!!

    Judy Cox

    • JACoffey says:

      Thanks, Lady Magnolia. 🙂 I include recipes in the back of every romance and more in my newsletter, so be sure to sign up. Fingers crossed for you!

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