Would you take a look at this beauty? This gorgeous bohemoth is the no-bake cake of oven-less cook’s DREAMZ!
It’s a gooey, sticky, crunchy chocolate crackle base (kind of like a rice crispy, but not), topped with a cumulonimbus cloud of marshmallow frosting piled on top. Scorch that sucker? And you’ve got yourself a No Bake S’mores Chocolate Crackle Cake.
I just spent a few minutes googling cloud-types to make sure that cumulonimbus was the right kind – it is. But man, clouds are so interesting. I highly recommend a quick trip down that internet rabbit hole.
I love that really top-level, layperson science – like cloud types, and naming constellations, and different kinds of dinosaurs. Give me a slice of this cake, and a couple of hours of the Magic School Bus, and I’m in mid-90s heaven.
Since I love grade-school level science, is it any wonder that I also love grade-school level baking? Because, aside from the blowtorch (which I would have been itching to get my hands on as a kid), this cake could easily be made by anyone from around 8 years and up.
The base is a melt-stir-press operation, and the topping is just egg whites and sugar, heated over a pan of simmering water and then taken off the heat and whipped. So maybe a little adult supervision required, but still very easy.
And the cool thing is that, as the adult, you get to swoop in at the end of the day and torch that sucker – which is easily the most fun part of the whole operation.
I developed this recipe for Kidspot late last year – the recipe can be found here. Go ahead and check it out! And happy Monday to ya.
Omg the Magic School Bus reference made me so nostalgic. This is an awesome cake – it kinda reminds me of Kudos bars – which is a good thing!!
Dude, what is a kudos bar? I say kudos all the time, so I’m intrigued!
I didn’t know you could still buy them. My teachers used to bring them in for school snacks :D
Hahaha, I totally dare you to make an ill-advised amazon purchase.
What a cake! Almost reminds me of a giant rice krispy treat :)
This looks amaaazing, I need to make it asap! Where’d you get that snazzy red browning torch?
It was just a cheapo one I think? From a kitchen store…but I really can’t remember I’m sorry!
So, what you’re telling me is that you have made a giant chocolate crackle?
That’s exactly what I’m telling you, yes. And then smothered it in torched marshmallow.
I want to faceplant into this dessert! This is all the good things in the world combine, plus no bake… you are a saint!
Say what! No bake time and I can still have cake? ….and not just any cake, a S’MORES cake! That’s the best news ever!
That frosting is killing me! It’s so fluffy! I don’t trust myself to buy a blow torch… I’m sure it’d end in disaster.
THIS! is adorable.
Um, Swiss meringue belongs on everything. So beautiful.
And if you want some science with your meringue (although unfortunately no dinos), I just wrote about this: http://www.fchem101.com/2015/06/swiss-meringue-and-temperature/ Meringue experimentation!
How awesome are chocolate crackles?! They have always been my dads fav so we make them sometimes. Next time they’ll be topped with marshmallow!!!
Can anyone tell me what are rice bubbles, and where can I purchase them?
Hey Connie – if you’re in the USA, you might know them as Rice Krispies! Or wherever you are, they’re just puffed rice cereal.
This looks insanely amazing. I don’t have a blow torch, but do you think I could chuck it in the grill for 5 minutes to get brown? Maybe It could be frozen first so it doesn’t melt?
Hey Ella, sorry for the late reply, I’ve been battling a real jerk of a cold. To answer your question, it would really depend on your grill. My grill absolutely sucks, so I know that even if the cake base were frozen, there’s no way the top would brown before it melted. But, if your grill is gas, or super powerful it might work? Otherwise, you could always dust the top with cocoa, or edible glitter or sprinkles – it doesn’t NEED to be torched.