Makes 24 full size cupcakes or 48 minis
Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (9-10 graham crackers)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until evenly coated. For full size cupcakes, place a tablespoon sized scoop of the mixture in the bottom of each baking cup. For mini cupcakes, place 1 teaspoon. Using a glass or end of a rolling pin, press down the graham cracker crumbs until they form a solid crust.
Bake at 350 F for 5 minutes to allow the base to harden. Cool for 5-10 minutes before filling with cupcake batter.
Chocolate Cupcake Batter (yields 18-24 cupcakes)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup strong black coffee (or 1 heaping tablespoon espresso powder dissolved in 1 cup water)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake tin with baking cups.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract and beat for 2-3 minutes on medium speed to mix. Batter will be liquidy.
Fill baking cups 2/3 of the way full and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean with a few crumbs. Cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.
4 egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
In a double boiler, whisk together the egg whites and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and the egg whites are warm to the touch, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a medium mixing bowl, and beat the egg whites until they form stiff, shiny peaks, about 5-8 minutes.
Fill a pastry bag with the marshmallow meringue and pipe the meringue on top of the cupcake. Alternatively, you may fill a large sealable plastic bag with the meringue, snip off the corner, and pipe it on top of the cupcakes. Using a kitchen torch, lightly toast the marshmallow meringue to resemble a toasted marshmallow. Alternatively, if a kitchen torch is not available, turn the oven onto broil and place the cupcakes on a cookie sheet in the top shelf of the oven. It will only take a minute or two to get a nice toasty marshmallow look, so watch them closely.