Monday, June 29, 2015


The last time I had a party for my birthday was when I turned 25. I figured it's pretty much all down hill from there, especially since no one has found the Fountain of Youth or created that awesome anit-aging potion from Death Becomes Her. So I have been beaten into a quiet submission whereby I hope, like with most problems, that if I ignore my birthday hard enough it will simply go away.  My husband is the exact opposite of me. He still loves to throw a good shindig (and caution to the wind) to see if he can still party like he did when he was 22. Recovery time not withstanding, he really knows how to have a birthday...take for instance the early party we had for him last year before he deployed complete with Cookie Monster cake and slip and slide. This year we decided to throw a backyard fire pit party with a ton of appetizers and beer...and the cake, you ask? Well, my husband simply said to me, "This year I want a red velvet zombie cake," and I took it from there. Derek gets what Derek wants! I was also thrilled with the idea of making a cake that was supposed to have flaws and look icky. It was a glorious cake decorator's rebellion. I was so happy to make it, it almost made me forget I'll be turning 29 in six months. The power of cake, y'all.
In a surprising twist, I will be the one eating your brains, sir.
I know, isn't it spectacularly gross and awful in all the right ways? The most time consuming aspect of making this cake was making the Jello eyeballs...but this resulted in me being able to eat a very large bowl of very blue Jello for dinner one night without any sort of hospitalization required. Aspire to be me, people. If you want to make creepy eyeballs, definitely do this a day ahead of time, as it does take awhile to set. Since I have a ton of my usual crappy photo montages to show you, let's get down to business. If anyone wants these to end, it will require you purchasing me a better camera.
You will need a box of whatever color Jello you want to use for the irises, a box of vanilla instant pudding, Gelatine, and writer icing in black for the pupils and red if you want a bloodshot look. I used this cake pop tray for assembly. No word on whether or not it actually works for cake pops...yet.
Prepare the Jello for your irises as directed on the box, adding in a tablespoon of the Gelatine for better firmness. In what is an essential step, pour it into something with a spout. You're still gonna make a huge mess, but this is why people have dogs, yes?
Slightly to the left of my feet in this picture is said doggy cleaning device. During the pouring process, I accidentally got some Jello on Freyja's head. She was sticky for a day or so, but big brother Hank really enjoyed cleaning her up. Don't pour a ton of Jello into the mold, just about 1/3 of the way full. You can always use a paper towel to soak up any excess. Now place into the fridge to set for 2-3 hours.
Once the iris is set, come back in and place a dot of black into the center for the pupil. Use a toothpick if needed to dab it down or reshape. If you want a creepy, cloudy, dead-eye look, drop a large glob of red writer icing on top of the black, and use a toothpick to draw lines of red out from the pupil. Set back into the fridge for 2-3 hours.
Now, mix the pudding in with 1 1/2 tablespoons of Gelatine, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 cup of hot but not boiling water (steaming hot, if you will). Blend this together very well, and then add in 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of cold milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Let this cool down to room temperature, and then pour into something with a spout. Very gently, pour on top of your pupils and irises. Gently is a must, or you run the risk of moving the pupils.

Fill them all the way to the top this time. Overflow is ok. Place the top on your cake pop mold and leave in the fridge for 2-3 hours or until set- I left them alone overnight to set to be safe.
I then took a small angled spatula and loosened the eyes up from the sides and bottom of the pop mold. Slow and steady wins the race here for sure. I sped through a couple and was left with eyes sans irises, so they looked like tiny little implants for a small woodland fairy or something instead.
I love the dead-eyed look from the eyeballs I put red icing into, but I did love the normal eyes as well. Creepy either way, and you very well could add booze into either recipe and make these even cooler, because that's what booze does to things (in moderation, anyway...don't eat so many boozy eyeballs you end up dancing like Elaine Benes).
I usually cop out and make red velvet cakes from the box, but my mom has a recipe that is simply to die for...and since I had that giant bowl of leftover blue Jello for dinner, I was riding a pretty large high and decided to go for it and make my cake from scratch--was definitely not disappointed with the results. I share this recipe with you, my dear devoted readers, because my mother is an excellent baker, and this cake will make your life infinitely better.
I mean, I already had everything I needed on hand, it was kismet.
Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 pan (or two 8-inch rounds depending on your cake design preferences). Then gather:
  •  1/2 cup of butter at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 full bottle of red food coloring (1 oz)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (I know this sounds scary, but just go with me here)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda (yeah, baking powder is pictured, but thankfully I reread my recipe card after the Jello jitters started to calm down)
Cream together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes. While this is going on, mix together the food coloring and cocoa powder to make a paste. Once the butter and sugar is nice and fluffy, add in each egg, mixing well after each addition. Then add in the cocoa paste mixture. Add in a third of the buttermilk, mix, a third of the flour, mix, and continue until it is all nicely mixed in. Add your vanilla. In a small dish or measuring cup, mix together the vinegar and baking soda to relive your sixth grade science fair when you made that exploding volcano. Once well mixed, add in to your cake batter and blend. 
Pour into the pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
So red. So pretty. So delicious.
Now, as I will always tell you, let the cake rest on a cooling rack in the pan for 10 minutes, then place a towel on top of the cooling rack and empty out the pan. Let cake rest in the freezer for an hour or two so shaping the zombie's head is easier.
To shape the head, I rounded the top of the cake and cut in diagonally on the bottom to make a chin. Place back into the freezer while you make the icing so the crumbage isn't too insane.
At this point, I should just invest in powdered sugar.
I used brown and green dye mixed together to create some ghoulish skin. I used mostly green with four or five drops of brown added in.
I made my almond buttercream frosting to so grossly adorn the zombie's face. I used:
  • 1 cup of Crisco
  • 1/2 a stick of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk 
  • Optional: gel icing dye
Blend together Crisco and butter for a few minutes. Add in the extracts and one cup of sugar. Mix well and scrape the bowl. Add in one tablespoon of milk or heavy cream. Repeat the sugar/cream process until you've used all 4 cups and tablespoons. Add in dye if using.

Now crumb coat that man eater! I love how sickly the color turned out. I was okay with a cheesy zombie...if I had make a Walking Dead-esque zombie, I would've been too afraid to eat it. Truth. Set in the freezer for 30 minutes after coating.
Bring out and add the final coat of frosting. Stick back into the freezer for 30 minutes, and then take out and use the paper towel trick to smooth things out. Since it is an ugly zombie cake, I didn't expend too much effort into the smoothing. The rougher the better. Precisely why making zombie cakes are fun. I wonder if there's a niche market for this...
I swear to God the Belvedere isn't for drinking...
While the decorating is easy, you will want a few odds and ends for your zombie:
  • Red and black decorator icing
  • Black and brown gel icing dye mixed with a small splash of vodka to thin it out without making it watery. Shots optional? I was about to hit the Jello withdrawal wall, and the vodka would've been useful, but I soldiered on anyway. I save myself for pinot grigio, what can I say.
  • The leftover frosting fitted into a piping bag with a large round tip
  • Paint brushes of varying sizes
  • Thinly sliced almonds
  • Pull and peel Twizzlers
Start by piping out a mouth shape for the...mouth. At this point my cake looks more like the toad from Flushed Away:
Image result for flushed away the toad
Which gave me a great idea for my next birthday cake.
Then add the almond slices in to get teeth. Still looking toadish to me, so let's add some gore.
Toad...I think you may be ill... I took the red writer icing and drizzled blood throughout the mouth.
Then I took my smallest paintbrush and outlined the teeth with the black, brown, and vodka dye mix. I also came in and drew lines on the mouth to make it look rougher and cracked.
Then I took a larger brush and filled in the rest of the mouth. It's either the start of a zombie, or Toad really does need to seek veterinary help ASAP.

I used a toothpick to draw in the outline of the zombie's nostrils.
I filled this in with the black writer icing.
I did the same thing for the eye sockets, but I only used the writer icing to outline the socket and painted in the rest with dye mix.
Funny thing about jiggles (and will leave you with massive hunger anger when it wears off). My eyeball wanted to slide around quite a bit, so I frosted a small barrier of writer icing around it to keep it put. I only wanted one eyeball falling out of this zombie's head. Even I have standards, as crappy as they may be.
When I finished outlining and painting in the other eye socket, I took a small section of Twizzler and pulled it apart to look like the muscle holding the eye in place was falling out. I apologize if I haven't used the correct terminology for what holds our eyes in our heads. I get woozy when I stub a toe, so clearly I do not delve into human anatomy for fear of puking. I shoved, seriously, not gentle at all, the Twizzler into the middle of the socket. I flattened it out so the eye would have a place to rest, and I painted in any area that was disturbed by the Twizzler.

I added in extra "blood" with the red writer icing. I also piped on eyebrows with my piping bag and decorated sparse eyebrow hairs on with my dye and small paintbrush. I also came back in and added bags under the eyes with this as well.
But my zombie still wasn't looking rough enough, so I decided to carve his face up a bit. It was a little nauseating but ultimately freeing to carve into a cake before even serving it. I used a small sharp knife and created various cuts in the cake. I pulled the knife out to bring chunks of cake to the surface--thank you, red velvet, for making this possible.

I finished off the cuts by adding more blood coming out them. And there you have it: one zombie with a striking resemblance to a CGI toad. I doubt toads taste this good though.
I am proud to say the cake was an absolute hit, and I even had blog fans in the house (literally) that had anticipated what kind of cake Derek would be having. This, of course, made it very difficult for my swollen head to fit through doors for the rest of the night, but worth it. Always nice to know my self-deprecating witticism and semi-talented cake decorating skills don't fall on deaf ears...or blind eyes in this case I suppose. Derek's party was a success. People feasted and drank like kings. Or like adults in our late twenties absolutely dreading the severity of our hangovers the next day. Nothing like a little cautious alcoholism, I suppose. I believe my only regret (I remembered to take Advil before bed, thankyouverymuch), is that I never named the zombie. But the second you name something, you know I'm not allowing anyone to eat it. 'Til next time, my fellow eaters!
"Here's looking at you, kid. With my one good eye. You lookin' might tasty today."
-Unnamed and now beheaded zombie cake

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It Was a Dark and Chocolatey Cake...

...and isn't that how the good ones always start out? This past weekend my sister, brother-in-law, and niece came out for a visit. Since it was halfway between my sister's and her husband's birthday, I decided to make a chocolate cake of epic proportions to celebrate them both. I also hope that if anyone pities us enough to come visit and make the long, flat, arduous drive to Clovis, they'll only remember how great my cakes taste and forget about the fact that our two main attractions are a small zoo and a Chili's. I wanted to make a dark chocolate fudge cake because when I see chocolate I always ask myself, "How much darker could this be? And the answer is none" (Bonus points for understanding the Spinal Tap reference). Most everyone I know is a huge fan of chocolate, but my husband is not. While he has a million qualities I adore (hello sense of humor, swimmer's build, and charming smile that gets him just about anything), I am slightly perturbed that when he sees a chocolate cake his first instinct isn't to grab a shovel or just dive headfirst into it, but instead to inquire on the status of other dessert selections. I decided I didn't want to be left with half a cake all to myself when my family went back to civilization, so instead of going full dark chocolate fudge from top to bottom, I made the frosting a simple chocolate buttercream so it wouldn't be too chocolatey for Derek to eat. I mean, I did just get a new elliptical, but I had a horrible mental image of me eating half a cake while using it, which totally defeats the purpose...
Heeeelllooooo, gorgeous.

I'm really glad I made the alteration because the dark chocolate is complimented so well by the lighter buttercream...what a happy accident that turned out to be that I will still take credit for, a-thank-you. I know what you're thinking...'Is that a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting with chocolate curls and chocolate filigree? Is she insane?' Short answer: Yes. Yes I am. And it is this kind of crazy that just so happens to translate into evil chocolatey genius territory. If you like chocolate even remotely, this will turn you into a full-fledged chocoholic. Out of all of the -oholics, this is probably the least destructive, so just hop on that elliptical while someone dangles a piece of cake in front of you. Let me break down the cake recipe, frosting recipe, how to create simple chocolate filigree, and chocolate curls. Onward to tastiness!
Sour cream...I don't know how you do it, but you make the best cakes possible.
I came across about a thousand different fudge cake recipes and kind of created an amalgamation of loads of them. The ingredients aren't too taxing, and throwing the cake together in your stand mixer is a complete breeze. You need:
  • 3 cups of cake flour
  • 1 cup of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa 
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 HEAPING tablespoon of baking soda (or one TBS and one TSP)
  • 1 1/3 cup of veggie oil 
  • 1 cup of heavy cream or buttermilk depending on your taste preference. The heavy cream will yield an intensely rich taste, but I opt for buttermilk to compliment the sour cream
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 4 eggs 
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract 
Start by preheating the oven to 350 and greasing two 8-inch or 9-inch rounds. I used 8-inch rounds to yield a very tall cake. I was going for a chocolate tower effect, if you will. My favorite part about this cake is you kind of do things backwards, but this means less dishes! Dump the flour, cocoa, sugar, and baking soda into a stand mixer bowl and mix together with a spatula until fully blended. Then add in the buttermilk/heavy cream and blend slowly. Scrape the bowl then add in the vegetable oil and blend for a minute on medium speed. While you are mixing in the liquids to your dry mix, set up a small pot and boil the water. Once boiling and your other liquids are incorporated to your dry mix, very, very slowly add a little of the water to your bowl. Mix slowly or you're gonna be slinging hot water around at about boob height in your kitchen which could lead to a disaster and a really not fun story to tell the ER doctor (thankfully not speaking from experience). Once all the hot water has been added, let the cake mix rest for just a moment so it isn't super hot (I waited 5 minutes). This way you won't curdle your sour cream and scramble your eggs because the mix is too hot. Add in the sour cream and extract and mix well. Finish off by adding one egg at a time to the mix and blending well. Pour into your greased pans and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the cake mostly clean.
Don't forget to smack the pans on the counter. This is a very bubbly cake mix, so you want to knock out as many bubbles as you can to keep air out of the cake.
Heaven must look similar.
Let your cakes cool on a cooling rack on top of some kitchen towels until room temp. You can always place into the fridge or freezer to speed this process up, but I used the time to come up with a filigree design and place my plan into action. To make a chocolate filigree, you only need a few simple ingredients:
  • Parchment/wax paper with your design drawn on it
  • Chocolate melts or chocolate chips melted down (I used half a bag of melts)
  • A plastic baggy with a small bit of the corner trimmed or a piping bag fitted with a round tip (I used a #5 tip)
Remember, when working with melted chocolate, there is a golden window of opportunity when the melted chocolate has firmed up enough that you can have great control over it before it gets to hard to pipe with. I melt my chocolate down and load up my piping bag then let it rest for 5 minutes before piping.
I drew a simple design on my paper then flipped it over.

Then all I needed to do was trace over the design with my piping bag full of chocolate. Make as many or as few filigrees as you like. I made 8 with the intention of using 3 and the knowledge of knowing my clumsy hands would break at least 2 while assembling onto my cake and the hope of having an few extras for snacking. Leave the filigrees alone after piping for about 15 minutes. Then use a spatula to place on a plate or tray and put into the fridge to keep cool until you're ready to use.
Chocolate curls are cute and fun, like me after a glass of wine. To make you just need a chocolate bar, baking bar, whatever...chocolate in some bar form and a vegetable peeler. I made short and long curls by peeling the short and long edges of the baking bar respectively. Put more pressure onto the bar to make curls that have more loops. I then placed these into the fridge to chill until I was ready to use them.
The makings of greatness.
Buttercream + chocolate = a marriage of tasty convenience. When your cake is almost cool, begin making your frosting. Gather up:
  • 1 cup of Crisco/shortnening
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup of Hershey's Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder (if you want an even lighter chocolate flavor, omit this and use 3/4 cup of the regular powder instead)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6-7 cups of powdered sugar
  • 6-8 tablespoons of milk or heavy cream (heavy cream yields a richer frosting with more flavor)
 Start by creaming together the Crisco and butter for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add in the cocoa powders and vanilla extract and slowly blend together. Add in two cups of powdered sugar, blend on low and then add in two tablespoons of heavy cream/milk. Repeat this until you've mixed in all 6 cups of sugar and all 6 tablespoons of milk/cream. If you want a stiff consistency of frosting, stop here. If you want something you can also decorate/pipe with later, add in the extra cup of sugar and 2 more tablespoons of milk/cream.

What a tall drink of water. Or cake.
 Assemble the cake by slathering a nice layer of frosting on the bottom layer and affixing the top layer to that. Go ahead and crumb coat so that the dark chocolate cake is mostly hidden:
Like so.
Stick in the freezer for 30 minutes to set, then come back in and put a final layer of frosting on top of your crumb coat. Try to get it as smooth as possible, but know you can smooth things out later with a Viva paper towel. Place back in to the freezer for another half an hour and then smooth out any unevenness with the paper towel trick. 
I wanted a rosette border on top and bottom of the cake, so I used a #18 tip on a bag of the chocolate buttercream and started my border. I simply piped a bit of frosting out in the center of my rosette and swirled around to the left until I had come all the way back around to my starting point and stopped piping and pulled the tip away slowly.
And repeated until the bottom was bordered.
I did the rosettes on the top of the cake a bit larger, and at the ending point, I left enough space to pipe a small star and jazz things up a bit. Gorgeous! You could stop there, but then you'd have a lot of filigree for nothing.
Still edible, but prettier on the cake than in the fridge.
I needed a platform to place the filigree into, so I piped a large mound of frosting on the middle of the cake. Then I inserted three of the filigrees into the mound, only breaking one! A miracle! But then I had four leftover filigrees, which even by my standards was a few too many. To finish off, I took my piping bag (still with the #18 tip) and piped small stars around the filigree's base.
Like a filigree graveyard.
I finished off the cake by sprinkling the chocolate curls on the top and around the filigree. This is a seriously awesome-looking cake that does take a small amount of work to bake, but the decorating is so unbelievably easy while it looks unbelievably intricate and hard. So we'll keep that between us because you can totally handle this and make it your own. If my clumsy left-handed self can do it, anyone can. I'm the poster child of enlightening self-deprecation.
You get a filigree! And you get a filigree! Everyone gets a filigree!
Mmm..words cannot really express how this combo of dark chocolate fudge cake and light, airy chocolate buttercream just tastes so right. But, yeah, this cake was extremely tall on its own and adding the filigree on top made it so tall I couldn't use a cover on my cake safe. It was like the supermodel of cake that had legs (or in this case, filigree) for days. Due to this I kept it in the beer fridge until my family arrived and could help me eat this giant, gorgeous tower of cake. Know what goes really well with dark chocolate fudge cake? Beer. So it was almost fortuitous that the cake ended up in the garage beer fridge anyway. As for how my non-chocoholic husband felt about it? Well, we watched the Game of Thrones finale last night, and Derek was either eating his feelings or just that interested in seeing what this cake tasted like, so we each had a piece to stifle the pain of being a fan of this show. Valar morghulis, I suppose. That means "always eat the cake" if you're not a GOT viewer...'Til next time, my fellow eaters!
You make Jon Snow's death a little less painful, chocolate cake tower.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Toffee S'mores Bars: Because You Don't Have to Be the Only Thing Roasting This Summer

So June 1 came, and the second it did, Mother Nature hit preheat on her oven. Seriously, we spent all day Sunday sitting on our back porch enjoying a cool breeze, cooler adult beverages, and a couple good books. Come Monday morning, I was sweating like a hooker in church when I walked the dogs at 8 in the morning. Summer is here. My least favorite of the seasons, especially since the closest body of water we had decided it didn't want to pay rent for the month of June and totally dried up in a day thanks to the heat. Farewell, Predator Pond. It's also never really made sense to me that summer is a big season for campfires and bonfires in the later evening. I guess when you spend all day roasting in the heat yourself, you just really need to set something else on fire so you can spread the pain. I guess the one potentially good thing that could come from a backyard fire pit extravaganza is that you accidentally set your yard on fire, in which case, firetruck! Those babies have a hose on them that could turn your entire backyard into one glorious slip-n-slide. I can get behind the backyard fire pit for one reason: S'mores. I've already regaled you with how to make cupcake S'mores, but I needed some roasted marshmallows to help me deal with this sweltering grossness, so I came up with an idea for some deluxe Toffee S'mores bars so I could take the sweetness with me anywhere I wanted without making a mess and bringing ants along with me.
" it me your looking S'mores?"
 Ooey. Gooey. Sweet. Salty. In short: Amazing. These are the best part of camping without actually having to be nature. She's a cruel beast, but these S'mores toffee bars can take the sting out of just about anything. The added bonus is that they are unbelievably easy to make. Seriously...the hardest part about all of this was waiting for them to cool so I could cut them into bars. So if you'd like the summertime taste without the summertime heat, these are for you. If you're a crazy person who loves the summertime heat, I suppose you can still eat these, too, just know I think you're a sweaty weirdo.
I think these are even the simplest ingredients I've blogged about in ages as well.
If you keep chocolate chips and marshmallows on hand during the months of June-August, you already have everything you need to make these bars waiting for you in your pantry. How nice of them.

For the bars:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
For the toffee:
  • 2/3 cup of butter
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
For the topping:
  • 1-10 ounce bag of mini marshmallows 
  • 1-12 ounce bag of chocolate chips
Now be prepared for instructions so easy I'm fairly certain a well-trained dog could follow them. I wouldn't let my dogs make these because Freyja is a rather charming idiot and Hank a rather charming glutton (plus, where would that leave me, the baker?!), but you may have more luck with your dogs.
If you want thin bars, line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray the foil with non-stick spray. If you want really thick bars, place these in an 8x8 with foil and spray. Preheat the oven to 350.
Nuke your butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. You want it goopy, but not melted. Mix it in with 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of packed brown sugar. Take two forks or a pastry cutter (I've yet to meet anyone that actually owns a pastry cutter) and blend all the ingredients together. This should form something with consistency similar to Gak. You're welcome for the 90s reference.

Take the edible Gak and press it into your pan. I took a handful at a time and pressed it firmly into my pan until the pan was full. Pay close attention to the edges- be sure to press these areas down firmly as well so your edge pieces don't crumble like a dainty flower in a storm...or me in over 80 degree weather.
Now, let's make some toffee. Once you realize how easy this is, you're going to put toffee on EVERYTHING. I just wanted to eat it straight out of the saucepan. So, on medium-high heat, place 2/3 cup of butter (this is 10 1/2 tablespoons, let me save you the Google search) and 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar and melt together in a small saucepan. Keep mixing thoroughly until it begins to boil. Once boiling, stir like hell for one minute and then remove from heat. You need to use this stuff right away or it will be thicker than syrup and impossible to spread, albeit still delectable, so have your crust at the ready.
Pour your toffee on top of your crust. I moved my pan back and forth to get an even coverage. Now place on the top oven rack and bake for 17 minutes.
Not gonna lie, ate quite a few marshmallows while waiting for this crust to come out of the oven. Your entire house will smell how I imagine the inside of the Keebler Elf's tree house must smell, and it will make you hungry. But once the 17 minutes has passed and your toffee is nice and bubbly, things get even better.
Spread your entire (what's left of it after snacking anyway) bag of chocolate chips on top of your toffee crust. Place back into the oven at 350 for 3 minutes.
One your chocolate chips are melted, take a spatula and spread them evenly over the crust. If you don't like marshmallows, you could always call it a day here or top with crushed walnuts and still have an amazing dessert. But when it's so hot outside I could bake cookies on the dashboard of my car, I need roasted marshmallows on top of this chocolate to make my soul stop hurting. Sweating like a pig doesn't seem so bad when S'mores are involved.
Top the chocolate layer with your marshmallows. Doesn't have to be perfect because these will spread out and get puffy as they roast. Marshmallows, what can't you do? Stick this under your broiler for 2-3 minutes depending on your roasted marshmallow preference.
This was a full two minutes under the broiler, and it was perfect. Mouth watering yet? If it isn't, it's probably just because it's so damn hot outside your body refuses to use any more moisture than necessary.

Let cool in your pan until room temp. I placed in the fridge for 1 hour before removing from the pan, and then I waited another hour before removing the foil from the sides and cutting into bars.
Once slicing, enjoy a bar or two. I mean, I'd say you (or your dog) earned it after making them, but they're just so damn easy to put together that this isn't one of those moments resulting in hard work earning a reward. Instead it's a chance to eat something so delicious it makes you forget you may or may not be sweating to death. I suppose that's the magic of the S'mores bar--making summer tolerable since some Girl Scout decided she was tired of eating twigs and berries on a camp out and went with it. God Bless her...and whoever came up with toffee, but I'm too lazy to look that up because I'm hungry and I hear my pan of bars calling my name. Maybe the heat is making me delirious, y'all...'Til next time, my fellow eaters!
I can and will have S'more. I promise I'm done with my terrible puns now.