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Marshmallow Moon Pie Cake - vanilla cake layers, marshmallow filling, graham cracker crumble, chocolate ganache and graham cracker frosting #cakebycourtney #moonpie #moonpiecake #marshmallowmoonpiecake #cake

Marshmallow Moon Pie Cake

Inspired by the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor by Jimmy Fallon, my new Marshmallow Moon Cake will make you think you’re biting into the classic junk food treat, a Moon Pie.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Keyword Marshmallow Moon Cake, Marshmallow Moon Pie Cake
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 16 People

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (72.6 g) canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5.6 g) salt
  • 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
  • 8 large egg whites room temperature
  • 3 cups plus 4 tablespoons (373.75 g) cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon (8 g) baking powder
  • 1 cup (240 g) sour cream room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon (4.2 g) vanilla bean paste

FOR THE TOASTED GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE

  • 3 tablespoons (42.4 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (27.5 g) brown sugar
  • 9 whole graham crackers

FOR THE TOASTED MARSHMALLOW FILLING

  • 24 large white marshmallows
  • 2 cups (250 g) powdered sugar measured and then sifted
  • 1 cup 2 sticks (226 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon (4.3 g) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 jar about 200 g marshmallow fluff

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • 1 cup (150 g) dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (115.5 g) heavy whipping cream

FOR THE GRAHAM CRACKER FROSTING

  • 2 cups (452 g) unsalted butter slightly cold
  • 5 1/2 cups (687.5 g) powdered sugar measured and then sifted
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) about 7 full graham crackers, ground into sand-like consistency
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (57.75 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • **This buttercream recipe makes enough to fill and cover your cake. If you want to add additional piping, you’ll want to make an extra 1/2 batch.

Instructions

FOR THE CAKE

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare four 6-inch (or three 8-inch) round cake pans by spraying the bottom and sides with non-stick spray, lining the bottom of each pan with parchment paper and spraying again. Set aside.

  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the cake flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, oil, and sugar on high until fluffy and smooth, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the egg whites, one at a time to the bowl and beat on medium until well incorporated. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl between additions.
  5. Turn the mixer on low and add 1/3rd of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix for 20 seconds. Then add half of the sour cream and blend well. Repeat alternately adding the flour, sour cream and remaining flour. Mix until incorporated.
  6. Add the vanilla bean paste and beat on low until incorporated, only about 10 to 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix on low for another 10 to 20 seconds.
  7. Pour the cake batter evenly between the four 6-inch pans or three 8-inch pans and bake about 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean or with just a few crumbs. Make sure not to over bake.

  8. Remove cake from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto cooling racks.
  9. Once cooled, you can level the cake layers if needed and then wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze for at least an hour before you assemble the cake. Can be stored in the freezer wrapped once in plastic wrap for about a week. If you want to store the cake layers longer, wrap twice with plastic wrap and then again with foil.

FOR THE TOASTED GRAHAM CRACKER PIECES

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place the crackers in a gallon sized zip-lock bag and crush them into pieces using a rolling pin. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar. Stir until combined.
  4. Pour the butter and brown sugar mixture over the graham cracker pieces in the zip-lock bag and shake to coat.
  5. Bake the graham cracker pieces for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before using in the cake. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

FOR THE TOASTED MARSHMALLOW FILLING

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place the marshmallows on the cookie sheet. Place on the middle rack of the oven, and broil the marshmallows until golden brown on top, about 30-60 seconds. Keep your eye on them!
  2. Remove the pan from the oven and gently turn the marshmallows over and broil them again until they are golden brown on the other side.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and powdered sugar and beat on low until blended. Add the vanilla and mix on medium speed for about three minutes
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add the marshmallow cream and (cooled) toasted marshmallows, and mix for about one minute.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  1. In a microwave safe container, heat the cream for about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir the cream and chocolate until smooth and silky.

FOR THE GRAHAM CRACKER FROSTING

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar, followed by the graham cracker. Make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  3. Add the cinnamon, vanilla, salt and cream.
  4. Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and beat the frosting for about 5 minutes.
  5. Before frosting your cake, make sure to mix the frosting by hand to push out the air pockets.

ASSEMBLY

  1. Place the first cake layer, top-side up, on a cake board.
  2. Pipe a rim of the graham cracker frosting around the edge of the cake.
  3. Evenly spread about 1/2 cup of the marshmallow filling over the cake layer.
  4. Cover with about 1/4 cup graham cracker crumble and pat into place.
  5. Drizzle chocolate ganache over the graham crackers.
  6. Repeat these steps until you get to the final cake layer, which you'll place top-side down on the last layer of filling.
  7. Apply a thin layer of frosting around the entire cake and then freeze the cake for 10 to 15 minutes. This is the crumb coat. The crumb coat is done to lock in the crumbs of the cake so you don't get them in your final coat of frosting.
  8. After the crumb coat is set, finish frosting your cake.
  9. For the piping, I combined some of my leftover marshmallow filling with the leftover frosting.