Smores Cake

This Smores Cake looks like a s’more that is made ahead time indoors with a graham cracker cake like crust. 

Thick chocolate and marshmallow creme layers really bring out that smores taste to make a gooey and delicious treat that is easy to enjoy all year around whether there is a campfire or not.

Close up cake that looks like a smores with graham cracker crust on the top and bottom with a thick layer of marshmallow creme resting on chocolate bars in the center.

If gooey cakes are your thing you’re sure to love our Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake and Gooey Butter Cake too!

Easy Smores Cake Recipe

This cake tastes just like a smore, right off the campfire.  So whether you eat this Smores Cake at the campground in the summer or at your kitchen table in the middle of the winter it’s a tried and true winner! 

Just like our Easy S’mores Bars which are more of a cookie bar than a cake or Smores Cereal Bars all of the classic flavors are featured in different ways. So perfect s’mores are now within reach any time of the year!

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Thanks to my friend Chef Alli for sharing this easy recipe that makes a big smore bar in the form of a cake. Since this dessert is so visually attractive and unique it makes a special birthday cake, especially for people who love camping.

A piece of cake that looks like a smore on a white plate in front of the 9 x 13" baking dish full

My family’s favorite part of this Smores Cake is the THICK layer of chocolate.  Four Hershey’s 4.4 oz chocolate bars fit almost perfectly in the pan.  Each time we’ve made this cake we had a couple extra pieces of chocolate that we had to figure out what to do with.  So in our minds, the XL Hershey bars are a perfect fit in a 9×13″ dish because we get a couple pieces to snack on while the cake bakes.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • I can definitely make both of these recipes much more quickly than I can build a fire to make a smore!
  • The pieces of cake can be cut into squares to look like real smores and the taste is amazing too.
  • This recipe is easy to make, but will be a stand out on any dessert table to share with friends.
  • Simple ingredients make a unique cake that people often ask for the recipe.
Pieces of smore cake on white plates with layers of graham cracker crust, marshmallows and chocolate bars resting on a crust of graham cracker crumbs on white plates with a fork in the background on a red napkin with small white polka dots

Ingredients Needed:

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs – I like to purchase a canister of crushed crumbs, but you can use a bag to crush whole graham crackers too.
  • Flour, Sugar & Salt – Give more substance and sweetness to the crust.
  • Eggs, Butter & Vanilla – Add some richness to the crust and help the crust hold together and become golden brown while baking.
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Bars – Use 4 of the XL bars that are 4.4 ounces each for a total of 17.6 ounces of chocolate to make a thick layer.
  • Marshmallow Fluff – comes in a big container, but two smaller containers of marshmallow creme work fine too. I like to use a silicone spatula to minimize sticking of the fluff.
Ingredients to make smores cake on a brown wooden counter top are Hersheys milk chocolate bars, marshmallow fluff, eggs, butter, brown sugar, salt, flour, sugar, vanilla and graham cracker crumbs

Step By Step Instructions

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray to 350°F.

Melt the butter, crack eggs and add to a mixing bowl. Mix together.

Eggs and melted butter in a silver mixing bowl

Measure out dry ingredients and stir together.

Flour, brown sugar and graham cracker crumbs in a medium white mixing bowl

Slowly add dry ingredients to the eggs and butter and mix well.

Mixer stirring up the s'mores cake batter

Spread half of the cake batter in the bottom of greased baking dish. 

Add a layer of chocolate bars.  Leave three bars whole, do not break them into pieces as they will fit easily in the pan.

Push the bars together so there is no space between the candy bars.

Chocolate bars centered on a graham cracker dough crust in a glass baking dish

Take the final chocolate bar and break into pieces or place on a cutting board and use a butter knife to help divide.

The pieces may not have perfectly straight lines and that is okay. Fit them as flat and tightly as possible.

Arranging XL Hersheys bars to fit in the center of a smores layer cake

Then layer with a large container of marshmallow fluff. 

Large tub of marshmallow fluff poured onto the center of thick Hersheys chocolate bars on a cake

Top with remaining dough and bake.  This step will take a bit more time to flaten each piece of graham crack batter by hand and arrange as evenly as possible over the top.

I begin by making as big of pieces as I can to provide the most coverage.

Showing how to make pieces of graham cracker baking mixture to make the top layer of the cake

Then I go back with smaller pieces to fill in the gaps.

If you want every square of smores to be perfectly uniform then make sure each of the ingredients is spread evenly edge to edge. 

Several pieces of graham cracker crust mixture pressed into flat round pieces and pieced together at the top graham cracker layer of a smores cake

Bake uncovered until lightly golden brown on top. The marshmallow creme will bubble up and the cake has a beautifully unique look.

9x13" glass baking dish with a s'mores cake recipe on a red napkin on a wooden counter top

How to Make a Gooey Smores Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugars.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Combine dry ingredients with graham cracker crumbs and add to butter mixture.
  5. Press half dough into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  6. Arrange 4 chocolate bars evenly over the dough.
  7. Spread the marshmallow fluff evenly over the entire pan.
  8. Crumble the remaining dough into small pieces over marshmallow fluff.
  9. Baking for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and puffed

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • This cake freezes really well in individual pieces. Set one or two pieces out on the counter for a couple hours and it will taste amazing!
  • Sometimes it can be difficult to find the thicker XL Hershey bars that are 4.4 ounces each – as long as you make two layers of thinner bars the cake will still be great.
Overhead view of graham cracker crumbs with some marshmallow creme bubbling up in a s'mores cake on a red and white napkin

Other Delicious and Easy 9 x 13 Inch Desserts:

Layers of thick chocolate bars and marshmallow creme between graham cracker layers in a big square piece of the best smores cake

Smores Cake

Servings 16 pieces
Author: Jennifer
This Smores Cake looks like a s'more that is made ahead time indoors with a graham cracker cake like crust. 
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon koshor salt
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 XL Hershey bars 4.4 ounce size
  • 16 ounce marshmallow fluff

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. 
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients with graham cracker crumbs; add to butter mixture and mix until well combined.  
  • Divide dough in half and press one half into a greased 9×13 baking dish.  
  • Place 3 chocolate bars over the dough, laying them side by side, then cut the remaining chocolate bar into 4 lengthwise strips. Place these chocolate strips into the open areas around edges of the whole chocolate bars already in the baking dish.  
  • Spread the marshmallow fluff evenly over the entire pan.
  • Crumble the remaining dough into small pieces over marshmallow fluff; pat down gently after crumbling.
  • Baking cake in a preheated oven, uncovered, on the center rack and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and puffed.  

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 174mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 2gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 384IUCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg

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“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally posted October 21, 2018 with pictures updated on April 28, 2023.

9 Comments

  1. I made these as a 4th of July dessert and it was loved by everyone! I didn’t have marshmallow fluff so I used mini marshmallows which turned out great too. Thanks for a great recipe! I will be making this again in the near future.

    1. So glad to hear this! Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Can I make this the night before? Should I do everything up until baking and keep in fridge or will it be ok cold?

    1. Hey! Great question! This cake can definitely be made a day ahead of time. We have left it out on the counter for 2-3 days before, but putting it in the refrigerator is a great idea too. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Marlene Capetola says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!

  4. 5 stars
    Made it for desert, really rich. I used the large marshmallows as that’s what I had on hand and turned out good.

  5. 5 stars
    Made this today and my boys loved it! Thanks for posting.

  6. 3 stars
    Too salty. Also the batter did not make a 9×11. I used and 8×10. Taking it to a party tonight, so we shall see what they say. Because it is so rich, I plan to cut it into 1″ bars. I think this cake should cool for 20 minutes before cutting into it.

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