Recipes: Retro Desserts {S’mores and Tomato Soup Cake}

by Cate on May 25, 2010

My Bite

Do you think it’s crazy that I’ve only had s’mores maybe twice in my life?  Or that I’ve never even made them before?  It seems like one of those classic things I should have been all over.  But I’ve never been camping.  Don’t really care for graham crackers.  Or marshmallows most times.  So knowing all that, I guess it’s a wonder I’ve had them at all!

Last week, I happened to spy a recipe for a microwave version of s’mores and tore it out.  I thought it would be a fun thing for the kids.  With Nick in Boy Scouts, he’s had them plenty of times.  Madeline, not yet.  We had company for dinner tonight (one of three dinners planned for this week), and with s’mores being so kid-friendly, I added them to dessert.

Super Messy

I felt like s’mores weren’t enough for dessert (something that’s always a problem with me and menu planning) and I needed to add something a little more adult-friendly too.  I knew our guests liked Tomato Soup Cake with Toasted Walnut and Cream Cheese Frosting, so I made that as well.  It’s a very retro, 1950’s-style dessert, much in the same vein as s’mores, so a random theme quickly emerged.  There’s something very comforting about going back to basics.  To the old-fashioned treats that our parents and grandparents grew up with.  To a recipe that has spanned the generations, yet still remains just as relevant today as it was back then.

Tomato Soup Cake

Project 365
May 25, 2010, Photo #101

Going Old School

Given tonight’s old school theme, it seems only natural that this be the photo of the day today. Nick came home with one of these from school; apparently the kids were spending time at recess making them. Remember these?   I’ve chosen every square with him since he came home, revealing every possible scenario. Luckily for me, he said his teacher checked them all and made sure that the kids only wrote down “good things.”  The first thing I landed on was “you’ll get married at age 90.”  Wonderful.  Considering at this point, I have less than zero interest in getting married again, I’ll take it.

Classic S’mores

4 marshmallows
1 milk chocolate candy bar (1.55 oz), quartered
4 graham cracker squares

Top each of 4 graham squares with 1 chocolate piece and 1 marshmallow.  Place on microwaveable plate.  Microwave 15-20 seconds or until marshmallows puff.  Top each with a second graham cracker; press together gently to secure.

Makes 4.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

mandy May 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm

You’re never made s’mores over a campfire? Wow, color me shocked. Here we have bonfires just about every weekend. We keep s’more ingredients on hand from spring to summer.


Sarah Caron May 26, 2010 at 12:57 am

I ADORE s’mores. YUM!


Joanne May 26, 2010 at 6:13 am

Maybe things will change by the time you’re ninety. Maybe you’ll meet some hunky older man. Who knows.

I love smores actually even though I’m typically not the biggest fan of marshmallows. There’s something about the process though that I really enjoy.


Patsy May 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

I’ve done the microwave s’mores with the kids… and over a fire as well… so much fun for them (and us!).

My older son’s Spanish teacher does those folded paper things with Spanish words on them for the 2nd graders… they love it!


paula May 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

I’ve never actually eaten a real s’more even though I gravitate towards s’more themed goodies. I loved the s’more candy bar that Hershey made but I’m pretty sure it was discontinued a long time ago.

I remember those foldy-things but I forget what they’re called. Hey, you may not be married again until you’re 90 but if that means you’re going to live to be 90, that’s great!


Ramona May 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

My microwave version is to spread peanut butter on the graham cracker. Top with a marshmellow. Nuke for about 30 seconds. I don’t like the chocolate on them.


Debbie May 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I remember so well what Nick brought home school. We used to call them fortune tellers and I loved them! Too cute!!!!


jan May 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I remember that these were once called ‘cootie-catchers.’


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