This makes about 18 cupcakes. Please read the explanation of my flavor choice below before beginning.*
-Chocolate Pudding Cake Ingredients
1 box chocolate cake mix (or devil's food)
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
4 large eggs
½ cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
-Small tin cans**- up to 18
-Chocolate frosting - about 2½ cups
-Chocolate - one ounce covers 6-8 cupcakes
-White frosting - about ½ cup
-Cherry Jelly Beans - 3 per cake (can substitute Red Hot cinnamon candies)
-Plain white birthday candles
*Yes, technically the cake in Portal is a black forest cake and should, therefore, contain cherry filling. But these are so small and tall that they are difficult to hold together in layers which is why I kept them whole. Layers are possible with the liberal use of toothpicks. If you want more cherry flavor, I suggest adding 2 teaspoons cherry extract to the batter.
**I used cleaned 5oz evaporated milk cans which are 2.5" in diameter and 2.5" tall. You must use a can opener that removes the lids from the sides rather than one that cuts metal disks out of the recessed top or you will have trouble removing the cakes from these tins. You can use any small cans that are not lined and that, preferably, aren't made of a ripple textured metal.