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The Cupcake is Not a Lie: Portal Cupcakes

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Finally, the promise of Portal has been fulfilled.  These cupcakes are not a lie and you don't even have to listen to GlaDOS, just bake, decorate, and consume these mini flavor marvels.  Perhaps the cake is a lie but the cupcake is at least a half-truth.
These rich, moist cupcakes, topped with frosting and chocolate, are delicious mini replicas of the black forest cake seen in Portal.  You'll be in heaven but "still alive" after eating one.
 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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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
-Parchment paper
-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.
alexsparrow2 years ago
1 18.25 ounce package chocolate cake mix. 1 can prepared coconut pecan frosting. 3/4 cup vegetable oil. 4 large eggs. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. 3/4 cups butter or margarine. 1&2/3 cups granulated sugar. 2 cups all purpose flour. Don't forget garnishes such as: Fish shaped crackers. Fish shaped candies. Fish shaped solid waste, Fish shaped dirt. Fish shaped ethyl benzene. Pull and peel licorice.. Fish shaped volatile organic compounds and sediment shaped sediment. Candy coated peanut butter pieces, Shaped like fish. 1 cup lemon juice. Alpha resins. Unsaturated polyester resin. Fiberglass surface resins. And volatile malted milk impoundments. 9 large egg yolks. 12 medium geosynthetic membranes. 1 cup granulated sugar. An entry called 'how to kill someone with your bare hands'. 2 cups rhubarb, sliced. 2/3 cups granulated rhubarb. 1 tablespoon all-purpose rhubarb. 1 teaspoon grated orange rhubarb. 3 tablespoons rhubarb, on fire. 1 large rhubarb. 1 cross borehole electro-magnetic imaging rhubarb. 2 tablespoons rhubarb juice. Adjustable aluminum head positioner. Slaughter electric needle injector. Cordless electric needle injector. Injector needle driver. Injector needle gun. Cranial caps. And it contains proven preservatives, deep penetration agents, and gas and odor control chemicals. That will deodorize and preserve putrid tissue.
um..ok..what??
"An entry called 'how to kill someone with your bare hands' " Chuck Norris wrote it maybe? o.O
instead of using jelly beans, would haribo eggs work?
does this mean the cake is NOT a lie?! :D
SHIFT!2 years ago
Don't forget the "Unsaturated Polyester Resin", "Cranial Caps" and "Slaughter[ed] Electric Needle Injector"!
pyrorower2 years ago
Looks delicious! I think I might make a full-sized cake now :D
CruelLeader2 years ago
I'm surprised no one made something like this earlier, It's brilliant! They look delicious, and It's a great idea to bake them in a can to get the cylindershape. I'm truely impressed!
splazem2 years ago
I was actually thinking of making these, but I decided to do something else. What you did is probably better than what I would have done! Great job.
i was going to make them too :D
Great minds think alike, eh?
Awww, how cute. :D
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