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Portal Cake! (yes, the video game)

16 Dec

As it turns out, the cake is not a lie, and the cake is delicious.

For those who’re out of the loop, Portal is a science fiction computer game from Valve Corporation in which the player (there’s only one) is promised cake upon solving puzzles. Along the way, the character encounters messages graffitied on the walls like, “The cake is a lie.” Finally at the end of the game, just before the credits, you reach the cake. This cake:

Alas, a robotic hand extinguishes the candle and leaves you in darkness before you can eat it!

Well, my fiancé and I both love the game, and for his birthday this month I couldn’t help but make the cake.

vanilla cake, chocolate filling, and chocolate frosting - covered with Oreo crumbles

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Looks a bit sloppy on the inside, but it was so delicious!

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Cool.

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Happy birthday, Nate!

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Creamy-frosted Simple Cake

10 Dec

I’ll be out of town for my housemate’s college graduation this weekend, so I’m leaving this cake for her and her visitors :) It’s a simple two-layer French vanilla cake with chocolate filling, frosted with a creamy chocolate frosting – the most delicious chocolate frosting.

I swirled the frosting with a teaspoon – I love the rich look of swirls. I’d show you a picture of the inside, but I’m going to miss the cutting! Have a great weekend :)

Yum.

Angel Food Cake Balls (Experiment)!

9 Jun

I’ve been wondering for a while how these might work.

They’re really not what we think of as cake balls because there isn’t much of a cake-crumb-and-frosting-batter. One of these balls is made up of: pieces of angel food cake, frosted, then covered in white chocolate. Uhh, yum? Yes. They turned out to be delicious.

My friend calls them little clouds... :)

And I actually like the messy, chunky, misshapen look… Continue reading

S’mores Cake Balls (a failure turned fabulous)

4 Jun

The other day I nearly burned a batch of mini-cupcakes – they were crispy in places and were terribly difficult to get off the papers. I was about to throw them away (tearfully) when I realized – I should make cake balls!

If you’re out of the loop on this cake ball craze, you should get in. They’re versatile in both taste and appearance, and (best of all) they’re SO EASY:

  1. Bake a cake, any cake.
  2. Crumble the cake into small, fluffy crumbs.
  3. Mix the crumbles with frosting (any frosting).
  4. Shape mixture into balls, and dip in chocolate.

You can experiment with all kinds of cake/frosting flavor combinations, and there are suggestions all over the internet to help you get started. You should also know about Bakerella – baker, blogger, and author of Cake Pops, the book that may well have been cake balls’ and cake pops’ rocket to fame.

So for my steps 1 and 2, I used my cupcakes. Continue reading

Brown Sugar-Broiled Angel food

1 Jun

A butter/brown sugar mixture broiled on angel food cake? Tell me your mouth’s not watering! This desert is easy to prepare and doesn’t take long. Definitely a summer favorite. And it’s one to keep in your back pocket if you need something unique and impressive in a short time. (Heck, if you’re really in a hurry you can even use a store-bought angel food cake!) Continue reading