Portal – The Cake 2.0

It was my birthday on Tuesday and I wanted to bake myself a pretty special cake – but I was at a loss as to which one. I asked the community on Facebook and Twitter what video game cake was their favourite, and the response was naturally a resounding “The Cake is a Lie”. Although this was my first recipe on Gourmet Gaming, I felt perhaps it was apt to revisit it and see how far I’ve come since the blog started, especially since I hit 50,000 Tumblr followers last week.Oh, so many rookie mistakes! Why was the original cake chocolate – it’s obviously black forest (coincidentally, also my favourite)! So, as a gift to both myself and all of you, please enjoy this updated recipe for Portal Cake - forever sans fish shaped garnishes.
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This recipe serves 10-15 (or 1).
What you will need: Three 8-inch round sandwich tins, greaseproof paper/baking parchment, 1 large mixing bowl, 1 small bowl, a whisk, a small pot, a piping bag and nozzle, a knife or grater and a spatula.
Ingredients:
175g / 1¾ Cups Butter
75g / ¾ Cup Dark Chocolate
200g / 7oz Whole Milk
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
300g / 2⅓ Cups Plain Flour
375g / 1¾ Cups Golden Caster Sugar
25g / ¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate/Baking Soda
100ml / ½ Cup Espresso
Salt
2 Eggs
For the Filling:
1 Can (425g / 15oz ) Cherries (Drained)
4 Tablespoons Black Cherry Conserve
2 Tablespoons Kirsch (or Cherry Juice)
500ml / 2¼ Cups Double/Heavy Cream
5 Tablespoons Icing/Confectioners Sugar
For the Decoration:
100g / 3.5 oz Dark Chocolate Bar
8 Cherries
1 White Birthday Candle
Baking the Cake:
Grease the Sandwich Tins with a little butter and line with the Greaseproof Paper/Baking Parchment. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F. Melt the 75g Dark Chocolate and Butter together over a bain-marie.
Add the Lemon Juice to the Whole Milk and set aside for 10 minutes. Combine the Flour, Golden Caster Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Bicarbonate Soda and a pinch of Salt together in a large mixing bowl.
After 10 minutes, whisk the Eggs and Whole Milk together, then add the Chocolate and Butter, mixing until well combined.
Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Add the Espresso and mix well until smooth. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the three prepared Sandwich Tins and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes – an inserted skewer should come out clean to indicate they are ready.
Once the Cakes are baked, set them aside to cool slightly before removing from the Sandwich Tins to cool completely.
Making the Cake:
Once the cakes have cooled, take what will be the middle layer of cake and pierce it several times. Brush over with the Kirsch or Cherry Juice.
Mix the drained Canned Cherries with the Black Cherry Conserve. Whisk the Double/Heavy Cream with the Icing/Confectioners Sugar until it’s softly firm and spreadable. Keep 4 tablespoons of cream aside for decorating the cake.
Take the bottom layer of cake and fill with the Cream, adding half the Cherries. Top with the Kirsch/Cherry soaked middle layer, then top this with Cream and the rest of the Cherries. Add the final layer on top of this to complete the cake construction.
Use the remainder of the Cream to completely cover the entire cake, top and sides.
Decorating the Cake:
Taking the Bar of Dark Chocolate, use a large, sharp knife to create chocolate shavings. Alternatively, use a grater to grate the chocolate – or use a combination of the two.
Sprinkle the chocolate shavings onto the top of the cake, and gently press the chocolate onto the sides of the cake, covering all the cream.
Fill a Piping Bag with the 4 tablespoons of cream set aside, and using a nozzle, pipe 8 flowers of cream on the top of the cake.
Place a fresh Cherry onto each of the cream flowers, then place the White Birthday Candle in the centre before serving.

11PM, after an epically long day at work, the chocolate shavings not sticking to the cake and destroying the original base I had made – I was ready to throw it in the bin. Baking this cake is not for the faint hearted. However, you will be greatly rewarded with one of the most delicious cakes ever. Sharp, with deep flavours and a rich, chocolate sponge balanced beautifully with the cream – it’s a masterpiece. The cake is a lie no more, this is the only recipe you need.
Don’t forget you can still get your questions in for the Gourmet Gaming 50K Q&A! Ask me anything!
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Portal – The Cake 2.0

Difficulty: 4.5 Hearts

It was my birthday on Tuesday and I wanted to bake myself a pretty special cake – but I was at a loss as to which one. I asked the community on Facebook and Twitter what video game cake was their favourite, and the response was naturally a resounding “The Cake is a Lie”. Although this was my first recipe on Gourmet Gaming, I felt perhaps it was apt to revisit it and see how far I’ve come since the blog started, especially since I hit 50,000 Tumblr followers last week.
Oh, so many rookie mistakes! Why was the original cake chocolate – it’s obviously black forest (coincidentally, also my favourite)! So, as a gift to both myself and all of you, please enjoy this updated recipe for Portal Cake - forever sans fish shaped garnishes.

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I can’t believe it, but 3 years (and 1 year of hiatus) later Gourmet Gaming has passed 50K followers. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you for loving the blog, talking with me, and sharing in it. I feel very lucky to have such a positive, contributive and passionate group of followers.
As part of celebrating Gourmet Gaming passing 50,000 Tumblr followers I’ve decided to do a Q&A post.
If you have any questions about food, video games or myself you can send me a message - http://www.gourmetgaming.co.uk/ask and I’ll post my responses to some of them next week.
Thank you again. I could never have imagined 50,000 people who got as hungry as I did playing video games. <3

I can’t believe it, but 3 years (and 1 year of hiatus) later Gourmet Gaming has passed 50K followers. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you for loving the blog, talking with me, and sharing in it. I feel very lucky to have such a positive, contributive and passionate group of followers.

As part of celebrating Gourmet Gaming passing 50,000 Tumblr followers I’ve decided to do a Q&A post.

If you have any questions about food, video games or myself you can send me a message - http://www.gourmetgaming.co.uk/ask and I’ll post my responses to some of them next week.

Thank you again. I could never have imagined 50,000 people who got as hungry as I did playing video games. <3

BioShock: Infinite – Hot Dog

It was recently Independence Day in the good ol&#8217; US of A. And, like anyone who lives outside the USA, I thought it featured Will Smith, aliens and Jeff Goldblum (like all the best stories). But actually, it&#8217;s an important day of inspiration for all people of the world in its message – the moral sense of rights and equality for all people. Once such game that touched on these important issues, albeit in an alternate and much later time, was BioShock Infinite. So I thought what more fitting than to feature an all American food from a game that recently reminded us of how much progress we&#8217;ve made, but yet how far we still have to go.
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This recipe serves 4.
What you will need: A pot and a bowl.
Ingredients:
4 Hot Dog Buns
4 Hot Dogs
Yellow American Mustard
For the Relish:
4 Large Pickles (Diced)
½ Roasted Red Pepper (Diced)
½ Roasted Yellow Pepper (Diced)
½ White Onion (Diced)
175ml / ¾ Cup White Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Wholegrain Mustard
½ Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
Preparing the Relish:
In a pot, bring the White Wine Vinegar, Sugar, Wholegrain Mustard and Coriander Seeds to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, and thickened slightly.
Take the mixture off the heat, and add the Diced Pickles, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Yellow Pepper and White Onion. Mix well and season to taste.
Transfer the relish to a clean bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Preparing the Hot Dog:
Cook your Hot Dogs as per their instruction, or how you like them. Slice the Hot Dog Buns in half.
Spread a layer of the Relish onto the bun, then place the Hot Dog on top. Finally, add a garnish of Yellow American Mustard.

I was rather impressed with the pickle relish – it&#8217;s light, fresh and crunchy with just the right notes of sweet and sour. Combined with the mustard, it&#8217;s a wonderful flavour. Hot dogs are everywhere in Columbia (were they the real cause of the oppression&#8230;&#160;?), and frankly, it makes me wish there were hot dogs everywhere in real life too.
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BioShock: Infinite – Hot Dog

Difficulty: 1.5 Hearts

It was recently Independence Day in the good ol’ US of A. And, like anyone who lives outside the USA, I thought it featured Will Smith, aliens and Jeff Goldblum (like all the best stories). But actually, it’s an important day of inspiration for all people of the world in its message – the moral sense of rights and equality for all people. Once such game that touched on these important issues, albeit in an alternate and much later time, was BioShock Infinite. So I thought what more fitting than to feature an all American food from a game that recently reminded us of how much progress we’ve made, but yet how far we still have to go.

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The Legend of Zelda – Red Potion

I haven&#8217;t been feeling too well the past few days. I&#8217;ve been home from work, feeling restless and tired – you could say I feel a little empty. Lacking in something.It&#8217;s also impossibly hot at the moment, and heat and ills don&#8217;t go well together. So when thinking about what I could do to make myself feel better, I found myself seeking comfort. I wanted a potion that was a total cure-all – so who better to turn to than Link.This refreshing fruit juice smoothie is full of all that good stuff you need to help refill your hearts.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A blender.
Ingredients:
50g / ¾ Cup Frozen Raspberries
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Ginger
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
250ml / 1 Cup Apple &amp; Raspberry Juice
100ml / ½ Cup Coconut Water
1 Tablespoon Honey
Making the Red Potion:
Combine all the ingredients into a container and blend until smooth. Serve chilled.

I decided to make the Red Potion as an actually healthy drink because it made sense. While an alcoholic cocktail concoction can be fun – there&#8217;s nothing like drinking something that actually has restorative properties! So raise your bottle high above your head, and then drink! There&#8217;s a reason a Red Potion appears in every Zelda game.
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The Legend of Zelda – Red Potion

Gourmet Gaming Difficulty: 0.5 Hearts

I haven’t been feeling too well the past few days. I’ve been home from work, feeling restless and tired – you could say I feel a little empty. Lacking in something.
It’s also impossibly hot at the moment, and heat and ills don’t go well together. So when thinking about what I could do to make myself feel better, I found myself seeking comfort. I wanted a potion that was a total cure-all – so who better to turn to than Link.
This refreshing fruit juice smoothie is full of all that good stuff you need to help refill your hearts.

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Beyond Two Souls – Asian Beef

I have a love and admiration for the games of David Cage, and more often than not the release of his games seem to coincide with key events in my life. While Beyond Two Souls was, naturally, a great divide to the community, I quite enjoyed it. I quite enjoy interacting with things. I quite enjoy that I can cook a meal for a date. And that I can choose between Chicken Curry, Asian Beef or take-out Pizza (though real-world me would always choose pizza - always). Not too difficult and perfect when short on time, this recipe is exactly what Jodie needed – ginger not optional.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A wok.
Ingredients:
300g / 10 oz Sliced Beef Steak
1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 Teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
1 Teaspoon Cornflour
1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Salt &amp; Pepper
Groundnut Oil
1 Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Ginger
4 Spring Onions/Scallions Sliced
1 Tablespoon Rice Wine
Preparing the Asian Beef:
Combine the Oyster Sauce, Chinese 5 Spice, Cornflour, Sesame Oil and Sugar into a bowl. Season with Salt &amp; Pepper to taste. Add the Beef Steak to the marinade and coat well, then set aside.
In a large wok, on a medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of Groundnut Oil. Add the Ginger and sliced Spring Onions and stir fry gently for 1 minute.
Add the Beef Steak and Rice Wine to the wok and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes, then serve.

Sweetly spiced, this Asian Beef can be heated up by adding some fresh or dried chilli if you prefer things a little more powerful. (I hear chilli is also an aphrodisiac). Clean up, shower, put on some fancy clothes and some good music – you&#8217;re a Perfect Lover. Although your success entirely depends on the mood of your symbiotic entity – Gourmet Gaming can make no guarantees.
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Beyond Two Souls – Asian Beef

Difficulty: 1.5 Hearts

I have a love and admiration for the games of David Cage, and more often than not the release of his games seem to coincide with key events in my life. While Beyond Two Souls was, naturally, a great divide to the community, I quite enjoyed it. I quite enjoy interacting with things. I quite enjoy that I can cook a meal for a date. And that I can choose between Chicken Curry, Asian Beef or take-out Pizza (though real-world me would always choose pizza - always). Not too difficult and perfect when short on time, this recipe is exactly what Jodie needed – ginger not optional.

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Super Time Force - Cookie

HAVE YOU PLAYED SUPER TIME FORCE? IT’S SO AWESOME I CAN ONLY MAKE THIS POST IN CAPS TO TRY AND CONVEY JUST WHAT A FREAKING COOL GAME THIS IS.
TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MISSIONS SET BY COLONAL REPEATSKI, HE REWARDS YOU WITH A TASTY COOKIE UPON YOUR SUCCESS. BECAUSE WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU WANT BUT A COOKIE. I JUST SAVED THE UNIVERSE, WHERE’S MY PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE??? HERE IT IS PUT IT IN YOUR FACE.
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This recipe serves 18.
What you will need: 2 large mixing bowls, a sieve and a cookie sheet.
Ingredients:
125g / 1⅛ Cups Unsalted Butter
195g / 1 Cup Unrefined Muscovado Sugar (Billington’s)
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Neilsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
195g / 1½ Cups Plain Flour (Allinson)
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda / Baking Soda
300g / 1½ Cups Crunchy Peanut Butter
100g / 1 Cup Silver Spoon Milk Chocolate Chips
Baking the Cookies:
Preheat the oven to 170C/335F. In one bowl sieve in the Flour, Baking Powder and Bicarbonate Soda.
In the other bowl combine the Butter and Sugar and cream until pale and fluffy. Add the Egg and Vanilla Extract to the Butter and Sugar and mix well.
Add the Butter, Sugar, Egg and Vanilla mixture to the Flour in two batches. Mixing well after each addition.
Stir in the Peanut Butter until well combined, then fold in the Milk Chocolate Chips. Take tablespoon size balls of dough and space them well on the Cookie Sheet – they will spread when baking.
Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 12-16 minutes, until the tops have cracked and the edges are golden.

SUPER TIME FORCE SUPER FOOD TIME.
I love peanut butter. Sometimes I’ll allow myself to buy a jar of it, often a “whole nut” variety so I can justify it as a “healthy” purchase, in the knowledge I will likely just eat the whole jar within 2 days and make myself sick. Clearly the combo of peanut butter, chocolate and cookie is a winning super food force here. You know what I’m talking about. I don’t even need to sell this one to you. Reward yourself!
This recipe was adapted from the Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe at BakingMad.com – a great resource for recipes and ideas for aspiring bakers of all levels.
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Super Time Force - Cookie

Difficulty: 1 Heart

HAVE YOU PLAYED SUPER TIME FORCE? IT’S SO AWESOME I CAN ONLY MAKE THIS POST IN CAPS TO TRY AND CONVEY JUST WHAT A FREAKING COOL GAME THIS IS.

TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MISSIONS SET BY COLONAL REPEATSKI, HE REWARDS YOU WITH A TASTY COOKIE UPON YOUR SUCCESS. BECAUSE WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU WANT BUT A COOKIE. I JUST SAVED THE UNIVERSE, WHERE’S MY PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE??? HERE IT IS PUT IT IN YOUR FACE.

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Dark Souls - Estus

The Dark Souls series is, in my opinion, one of the greatest to ever be created. (Although at the time of writing this I’m in the middle of a lover’s spat with Dark Souls 2 - we’re currently not talking due to the Royal Rat Authority… ) I love Dark Souls because it captures the essence of why I fell in love with video games to begin with; the challenge, the sense of mystery, exploration and discovery. I’d been wanting to do a post for Estus for quite a while, and ‘lo, with the revival of Gourmet Gaming, comes the very revival of the soul.
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What you will need: A suitable vessel.
Ingredients:
50ml Smirnoff Gold Vodka
150ml Apple Juice
Elderflower Cordial
Angostura Bitters
Ice
Filling the Estus:
Fill the vessel with ice. Add the Smirnoff Gold and top up with the Apple Juice. Add a dash of Elderflower Cordial and Angostura Bitters - mix well.

Praise the sun! This drink is so grossly incandescent, so very golden and pure, it could only be restorative. The apple and elderflower provide a sweet bite to the warm notes of the Smirnoff Gold. 
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This recipe was inspired by the &#8216;Yours &amp; Mine’ cocktail which can be found at uk.thebar.com.

Dark Souls - Estus

Difficulty: 0.5 Heart

The Dark Souls series is, in my opinion, one of the greatest to ever be created. (Although at the time of writing this I’m in the middle of a lover’s spat with Dark Souls 2 - we’re currently not talking due to the Royal Rat Authority… ) I love Dark Souls because it captures the essence of why I fell in love with video games to begin with; the challenge, the sense of mystery, exploration and discovery. I’d been wanting to do a post for Estus for quite a while, and ‘lo, with the revival of Gourmet Gaming, comes the very revival of the soul.

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Request: The World Ends With You – Absolute Shadow Ramen

I will readily admit I know absolutely nothing about The World Ends With You, but what I do know about is tasty food. And when a game comes along that features so much tasty food that people endlessly request it, eventually I have to give in. Maybe it was just one person several times a week requesting “Anything from TWEWY”, but hey even if it was – you&#8217;re one hell of a persistent individual, and I respect that.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A pot, a wok or saucepan and a sieve.
Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
2 Pork Chops (Sliced in Half)
Salt &amp; Pepper
1 Clove Garlic (Sliced)
1 Small White Onion (Sliced)
100g / 2 Cups Shitake Mushrooms (Sliced)
Savoy Cabbage (Sliced)
2 Tablespoons Black Bean Paste
2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce
320ml / 1⅓ Cups Miso Soup
90g / 1½ Cups Rice Vermicelli Noodles
1 Small Red Chilli (Sliced)
2 Spring Onions/Scallions (Sliced)
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
Making the Absolute Shadow Ramen:
Heat the olive oil and toasted sesame oil in a wok on a medium heat. Add the pork, season lightly with salt and pepper, and fry until golden. Remove from the pan when cooked.
Add the garlic, onion and half the sliced red chillies. Fry until the onion is soft and brown. Add the cabbage and mushrooms, followed by the black bean paste and soy sauce.
Meanwhile, boil a pot of water for the noodles. Once the water has boiled, cook the noodles for 2-3 minutes then strain.
Fill a bowl halfway with the noodles, pour over the hot miso soup and top with the pork and vegetables. Garnish with red chillies, sesame seeds and spring onions before serving.

There&#8217;s really nothing more satisfying or comforting than a bowl of noodles. “This treasure of the ramen world was born of a complete re-imagining of the soup, its flavor both familiar and brand new.” to achieve this rather lofty sensation, I decided to mix classic miso soup with the strong, dark flavours of black bean and a kick of chilli. The saltiness combined with strong garlic and ginger is, well, exactly how it should be - familiar and brand new. Also try serving this with marinaded grilled salmon or tofu. 
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Request: The World Ends With You – Absolute Shadow Ramen

Difficulty: 2 Hearts

I will readily admit I know absolutely nothing about The World Ends With You, but what I do know about is tasty food. And when a game comes along that features so much tasty food that people endlessly request it, eventually I have to give in. Maybe it was just one person several times a week requesting “Anything from TWEWY”, but hey even if it was – you’re one hell of a persistent individual, and I respect that.

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Easter Egg: Super Mario World - Yoshi Eggs

It&#8217;s Easter! I hope the Bunny was generous to you all, but just in case he wasn&#8217;t here&#8217;s a recipe for some cute Yoshi Egg chocolate pops.
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This recipe makes 14 Yoshi Egg pops.
What you will need: Two 7-egg shaped pop moulds, two small glass bowls, a metal spoon, 15 lollipop sticks, and a small saucepan.
Ingredients:
Green Chocolate Colouring
230g / 8 oz. White Chocolate (Finely chopped)
Preparing the Egg Moulds:
Place 30g / 1 oz. of the white chocolate in one of the bowls. Fill the saucepan with a small amount of water, and place the bowl over the saucepan.
Put the saucepan on a medium heat and bring the water to a simmer, slowly melt the chocolate. Once melted, add the green chocolate colouring to achieve the desired shade, mix well.
Using one of the lollipop sticks, dip it into the green chocolate. Using the lollipop stick like a paintbrush, create the three iconic spots on the inside of each egg mould. Remember the green spot pattern will be reversed on the mould!
Once each of the egg moulds have their spots, place them in the fridge to chill until set.
Making the Yoshi Eggs:
Meanwhile, use the same technique to melt the remainder of the white chocolate. Once the green spots are set, take the moulds from the fridge.
Using a small metal spoon, fill each of the egg moulds with some melted white chocolate. Place a lollipop stick so that it comes halfway up the egg onto the melted chocolate, rotate it so that it&#8217;s firmly coated.
Once each of the egg moulds are filled, gently tap the mould on a surface to knock out any air bubbles. Place the moulds in the fridge to chill until set.

Though incredibly simple to make with a little patience, these Yoshi Egg chocolate pops are adorable. Experiment by adding nuts, sprinkles or mini marshmallows to the chocolate for an additional touch.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Yoshi&#8217;s Cookie - Yoshi Cookies.

Easter Egg: Super Mario World - Yoshi Eggs

Difficulty: 2 Hearts

It’s Easter! I hope the Bunny was generous to you all, but just in case he wasn’t here’s a recipe for some cute Yoshi Egg chocolate pops.

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The Cave: Magnifico the Magnificent&#8217;s Invisible Cupcake

On its release several weeks ago, I was completely addicted to the wonderful little puzzle game that is The Cave. On my first adventure through its murky depths, I took with me The Adventurer, The Time Traveller and The Monk. The moment I had to travel back in time to block some dripping water to prevent a stalactite being formed in the present&#8230;&#160;! I was sold. One of the more darker tales was that of The Hillbilly; a story of love and loss at the carnival, from whence our magical cupcake appears.
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This recipe makes 16 cupcakes.
What you will need: A muffin tray, brown cupcake cases, 3 mixing bowls, a whisk, a piping bag and a large nozzle.
For the Chocolate Cupcakes:
150g / ¾ Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
50ml / ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
400g / 1½ Cups Caster/Superfine Sugar
3 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
200g / 1¾ Cups Flour
125g / 1 Cup High Quality Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Baking/Bicarbonate Soda
Pinch of Salt
225ml / 1 Cup Milk
For the Strawberry Frosting:
110g / ½ Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
450g / 2 Cups Strawberry Flavoured Icing/Confectioners Sugar
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
To Garnish:
Strawberry Sauce
Edible Glitter
Red Maraschino Cherries
Making the Chocolate Cupcakes:
Line the muffin tray with the cupcake cases, and preheat the oven to 175C/350F.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil and butter together until pale and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each one, then add the vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking/bicarbonate soda and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter, and stir in. Next and half the milk and stir again. Repeat with the rest of the flour, follow by the milk until gently combined.
Fill the cupcake cases, and bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Until firm, but springy to the touch. Once baked, leave the cupcakes to cool completely.
Making the Strawberry Frosting:
In a large bowl, beat the butter until pale. Gradually add the strawberry flavoured icing/confectioners sugar while continuing to beat. Add a few tablespoons of milk as needed to thin the frosting to the desired consistency.
Garnishing Magnifico the Magnificent&#8217;s Invisible Cupcake:
Fill a piping bag fitted with a large nozzle with the strawberry frosting. Pipe a large swirl on top of the cupcake. Garnish with a drizzle of strawberry sauce, a sprinkle of edible glitter and a cherry on top.
Put the cupcake into your mouth and&#8230; tah-dah! Invisible! And yet the weight still counts - Magic!

If there&#8217;s one thing you should get more of at carnivals, beyond the hot-dogs and candy-floss, it&#8217;s cupcakes. Maybe that should be “cup-cakes” and it would be accepted among the other hyphenated foods&#8230; Chocolatey and delicious, there has never been such a thing as a disappointing cupcake. I only wish they were actually invisible, so then I could eat as many as I liked and no one would realise what a piggy I was being. I would simply appear to be yawning.
Gourmet Gaming is saddened to hear of Ron Gilbert&#8217;s recent departure from Double Fine, but look forward to the games he may make in the future.
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The Cave: Magnifico the Magnificent’s Invisible Cupcake

Difficulty: 3 Hearts

On its release several weeks ago, I was completely addicted to the wonderful little puzzle game that is The Cave. On my first adventure through its murky depths, I took with me The Adventurer, The Time Traveller and The Monk. The moment I had to travel back in time to block some dripping water to prevent a stalactite being formed in the present… ! I was sold. One of the more darker tales was that of The Hillbilly; a story of love and loss at the carnival, from whence our magical cupcake appears.

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