Fandom Foodie: Chell's The Cake is a Lie Cupcakes / by Alex Boake

"Anyway, this cake is great. It's so delicious and moist."―GLaDOS Yes, Cake. But it's not quite what you think.

This recipe was inspired by Portal and my friend Jan's Sweet Potato Cupcakes. The concept is similar, but flavour-wise these are quite different. A Chocolate Chili flavoured Meat base, and Sweet Potato Icing with a hint of Vanilla to top. Add a Cherry Tomato and the illusion is complete. At least until the first bite. Fool your guests!

Chell's The Cake is a Lie Cupcakes Serves 5 or 6 

Difficulty Level Nightmare Mode

Ingredients for 'Cupcakes' 

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Small Vidala Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • ~1/2 Cup Pac Man BBQ Sauce

Ingredients for 'Icing'

  • 2 Medium White Fleshed, Purple Skinned Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2/3 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 10 Cherry Tomatoes to garnish

Directions Preheat oven to 350, and get out a regular size muffin tin, one with 12 voids. Peel and finely chop your Onion. In a small pan, heat up the 1 Tbsp of Butter. Cook the Onion in the pan until translucent, and allow to cool. While the Onion is cooling, add the Ground Beef, Egg and all the spices and seasonings to a large bowl. Mix well with your hands. Add in the cooled, cooked Onion, and mix thoroughly. Take baseball sized handfuls of the meat mixture and form into spheres before filling the muffin tin. This should make about 10 meat cupcakes. Top each with a spoonful of BBQ Sauce. Pop into the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, until well done.

While the cupcakes are cooking, peel and cube your Sweet Potatoes. It's important to use white fleshed Potatoes for this recipe if you want to properly create the cake-like illusion. Place the Potatoes in a medium pot, and fill with enough water to cover them. Add the Sea Salt and bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the Potatoes are very soft. Drain off the water and return to the stove. Reduce heat slightly and cook, shaking the pan, to cook off a bit more of the water. Add the Butter, Milk and Vanilla. Using an immersion blender, blend the mix until smooth and fluffy. Keep heat on low until the Meat Cupcakes are done cooking.

Remove the meat from the oven, and allow to cool slightly. Very carefully transfer them to the serving plates, using tongs. Transfer the 'Icing' to a piping bag fitted with a large tip. Top each 'Cupcake' with a generous swirl of 'Icing', and then top with a Cherry Tomato.

Voila! The Cake is a Lie, but your guests won't be disappointed at all! Unlike Chell. : (