Portal Cupcakes: An Epic Treat

“This was a triumph.

I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.”

Today is my boyfriend’s birthday! Haiiiii Alex! Happity Birthday!!!  I have a confession, aside from cooking my other passion in life is gaming.  If i’m not cooking i’m usually found either on my computer or my Xbox…gaming.  One of mine and Alex’s favorite games is portal and it seemed like an easy theme to make on a cake (atleast at my skill level..).  His favorite dessert is cheesecake, but how the heck can I decorate those?  I did some internet research and came across a chocolate cupcake that had a cheesecake filling.  BRILLIANT!  I normally hate doing recipes for the first time when I have a deadline where this must work and I don’t have another chance to make it work.  However, this one was on a blog…and everything people post in their blog must be true right? She said they were delicious…let’s just hope we have the same idea of what delicious is…

Just to give credit where it is deserved, this is the site I found these magical cupcakes:

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes

  • Cupcakes
  • 3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 cup hot, strong-brewed coffee
  • 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cheesecake Filling
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
  • Frosting1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1-3 tablespoons cocoa powder, depending on color/flavor of chocolate frosting desired
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Place chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl and pour hot coffee over the mixture. Whisk until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely, 20-30 minutes.
  3. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl; set aside.
  4. Whisk oil, eggs, vanilla, and vinegar into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until batter is smooth.
  5. To prepare the cheesecake mixture, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg, vanilla, and salt and whisk until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Fill each cupcake liner about 1/3 of the way full. Add about a tablespoon-size scoop of cheesecake mixture, then spoon more cupcake batter over the top until cheesecake is covered and the liner is filled about 3/4 of the way full.
  7. Bake for 17-19 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. To prepare the buttercream frosting, beat butter and shortening in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt. Beat in confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping down sides of the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of milk; beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Add additional milk for desired consistency.

I got to baking, crossing my fingers that this recipe would work.  Unfortunately I didn’t cross my fingers when I thought to myself “of course I have all the items to make these!”  I didn’t have flour. Fail. I used whole wheat flour instead.

“But there’s no sense crying over every mistake.

You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.”

I filled my cups!

I may have eaten a lot of raw batter…But i’m Still Alive

I waited patiently. . .

And the moment of truth. . .

“Anyway this cake is great, it’s so delicious and moist”

They were absolutly amazing.  It isn’t often that I put a recipe into my ‘forever vault’, but these made the cut.  This recipe is rock solid! They baked beautifully and evenly.  I was worried about the entire thing baking and finishing at the same time with two types of batter, but they did! I was concerned that the filling may sink to the bottom but all was well, I was GLaD!

I know only my fellow geeks would understand this cake ( and most likely a majority of this post…) but here was my finished result!

My portal cake was a success and my gamer geek was very happy!

P.S – The cake might be a lie, but these cupcakes are not 😉

“Look at me still talking

when there’s Science to do.

When I look out there, it makes me GLaD I’m not you.

I’ve experiments to run.

There is research to be done.

On the people who are still alive.

For your viewing pleasure. . .