By Enji, 14 November 2015
I seriously can’t go a week without thinking up of another League related meal. You get tasked by Bioluminescence to create more food based on League, that’s what you do! Fans of my work know that I like to both create recipes based on the background of the game as well as actual menu items. This is one of the few times that League has offered up a legitimate edible for me to create for Human consumption … and Yordle… more for Yordles.
If you’ve ever played ADC you know that Jinx is the only champion to play when Vayne is banned, but Caitlyn, the Sheriff of Piltover, is also a good choice and waits patiently for you to notice her over the loose cannon from Zaun. Caitlyn is a reliable marksman and sniper, with a fun kit for beginners. Even better, she’s packing cupcakes. That’s right, the Sheriff bakes in her spare time for Vi and Jayce, and any enemy dumb enough to pick up the ones placed on her snack traps. What could possibly be in them to make them so tasty that you’re willing to get trapped and shot to eat them? Smorgasdork investigates!
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Stick of Butter (melted)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Cup of Milk
- Zest and Juice of a Lemon
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 3 Cups Confectionery Sugar
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Milk by the Tsp (personal pref)
- 1 Stick of Butter (room temp)
So like our previous cake and bake times together, throw a bowl into the freezer for the frosting and toss the oven up to 350˚F. We’re also going to take this time to set out our butter and grease the cupcake pans. You can also use cupcake liners, but I don’t like having to peel paper back to cake, and the cake in game doesn’t appear to have one, so we’re sans liners.
We’re going to make the cake batter first so that we can make the frosting during the bake time. To a bowl, add all your dry ingredients; flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix in the melted butter and eggs afterward and keep stirring until you get all the dry ingredients incorporated into your batter. Add milk after this to get any straggler particles. At this point we can add our lemon juice and zest. If you’ve never zested a lemon before, it’s basically like taking a cheese grater to the skin of the fruit, but take care to not dig deep into the white bitter flesh. You want the yellow yummy bits for the Yordles, not accidentally brew Singe’s poison.
Mix and fold the batter a few more times to make sure you got all the goodies then plop them into your cupcake tin and set in the oven for about 30-40 minutes or until you can stab them with a toothpick and not get any cake batter on it, like how we check brownies!
Now onto the frosting. We’re making a vanilla buttercream frosting. When I first learned this technique I figured out there’s a 1 to 3 ratio for cups of sugar to teaspoons of milk. It makes the frosting creamy, firm, and easily pipeable for cake decorating. Before we get to the milk or sugar, we’re got to cream the butter. Take a hand mixer and mix the heck out of the butter, adding the sugar and milk gradually. When you get to your second cup of sugar, add the vanilla extract. Keep mixing and adding sugar until there are no lumps left in the frosting and you’re out of sugar. Then boom! You’ve got top notch butter cream frosting and can pull out your cupcakes to frost them (after they cool mind you).
If you’re curious the best way to frost and decorate to make a Yordle Snap Trap, it’s actually pretty easy. Take your frosting and add it into a ziploc bag, cutting the tip of a corner as the spout. Starting from the outside and working in, add the frosting in a spiral all the way into the center. Our cupcakes are a bit small, so instead of a cherry, we’re topping with a blueberry, but it’s just as tasty bit sized (makes you feel less bad for eating 8). Now that your cupcakes are done you can add them to you arsenal of traps to capture the elusive Soraka! … Ok she’s not that elusive, but she does make a mean banana split and I want one.