Sometimes an ordinary cupcake just won't do. My family of gaming geeks needed cupcakes that reflected their interests. So I created two elaborate geek styles to suit them. For one of these cupcakes, I made small cakes inspired by the black forest cake from Portal. The cake was a lie but the cupcake is not a lie! It's more like a half-truth. I also felt that I needed to pay homage to D&D and Magic The Gathering so I created Beholder Cupcakes These can be any flavor but are decorated with carefully created faces and eyestalks.
The little Portal cupcakes were baked in 5 oz tins--washed and repurposed evaporated milk cans. The tiny cherries are cherry jelly beans, sliced in half. White birthday cake candles are the perfect center decoration.
The beholder cupcakes sport eerie fondant eyes painted with food color and black piping gel. Notice the discolored teeth and whites of the eyes. Each has just four eyestalks--enough to give the idea of the beholder eyes. The full amount would just clutter the little cakes.
Check out my step-by-step instructions for each of these, including photos, on Instructables: