Poros are adorable fluffy creatures from League of Legends that roam the Howling Abyss. They really don’t do much of anything except hop around, eat Poro-Snax, and be adorable. So what better thing to do than make them into adorable cupcakes?
These cupcakes are very simple and easy to make and are great to bring to parties because they are cupcakes They look impressive when set out on a platter or cupcake holder and it’s very easy to make a lot. Even my non-gamer friends thought they were cute, despite not knowing what they were. “Puppies!! oh wait no, is it a Pokemon?”
I usually don’t like merely copying another game recipe I’ve found online, but sometimes you just have to admit when someone else has already done it right. And Snack or Die definitely made these Poro Cupcakes right.
However, I won’t just re-blog Snack or Die‘s recipe without adding a little something new: A recipe for coconut cupcake batter and icing. Such adorably topped coconut cupcakes deserve a nice coconut cake and icing recipe! This is also one of my favorite, favorite cake recipes and I really love coconut. It’s a very sweet, dense, moist and delicious cake! So without further ado, my version of Coconut Poro cupcakes, complete with coconut cake and a coconut icing:
For the Cake:
- 6 Tablespoons Butter (softened)
- 1 1/4 Cup Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 6 Tablespoons Cream of Coconut (NOT coconut milk)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
For the Coconut Icing:
So, I never measure icing. It doesn’t need to be measured really, just mix these things together until it looks like enough and it tastes like what you want. I believe in you, it’s not that hard! Also not that important for this recipe.
- Powdered Sugar
- Cream of Coconut
For the Poro Decoration:
- Sweetened Shredded Coconut Flakes
- Pink Starbursts
- Cashew Nuts (Whole)
- Brown M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
- White cupcake pan liners
Let’s begin! You will make 11 or 12 cupcakes, depending upon how much you fill your cupcake cavities and how much batter you eat plain.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Time to make cupcakes! If you don’t feel like adding the ingredients in a wet then dry order, it’s kind of whatever. I’m a big advocate for “if all of these ingredients are together, you’ll have cupcakes,” so how you get them together is less important. I usually find it’s easier to mix the wet things first and then put the dry stuff into it though.
That being said, let’s mix all the wet stuff first (Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, Cream of Coconut). Whip it up until it is fluffy. And I say whip assuming you’re mixing things with a spoon; if you’re using an electric mixer don’t go too crazy. Then add the dry stuff (flour, baking powder). Mix until everything is evenly distributed.
Throw those white liners into your pan. Poros are white creatures, so try to get plain white liners. I only had ones with designs on them so I just used those. White liners have a habit of becoming transparent after baking anyway, but it’s still better than using a colored liner.
Bake until cupcakes are done. I forget how long it took, probably like 10 minutes or so, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. You will notice the tops getting golden brown (aka they will look like cupcakes and not cups of batter).
Let them cool before you try to frost them. And I mean cool. All the way. The cupcakes should not feel warm at all.
Mix Cream of Coconut, Butter, and powdered sugar together until you get something that tastes awesome. The icing doesn’t need to be that thick unless you want to pipe it. I did this on some cupcakes instead of putting shredded coconut on them because I know a lot of people don’t like the texture of shredded coconut. You should do the same if you are bringing a bunch to a party and you’re not sure of people’s tastes. Or screw them, more cupcakes for you.
Next just evenly coat the top of each cupcake with frosting. It doesn’t need to be neat because we are about to cover it up with coconut flakes.
Fill up a small bowl with the coconut flakes. It just needs a big enough opening to dunk a cupcake into it. Then grab your cupcakes and drown them in those coconut flakes! It should just stick on nicely. If it’s not sticking you need to press harder, or your icing is too cold.
As I said earlier, I piped icing into some cupcakes instead of using the flakes because some people are really turned off by the texture of coconut. Use a star tip to make it still look fluffy and fur-like.
Next we need to put the toppings on the cupcakes and make the poros! Insert the whole cashews on the top as the horns, and two brown M&Ms for the eyes.
Lastly we need to make the tongues. This part isn’t hard, butt it’s a pain. Because you are going to mold the tongues with your hands, your hands will get sticky and it will suck. But first, wash your hands you filthy animal because you’re going to be really touching other people’s food.
So, unwrap that pink Starburst and stretch it out into a tongue shape with your fingers. It shouldn’t be hard to mold unless your Starbursts are expired and stale.
Next, using a toothpick, firmly create a line down the center of the Starburst (resembling a tongue). I say firmly because you really need a nice divot rather than a small indent.
Now we need to add the tongue to the Poro. I did this with a toothpick, pressing the flat of it against the tongue and pressing it into the Poro’s face. You can also get in into the cupcake a little bit this way and then hide it with the coconut flakes, making to look like the Poro is really sticking his tongue out. Also it keeps the Starburst from falling off of the cupcake.
Congratulations, now you have a finished Poro! Now you can do those decorating steps 11 more times. No big deal, you’re basically a pro at this now.
For fun I tried out other eye colors to see how they would look, and red eyes make the Poros look demonic and evil! I also tried Jumbo M&Ms, but they ended up looking very strange.
And that’s all you need to know about making Poros! You can see from my plate of Poros that they all seem to have their own personality, depending on how you shaped the tongue and placed the eyes.
Also, be careful storing these. If you take them out of the fridge, the M&Ms will gather condensation. Then, the condensation will dry and take the color out of the eyes.
In addition, I must admit that these cupcakes are certainly not just for show – I absolutely love this cake recipe and these cupcakes taste amazing. Make sure you eat several.
Bonus Poro Pictures!!
And here we see the Poro in his natural habitat – bushes in the Howling Abyss. I wonder if he searching for Poro-Snax?