Fallout seems to be one of those game franchises you either love or hate, the Marmite of gaming, if you will. With rumors currently running rampant about the probable announcement of Fallout 4 I remember the old style charm and wit it so often summoned in its quirky post apocalyptic world. That’s what makes Fallout such a great game, the sheer size and vastness of the wasteland, along with the massive quest list you can complete (or not) and all in what would have been a brilliant retro 50’s era.
Another reason Fallout is such a great series is its countless nods to pop culture. It can be seen in many places in the game, and one of those places are in its food items. Fancy Lad Snack Cakes, a clear take on Hostess Snack Cakes, not only makes mention of such an iconic American brand, but also pokes fun at the dubiously long shelf life of the things. I mean, do they ever really expire?
Anyway, here is my take on what Fancy Lad Snack Cakes would possibly look like. There is never a clear picture of them, possibly out of fear Bethesda might be sued. However, it isn’t hard to imagine that they would look like Hostess cupcakes, with a bit of a twist: I made them in a round disc-like shape with a cursive “fl” on top instead of loop-de-loops. After all, you have to keep these cakes fancy.
Fun Fact: “The Plunger Room of Death” is a small area unmarked on the Pip-Boy world map. It is located South of the Chryslus Building, and East of Farragut West Metro Station. The entrance is a door underneath an intact bridge. Inside are dozens of toilet plungers and bloody hand prints on the walls.
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 cup boiling water
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly oil a pudding tin and set aside.
In a small bowl stir until smooth the boiling hot water and the cocoa powder. Let cool to room temperature.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated. Then add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth. This will be slightly runny, don’t panic.
Fill each depression about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16 – 20 minutes or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cakes have completely cooled, frost with icing. You can either spread the frosting on the cake with a small spatula or if piping, fill cakes will white cream or custard then cover with chocolate frosting. Finally a simple milk + icing sugar frosting is piped on top to create the FL logo.
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat until incorporated.
Makes about 24 cakes.
Fun fact: Wastelanders’ favorite cereal, Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs, or also known simply as “Sugar Bombs”, are shaped like miniature nukes.