Concept Chip Cookies: Delirium-cakes

This and the Liaison-cakes I made to celebrate the consultation-liaison boards a dozen of my colleagues took this week (mine are scheduled for October). One of the most common consult questions is to evaluate for delirium, a state of disorientation, inability to sustain attention, and other cognitive deficits, i.e., great confusion. To represent this concept, I created these mini trompe l’oeil savory cupcakes in “chocolate” and “vanilla,” so that putting one in your mouth will disorient you.

Delirium Cupcakes in "Vanilla" and "Chocolate"

Delirium Cupcakes in “Vanilla” and “Chocolate”

“Birthday Cake”


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup reduced chicken feet stock
  • 1 cup schmaltz
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste


  • Whisk together dry ingredients
  • Beat together wet ingredients
  • Combine wet and dry with an electric mixer
  • 10 minutes for minis at 350 F (15-20 minutes for full sized cupcakes)

“Vanilla Icing”


  • 16 oz Mascarpone
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 TB fresh lemon juice


  • Whip together, apply as if icing

“Chocolate Icing”


  • 8 portabello mushroom caps
  • 4 shallots
  • 1 white onion
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Chop the shallots and onion very small, add to the pan with the oil and a sprinkling of salt, and start frying in the olive oil over low heat, letting them simmer and melt, stirring occasionally
  • Chop the mushrooms fairly small, and add to the onions once the onions are fully sweated and cover
  • Cook gently, allowing the mushrooms to brown and shrink
  • When it’s fully cooked to a soft stage, add the butter and cover
  • When the butter is melted, remove the contents from the heat, and when sufficiently cool put in a food processor and process on high for 10 minutes
  • Add the cream and pulse 1 minute more
  • Season to taste, pulse 1 minute more
  • Refrigerate until ready to use
  • Apply as if icing

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