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In Portal, I am continually told that I will

be receiving cake for all my hard work

but in the final room I keep dying.

How do I avoid dying so that I can

get the cake?

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Should this be deleted as well? If a title has a spoiler in the title we should probably seek to eliminate it, or else edit the spoiler into the body, and just leave a [Spoiler] warning in the title. – Jaydles Jul 8 '10 at 1:39
@jaydles fully agree, please do not spoil in the title – Drake Jul 8 '10 at 22:26
@Ricket, the problem is that the question, as worded, ruins the game's twist for others. It would be okay if the question were "How do I get the cake in the last room in Portal <SPOILER>" Then in the body, you can explain about how they keep trying to dump you in a fire instead of giving you cake. That way, those that only know that cake is promised (but not that it's a big lie) can elect to bypass the question due to the spoiler indicator. And the asker can still get an answer from those that already know what happens. – Jaydles Jul 8 '10 at 23:09
@Ala, edit it, make it better, and perhaps it'll get re-opened – juan Jul 8 '10 at 23:24
When I died in the fire, I thought that was the end of the game. How edgy and hip of valve to kill you. It was a year before I found out there was more to the game - much more! – Jay Bazuzi Feb 12 '11 at 18:50
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You need to think with Portals!

Look up in the direction you are heading to the fire; you can spawn a portal on the wall up there, one to your right, and teleport out of danger.

After that, keep trying to reach the party to get your promised cake!

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Though I would not wait for the party associates to take me there... – Gnoupi Jul 9 '10 at 5:51
@Gno, I guess you didn't see what the latest update to the game does ;) – juan Jul 9 '10 at 13:48
Thanks! I escaped the fire, now to find my cake! – Alastair Pitts Jul 10 '10 at 2:34
Juan > What would that be? Is this only relevant to certain versions of the game, for example the PC version? – GnomeSlice Sep 30 '10 at 3:03
@Gnome, beware, it has spoilers (video of the new ending):… – juan Sep 30 '10 at 3:06

You should try to escape from the room with the fire without dying. The cake is... later.

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Is this a serious question ? – Mushu Jul 7 '10 at 23:55
I are srs question. This are not srs answr. – Calvin Fisher Mar 1 '11 at 21:19

If you shoot a portal above the flames, and a portal on a wall you can jump into, you will get onto the shelf above them. In my opinion, it is about this point that the fun really gets started... (Hint - this is not then end of the game, by a long way!)

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The game really starts to get interesting at this point:-) – Rory Alsop Mar 18 '11 at 21:25

In honour of today being the 6th Anniversary of the asking of this question, here is the appropriate (as actually also answering) spoilery(!!!) meme-y anniversary cake:

The Cake is a ...

(source: Asuka, on PSP Wallpaper)

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Thank you for sharing this image, but it doesn't really seem to be an answer to the question. This feels more like a comment, to me. – two bugs Jul 7 at 12:05
@twobugs It kinda does, insofar it shows why it might be difficult to get to the cake.... but technically you are correct, of course, it doesn't state how to avoid the fire. I was going to post it as a comment at first and just link the picture, but thought it better to actually include it, hence only an answer was possible. But I do certainly understand your feeling of it being more a comment than an answer. – BMWurm Jul 7 at 12:12

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