I posted that photo of the Tim Lincecum cake I made while back on Twitter today that reminded me that I’d meant to post a recipe. Truth is, you can make it with any cake in a round pan and pretty much any frosting, as long as it’s thick and has a good hold for all the jazz you’re going to put on top of it. Personally, I adore carrot cake (not the grating-the-carrots part, but the rest of it), so that’s what this cake was. And since the recipe I use is basically the greatest thing since Oh, Inverted World met the world, I’m going to include it here.
You will need:
- 1 1/3 of a cup of vegetable oil
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of all-spice
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 4 eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten
- 4 cups of grated carrots (about 4 carrots)
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 cup of coarsely chopped, toasted walnuts (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350℉. Pour a bit of melted butter into a round cake pan and line with wax paper.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and all-spice thoroughly. Set aside. In a medium bowl, cream sugar and oil. Mix well. Add egg mixture. Slowly fold in the dry ingredients. Once it is smooth, add carrots, orange zest and walnuts. Spread evenly into the cake pan and bake until golden brown and firm, about 25-30 minutes. A skewer should come out clean. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
You will need:
- 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), soft
- 1 pound of cream cheese
- 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat for about 4 more minutes, until smooth and fluffy.
I made Timmy’s face orange, in honor of them Giants, even though he really has the skin-tone of a vampire. Creative license, guys! You can experiment with yellow and red food coloring until you get the shade you want. Add to the frosting and incorporate it well. Using a flat, metal spatula, frost the cake, getting it as smooth on the top as you can. From here, you can do absolutely anything! I used black licorice for Timmy’s hair, red jelly beans for his mouth, a walnut for his nose, green lifesavers and chocolate chips for his eyes. To make the eyebrows, I cut two pieces of black licorice in half the long way, so as not to give him the David-Wright-eyebrow look.
Then prop a Giants cap up on top of it and enjoy!
See? Not so hard. And it’s probably a good idea to make it right about now, because otherwise you may spontaneously combust from rage about those Braves-Cardinals umps.
Let’s do this thing, Texas! Antlers on. Ready to go. I may have to make a Yu Darvish cake for Yu. I mean you.