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Let Them Eat Tim Lincecum Cake

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.

Carrot Cake

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)

To make:

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

To make:

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.

Diamond Girl

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Things That Help With the Stress of OhMyGodTimLincecumIsPitching

This is one my helpful posts, don’t you love this?  This one being Things That Help With the Stress of OhMyGodTimLincecumIsPitching.  And yes, as the Giants website helpfully reminds us, he has a 3.10 ERA since the All Star Break, but still, I am nervousnervousnervous.  Also, blame the four game series, because if them Braves win, we’ll split it.  Which is kind of an abomination, if you ask me.

Anyway!  Back to things that help with the stress.

 

Just one thing, actually.  Aranciata Rossa.  Blood orange San Pellegrino.  I have a six-pack of these lovelies in my refrigerator and it’s a 5:00 EPSN game, so go figure.  This will be a good evening.   (Assuming, of course, TimLincecumdoesnotmeltlikeanicecreamconeinthesun.)

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Yes, I promise to reacquaint myself with the spacebar before I write my next post.

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The Backwards Cap Was a Trainwreck, But the Rest of It Wasn’t

Barry Zito is one of the most puzzling creatures currently gracing Major League Baseball.  And I mean that in the nicest possible way (for now).  He took the mound last night in San Francisco and led the Giants to their fourth straight win.  Those four straight wins, incidentally, have been the four games following the MCM.  Speaking of puzzling news.  Sabes should really take note of the fact that this team evidently responds quite well to reverse psychology and the media saying their world has come crashing down and all that stuff.  Heck, maybe he should start paying the media to say nasty things about the team’s future.  Four-game win streaks might follow.  Might be awesome.  Might be the new Moneyball.  Might stop the Bay Area is a cheating hotspot! chatter (lookin’ at you, Bartolo Colon) and usher in a new era of, Bay Area is a baseball innovation hotspot!  Or is paying the media to write something about you cheating…?

Either way!  Back to Zito.  It’s August 24th and he’s sporting a winning record and an ERA of 4.31.  He’s had some terrible starts and some absolutely dazzling ones, but he’s been good enough overall that I don’t feel the difficult-to-resist urge to cringe every time he pitches.  And yesterday, he pitched a shutout into the ninth.  And got “Barry!” cheers.  And was like, “Duuuuuude,” in his postgame press conference.   (Just kidding about the last part.)

He also wore a backwards cap, which was kind of a trainwreck, but nothing else about last night was, so I’ll just forgive and forget.

Angel Pagan went on being über-Angel Pagan who’s his amazingly fabulous alter ego, as far as I can tell.  The offense actually hit and Hunter Pence put down a marvelous bunt which all left me in a state of slight disbelief.  In a good way.  A very, very good way.

Diamond Girl

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Buster Posey Being Buster Posey

I shouldn’t have worried so much.  The Giants had that down, obviously.  Then again, my worrying did create this, so no complaints there.

 

Yes, they were every bit as delicious as they look, if I do say so myself.  And the Giants were every bit as wonderful as the box score might imply.  Nine runs in the actually-tolerable Atlanta weather (77 at gametime, aka miracle) and Barry Zito pitched not at all like a melting ice cream cone, in addition to driving in a run and altogether making me wonder how I ever complained about him.  Buster Posey was kind of the star of the show – there were a lot of stars, but he was one of the big ones – driving in five runs on three hits.  As noted yesterday, Atlanta is close to home for him and family and friends come to watch him droves, so his performance was fantastic in more ways than one.

A tidy 2.0 has turned into an even tidier 3.0, which is the biggest lead the Giants have had in nearly a year, if memory serves me right, so basically everything is golden right now.  This roadtrip is off to a much better start than the, um, last one.   Much better.

The one piece of bad news from the game was Hector Sanchez’s injury.  He was placed on the 15-day DL today with a leg injury and Eli Whiteside is on a plane to join the team in Atlanta as I write.  A lot of people seem terribly dismayed by this and while it’s certainly not good news, I am inclined to think the drop-off in production from the backup catcher is not going to be all that tremendous.  Is Whiteside likely to tear it up?  Nah.  He batted .197 last year.  This year, Sanchez is batting .281.  That’s clear enough, but I still think Whiteside will be just fine for the team for a couple weeks.  Also, with Buster Posey Being Buster Posey, it may or may not make a terribly huge difference.

If it does, there are always blueberry muffins to be made.  It’s been too long since I’ve done those.

Diamond Girl

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Red Velvet Cupcakes, Atlanta and Jonathan Sanchez’s Magic Leather Jacket

During the 2010 season, I baked a lot of cupcakes.  A lot, a lot.  I pretty much had cupcakes coming out of my ears during that year.  At the time, I told myself it was about the baking.  Looking back now at my fragile psychological state, I realize it was never about the cupcakes.  (The first step is admitting you have a problem, y’know.)  It was about the Torture with a Capital T.  See, when I get nervous and frazzled, I bake.  Tons.  Tons.

Which is why I’m feeling a strange sense of déjà vu as I stare at the red velvet cupcake recipe printed and sitting next to me on my desk.  I tell myself that I am longing for red velvet cupcakes, but it’s also worth noting that the Giants are starting off a key, six-game roadtrip later this afternoon against the Braves.  And yeah, I’m nervous.  And yeah, I’m baking.

Can I just talk out my fears?  You don’t mind, do you?

a)      Barry Zito will melt.  He’s been known to go all ice-cream-cone-in the-sun-on-us.  This is not irrational.

b)      We’ll, like, get no-hit.  These things happen.  And Buster Posey’s entire extended family/every person he’s ever met in his life will probably be there, because they always are when the Giants hit Atlanta.  That would be embarrassing, guys.

c)       My red velvet cupcakes will taste like vinegar.  All the recipes I’ve looked at have cider vinegar in them.  I’m told cider vinegar is sweeter than normal vinegar, but I can’t get the theoretical taste of a cupcake with Balsamic vinegar out of my head.  Speaking of embarrassing.

d)      The beautiful round number of 2.0 games ahead of the Dodgers will shrink.

e)      Jonathan Sanchez, in a jealous rage after being DFA’d by the Royals, will get out his Magic Leather Jacket and place a curse on the Giants so they can never wear chic clothes again and, somewhat less importantly, lose.

f)       Hector Sanchez, seeing they are away and there is no chance at a walk-off, will decide to go 0’fer.  Just because.

Whew.  That feels better.  Thanks for listening.  You guys are the best.  Must go make cupcake frosting now.  xoxo.

Diamond Girl

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