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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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The Non-Literal Stars Aligning

Happy October!  I was ridiculously happy for it to be October, until I checked the weather this morning and… the rest is history.  We’re having a (semi)serious heat wave in the Bay Area and Diamond Girl + heat waves = no bueno.

Then I remembered that today is the day we are going to Beat LA – which is a rhyme, but never mind that – and I went right back to being ridiculously excited.  I was smiling ear to ear, even carrying my 50 pound book bag down the street in 80 degree weather.   (It may not have been 50 pounds or 80 degrees, but, my friends, this is called creative license )  Which is to say, I cannot wait for this thing to get started.  Cannotwait.  My shoulder hurts from the bag, but I’m still stoked.

Across the Bay, there is some serious drama with the A’s-Rangers series kicking off and I guess they could both clinch playoff spots tonight, theoretically, if all the non-literal stars aligned.  It’s not like I am beginning to see the wisdom of the second wildcard, but I am beginning to see the wisdom of the second wildcard.  Nobody tell Bud Selig I said that.

Over on Twitter, Andrew Baggarly put out a few statistics about the Giants, including that they have the fewest home runs in the Majors this year and assuming that doesn’t change over the next couple of days, they’ll be only the fourth team in the live-ball era to make the playoffs with the fewest home runs.  Say, what?  I was surprised by that one.  Not that the Giants hit the fewest bombs.  That was no surprise at all.  I make a little notch in the tree outside my house every time I go to a game and they don’t hit one out (I kid, tree huggers) and it has… oh, a notch for every game I’ve ever been to.  But the latter stat?  That one’s interesting.  Who knew homer-pathetic teams were doomed in the playoff race?   Moneyball 2.0, guys.  The secret ain’t walks.  It’s homers.   Except when you’re the Giants and it’s right now.  So, yeah.  The theory has some flaws.  But still.

Lastly, Cardinals?  After the Giants Beat LA tonight and hand you your playoff spot, I do expect something in return.  I collect Christmas tree ornaments and there’s also this Kate Spade handbag I have my eye on, if you need ideas.  You’re welcome!

Diamond Girl

p.s.  I woke up.  September ended.  (Hey, I only get to make that joke once a year.  Bear with me.)

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Closer-By-Committee is Like Dinner-By-Committee

Whew, that felt like an actual baseball game!  It doesn’t feel like we’ve had one of those in a while, in both a positive and negative way.  Going back to the last game of the Mets series, the finals have been:  1-9, 16-4, 11-6, 8-3 and 2-8.  Lots and lots of crooked numbers.  That’s why yesterday’s game was kind of a welcome surprise, because although Buster Posey pretty much blew it open and never looked back in the first with a three-run homer, it was still a final of 4-2.  And can I just say again, How hot is Buster Posey?  It’s a little bit ridiculous at this point.  Ridiculous in the completely elated sense of the word.  Ridiculously wonderful.

Barry Zito also had a huge game, in a completely different way.  He’s been struggling lately and I think a lot of people (myself included, mostly) had a bad feeling coming into that start.  He proved us all wrong by throwing out a quality start, 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs.  He put himself back into the win column and in the middle of August, that’s pretty huge for Zito, who’s never finished with a winning record as a Giant, if memory serves me right.

The last person who super-über came through is my very favorite Jeremy Affeldt who has to have put himself in the closer conversation big time, if he wasn’t there already.  He has only three saves this year but quietly, he’s looked very, very good.  With Casilla struggling on the field and battling a blister issue off the field, the closer-by-committee is the word of the moment.  (This seems to be Bruce Bochy’s favorite thing ever.  Not sure why.  It’s a little like picking-what-we-should-have-for-dinner by committee.  And I don’t know about you guys, but in my family, that doesn’t really ever at all work.)  Romo’s been mostly fantabulous as well, but he can be fantabulous in the 8th, right?  Javier Lopez can work his magic at other handpicked moments.  Having a closer goes a long way, in my opinion.  Just like executive dinner-making decisions go a long way.  Pasta caprese every night.  Also, Jeremy Affeldt every save situation.

 

We have two more games in St. Louis now because of this devilry called a four game series, so get used to the extremely hot weather from afar.  Ryan Vogelsong is taking the mound and Buster Posey is taking the everything-else.  It’s going to be good.

Diamond Girl

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Matt Cain is Human and Bud Selig and Scramble With Friends Agree on Lew Wolff

Today, I:

  •  Tried to play the word “Lew” in Scramble with Friends.  Apparently, that is not a word in Bud Selig’s phone contacts or in the game.  “You never call, you never write…”  It’s a pity, you know.

  • Speed-made applesauce muffins in just about thirteen minutes.  I haven’t eaten them yet, so the jury is still out as to whether or not the whole incredible rush thing was a good idea.  I will let you guys know tomorrow, of course.

  • Found out that Brandon Crawford can do something right.  We’re talking 2-run single at perfect moment right.  (In other news, he does not look like Zac Efron.)

  • Also discovered that Sergio Romo does not enjoy getting in on Everybody Be Awesome Day.  It’s okay.  I get it.  I’m like that too.  I mean, not really, but I’m trying to be nice here.

  • Came to the fortunate conclusion that other people have dismal defense as well.  coughcoughCardinalscoughcoughDefendingWorldChampionscoughcough

  • Confirmed that Matt Cain is indeed human.  I feel reassured by this, I can’t lie, but am perfectly fine with him going back to his god-like ways in future starts.

  • Lastly, realized that my blog would be completely incomprehensible to someone who is not following the Giants/did not follow this game today.  Another pity, you know.  The shrugging turkey from this fabulous scene in Holiday Inn comes to mind.

Diamond Girl

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10 Reasons I Hate the Terrible Twos

I am not talking the nastiness that children take on at that age.  I am talking the terrible twos as in the hideousness we call a two game series, because we have two of them coming up in San Francisco.  Why, why, why?  Before I head off to watch a Little League game and miss the beginning of this one, I offer you 10 Reasons I Hate the Terrible Twos:

10.  The series can tie.  I’m not a terribly completive person… okay fine.  I kindasorta am.  The thought of tying a series is somewhat nauseating to me.

9.   Just when I start to get used to a team being in town (because it does take me a little while) and figure out all the new guys in the lineup, boom.  They’re on a plane to Tahiti.  Or Kansas.  Or something.

8.  If Carlos Beltran misses one game due to a “barking knee” – whatever the heck that means or boy, am I glad we did not sign the guy with the barking knee because I like to sleep and I live within fifteen miles of San Francisco so I might, you know, hear it at night – that means he may only play one game here.  Granted, slightly circumstantial reason, but still.

7.  It’s not the baseball way, guys.  Shall I play the nostalgia card?  Oh yes, I shall.

6.  The factual inaccuracies on my blog skyrocket.  Observe:  I blog about Game 3 and hit “Publish” before I have time to remember, right, there is no game 3.  Readers snicker at me and promptly stop being readers of this blog.   I go to my lawyers because I want to sue MLB for all of this, but my lawyers tell me my case is weak.  Crushed, I go get a job at a fast food restaurant and spend the rest of my life opening frozen French fry packages.  All because of two game series.

5.  A fairy dies every time there is a two game series.  Seriously.  (Not seriously seriously.  Just seriously.)

4.  On the contrary, an angel gets its wings every time MLB contemplates a two game series, but decides against it.  Incentives, incentives.

3.  No, really, it’s not the baseball way.  Nostalgia is an important tool.  Martin Lindstrom agrees with me.  Or maybe I agree with Martin Lindstrom.  I mean, which came first: the egg or the chicken?

2.  We don’t get to really know how we match up against them September-hot Rockies and them defending World Champs.  Granted, at the end of the two game set, I may be thankful for that.  But since we try to be optimistic over here, I am just going to assume the opposite.  ‘K?  ‘K.

1.  My fish gives me the suspicious eyebrow every time I update him on the Giants and there’s a two game series in the future.  I might be projecting or something, seeing as fish don’t really have eyebrows, but I still think MLB should take this under consideration.

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Diamond Girl

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