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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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Is A Sense of Style a Key to Success in Baseball?

Summer has come and passed…

September is here (yes, I am aware that I am nearly two weeks late on that particular profound observation) and I have missed an obscene number of games, in the past week and a half, but I got to watch today.  Other than today, they’ve been playing good ball, which is almost enough to lead me to believe that I jinx them when I watch/listen.  Not really.  I think fans who feel they can jinx a team are being self-centered.  Barry Zito facing his shoes directly south in his locker before a start may have an impact, but what I eat for dinner is unlikely to.

Anyway.  Through this pennant race I’ve been thinking… what really distinguishes one team from another?  Good hitting, good pitching, good defense… they’re all hard to come by, but not that hard to come by.  I’ve become especially aware of this since watching Little League games where you see plenty of physically talented kids but realize that attitude is huge.  And team chemistry, which is tremendously corny sounding but strikes me as true.  As Aubrey Huff said, “I thought last night about what Bengie said to us on the bus when he found out he had been traded and was saying goodbye: ‘You guys have something special.’”

What is the something special?  Obviously not good fashion sense.

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Aubrey Huff at the annual Play-Ball Luncheon in his famous (or should I say infamous?) purple plaid pants.

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And Brian Wilson in his not-so-famous but equally hideous turquoise shirt at the same event.  I commend him for his obvious knowledge that turquoise is the color of 2010 but… not on you, Brian.  Sorry.

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Tim Lincecum at the All-Star game.  Three words for a hat at a press conference: it ain’t cool.

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Not just a hat.  Not just a white hat.  A white hat on TV.

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My theory is supported by the fact that the Yankees are a good team but don’t know how to dress.  The sunglasses.  The handkerchief.  The pose.  

So if it’s not fashion, is it something intangible?  Or is it just who is bought with the cold, hard cash?  What really distinguishes a winning team from a losing team and at what point does a team lose their “winning team” title?

I think money and acquisitions definitely play a big part but I think there’s also a big intangible part.  I loved the part of the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon where they talked about baseball as a miracle.  It is.  And we are watching something really miraculous unfold in San Francisco right now.  (Other miraculous thing?  I added the “cisco” part to San Fran.  That’s a first.)  I think the “It’s Magic Inside” ad campaign was remarkably on the mark.

I’m curious to hear all your opinions (not just on the clothes, on what distinguishes teams).  And I want to be in San Diego for this final game of the series.  Wearing something beautiful.  Aviator Prada sunglasses are on the top of my list.  I tried them on at Saks Fifth Avenue a few days ago and… wow.  The design of those is miraculous, too. 

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