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Giant Pumpkin Cookie Cake

As always, life gets a little crazy and hectic. The next thing Lisa and I know, it’s suddenly October and we haven’t baked yet! This time, we decided to create something seasonal and economical by using pureed pumpkins and ye old cookie cake pans. Back in July, we baked the amazing peanut butter and jelly cakewich but let’s be honest, we’re kind of running out of giant baking ideas and it’s not like we want to keep spending money on more baking molds.

So meet the Pumpkin Spice Cookie Cake Sandwich with Cream Cheese Icing!

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Giant Sandwich Cake Baking

So this may look like a normal peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but it’s not. Lisa and I swear. We met up this past weekend to finally bake the amazing Cakewich, which was really just a cake mold shaped like a slice of bread. Armed with my new How To Cook Everything iPhone App and some almond extract, we somehow managed to mix together Mark Bittman’s Golden Layer Cake recipe to slap together this amazing creation.

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Giant Baking Adventure: Giant Cookie Sandwich

So after the Giant Cupcake and the Rainbow Pancakes, Lisa and I decided that our next baking adventure would be a Giant Cookie Sandwich. At first we thought about the Giant Donut but it looks like a round Bundt cake and what’s the fun with that? So after a quick trip to Williams Sonoma amidst the ladies who lunch around Beverly Hills, we were ready to conquer yet another territory in the Giant Baking Adventure Land.

Let me just say, I think chocolate has a personal vendetta against me, or maybe I’m just lacking in the chocolate cake department. For some reason, I can never get it right; it’s always too chocolate-y, too dense and too rich. I love light and fluffy chocolate cake, so how come mine never turn out like that?!

Giant Baking Adventure: Giant Cookie Sandwich

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We woke up early this Sunday morning because the amazing Lisa was all set to run the 2010 LA marathon, which happened to run right by our apartment and we were assigned to cheer her on. I was really paranoid about missing her so I made sure we reached our spot bright and early.

It was strange to walk around the neighborhood with Hollywood Blvd all shut down. We weren’t alone, though, because some other onlookers had already showed up and the street was busy with bikers whizzing by. I guess you have to take advantage of open streets when it comes to riding your bike in LA.

Since I didn’t have the skills to make a huge sign, I decided to wear my Yeti hat from Halloween and a bright green sweatshirt in hopes that Lisa would be able to pick me out when she ran by. It was either this or the dinosaur head.

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This weekend saw the follow-up to our Giant Cupcake Baking Adventure with a giant Rainbow Pancake. I thought we were going to make mini pie jars but it turns out that Lisa doesn’t really like pies for some odd reason but seriously, how can you NOT like pie? It’s the most amazing thing in the world. It’s like a giant pastry of goodness that you eat in slices.

So we compromised with Rainbow Pancakes, which was a lot harder than you think. Not only do you have to find a good pancake recipe (which we made from scratch, thank you very much, with milk pilfered from the office kitchen, which I had nothing to do with, thank you very much), but you also had to make sure there was enough food dye to create the vibrant colors of the light spectrum.

Giant Rainbow Pancake

But we did it! I also love our new camera.

Giant Rainbow Pancake

Giant Rainbow Pancake

Giant Rainbow Pancake

The difference in the pancakes’ thickness was due to our lack of planning in how many pancake rainbows we were going to make and then ending up just making one giant pancake per color. Yeah. Listen, this is tiring work.

Giant Rainbow Pancake

Also, my camera makes Lisa feel very self conscious but how could I resist? She’s so photogenic.
Giant Rainbow Pancake

Coming up next month: a giant Oreo cookie cake. We are not kidding. We just have to figure out what to put inside, since apparently all the Fluff we had for our cupcake is all gone.

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Yesterday, Lisa and I embarked on a crazy and wild adventure where our goal was to bake a giant cupcake. (It’s 25 times the size of a normal cupcake!) I’m happy to say that we accomplished this with much success (and oozing and explosion).

So I’d like to present to you our giant S’Mores cupcake, made from Mark Bittman’s Simple Chocolate cake recipe, stuffed with marshmallow fluff, topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and decorated with graham crackers–ALL MADE FROM SCRATCH!! Well, except for the graham crackers and fluff.

No, we’re not sure how it tasted because by the time we were done, the fluff filling kept oozing out and it just seemed too sad to destroy a giant cupcake that we had spent all afternoon making.

Really, giant cupcakes are really hard to put together. Also, this cupcake was NOT 25 times larger than a regular cupcake. Whoever designed this pan clearly never enjoyed an actual cupcake from Sprinkles or Magnolia, because we estimated that maybe this cupcake was more like 5 times larger than normal.

More photos after the jump!

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Meow Time

This is Lisa’s cat, Henry.

Lisa likes her cat to be properly dressed; hence, he wears a proper sailor collar (which she properly washes and dries for him–because he keeps improperly barfing all over it). I asked if it came with a miniature mop so he could wash the deck while singing songs, but she said that her cat clothing doesn’t come with chores.

I think that’s wrong because everyone (including pets) should do chores around the house to help out.

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