Monday, December 31, 2007

We must march! We must shout! We must....

Kiss-My-Ass-Cakes
...bake! I'm baking. As a form of protest, I shall bake. And so it is how Kiss-My-Ass-Cakes* came to be, and those who can Kiss-My-Ass are the Alliance Defense Fund, the instigators and out-of-state influencers with money who argued to a federal court judge that domestic partnerships should not occur. And, they did this on a Friday afternoon prior to a holiday weekend just a few business hours before partnerships were to begin. But I digress. Back to the baking.

I ripped this recipe off of Amy Sedaris, who probably ripped it off of someone else (she pretty much admits to it somewhere in the beginning of her fabulous book). These are yummy vanilla cakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, and Amy's book is just what I needed to peruse the last few days.
Supah-props to Rozanne for introducing it to me a while ago (I still can't believe you made the Lil' Smokey cheese ball). The photography is soooooo good, and inspiring, really. Reminiscent of early 1970's feminine product ads, they are windows into a weird and wonderful world. A world of a woman who throws dinner parties and sets up a 25-cent for sale table for her guests to peruse. A woman who makes door art appropriate for the dinner party theme. A woman who makes ghost cakes for Halloween and sets their eyes afire (with eggshells and sugar cubes)--and gives directions in her book so I can, too. God damn, you know I will.
But before I give you the recipe for Kiss-My-Ass-Cakes, I have to give props to Karol for a wonderfully articulated response to the yanking of domestic partnerships. Karol visits here sometimes, and I just have to say, thank you, for writing such a beautiful response. We are so lucky to have you on our side.
Kiss-My-Ass-Cakes (especially you, Alliance Defense Fund!)
Preheat oven to 375. With mixer, whip 1/1/2 sicks unsalted butter smooth. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar. Whip more. Add 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 1/2 cups flour and 1 1/4 cups milk. Mix it all up. Line your cupcake pans with cupcake liners, and pour the mix in, about 3/4 of the way full. Should make 18-24 cupcakes. Bake for 20 minutes.
Let them cool, then frost. To make frosting, combine 1 lb of powdered sugar, one stick of softened unsalted butter, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 cup milk. Whip all of this up until it's as smooth as you can get it. If you want to separate some into bowls and add food coloring so you have different colors, do so. I didn't have food coloring, but I added some lingonberry juice from IKEA to a little side batch and it made the creamy color a little more pink. Not much.
*Thank you, PAgent, for helping to name these. And yes, I agree, the name would look GREAT on a t-shirt.

Also, welcome to all of my new visitors and new commenters here at Lelo in Nopo. I love it when people comment, so welcome to The Mama, Lewis (whose form of protest is shopping), Frances, Wacky Mommy, Kathy, Mick, Fairy Dog Mother and Picture Lady.

13 comments:

Rozanne said...

Excellent! (Amy does love to toss sticks of butter around left, right, and center, doesn't she?)

What cowardice from that Alliance Defense Fund. Their timing has "last ditch attempt" written all over it. Disgusting.

Banana Lee Fishbones said...

I just got this book for Christmas and those sound like pretty awesome cakelets! Maybe I'll make some too.

Better yet I'll make them tomorrow and take them to the vigil/rally thing at the Q center. (:

Wacky Mommy said...

Best Idea Ever Award goes to you.

Karol said...

I'm always on your side, especially after I met you and saw your unbelievably pretty face in person! You are SO PRETTY! And, I'm making cupcakes tonight to celebrate 2008. They'll be from a box though, cause that's how I roll.

The Recovering Straight Girl said...

Whatever you do, DO NOT leave them on your table and go to Albertson's to cash in your winning lottery scratch it. Wink WILL eat them.

fairydogmother said...

We can protest by shopping? I'm totally doing that! Right after I check my kitchen to see if I have all of the ingredients for Kiss-My-Ass-Cakes.

Lewis said...

I have to say that Amy is so wild and wacky...I saw her on Martha Stewart's show....and she put Martha to shame. Made fun of her. The whole nine yards. The cupcakes look awesome! Especially if they are eaten in PROTEST!

purpletwinkie said...

Keep Baking!

I love that book!

Syd said...

We both started the new year with food on the brain, didn't we? Okay, and football, in my case.

Poor Wink. RSG just won't let up, will she? hehehe

SassyFemme said...

Love that name!

Patti said...

You are my hero Lelo, kiss-my-ass cakes. I love it!

Oregonian37 said...

Seeing as how collecting recipes and cookbooks is one of my most favorite hobbies (most folks don't expect such foo-ness from me but oh well:)), I am going to have to get this one. Hmm, I feel a bake sale fundraiser coming on for the rally on the 30th......

Anonymous said...

I wish we can gave domestic partnerships at this side of the world. World wide solidarity for all women loving women! March on! Kick ass cakes rule. Now, if you would please excuse me, i'll be igniting my oven and start my own protest there.