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“The cake was a magnificent thing, rich and creamy with the perfect amount of coconut.” -The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

Uncle Monty’s Coconut Cream Cake

Cake Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil 
  • 3 cups of sugar from the sugar bowl
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Cake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl, stand mixer, or diving helmet, cream the butter, oil, and sugar. Add eggs and beat. 
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and coconut milk, stirring until homogenous, a word which here means “uniform in consistency.” 
  3. Evenly divide cake mix into three 9-inch cake pans, oiled and floured. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

Frosting Ingredients

  • 16 oz of cream cheese
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 20 oz of shredded coconut
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract 

Viscid Frosting Directions

  1. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and about 2/3 of the coconut. 
  2. Stack the layers of the cake, applying copious amounts of frosting between each layer. Cover the outside of the layers with the remaining frosting. 
  3. Press the remaining shredded coconut onto the outside of the cake. 
  4. Refrigerate overnight. 

20,000 leagues above water

at the intersection between prosperity and hope
i found that the rose bushes grow no thorns
it is a mystery to me why the moss points north
and why the wind blows east
but for the time being ill walk west towards the sea
pulling the weight of 20,000 leagues behind me
and maybe by the time the sun sets
i’ll have reached the next shore

EW includes Sunshine’s spacesuit among it’s 19 Stylish Movie Spacesuits:

In this 2007 sci-fi thriller from director Danny Boyle, Robert Capa (Cillian Murphy) leads a group of astronauts on a voyage into the future to save the fading sun. The teams’s bizarre golden suits were inspired by “medieval armor, diving helmets, the properties of Mylar, and South Park’s Kenny,” and were factory-made, “so they wouldn’t feel like they fit each person perfectly in that annoying Hollywood way,” costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb told Stanford magazine.