Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Authors in Bloom - Blog Hop

Happily, I'm taking part in a really cute blog hop for the next couple weeks! It's called Authors in Bloom and it's put on by Diana Venetta and A Cozy Reader's Corner.

There will be recipe or gardening tips, plus more than 60 giveaways over the next ten days, and if you visit every author in the hop in that time, you're eligible for the grand prize, which is a Nook or a Kindle! (Your choice)

For me, how about a recipe? How about chocolate cake and strawberry icing?

Okay, cake first: (and they weren't kidding when they called it rich. It is amazing, but if you only like angel food type cakes, it is not for you.)

1 cup cocoa powder 
2 cups boiling water
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2-1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans.
2. In a medium bowl, stir the boiling water into the cocoa until smooth, and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and set aside.
4. At medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar  for 4 to 5 minutes.
5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6. Turn mixer down to low speed. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
7. Stir in the vanilla, and do not over-beat.
8. Pour an equal amount of batter into each of the three prepared pans.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. (I used only two layers and had to bake for 45 minutes at least)
10 Cool in pans set on racks for 10 minutes. Invert pans on racks, remove pans, and allow layers to cool completely before frosting. (LIES! let them cool for way more than 10 minutes.)

Great. Ready for the frosting? Now my husband first called this 'interesting,' crushing my spirit and soul, but he's since changed his opinion to 'greatest thing ever to go in a mouth.' Seriously.

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, from the refrigerator
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 large strawberries, pureed
  • 2-3 tsp. strawberry jam
  • pinch of salt, optional
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Add in jam and slowly add pureed strawberry until you get the desired consistency.
  3. Chill before frosting

Okay, now that that's about a giveaway? My newest release, Direct Contact is a dystopian romance. Here's the blurb!

Julie Gladwell has a secret. Acting as chief attendant for the New Government’s procreation program, she rears girls to carry the emperor’s heir. Only a few are chosen for the program, called “The Special Ones,” and they are given no names, only numbers. They see no one but authorized personnel until their twenty-first birthday. Which is usually when they die. Direct contact is forbidden. As she cares for these girls, no one ever suspects who she actually is.

Scientist Malcolm Odin hated his job and hated himself. Put in charge of the entire human engineering program, the experiments and suffering he witnessed made him sick. Still, it paid the bills and kept him living comfortably in Terrecina. He knew of far too many who’d fallen through the cracks, living on the earth below. The Level People, they were called.
When he confides his unease to Julie, she lets him in on her secret and into her heart. What starts as fancy ends in revolution, but how will they choose between their fellow man and each other?

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And last but not least, the rest of the stops on the tour can be found right here!

Happy hopping and happy spring!


  1. Yum. Just reading this, I'm hungry for chocolate cake. And chocolate with strawberries is perfection. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. You had me at chocolate!! Using fresh strawberries and strawberry jam sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll definitely be trying it!

  3. This looks delicious! And just when I was getting into a baking rut...what a lucky find. I'll have to try it.

  4. sounds delicious and i'm going to try the icing on a white cake .

  5. I have no luck lol!!

  6. I would say i have some luck... The cake looks awesome thank you for posting the recipe and for being part of the hop.

  7. Yummm, that strawberry icing sounds heavenly. I'm saving these recipes so I can make them next time I need a special cake. Thanks so much for sharing, Ninette! :)

  8. Chocolate cake and strawberry icing, such a neat combination. one that I haven't tried before!! I do have a blog, Just Trying to Let it Be, and would love if you'd come by (there's a couple of giveaways you can enter too)!! :) I consider myself a very lucky person. Thanks for being a part of this amazing hop!

    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  9. Hello Ninette,

    Just stopping by to say 'hi' to a fellow In Bloomer. Not sure that cake should be allowed tho. :-)

  10. I love chocolate cake, but might leave out the icing. I don't like sweet all that much. Thanks for a great recipe and thank you for the giveaway.

  11. That cake looks delicious! I definitely need to try it. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway! :)

  12. Love the recipe.Chocolate and strawberries,what not to enjoy! Book sounds great.

  13. This looks so good. We will just have to try this.

  14. This sounds delicious!!! I love the idea of chocolate and strawberry!

  15. I consider myself very lucky.
    Cake sounds delicious and so does the book!

  16. You had me at chocolate! Following you!

  17. Nice to *meet* you on this hop, Ninette, and thank you for visiting me at But What Are They Eating? :)

  18. Chocolate! Oh yeah! Love it! Thank you for sharing! Saving this recipe for a very close date! :D And im lucky. I have an amazing family, ive met inspiring and wonderful authors and friends and i have everything that i could want. Thank you!

  19. Chocolate cake hits the spot. Just wanted to sop by and say hi!:)