My guests today are Angelica Hart and Zi, the authors of romantic thrillers, fantasy, paranormal stories. They will share their recipe for Merry Christmas, Too, Cake and the blurb for their brand new story, Christmas Eve…Vil, a romantic supernatural thriller from Champagne Book Group.
Merry Christmas, Too, Cake
We adore the football team, the Eagles, and this desert is a sports fan’s guilty pleasure and or warm-fuzzy — win or lose cake. What better way to celebrate any football season than with a Eagles green, sweet, moist cake? (Yes, we’re from that part of the world.) However, you can also use this bright garish green cake for the holidays and add a candy cane on the top for proper decor. The most important thing, however, is that you can have a blast making this cake – there will be green food dye and green cake batter everywhere! Wee ones will love it. But that’s only half the fun. Eating it what it is really all about. NOTE: Apron and towels are a must. NOTE: Camera would be in order if the previous multi-note was ignored. After frosting the cake, and licking the spoon clean, it will be so much fun to slice a piece and find the bright green cake hiding under the icing! NOTE: Whereas, the green is all about the Birds and/or Christmas, it is reasonable that some Irish might enjoy it — Que sera sera.
All the ingredients can be found. Without them, chances of baking this cake are remote, unless you are magical.
Cake – 2 ½ cups flour – 1 ½ cups sugar – 1 tsp. Baking soda – 1 tsp. Salt – 1 tsp. Cocoa powder – 1 ½ cups vegetable oil – 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature – 2 large eggs, room temperature – 2 tbs. Green food coloring – 1 tsp. White distilled vinegar – 1 tsp. Vanilla extract Cream Cheese Frosting – 1 pound cream cheese, softened – 2 sticks butter, softened – 1 tsp. Vanilla extract – 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
3. In a large mixing bowl, gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with an electric mixer.
4. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
5. Divide the batter evenly between 2 8-inch round pans.
6. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes (mine took 25 minutes), test for doneness with a toothpick.
7. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.
2. Add the sugar and beat, on a low speed, until incorporated.
3. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
Anya Petrichona, the guardian of an ancient amulet that permits entry to the supernatural realm, is pursued by an maniacal preacher. While seeking refuge in the New Mexico Mountains, she becomes snowbound with the enticing and gallant Luke Calico. As Christmas Eve approaches, Anya’s and Luke’s ardor sizzles even as the preacher’s malevolence henchmen encroach. Survival depends on Anya outwitting the preacher, bent on abusing her powers, and resistance to a seductive, demonic spirit.
Read more about Angelica and Zi and their stories at angelicahartandzi.com. Tomorrow, J.A. Garland.