Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Coco Rousseau, and her recipe for Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake along with an introduction to her historical erotica, The Age of Innocence, Volumes 1 & 2. Please join me in welcoming Coco and savor her recipe for Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake as you read about her new book!
If it’s chocolate with a dash of red, it must be St. Valentine’s Day. So what’s the perfect dessert? Here’s one I discovered from The Pioneer Woman that captures the heart of the occasion. It’s easy to make and truly delicious.
Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 18 Minutes
FOR THE CAKE:
2 sticks Butter
4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa Powder
2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1-1/2 cup Nutella
FOR THE STRAWBERRIES:
2 pints Strawberries, Hulled And Sliced
1/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
2 cups Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 round baking pans with parchment, then spray the parchment with baking spray.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the cocoa and stir it until smooth. Pour in the boiling water, let the mixture bubble up for 20 seconds or so, then turn it off and set it aside.
In a measuring pitcher or bowl, mix together the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in the hot chocolate mixture, stirring gently until it’s halfway combined and less hot. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and continue stirring gently until the batter is all combined.
Pour the batter into the pans and bake them for 17-20 minute, until they’re just set. Remove them from the pans and set them aside to cool completely.
Meanwhile, prepare the strawberries by stirring them with the sugar and the vanilla. Let them macerate for 15 minutes, then drain off the excess juice.
Whip the cream with the powdered sugar.
To assemble, turn one layer upside down on a serving platter. Spread half the Nutella all over the surface. Spread on half the whipped cream and top with half the strawberries Place the other layer upside down on top and repeat with the rest of the Nutella, whipped cream, and strawberries. Keep chilled until serving. Cut with a serrated knife!
Note: Don’t assemble more than an hour before serving.
The Age of Innocence, Volume 1 Blurb:
In Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, adapted by Coco Rousseau, the handsome, wealthy Newland Archer, a member of New York’s upper class, is caught in a web of a love triangle—not one he falls into, but one he creates. Is it the fair and innocent, but superficial May Newland, his betrothed, who can bring Newland the happiness, love, and passion that he craves … ?
“Newland Archer took the lily from the bouquet, brought it to his lips, and breathed in its subtle, but elegant fragrance. He considered the broken stem of the flower and how delicate the plant seemed. Beads of liquid seeped from it. He touched the wetness and then looked into his beloved’s eyes. Any restraint that he might have felt moments ago was lost. He was suddenly spurred on to taste what was his alone—May Welland.”
Or will a desperate Newland Archer disregard the rigid, sterile views of high society and abandon May for another—May’s cousin, the beautiful and mysterious Countess Olenska, a married woman who brings scandal wherever she treads.
“She sighed quietly and then took a deep breath. Her chest began rising and falling as her breath hastened. Newland could almost hear her heart pattering. She did not try to fight him, not in the slightest, but let him continue making his way up the length of her smooth, delicate arm. He was enraptured by her fragrance, inflamed by her feminine allure.”
Let intrigue, passion, and lust be your guides as you experience the once hidden, but now open sensual story of The Age of Innocence.
In Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, adapted by Coco Rousseau, May and Newland Archer, a turn-of-the-century upper class couple in New York Society, are now joined in matrimony. Although Society expects Newland to honor his marital vows and remain faithful, the love triangle with Newland’s society-obsessed, superficial wife, May and the beautiful, scandalous Countess Olenska continues to complicate Newland’s existence. Will he find happiness with May? Or will his unbridled lust and love for the Countess keep him entangled in the web despite what society might think of them?
“Newland and the Countess undressed, laying their clothes on a rock. They looked toward the sea and he grasped her hand. Together, they ran toward the surf, laughing as children, and raced into the water, jumping through the waves until they stood waist deep, letting the smooth waves ripple over them. He pulled her near and lifted her. She wrapped her legs around his waist and clung to his neck as he held her in his arms. The feel of her body next to his, sliding against the pull of the surf, was divine.”
Does the Countess Olenska possess Newland Archer mind, body, and soul? Or will May Archer, the devoted wife, win back her wayward husband?
“She had escaped down a narrow path surrounded by trees and lush ground vegetation. It was a place they knew well; a place to steal away for a romantic interlude. When Newland Archer discovered her lying on a bench, her hair freed, her dress draped over the back of the bench, one of her legs hanging down to the grass with her foot rubbing against its soft blanket, there was no doubt what his wife May wanted.”
Let intrigue, passion, and lust be your guides as you reach the conclusion of the once hidden, but now open sensual story of The Age of Innocence.
The Age of Innocence, Volume 1 Excerpt:
When he saw May Welland’s singular look, Newland Archer was overcome with the desire to touch the flesh of his soon to be bride. His mind began to wander, and he imagined that only the two of them were present…
He held out his hand to her. She placed her own hand, slender but strong, in his. He lifted her from the chair and drew her near. They stared longingly into one another’s eyes, hers unsure, his filled with certainty.
“Newland,” she whispered, her voice quavering.
He hushed her and took her face in his hands. He drew near her and stopped before touching his lips to her soft skin. Her breath hastened and her body fell limp against the weight of his arms. He braced her body and, hesitating no longer, pressed his lips to hers and took what belonged to him.
He would have her, all of her. He would ravish her, he would complete her. He slid his tongue between her satiny lips and found her velvety tongue, which was waiting to discover the unknown. She sighed at his touch and allowed him to take the lead. He rubbed the tip of his tongue against hers, slowly at first. But it wasn’t long before she placed her arms around his neck and followed with great enthusiasm.
When the kiss ended and they drew away from each other, she sighed. “Oh, Newland, my darling.”
He did not give her a chance to speak. Instead, he closed the gap and kissed her some more. Their lips touched and withdrew several times before he slid his mouth away from hers and then glided his lips across her cheeks and down her neck. He almost felt the patter of her heart ripple against her décolletage. He slid his mouth lower to her bosom, where he felt her heart beating through her chest.
“Newland, please, I don’t think . . . ” Her voice faded against the growing storm of his desire.
He eased down the tulle tucker of her dress, which was fastened with only a single gardenia. Then he lowered the dress to reveal the creamy complexion of her bare breasts. Her nipples protruded like tender cherries waiting for the first taste. He slid his fingers across the supple texture of her delicate skin and circled the tips of her nipples until the flesh stood on end.
She released a pleasurable sigh, and her head lolled in ecstasy.
He lowered his mouth to the blossom and began consuming her flesh with his tongue. He circled one of the tips, while he delicately thrummed the other nipple between the pads of his fingers.
“I want you,” he said.
She lifted her head as though awakening from a deep sleep. “Oh, Newland, my love.”
The Age of Innocence, Volume 2 Excerpt:
“You see, I need you,” Countess Olenska said. “My mind and body crave your touch. If we could make love just one more time.”
He tried to hold her back. “And where shall we go from there?”
She stood on her tiptoes and leaned toward his mouth, but he held the distance. “Kiss me, Newland.” Her breath was hot, the vapor rising as she exhaled. “Make love with me.”
When he turned his head, her lips brushed across his cheeks. Her mouth came to rest upon his ear, and she did not withdraw, but instead, touched her tongue to its flesh and slowly began to lick along the rim.
“Ellen,” he said, his voice quavering.
“You like that, don’t you?” she whispered and then pressed her body closer to him. He could feel her firm breasts pushing against his chest.
“No,” he said, feigning protest. But she continued to slowly and seductively slide her tongue down until she found his earlobe. She circled the soft lobe and then gently clasped it between her teeth and sucked lightly, while circling her tongue along the supple and tender skin.
He groaned lightly, aroused by her delicate touch.
“Just once more,” she whispered.
“There’s nowhere we can go. Our homes are occupied with curious eyes.”
She pressed her lips to his cheeks and kissed him. When his jaw grew slack, she reached for his face and turned it toward her. She began kissing his mouth, and before long, he responded, releasing his pent-up passion.
He spoke between kisses, his voice tense and low. “Oh, my dear, dear Ellen. How could this be happening?”
“I need you. I need you now like I have never needed a man. Oh, Newland, dearest. Do not deny me, my love.”
He drew her tightly into his arms and continued to kiss her more passionately, their breathing steamy and quivering. “I need you,” he said when he broke from the kiss, repeating her words.
She glanced over her shoulder toward a quiet courtyard. “In the shadows,” she said.
“It’s too cold.”
“Our passion will keep us warm. Come.” She grasped his arm and led him through the entrance, which was veiled in vines. She stopped in a corner up against the side of the building. “Here,” she said, and then opened her full-length cape, casting it over his shoulders to surround him. She pulled her hood up and used it to cover their faces.
His hands moved quickly to her bosoms, his lips returned to hers. He massaged her supple breast through the fabric of her dress, but did not try to unbutton the bodice. She wrapped a leg around his and pulled him closer, and soon their bodies warmed inside the shelter of her cloak.
“How?” he asked.
“Like this.” She quickly unfastened…
Buy The Books:
The Age of Innocence, Volume 1
The Age of Innocence, Volume 2
After successfully adapting E. M. Forster’s A ROOM WITH A VIEW to explore that novel’s erotic potential, Coco decided she would continue her passion for retelling classic love stories on a more intimate level by adapting an American classic.
In 1921, Edith Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her twelfth book, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. A remarkable chronicle of an important period in American history, the story portrays the public and private lives of the upper class in nineteenth-century New York. Wharton creates a tragic, poignant love story among Newland Archer, an idealistic young lawyer, May, his society-conscious wife, and the Countess Olenska, a beautiful, mysterious woman with a scandalous past. In Coco’s adaption of the timeless classic, the plot takes on a new twist, while also more explicitly exploring human passion and sexuality in ways that Wharton could not.
As a special treat, Coco has a great GIVEAWAY!! The first two (2) visitors to leave comments, and the last two (2), will receive FREE eBook copies of both books, Volume 1 and Volume 2 of THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. Simply email Coco your address at email@example.com. In the subject line be sure to say you’re the winner.
BONUS: Any reviewer who stops by and wants a review copy will receive a free ARC copy. Simply email the request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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