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, Summer Kinard, and her recipe for Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting along with an introduction to her Greek Orthodox inspirational romance, The Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin. Please join me in welcoming Summer and savor her recipe for frosting as you read about her new book!
This recipe is for the rich chocolate cream cheese frosting on one of the pivotal cakes in the book.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3-1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1-2 Tablespoons of milk or cream (optional)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese until well blended. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time. Mix after each cup until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract until smooth. Add the cacao powder. Adding 1/3 cup of cacao powder makes milk chocolate level frosting, and ½ cup makes a darker, richer frosting. If the frosting is too stiff for your preference, you may add a tablespoon or two of milk or cream to soften it. Frosts a 9”x13” cake or two layers of an 8” or 9” round cake.
After 125 years of vampirism, Jeffrey Lapin wants to end his life of torment. A failed suicide attempt puts him in touch with Maddy, an Orthodox Christian police officer whose helping hand burns Jeffrey’s skin. Her touch shows him the solution to his problem: he will convert to Orthodoxy and say goodbye to the world when he gets baptized. But Jeffrey’s so focused on dying that he overlooks the first part of baptism: the exorcism. Parted forever from the demon that tormented him, Jeffrey has to learn to live as a Christian, free from the demon but not his own tendencies to mess up. With compassion and coffee, confession and cake, Jeff’s new Orthodox family teaches him to accept the grace given him to live into true eternal life. Strengthened by new habits of faith, Jeffrey finds a new direction, purpose, and maybe even love. Fans of The Screwtape Letters and The Sayings of the Desert Fathers will resonate with this story of redemption and love rooted in ancient Christian teachings.
He was hungry still. He piled a new plate high with the help of the jolly man and carried it back to his seat. Maddy was there. He stopped short. He said something nonsensical about recipes. She smelled like spices, just as he had imagined. He made himself sit and eat again, but he wanted to look at her. Nick and Maddy were so good to him. He made a dumb joke about not eating in a long time. Maddy didn’t laugh, but she smiled. He liked her smile. He liked the cake. Maddy smiled and went to the kitchen. Jeffrey turned to Nick.
“Did I just say I liked the cake?” He blew out his lips. “I wanted to tell Maddy,” he gestured a circle with his fork. “Something. I don’t know. I saw her and forgot how to talk sense. Nick, what am I going to do if I can’t even talk to women anymore?”
“You’ll learn. They are good teachers, these women. Just listen to them, son, and you’ll do well.”
Jeffrey finished his food and stared at his plate. He sat down his fork and looked at his hand. The skin was soft from the anointing, the burns gone. He remembered why he wanted to see Maddy. “Excuse me, Nick.”
Maddy was stacking hot cheese rolls on a platter. She looked up when he walked in. “Hi, Jeffrey. Everything going well?”
“It is, yes.” He stepped closer to her and smelled the wave of ginger and cloves that was just the color of her smile. He wanted to taste her smile. He reached out his hand. “May I?”
She let him take her hand. “Well, that’s a change, at least,” she smiled. “No blisters.”
“I wanted to tell you, Maddy,” he leaned toward her a little and groped for words. They ran from him. He chased them forward all the way to her lips and kissed her. She pushed him away.
“What was that? You can’t just kiss me!” She looked angry for a moment, then softened. “Oh. You don’t know. We kiss on cheeks here, Jeffrey. But, um, thanks for the thought?”
“I’m sorry.” He stepped back, let go of her hand. “I wanted to say thank you, and I got carried away. I think I’m not used to smelling food. You smell so good.” Her eyes widened and she leaned back as though she thought he might try for another taste. “I mean, because of the cooking. I’m, um, not speaking well.” Emmy walked in and picked up the tray. She winked at him before carrying the tray back to the hall. “I meant. Just. Thank you, Maddy.”
“You’re welcome.” He turned away, and she called him back. “Jeffrey? Next time you want to kiss someone, ask first.” She shook her head once and waved him out.
He nodded and walked back to his table. Nick looked amused but did not speak. He only slid a fresh cup of coffee in front of him.
“You were right, Nick.”
“There’s a first time for everything.” Nick sipped his coffee and gestured to Jeffrey’s cup. “Drink up. It will get easier.”
Jeffrey nodded and sipped. He looked at his fingers wrapped around the pale blue cup. The skin was unmarred and clear, but he knew it was a lie. Maddy’s touch still burned him.
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As a special treat Summer is giving away of a 1 pound bag of organic raw cacao powder to a commenter. “The characters in The Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin fall in love over cake, among other reasons. What’s your favorite type of cake?” Here’s the link to the cacao powder I used in the recipe, that I would like to give away to a lucky commenter: ttp://tinyurl.com/pcd3fnb
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