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, Anna James, and her recipe for Nicole’s Chocolate Lovers Cake Recipe along with an introduction to her contemporary romance with elements of suspense, Keeping Her Guilty Secret (Book #1, Forever Yours Trilogy). Please join me in welcoming Anna and savor her recipe for chocolate cake as you read about her new book!
Nicole’s Chocolate Lovers Cake Recipe:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup butter (Nicole uses unsalted)
1 1/2 tablespoons Amaretto Liquor (or almond extract)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup water
6 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons Amaretto (or almond extract) – optional
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 (9 inch) pans. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In the top of a double boiler, heat 6 ounces chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm.
Step 2: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons Amaretto Liquor (or almond extract). Stir in the melted chocolate. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Step 4: Make the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: In the top of a double boiler, heat 6 ounces chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Gradually add in cocoa powder, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl, whip softened cream cheese, gradually blending in the confectioners’ sugar, melted chocolate and Amaretto Liquor (or almond extract).
Step 5: Make the Ganache: In a large saucepan, combine chocolate chips and 1 cup heavy cream. Heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
Step 6: Assemble the cake: When cake is completely cooled, cover the bottom cake layer with as much ganache as desired. Refrigerate for 5 minutes, or until ganache has set. Spread frosting over the ganache. Cover with top layer of cake. Frost top and sides with buttercream, and garnish with more ganache.
Passion ignites between Nicole Bradford and Max Paradis the moment they lay eyes on each other, but despite the sizzling attraction and Max’s to-die-for-kisses, Nicole is reluctant to get involved. She’s been burned by love before.
Carlo had been her ideal mate but the dream became a nightmare when his drug smuggling past was revealed.
Now all Nicole wants is to get on with her life and keep the secret she’s been hiding for the last six years.
Still, how can she resist the handsome and sexy Max when he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man? And what will she do when Carlo returns and threatens to expose her ugly past?
Nicole will have to trust Max with the truth if she wants to win his love and get Carlo out of her life for good. If she doesn’t Carlo could destroy everything that matters most to her.
They walked up the short flagstone path that led to the front porch. When they reached the front door, Nicole said, “I had a great time tonight.”
So had he. Max couldn’t remember the last time he’d enjoyed himself as much. Pulling her into his arms, he dropped a kiss on her lips. “I want to see you again, tomorrow night.”
She sighed. “I can’t. I have to work at the restaurant.”
Damn. “Tomorrow afternoon then.”
She shook her head. “I need to spend tomorrow working on Ashley’s wedding dress. Reed is taking her back to school on Sunday night.”
“Then have dinner with me on Sunday night.”
“Sunday is family dinner day. I’m making a leg of lamb.”
He sighed. “Right.”
“Maybe you can come over and I can teach you to cook?” she asked hopefully.
He flashed a wolfish grin. “Darlin’, I already know how to cook.”
Her husky laugh had a bolt of desire zinging through him. He pulled her back into his arms and kissed her again.
“Food, Max, you can help me cook the food.”
His eyebrow winged up.
She grinned. “No, really, it’ll be fun. Besides, I’m making my chocolate lovers’ cake for dessert and I wanted to try a new little twist. I could use a taste tester.”
“Now you’re talking. What time should I be here?”
“Is nine o’clock too early? It’ll take almost three hours for the lamb to cook and we’ll have to make the cake first. Ashley and Reed have to leave by three so I need to have dinner on the table no later than one-thirty.”
“I’ll be there.”
“It’s a date then.”
He nodded, then crushed her lips with his again.
“You two really need to get a room.”
He released her and glowered as Reed moved past him. “I should probably go.”
“Yeah,” she said.
He gave her one last kiss, then turned to leave. The sound of female laughter and wolf whistling floated out the open door and made him smile.
He couldn’t wait until Sunday. Nicole might be the expert in the kitchen, but he was no slouch either. He had just the recipe to spice things up and he intended to show her.
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Anna James writes heartwarming contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after. She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.
Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.
Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends.
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