Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Enter to Win a Kindle copy of THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE!

From now until midnight EST July 25, 2012, post your favorite chocolate treat below and be entered for a chance to win one of two Kindle copies of THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE. Note, this is for the Kindle ebook copy--and if you don't have a Kindle, you can download the free app for reading on your computer or iPad. All entries must comment below, and be sure to include a way to contact you.

Also, don't forget you can buy the Nook and Kindle editions of books #2 and #3 in the series! Look for THE DEVIL SERVED DESIRE and THE ANGEL TASTED TEMPTATION.

This contest is easy, it's fun, and should get all of us in the mood for a little chocolate! :-)



  1. As a writer/author, I found this chocolate cake recipe helped when those nasty rejections might show up. Therefore, I've named this Rejection Cake. However, it tastes even better if you get an acceptance letter. :)


    1 box chocolate cake mix
    1 box (3oz) instant chocolate pudding
    4 eggs
    1/2 cup oil
    1/2 cup water
    1 cup sour cream
    1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

    GENTLY HAND MIX all ingredients then pour batter into
    bundt type pan (any deep round pan with a hole in the
    center will work) Batter will be extremely thick.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. DO NOT
    OVER-BAKE! Test in several places with toothpick, but
    be careful not to consider chocolate from melted chips
    as determining cake is not done.


  2. Love this recipe, Sharon! Thanks for sharing!

  3. My favorite easy one has always been:
    1 container Cool Whip
    1 large box chocolate pudding mix
    1 small bag chocolate chips
    Mix together and pour into a chocolate Graham Cracker crust. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into slices and top each slice with a mini Reeses Cup or chocolate covered cheery. Yum!
    Taking you Summer book challenge. Love it!

    1. I love those easy ones, Brenda! Check out my 189-calorie cake (yesterday's blog post) for something similarily easy--and low-fat :-)

  4. Firstly, what a great title! Secondly, and as a chocoholic I feel I know something about this, you cannot go past a good chocolate brownie. You need:

    175g butter, coarsely chopped (aka don't worry if it's not perfect)
    175g dark cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped
    1½ cups caster sugar
    4 eggs, lightly beaten
    ½ cup plain flour
    2 tbsp cocoa powder
    ½ cup chocolate chips
    Icing sugar to dust
    Optional, but I like it: ½ cup chopped nuts

    Heat oven to 160ºC fan bake. Line a 17cm x 27cm slice tin with baking paper (we're metric in NZ).

    Now the fun starts. Place butter and chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk until smooth, then stir in sugar and eggs.

    Sift flour and cocoa powder together, then stir into chocolate mixture. Lastly, gently stir in chocolate chips.

    Bake for 1 hour or until you can pull a skewer out moist but clean. Try and let them cool before helping yourself! Remove from tin and cut into slices. Dust with icing sugar before serving (what's left).

    Happy baking! @Jo_Fereday

    1. Yum! I love brownies! Now I'm craving these, LOL.

  5. Shirley, this is a great contest.. I don't have any wonderful chocolate receipes..but can tell you that any regular brownie mix is greatly enhanced by just adding chocolate chips... little nuggats hidden are wonderful!!.. PS I eat my chocolate straight out of the wrapper...less time consuming and little evidence that I've not shared with family members... :)

    1. I agree on eating the chocolate right out of the wrapper--or in the car on the way home from the grocery store ;-)

  6. LeeAnn Pratt5:48 PM

    Mine would be what we call Dream Cookies or Cow Pies
    2 c sugar
    1/2 c cocoa
    1/2 c milk
    1/2 c margarine
    Boil all for one min., take from heat, add 1/2 c peanut butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla & 2 1/2 c of dry oatmeal.Mix well and then scoop onto wax paper using tablespoon.
    Let cool and enjoy

    Hope you like

    1. Those are soooo easy and sound awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Mine has to be a recipe my great aunt taught me when I was ten years old. I think of her every time I make them.

    Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1 stick butter
    1/2 cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla (but who measures, I use a bit more)
    3 cups Quick oats
    1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (I also add a bit more)

    Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a boil for one full minute.

    Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter (optional), vanilla and oatmeal.

    Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.

    Make sure you cook for a full minute or longer, if you try to take short cuts, it won't harden correctly and it is soft and gooey. But it still tastes good.

    1. Can't get much easier than no-bake cookies! I'm definitely going to have to try these! Thanks!

  8. Anonymous7:40 PM

    Here's a recipe of my own invention, copying and pasting from my blog:

    A healthy, low calorie chocolate milk shake? Really?


    I make one of these whenever I deserve a treat, and you’d be surprised how often I deserve a treat. Only about 125 calories, and simple to make -

    1 cup almond milk

    1 tsp Truvia or 1 squirt of Sweetleaf liquid stevia

    2 heaping tsps cocoa powder

    1 cup frozen strawberries

    I make this right in the serving glass with my beloved Cuisinart Smart Stick immersion blender (uncompensated product endorsement!), so there’s less to clean up. First blend the cocoa and sweetener into the almond milk, then blend in the strawberries several at a time.

    The frozen strawberries give the cold and thickness, and of course the cocoa and stevia bring the yum.

    You could use cow’s milk and sugar, I suppose, but why would you? If you haven’t tried almond milk, you owe it to youself. It has the thickness and consistency of regular milk, but fewer calories and fat than skim milk. Does it taste exactly like cow’s milk? No – it tastes better! (IMO, of course.)

    And one last thing – to take this chocolate milk shake right over the top, when you’re blending in the cocoa powder, add a sprinkle of cinnamon. Trust me, just do it.


    1. That looks delicious and easy! Thanks! :-)

  9. I love the title of your book, "The Bride wore Chocolate" sounds like an amazing book! I can't wait to read it!

    My recipe is:
    Chocolate Oatmeal Balls
    3 1/2 cups oatmeal flour(blend oatmeal)
    1 1/4 cup sugar
    6 Tablespoons Cocoa
    1/2 sick Butter
    A little milk

    Mix ingredients together and roll into desired size balls. Refriderate.

    Another one I like is

    Perfectly Choc. Choc. Chip Cookies
    2 1/4 Cup flour
    1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup butter(2 sticks)
    3/4 cup sugar
    3/4 cup Brown Sugar(Packed)
    1 teaspoon Vanilla
    2 Eggs
    1 cup choc. chips
    1 cup coconut(or nuts)

    -Preheat oven to 375
    -Stir together Flour, Cocoa, Baking Soda, and Salt, Set aside
    -Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla on medium till creamy.
    Add egs beat well.
    -Gradually ad flour mix. stir in choc. chips & coconut/nuts.
    -Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
    -Bake 7-9 minutes. until set.
    -Cool on cookie racks.


    1. Thank you! oooh, a two-for-one comment! I absolutely LOVE cookies, anytime, anyday. Will have to try these!

  10. I used to fancy myself a baker. And I learned that a baker needs a go-to recipe for every kind of cake. My favorite being chocolate, I went on a chocolate cake bake off. I tried five or six different recipes but couldn't find one I fell in love with until I met Wicked Wanda.

    I found Wicked Wanda's chocolate Cake recipe on a PMS club blog. No lie. There are many reasons why I love this recipe. It never fails. Everyone loves it-- even people who don't like chocolate *shudder, let's all pray for their sanity*. It's very forgiving. It uses simple ingredients that you have in your pantry right now. And what's better than baking a delicious chocolate cake at 3 AM?

    Wicked Wanda's Chocolate Cake

    Sugar – 2 cups
    Flour – 1 and 3/4 cups
    Cocoa – 3/4 cup
    Baking soda – 2 teaspoons
    Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
    Salt – 1 teaspoon
    Mix together well, then in same bowl, add the following:
    Eggs – 2 (just put them in, mix later)
    Buttermilk – 1 cup ( or 3/4 cup milk with 1/4 cup vinegar )
    Strong Coffee – 1 cup ( can be hot or cold, but cold is better because hot might “scramble” the eggs!)
    Oil – 1/3 cup
    Vanilla – 1 teaspoon

    Simple instructions. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients. Dump batter into greased and lined cake pan. Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake. Or eat warm. Or cover in dark chocolate ganache. Then eat. Don't forget to eat.

    1. This one sounds awesome, especially the ganache on top :-) I love that! And coffee in a cake--divine!

  11. My go-to easy chocolate cake recipe has been in the family for at least three generations. This is THE birthday cake we all had when I was growing up. I've no idea where my Great Aunt Hilda found the recipe originally. She was a farmer's wife in Nova Scotia.

    Aunt Hilda Young's Chocolate Cake

    2 cups sugar
    ½ cup butter, room temperature
    2 eggs
    ¾ cup sour milk (milk + 1 teaspoon vinegar)
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon baking powder
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ cup cocoa, dissolved in 1 cup boiling water

    Preheat oven to 350. Grease bundt pan, tube pan, or two layer pans.
    Sift together flour, soda, baking powder and salt. Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, beat until well combined. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk and cocoa water. Mix until well blended.
    Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, do the toothpick test. (25 - 30 minutes for layer pans). Cool in pans on rack for 10 minutes. Turn out and cool completely.

    1. Don't you just love old family recipes? I put a bunch of my mom's into one of those photo books one Christmas for my brother and I. A memento, and a place to keep those recipes.

  12. I love Chocolate ice Cream Pie.
    One gal of chocolate ice cream (softened)
    Spoon into graaham cracker lined pie tin.
    Insert Chocolate ice Cream Bon Bons (as many as you want)
    Refreeze and Enjoy!!!


    1 Pot extra thick double cream
    2 x 6 packs of shops own choccy mousse
    Some divine chocolates, or flake

    Mix the cream and shops own choccy mousse together carefully. Put into idividual pots and pop a chocolate or some flake pieces on top. Chill and then smear on your partner :D Divine!

    1. LOL, love it, especially the last part! ;-)

  14. This is a recently acquired recipe from a friend at church. It is YUM.

    whip cream
    Chocolate syrup
    toffee pieces

    Bake one batch of brownies according to directions and let cool in pan.

    When cool break into bite size pieces in serving dish of your choice. A 9x13 glass cake pan is a good option.

    Spread a layer of brownie pieces in dish. Top with half a container of whip cream. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup (or more if you like) on top of whip cream. Squirt chocolate syrup on top of whip cream and toffee pieces.

    Repeat layers.


    1. You had me at brownies :-) Looks delicious!

  15. Anonymous8:46 PM

    I love brownies.

  16. Congratulations to Jo Fereday and Alicia! You won the copies of THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE!!!! Thanks everyone for the great recipes, and keep an eye out for future contests! I've got lots of new releases to celebrate :-)


  17. Miranda8:56 PM

    Hi Shirley,

    I know that I'm a day late and a dime short, but I didn't want to go on another moment without leaving a copy of my favorite dessert. It's a Baked Chocolate Pudding. It's super easy, and it works for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner expecially if you decorae with some of those Chrimassie colored sprinkles on top. A little bit goes a long way to settle my chocolate needs for a good while.

    Here it is:


    1 cup flour
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 cup nuts
    2 tbsp melted butter or margarine
    3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup hot water
    6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, divided use

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9x5 or 8x8-inch baking dish well.

    Combine and sift flour, granulated sugar, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
    Stir vanilla into the milk and add to the dry ingredients. Stir in nuts and melted butter. Pour into prepared baking dish.
    Combine 3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar and the remaining 3 tbsp cocoa. Sprinkle over the batter in the baking dish. Pour 1 cup hot water over all.
    Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.

    Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


  18. Mindy Ross4:33 PM

    Just read "Mechanics" Scene Transitions and Hooks" http://www.wildrosepress.us/ Great resource for new writers and a brush-up for seasoned ones.

  19. What a great recipe, Miranda! I'll have to put that on my To Try list!

    Thanks for the link, Mindy!



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