Cupcake filled with Marble Gooey Butter Cake

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MY FAMILY’S NEW FAVORITE CUPCAKE

Sometimes it is difficult to please the chocolate fanatics and the non.  Marble is a nice compromise.  Here’s the compromise … a basic yellow cupcake, with a piece of chocolate marble gooey butter cake inside, and topped with a marble frosting top (vanilla, chocolate, and a vanilla-chocolate mix).

The night before I made these cupcakes I baked a pan of chocolate marble gooey butter cake .  I do this because it is easier to cut these into clean squares if they sit overnight.  This recipe makes plenty so don’t worry if you can’t control yourself and need to indulge in a little taste.  These taste amazing so enjoy!  Just don’t get too carried away and eat more than half of the batch.  Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Marble Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 package yellow cake mix

8 Tbls melted butter

1 egg

Filling:

8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

8 Tbls melted butter

3 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat over 350, set aside 13 x9 pan
  2. For crust, mix ingredients until batter forms a ball.  Press evenly into ungreased pan
  3. For filling, (don’t need to clean mixing bowl or beater) whip the cream cheese. Add eggs, vanilla, and melted butter and beat for 1 minute.  Add powdered sugar slowly and beat until mixed completely
  4. Remove 1 c of filling and put in a separate bowl
  5. Pour remaining filling over crust in pan, spread evenly to all edges of pan
  6. Melt chocolate chips then mix with the 1 c of filling that was in a separate bowl
  7. Drop dollops of chocolate batter over the vanilla filling in the pan.  Gently swirl the chocolate and vanilla fillings
  8. Bake for 45-47 minutes – until slightly browned and center jiggles a little.
  9. Cool at least 30 minutes before attempting to cut (even for a taste test)

Day 2 (hopefully you didn’t eat all of the gooey butter cake)

I cut the gooey butter cake into 24 1in x 1in squares.  Don’t cut them larger or the squares won’t fit in the cupcake.

Cupcake time.

Prepare yellow cake batter.  Any yellow cake cupcake will do.  Cake mixes work quite well.  I place a small scoop of batter in each of 24 cupcake papers.  Then place one gooey butter cake square on top of batter.  Cover the squares completely with more batter.  I baked the cupcakes for only 18 minutes.  Remove from pans and allow to cool completely.

Frosting

I made a batch Wilton Buttercream vanilla frosting and a batch of chocolate.  I took a 1/3 of each and mixed them together.  For these cupcakes I used a new Wilton ColorSwirl Coupler

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If you don’t have a coupling device, you can just as easily squeeze in equal amounts of vanilla, chocolate, and marble frosting into one piping bag.  In fact, I think this might be easier.  I found it very cumbersome to use the coupling device.  I found my hands weren’t large enough to manipulate the frosting easily.

Decorate the cupcakes with any tip that you prefer.

Enjoy the cupcakes.

Be kind – don’t forget to share some, too.

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HAPPY BAKING!

Maggie Way – Sydney (Entangle Me Book 1)

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REVIEW

This is a fun quick read.  Lacey’s rehearsal dinner turns into a complete disaster, but her reaction to Adam is laugh-out-loud funny.  He is so awful that you can’t help but laugh.

Lacey … GO GIRL POWER!  She’s a bit sassy and determined but a romantic at heart.  You can’t help but like her for the mere fact that she doesn’t allow her a**hole ex-fiance destroy her spirit.

Gabe is the fantastic gay best friend/business partner.  He brings a bit of levity to the situation.

Looking forward to getting to know Tristan better in the next book in the series.

The only thing that would have made this better, is if I were drinking a glass a wine along with the characters.  Oh, maybe some chocolate, too.  (If Lacey gets to imbibe, I should, too)

BLURB

A jilted girl…
A wicked boy…
A forbidden kiss…
A happily ever after?

Lacey Ryan’s perfect life was well underway, until her fiancé blindsides her with a betrayal so deep it changes everything. Now her life’s gone to hell, and the only way out may be at the hands of the last person she’d have expected to come to her rescue, Tristan Keys—the deliciously sexy player she’s fantasized about her entire life.

Sure he’s arrogant, cocksure, and frustratingly handsome, but he’s also offering exactly what she needs, a fresh start planning destination weddings. First class flights, the chance to see the world, and maybe a little harmless flirtation while she’s at it. Yes, it’s just what she needs.

Only there’s one glaring problem: Tristan happens to be her brother’s best friend. Which means he is completely off-limits. She knows it, he knows it. It’s completely forbidden. Even though she’s always followed all the rules, suddenly Lacey find herself wanting to break them all. Is he worth the risk? Or will he only break her heart—and possibly her bed springs? There’s only one way to find out, and it’s going to involve a lot of suitcase packing, merlot and chocolate.

Thank You Arc to Maggie Way!

Amy Deason – Angel in the Shadows

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REVIEW

Great characters and interesting, twisted plot.  I really enjoyed a few of the unexpected plot shifts.  It read like a good action novel without being weighed down by unnecessary extended violent scenes.

Seth is mysterious and good looking.  I could clearly conjure an image of him as if I were watching a crime show.  He is calculating, but yet sensitive.  The extended background on his character made him more likable.

Madison is very strong willed.  I liked how she fought to stay smart even in the worst of moments.

This is a fast paced novel.  I read it quite quickly for 90k word novel.  Based on that alone, I would give it a thumbs up.  The more I like a book, the faster I read.

BLURB

Never Turn Your Back . . .

Never Reveal Your Name . . .

Never surrender Your Heart . . .

Madison Sinclair is a smart-mouthed photographer who enjoys the simple things in life. Recently landing a job at one of Manhattan’s top imaging companies, she works hard to prove herself but often falls short of the mark. Taking pictures of the New York scenery, relaxing at home with a glass of wine, and caring for her stray cat are the highlights of her day. But when her best friend convinces her into covering a charity event thrown by a handsome billionaire, Madison’s life suddenly becomes anything but simple as she finds herself in a constant race for survival. There is nowhere she can turn, no one she can trust.

Seth Reynolds has been in the game a long time. He knows how to get in, get a job done, and get out with no complications and no witnesses. Trained to be cold and heartless, he is committed to follow through with this mission no matter what. Racing against an impossible time table, everything is in place to take out the madman intent on destroying New York City. But when the naIve Madison Sinclair stumbles into his world, all of his carefully laid plans go to hell.

Determined to do what is right at all costs, Seth must choose between the rules he’s lived by his entire life or saving Madison from a fate worse than death. If he follows orders, he will be an unsung hero, saving millions of innocent people. But if he risks his own life for Madison’s, the entire city will be in jeopardy. The choice should be easy. Risk one to save many. That’s the unbreakable code of The Perfect Order. But now, without even trying, Madison has gotten under his skin and inside his heart. With the fate of the city resting in his hands, how he can do the right thing when he no longer knows what that is?

Thank You Arc to Amy Deason!

 

Additive Authors: featuring LAUREN DANE

Throw Back Thursday

There’s no denying that I get addicted to certain authors.  Looking at my archive of book reviews, there are certain authors that I’ve blogged about many times.  The books by these authors are consistently enjoyable.  Perhaps you may like these authors as well.  If you’re looking for new authors to read, I highly suggest this addictive author.

FEATURED AUTHOR: Lauren Dane

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The story goes like this: While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

Today Lauren is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty novels and novellas across several genres.

Website: http://www.laurendane.com

 

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Lauren Dane – Brown Family Series

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Lauren Dane – The Best Kind of Trouble

Lauren Dane – Broken Open

Lauren Dane – Cake

Lauren Dane – Chase Series

Lauren Dane – Federation Chronicles

Lauren Dane – Laid Bare

Lauren Dane – Making Chase

Lauren Dane – To Do List

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 to Lauren Dane for hours of enjoyment!

 

RELEASE DAY: Tara Sue Me – The Claiming

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REVIEW

Tara Sue Me continues to break the stereotypes of BDSM relationships without losing the kinky-thrill of the sexual connections.  The Claiming is a short novella and a fantastic treat for fans of The Submissive Series.  The book includes a bit of playful role play in an exotic castle.  But the best part, is the smart, quick-witted responses of three very strong and articulate submissives.  The author shatters the concept that submissives are weak.  As the play continues, the Dominants’ need for privacy is HOT. What happens under the table, stays under the table.  I figure it is the corollary to the Las Vegas principle.

If you haven’t read the rest of the series … 1. READ THE SERIES!!! 2.then read this book (you might not appreciate the characters as much without having read the rest of the series).

BLURB

The New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive series returns to the story started in The Master with a tantalizing new novella about passion, play, and possession…
 
Submitting is just the beginning…
 
Sasha Blake never thought her emotional wounds would heal—that they were a part of her just like her physical scars. But that was before Cole Johnson’s boundless love and overwhelmingly sexy control set her free, unleashing a confident side that she never knew she had. He’s more than just her Master; he’s her world. And she’ll do anything he asks…

Cole’s days of restless wandering are done—he’s found everything he needs in Sasha. Now, it’s time to make it official. When his childhood home in England goes up for sale, he realizes the old estate is the perfect place to claim Sasha as his own, and the ideal opportunity to show her just how much she means to him.

As Sasha, Cole, and their closest friends from their Partners in Play community descend on the British countryside for a titillating adult vacation, the submissives and Dominants alike will test their boundaries—and have an adventure none of them will ever forget…

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Available on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Claiming-Submissive-Tara-Sue-Me-ebook/dp/B01DJZWA64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473765362&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Claiming+Tara+Sue+Me#nav-subnav

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Tara Sue Me – The Master

Thank You Arc to Tara Sue Me!

Shakespeare vs Contemporary Romance

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Like most kids in high school, I was never a fan of Shakespeare.  In fact all of the mandatory reading in high school made me dislike reading.  To make matters worse, after undergrad, I went to law school where I was inundated with so much reading that I had a fleeting thought about reading for enjoyment.

It wasn’t until many years later that I started reading for pleasure.  This quickly progressed into an obsession and my blog.  I’ve read around 650 books – about 99% are romance books.  I may not be “well-read” in the Shakespeare arena, but I have a considerable number of romance books deliciously tucked into my head.

My teenage daughter found it odd to find me reading Shakespeare.  She wouldn’t bat an eyelash if she saw me reading an erotic romance, but when she saw me reading Richard III she shouted, “Why?”  Her tone of voice was amusing as she seemed almost appalled.  My honest answer was two-fold.  First, I’m helping out a friend with a project.  Obviously it is a good friend, because why else would I subject myself to Shakespeare.  Second, one of my reading goals for the year was to read a few books outside the romance genre.

Now, with age, a lot more reading experience, and a new perspective I have to admit that I’m still not a fan of Shakespeare.  Sorry, if that offends every English major out there.

I’m not an English major.  I majored in civil engineering, went law school, and am well-read in the romance genre.

How does Shakespeare compare to contemporary romance?

  1.  If a romance author were to try and publish a book with as many characters as were included and alluded to in Richard III, a publisher wouldn’t even waste their time with a rejection letter.  Richard III would be sent straight to the circular file.
  2. Shakespeare not only uses the same name for different people, but often refers to the same person by different names without ANY clarification.  This is the crux of why I really disliked the play.
  3. Shakespeare requires a history background to actually understand the genealogy surrounding the characters.  I felt the play was like a long relationship problem on the LSAT exam (but not all the information was provided).  It wreaked of unfairness.
  4. The actual language in Shakespeare was challenging as I lacked a familiarity with old English.  However, by the end of the book I didn’t feel any need to read the translated easier version in the No Fear book.  I have come to love reading authors from other parts of the world where some of their phrasing or lingo is different from my U.S. background.  In fact I was completely amused by some of the odd phasing in Shakespeare that crept into modern language.  “No doubt.” was a particular favorite.
  5. It is unfair to plainly state that Shakespeare’s words are “superior” or contain more “depth” than current authors.  I have read some romance authors that are also linguistically beautiful.  In fact, their words come off the page like a song.
  6. Alternatively, I find that Shakespeare is similar to antiquated and wordy legalese.  Today’s law schools teach students to write with clarity and to write succinctly.  Old school ways should be left in the past.
  7. Great romance books have great characters.  The reader gets to know and understand the way the characters think.  Shakespeare lacked in this department as well.  While the reader does get to know Richard III, the other characters (all too many) were often wishy-washy and flat.
  8. Not truly knowing the characters made it unclear how to interpret their feelings through dialog alone.  It was like reading a text from someone and being uncertain if the sender was being sarcastic.
  9. There may be more use of thematic devices and other literary devices in Shakespeare.  I don’t mean to condemn Shakespeare as a barren book not worthy of any recognition.  However, I do take issue with the common misnomer that romance books lack in this arena.  Many authors use similar devices in their works.  Most reviews or book discussions focus on the entertainment value rather than a full blown deconstruction of romance books as considered as literary works.

I’m not suggesting that English teachers replace Shakespeare with romance books in their curriculums.  I believe that there is an educational value in learning HOW to read Shakespeare.

I take issue with people bashing those that prefer to read romance over traditional literary works.  It is very pretentious and egotistical to take such a position.

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HAPPY READING!

Friday’s Five Star Finds

Five Star Books

Five Star Books that I’ve reviewed in the past week

(click on book to read the review)

September 16, 2016

Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

September 2, 2016

Her Confession by S. Valentine

August 19

Tickle His Fancy by Samantha A. Cole

August 5

Rule by Jay Crownover

July 22

Bet Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

July 15

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

June 24

Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey

June 17

Let the Waves Come In by J.L. Leslie

That Girl by Rachel Strong

June 10

Colleen Hoover – November 9

June 3

Take the Money and Run by Samantha A. Cole

Legend by Katy Evans

May 27 

Stripped and Bound by Rebecca Moon

Love in a Small Town by Zoe York

May 20

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Roomhate by Penelope Ward 

April 29

Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton

April 22

One With You by Sylvia Day

April 15

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

April 8

Bound to You by Skylar Nightingale

Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton

April 1

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

March 18

Debt by Rachel Dunning

March 4

Helena Hunting – Pucked

Dani René – Broken By Desire

February 26

The Master by Tara Sue Me

February 19

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

February 12

Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

Wild Aces by Marni Mann

A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

January 29

Brave Enough by M. Leighton

January 22

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Prince Hudson by Lily Cahill

January 1

Blood Kiss by JR Ward

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery

What Five Star Books have you read lately?