Thursday, April 5, 2012

Carrie's Birthday Bloghop

It's Carrie's Birthday.



I'd sing Happy Birthday but I can't hold a tune – so instead I'm going to blog about cake – birthday cake.

I love cake. I love to bake them. I love to eat them. And if I was an erotic romance writer I'd have my characters.......I'll let you fill in the visual.

For my friend's 40th birthday she called up and asked for my chocolate cake. She doesn't bake. That in itself floors me. When I'm not writing or editing or critiquing or revising – I bake. I experiment with new recipes and pull out old favourites.

The cake my friend wanted is not MY cake – it's a recipe from a book – but to give you an idea I'll run through the first 5 ingredients
12 ounces of butter (cup and a half)
10 ounces of dark chocolate (cup and a quarter)
12 egg yolks
8 ounces fine sugar (1 cup)
6 egg whites

That's just for the cake – then there is the chocolate mousse between the layers and the chocolate ganache poured over the whole thing. Plus a little whipped cream thrown on just for some extra loving. Luckily, no one I know is diabetic, but I have probably added a few inches to the hips of my friends.
Found some pictures we can all drool over. These are not my cakes - I can bake them and ice them - can't decorate like this.







To me chocolate cake is the greatest comfort food. Yes it's rich and loaded with calories and fat and carbs and whatever else isn't good for you. But to me chocolate cake is "soul food". Makes me feel good right down to my soul. Do I eat it every day? No. But I sure wish I could.

For a chance to win an ecopy of my contemporary romance – Circles Interlocked – leave your email and tell me what your favourite comfort food is.
Circles Interlocked - Victoria Adams
available at (click on cover or go to--)
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Circles-Interlocked-ebook/dp/B005S8LI46
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Circles+Interlocked

Having been betrayed by the man she assumed she was destined to be with forever; Julie Anderson slapped Robert Holiday in an angry ending to their brief love affair. Heartbroken that her love affair didn't end with the fairy tale Happily Ever After, Julie leaves town to pursue her dream of being a dancer. As fate has a curious sense of humor, eight years later, they wake up in bed together. Now it is up to love to fix what time cannot mend.

Excerpt---
Five years - Julie hadn't seen or thought about him in all that time, and now in the middle of nowhere, he stood on the beach drying off from a swim. Droplets flew as Robert shook his hair. His black mane was shorter than the last time she saw him. The wet ends dripped water on his bare, muscular shoulders. Tricia, an old high school friend once said he had the body of a male stripper - time hadn't changed that.
She stepped back onto the beach path, transfixed by the sight of the one person she hated. Her repulsion and loathing of him ran so deep; she'd repressed all memories of him. She thought he'd loved her, and had taken a chance, opening up her heart and body to him. But, instead of returning her love, he proved himself worthy of the gutter from which he'd crawled.
Her body said run, but her feet refused to move as she watched a long-legged, svelte, golden blonde rise from the beach chair. She trickled her fingers down his rippled stomach. His voice floated across the sand. It was a calming sound, which had brought a smile to her face when he whispered words of love and passion in her ear.
Details she thought she'd long forgotten surged forward. She remembered the way his dark eyes smoldered with anger and his sly, innocent grin. His joyous laughter had made her feel the abandonment of a child frolicking in the year's first snowfall. She stepped backward onto the path, distancing herself from the lovers as the blonde undid the strings on her bathing suit top, and let it fall to the sand.

Now off to other blogs to have more chances to win. Don't forget to leave your comment and email at as many blogs as you can.

47 comments:

  1. I'd have to say chocolate

    sumopalk (at) gmail (dot) com

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  2. Chocolate is my favorite food period. I love it! Thank you so much for participating in the hope! Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!
    slinkydennis@yahoo.com

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  3. My favorite comfort food is chocolate.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  4. Kay, Rhonda and Sherry

    That's 3 for chocolate!

    Thanks for stopping by and posting.

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  5. I have a few fave comfort foods. Two big ones are New York cheesecake and fried chicken. Great post.

    Ebonysbbwnikki@yahoo.com

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  6. The book sounds great. I'm with you on the chocolate cake.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  7. Nikki Prince

    Cheesecake is pretty high on my list also.

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  8. Vanessa N

    Another chocolate cake fan. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. You know I love your chocolate cake.

    Yummy post.

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  10. I love chocolate cake, too and ice cream! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  11. Chocolate cake is the best! Is there even any other type? LOL

    Loved the excerpt:)

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  12. Chocolate is definitely up there as a comfort food. Popcorn though might (almost) top it!

    No, a Lindor Truffle (preferably the chocolate mint one) is the best. :)

    torymichaels(@)live.com

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  13. Chips and dip!! But I totally understand about baking:) My daughter wanted an Italian creme cake for her birthday and it came out really good!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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  14. My favorite comfort food is anything chocolate.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  15. Happy birthday, Carrie! Wow those cakes look delish!!

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  16. My favorite comfort food is macaroni and creamy cheese. I don't eat many desserts because of all of the sugar. I also love tacos.
    JOYE
    JWIsley (at)aol (dot)com

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  17. Chocolate, chocolate oh how I love chocolate! Thanks for the giveaway and doing the hop.

    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Chocolate, hands down! Yum! Its a good pick me up or something to wallow in if im upset. Thanks!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I love cake too--especially chocolate cake with chocolate icing.
    I really enjoyed your excerpt.

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  20. My comfort food is Fried Chicken, lol. THEN chocolate :D

    Happy Birthday to Carrie!!

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the awesome giveaway chance :D

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  21. mm strawberry
    diannaandpaul@yahoo

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  22. I agree. Chocolate is a great comfort food. I eat way more than I should...lol...

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  23. my favorite comfort food is scrambled eggs topped with cheddar cheese.

    caity_mack@yahoo dot com

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  24. Every thing looks better after chocolate is eaten. Brownies are my downfall. I can eat the whole pan by myself! Thanks for the giveaway!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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  25. My favorite comfort food is a tuna casserole - mac and cheese, tuna, peas, golden mushroom soup - yummy!

    Thanks for participating in Carrie Anne's birthday celebratory hop!

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

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  26. Chocolate covered strawberries...when I bite into one of these my troubles seem to melt away...

    leighsavage@sbcglobal.net

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  27. My comfort food is chocolate and ice cream. I love it but my body doesn't.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Although I love chocolate, my favorite comfort food would probably be pizza. There is just nothing like a hot, cheesy pizza with a bunch of different toppings to make me happy, lol. When I make homemade pizza, it ends up being something you have to eat with a fork, there is no way you can pick it up because of all the toppings, lol.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  29. For some reason my blog won't let me answer individually so THANK YOU to everyone who dropped by and commented.

    I'm honoured.

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  30. My favorite comfort food is ground beef and gravy over rice! lol

    emilytardy AT yahoo DOT com

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  31. My comfort food is biscuits and sausage gravy. I love it!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  32. My favorite comfort food is mac and cheese...and I'm making it tonight on this cool, cloudy day in NC.

    I love Carrie Ann and I'm glad to wish her a HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday. catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  33. Happy Birthday Carrie!!

    My comfort food is Fried Chicken :)

    sweety225(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  34. I'd like to say cake, it is in my comfort food list but my favortie is Chicken and Dumplings. I loved it when my grandma made it, I changed her recipe to make it a bit more kid friendly, but I still make the dumplings from Bisquik.
    Z
    Seawitch Reviews @ yahoo.com

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  35. I like you, say that it is chocolate. I cannot go without chocolate, be it chocolate ice cream, candy bar, cookies, etc. It doesn't matter what form it comes in really, but I do eat a little almost every day.
    The start of that recipe sounds dangerous and yummy with the ganache!
    Thank you for the giveaway! The excerpt is very intriguing.
    trb0917 at gmail dot com

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  36. It would probably have to be pasta but I try not to eat that much anymore. LOL

    Thank you for celebrating Carrie Ann's birthday by participating in the blog hop and for the giveaway as well.

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. Favorite food period is ice cream, chocolate and Breyer's (only Breyer's) chocolate chip mint.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  38. My favorite comfort food, potato soup. I make my potato soup with loads of potatoes,cream,butter and noodles. Just talking about it makes me want to go make some.

    Happy Birthday Carrie Ann

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  39. Favorite comfort food? How long can the list be?!

    I'll keep it to a minumum and just say homemade pizza and chocolate cake. So good!

    rae.gwendy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Blog Hopping! Woohoo! Happy Birthday Carrie!

    What a great way to discover new authors/blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way! LOL

    My favorite comfort food is ......Red Velvet Cake. I could eat it morning noon and night.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a fantastic prize! <^_^>

    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I'd say ice cream. Thanks for the giveaway.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  42. one of my favorite comfort foods is mashed potatoes. . I love homemade mashed potatoes.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

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  43. Favourite foods range from chocolate cake to mac'n cheese to fried chicken. All of the are great.

    Thanks for commenting everyone.

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  44. My favorite comfort food is coffee and any type of pastry. It doesn't have to be cake, just something from the bakery.
    Lmackesy at gmail dot com

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  45. Carbs--mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, cake, cookies... you name it ;) Those are quite comforting :)

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

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  46. Chocolate!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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