Today I’m blogging over at InspyRomance about cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon buns, and chefs.
Did you know that October 10 is National Cake Decorating Day in the USA? Immediately my thoughts went to Diego’s cupcakes in Know You More, book 1 in my Savannah Sweethearts series. Perhaps cupcakes are not all that Diego knows to make, but he is known for them in his circle of friends at Riverside Chapel, where he is the pastor. Hint: he also makes delicious pancakes, according to Heidi Wei, his best friend’s sister.
Four Boxed Set Giveaways:
- If you missed the first 3 boxed set giveaways, today is the last day to check out my posts and for you to comment (to be entered in the giveaway) in the Christian Romance Reader Gathering Facebook Group, where I have been posting all week since Sunday about “A Tour of Seasons.” Again, that giveaway ends today (October 10, 2020).
- Feel free to comment in this blog post below for the 4th giveaway. One random winner will win a copy of the 4th boxed set in my Savannah Sweethearts collection that contains the novel, Call You Home, the romance between two chefs at odds with each other. This 4th giveaway ends on Monday (October 12, 2020).
Let’s talk about cakes and desserts!
I am amazed at all the cupcake photos that I see from time to time. Creative bakers really go all out when they put chocolate pianos or fondant sewing machines on top of cupcakes, as well as realistic looking icing flowers. They look too pretty to eat. Almost!
(1) Do you like cakes? What kind of cakes do you like?
I have to admit that I haven’t baked a cake (or a pie, for that matter) in years. It seems easier to let a bakery out there do it for me (for a price). However, my most memorable baking experience was when I baked giant cinnamon buns. Actually, I didn’t know the yeast would rise that high and the buns would somehow be supersized in my oven. I had to bake them in batches, they were so big. Wish I had photos of them before we devoured them all. Those were the days when I could eat anything and not gain weight.
(2) Do you bake cakes? Do you decorate them elaborately?
Since I don’t bake desserts much, I let my fictional characters do the work. In Call You Home, the last novel in my Savannah Sweethearts series, we find that Piper’s Place is know for its cupcakes, among other delicious food. Many of the scenes are in Piper’s restaurant and kitchen, while some other scenes are on Jerome’s riverboat kitchen and in Isaac’s food truck galley kitchen. Piper and Isaac both prefer to cook savory dishes, but Piper’s Place outsource some of their non-cupcake desserts to local bakeries who deliver them at the crack of dawn before the morning customers trickle in (although the restaurant opens around the clock).
(3) Do you like to read novels with wedding and/or wedding receptions in them?
While not all romance novels have wedding scenes, I’m bringing this up because in a wedding reception, we usually have…CAKE! If you have ever been married, do you recall your wedding cake and perhaps the cake topper?
I don’t know where we put our cake topper (it’s been over thirty years) but I do vaguely remember the cake we had, although I do not recall eating it myself. They told us we needed to freeze part of the cake for one year. Did you do that? I kid you not, one year later, the cake portion came out of the freezer with freezer burns, and it was inedible. We had to buy a new cake to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
(4) Do you like to read novels with cooks and chefs in them?
Sometimes authors will include recipes at the back of their books, or even publish a standalone cookbook filled with recipes from their fictional story world. Do you buy those cookbooks? Have you made dishes out of the recipes? I remember some novels I’ve read in another genre in which the dishes at the back of the novels had similar sounding names as the title of the novel. I thought that was clever!
I do like to write about chefs and cooking. Other that Call You Home, I have another chef in Sing with Me (Seaside Chapel Book 3). The very latest book of mine, this long novel tells the story of personal chef Skye Langston who ends up cooking for her friend’s older brother, widowed billionaire Diehl Brooks, when he stays all summer at his sister’s beach house on St. Simon’s Island by the Atlantic Ocean. There could be more chef books to come, since someone else I wrote about in Call You Home is looking for a kitchen to cook in… If you have read Call You Home, you’d probably know to whom I’m referring. Maybe I’ll get to his story soon…
Feel free to comment on any (or all) of the four questions above to be entered into a random drawing for the fourth boxed set in my Savannah Sweethearts series. As mentioned, this box set will include my chef novel, Call You Home.
If you would like a chance to win the first three boxed sets in this collection, I hope you have visited the CRRG Facebook group all week long, starting with my posts for Day 1. You can still catch up today (Day 7). Here is the Table of Contents if you missed any of my 13 posts this week.
Remember that the CRRG giveaways end today (October 10, 2020), and today’s giveaway ends Monday (October 12, 2020).