Sour Cream Fudge Cake

This cake is rich, moist, and chocolaty. I recently baked this Sour Cream Fudge Cake for a special occasion, filling it with Nutella and frosting it with vanilla butter cream icing. Everyone loved it! Give it a try.

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

Ingredients

Sour Cream Fudge Cake

For the cake:

  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup Nutella

For the butter cream frosting:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 cups confectioner sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Spray two 8 or 9 inch round pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, sour cream, milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla until combined, scraping the bowl occasionally, about 3 minute. Pour evenly into pans.
  3. Bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 28 to 32 min. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and place on wire rack. Cool completely! If you don’t let the cake cool before assembling it, the Nutella will melt and you’ll have a mess on your hands.
  4. For the frosting: Beat the butter with electric mixing until fluffy. Add confectioner sugar, sour cream, and vanilla, and beat until combined, fluffy, and of spreading consistency.
  5. Place one cake layer on a plate. Spread Nutella over it. Top with second layer, and then cover sides and top with butter cream frosting.

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This month, I am offering my book HER FAKE ROMANCE for just 99¢ for Kindle readers—a $3 savings off the regular price! Julia, the protagonist in the book, is a caterer and this Sour Cream Fudge Cake is something she might bake. Here are a few reviews for the book:

“I loved the emotional build-up with just the right amount of sexual tension.” ~Kindle Reader

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About the book:

“Mom, get a life!”

Her teenage daughter’s words are daunting. True, struggling single mom Julia Jones hasn’t had a date in over a decade, but she could still catch a man–if she needed to! So Julia, who claims not to want a husband, finds herself entangled in a fake romance.

Ryan Shane is tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome. And he just so happens to need a no-strings date himself. Their plan is perfectly thought out. Until a conveniently staged good-night kiss turns into very inconvenient passion…

This book contains bonus material that includes several delicious recipes! Grab this deal in the Kindle Store.

Happy Eating and Happy Reading!

Fictional stories based on real people…!

The Undercover FBI Series – At this time there are 7 standalone books to the series, with the 8th in the pipeline.

I started writing these books back in April of 2014, and I came up with the idea when a friend of mine had built his own plane and took me for a ride. All I could think about was how cool it would be to have a character who could fly her own plane.

The FBI connection came soon after when I decided I wanted to write a series about kick-ass characters and not be restrained by their gender. I mean, there are as many strong, cagey, classy women in law enforcement as there are men…. Right?

After I started writing Special Agent Francesca, book #1, I’d found my niche. It was fun… pure unadulterated fun to let my imagination roam while I forced her into conflict after conflict that would test her mettle. Since I love humor, it seeped through. Many of my Amazon and Goodread reviews have mentioned that the book is enjoyable for that reason.

After I wrote the first book, my hubby asked me to write the next one with a male protagonist, and he suggested I call the agent Finnegan. Just the name sparked all kinds of fun situations and it became my Christmas book for that year. This time, I added a secondary character called Joker who was Finnegan’s Irish, New York bar-owner father. (It was the name my husband always used for his own Dad.)

That’s when I realized the beauty of having people I know being slipped into my fictional stories. Turns out, The Joker became a favorite – if most of the reviews are to be believed.

Since then, almost every book in the series has a character from my own life and it’s been a hoot to take the best from those I love and let the world see them as I do. (Special Agent Charli – the character Poppa John is a dead-ringer for my beloved pops. He’s funny, adorable and smart – just like the real Poppa John used to be. So many of his high jinks are factual which made it very enjoyable to write.)

My latest in the series – Special Agent Rylee – is also unique because my favorite niece brainstormed the plot with me. I wanted to set the story on a Caribbean Cruise, and she took it a step further, demanding a stowaway. Ha! I added two, one based on her own kitty. I wonder… did she recognize a few of the heroine’s sweeter peculiarities based on her own behavior?

The book in the pipeline is one I’ve been plotting in my head for some time. I lost my best friend – the only man I’ve ever wanted – last year, and his book will be tender-sweet to write. My guy was a hell of a character in life, so it’s going to be a real challenge to make Special Agent Murphy realistic with the many facets to his personality that the man I lived with for over 50 years was so respected for. But it will be done…

Mimi Barbour, Author

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About Life, Reading and Yummy Food

Good morning, my lovelies – I’ve recently had a life changing event and, although my inner essence is more flubbed up than usual, this past summer’s adjustments have given me pause, knowing that I’m not alone.

You’re not either, because you have sisterhood.

Anyway, I had the good luck to spend a great day at the beach last week with my cousins from Detroit, which really made me feel happy, because they’re as nutty as me, and a cool comfort!

So, as we approach the Labor Day weekend, many of you may be thinking how fast the summer sped by, and what we may have to look forward to before the season is over.

Here’s some great news: If you’re fortunate enough to live near an ocean, like I do, September is a lovely month to visit the beach – the weather is still warm enough to bask in the sun, with sunscreen protection, of course, and to enjoy a more peaceful interlude with the sea minus the tourists who’ve now returned home.

If you’re like me, I enjoy the serenity of an ocean backdrop with a good story in hand. Luckily, I’ve plenty of suggestions for those of you who thrive on great storytelling – new releases and multi-authored collections, enough to appeal to every reader’s taste and desire.

Here’s some of my favorites – and so appropriate for beach lovers:

Jo Harrison is a lucky lady. Not only has the incredibly, handsome Peter Mattson saved her from nearly drowning, Jo’s Uber driver Tony is always around for her emotional rescue.
Here’s the glitch: Jo and Peter believe they’re inches away from falling in love, but are Jo’s emotions based on hero worship because Peter saved her life? Is Peter’s attraction to Jo only physical after watching her shower in a wet T-shirt?
Or, does fate have an agenda more everlasting in mind?
Come join these would-be lovers as they discover what made Asbury Park famous, and enjoy a fun ride in Tony’s Uber – You won’t want to miss this one! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FMWWK7M

My new release DEDICATED SERVICE just went live the 27th and I’m so pleased with this hunky cover – he’s so hot, right?

After someone dear to Michael Burke is killed in Vietnam, how far is he willing to go to avenge the tragedy, and still preserve the relationship with the love of his life?
As a high school senior, Michael’s two passions are marrying his sweetheart Ellie and playing major league baseball after college.
Now the shock of his loss causes a hasty turnabout. Will Michael’s determination to avenge his heartbreak isolate him from Ellie, or deepen their love?
Cheer for these bold, young lovers as they face reality’s roadblocks together, and fight for their future dreams. https://www.amazon.com/Dedicated-Service-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B07WHBLPVC

Interested in a feisty RomCom? Maybe this is your next Kindle addition.

She shuns the law – He’s sworn to uphold it – A romantic comedy

Being sentenced to community service isn’t how Eva Polstick planned her Miami get away. 
After she and her Mustang zoom past his radar, Trooper Sebastian Sherman ignores Eva’s feigned innocence of the traffic violation. Deep down he’s tempted by her allure, but adheres to duty, and places her under arrest.
With no money to cover her fines and a bench warrant out for priors to boot, Eva’s confined to house arrest to carry out her punishment in the same community where Sebastian lives.
As a tentative friendship develops, Sebastian harbors secrets sure to end their fragile connection, but will he do his civic duty and share nothing but the truth?
Please join this unlikely couple as they cruise forward into a most arresting relationship – the jury’s out on this one.https://www.amazon.com/Speeding-Into-Love-Triplets-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07VM5P278

Here’s one of my favorite multi-authored collections: SWEET AND SASSY AT THE BEACH – GET SWEPT AWAY – FREE on Kindle unlimited or Just 99 cents~

From the Arctic coast to tropical beaches, Greek islands to the Jersey shore, love and romance swell with the tides. Find your perfect pair with Sweet and Sassy at the Beach, twelve titillating tales of love at first sight, second chance romance, Alaska villagers to a beachcomber billionaire, a rodeo clown to a Greek tycoon. Sweet and sassy tales that will keep you grasping your Kindle ’til the battery runs out. Keep your charger handy! You won’t want to miss any of these stories by award-winning, bestselling authors!https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FDQ42QX

How about our most recent edition to our Unforgettable series? UNFORGETTABLE CHARMERS – UNFORGETTABLE HUNKS  (The Unforgettables Book 12), also FREE on Kindle Unlimited or 99 cents:

Why Not Take a Chance on This Collection?

Meet the reckless and fierce, yet determined and persistent charmers that women can’t resist, especially when they shed their aloof façades to reveal their tender and passionate true natures. They are the Unforgettable Charmers who will captivate your hearts.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors have composed beautiful love stories that range from sweet to spicy, with romance and suspense, to keep you entertained by their charming heroes and the heroines who fall under their spells. You will, too, while reading Unforgettable Charmers. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VCQZ9X6

If you’ve made it this far, I’d like to share one of my favorite easy recipes, perfect for a quick dinner after a peaceful day at the beach:

Ingredients:

1 Package of frozen cheese mini-ravioli
1 Shallot
½ carton grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup white wine (or more) to taste
1Tbsp. Olive oil
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 Leaves of Fresh basil
Salt and pepper if desired.

Lightly simmer the shallots and the grape tomatoes in the olive oil for 5 minutes until translucent. Meanwhile, cook the ravioli according to the instructions. Add the butter and wine to the shallots and tomatoes, whisking gently for another 5 minutes, and add the basil. By this time, the ravioli should be done and drained. Add it to the skillet mixture, gently toss, and Voila! You have a simple, delicious dish guaranteed to satisfy the most finicky of palates.

Oh, and if you haven’t already, please be sure to enter our monthly giveaway. We’re giving away gift cards, print books, and free eBooks!

Have a safe, and wonderful Holiday weekend, everyone! Hugs!

@mimisgang1 #MGTAB #SummertimeReading #Recipes

A Concerned Author by Mona Risk

Do you think I will talk about politics? WRONG

About economy? WRONG

Writing, formatting, publishing, marketing? Wrong, wrong, wrong.

What concerns me is that I spend eight hours a day, sitting in my chair,
albeit a comfortable one, typing on my computer those delightful stories my
readers love.

Dear Readers, I love you so much. For you, I sacrifice my time and my
health. Seriously, as comfortable as my chair is, at the end of the day my back is killing me, although I always extend my feet on a stool under my desk.

Other than the backache, writing has generated a few nasty problems. I don’t know how and why, I woke up one day with big pouches of fat on my belly and hips. I swear I didn’t have them fifteen years ago before I started to write.

Problem number three is my most valuable asset: my eyes. I will spare you a detailed description of the eye problems I developed while sitting at my desk. Years ago people used to stare with a smile of appreciation, “Oh how nice, you have differently colored eyes, a green and a hazel.” Now all I hear is, “Do you wear glasses constantly? Do you see black spots or floaters? Did you have the cataract removed.”–No I didn’t!

Do I need to mention the thirty pounds I added since I started writing? I
have no idea how they perfidiously wormed their way onto my once slim silhouette.

But at least I produced over thirty books and contributed to
dozens of anthologies with new books.

UNFORGETTABLE CHARMERS

NOT READY YET is a a brand new book, not published individually, a delightful romance that will warm your heart and help you believe in the power of love.

High school sweethearts separated by life… They meet years later, successful but different, each with a heavy baggage. 

SWEET and SASSY BABY LOVE

Sweet and Sassy Baby Love – Babies and toddlers bring great joy, love, humor, and even conflict into our lives. But first, we need a passionate encounter, a romance that transcends time.

Christmas Babies is my contribution to Sweet and Sassy Baby Love: ER and Grey’s Anatomy in the NICU.

Dedicated to her patients, the serious Dr. Madelyn Ramsay never had time for fun. An unexpected health problem makes her realize that there’s more to life than just work. She longs to surrender to the magic of love. But can she handle the charming and secretive Dr. Nick Preston who carries his own package of disillusions? Can she allow two newborn twins to worm their way into her heart?