Friday, October 3, 2014

Mix Up Some Romance Blog Hop!

Wow, can you believe it is already October? I don't know about you, but the cool air, turning leaves, and pumpkin everything is making me want to bake! 
Thanksgiving will be upon us soon, and what better way to get you into the baking mood than to give away a brand spankin' new KitchenAid mixer?

Let me tell you, I have this exact model in black and I wouldn't trade it. I'm so pleased with mine that I tossed my handheld mixer. Yes, I did. 
In honor of this prize, I want to share a recipe that has been around since I was a kid, and let me tell ya, that was a couple years ago. LOL! It is also one of my most favorite cakes. No matter the weather, when I eat this cake I envision tropical beaches and warm sun shine. Now, I realize we should be thinking fall, but winter will be here soon, and we'll all be crying the blues again. 
Anyway, I can't claim this cake is better than sex as the name implies, but it is damn good, and really easy to make.

Better than Sex Cake

1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 (3.4-ounce) box French vanilla pudding, plus ingredients to prepare
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup flaked, sweetened toasted coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare yellow cake mix as directed using a greased 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. While cake is baking, combine the pineapple and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Remove cake from oven and using a fork, pierce holes into cake. Pour pineapple mixture over hot cake and set aside.
Prepare pudding according to package directions. Spread pudding over cake and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Whip heavy cream and remaining sugar until stiff. Cover top of cake with whipped cream and sprinkle toasted coconut on top.

Why did I pick that cake? There's a very good reason. When the air turns cold and you yearn for sunshine, take a trip to a tropical locale with Tattoos and Cupcakes. My heroine is a baker of cupcakes at Naughty Sprinkles. When she isn't baking sinful cakes, she has her hands full with a good-looking cop, and a hot tattoo artist. 

Being sequestered on Sunset Point Island is the least of Lane Erikson's worries. Being a witness to a murder may be her demise. What does one do when a network of FBI wanted criminals are looking to kill you? You run like hell, even it's to a place you've never heard of. Dane Hutchinson, local tattoo artist, sets his sights on winning Lane's affection and sharing her with Bannock Garrison, Sunset Point police officer. Bannock never wanted a menage relationship, even though his parents have lived a happy life in one. The idea of sharing a woman bothers him, but losing Dane's friendship bothers him more. As the relationship begins to soar with possibilities, Lane is faced with her world crashing down again, and her life hangs in the balance. Can Bannock and his colleagues save the day? More importantly, can Bannock overcome his distrust for women and allow Lane into his heart and share her with his best friend?
Now for the rules. 
1. Have fun and hop in to visit the fabulous authors and bloggers on the LinkyList. Each and everyone is hosting their own giveaway, so you have oodles of chances to win something great while you find your next book boyfriend.
2. You need to leave your email. How can we contact you if you win?
3. Earn entries for the grand prize by stopping by and liking us on Facebook. 
4. On US residents can the win the mixer. So sorry. The thing weighs over 30+ pounds. Shipping would be enormous. In the event the Rafflecopter chooses someone outside the US, the prize will be a $100 Amazon gift card. Not too shabby. Think of all the books!
5. The grand prize is not transferable and no cash will be given instead of the mixer.
6. Don't forget to have fun and take the time to visit others on this hop. Who knows, they may just hold the book that you've been looking for. 
Okay, the un-fun is out of the way. For my blog's prize, I will be giving away an ebook of Tattoos and Cupcakes. If you have already read this title, let me know. I have other books you may choose from.  

To win the ebook, comment below. Tell me what you like most about fall or the upcoming holidays.
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  1. Thank you for the wonderful prizes I'm looking forward to going on the blog hop.


  2. The story looks amazing (and the cake sounds nice, too)!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

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  4. What I really like about the upcoming two holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) is the cooking I get to do. I rock at it. My mash potatoes have pastor's daughter crying when she can't have any because they ran out at the potlucks (chicken boullion granules, sour cream Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and garlic - with no scientific measuring - all by feel). Mayo spread between skin and meat of turkey. Maple sausage, an apple, honey roasted peanuts mashed, artichoke hearts, olives and more for the stuffing. Yeah - I love the cooking part of the holidays and then to see and hear the "Oh man"s that come out all over the place when people eat my food. That's what I like best - feeding people.

  5. I have made this cake before and it is yummy! Great choice. I have not read your book Tattoos and Cupcakes but sure would love to. Thank you for being part of the blog hop.

  6. I absolutely love this cake! I love baking and that seems to go hand in hand with the holidays. I also love getting together with friends and family, and the holidays are perfect for it!

  7. I love decorating for Fall. It is my favorite season to decorate my house. And this Fall I haven't been able to since we are having a new home built in Florida and we will be moving into October 24. So everything right now is in boxes.

  8. This recipe sounds delicious, though I would leave out the coconut as my hubby is allergic.
    I, also, have a kitchen aid and LOVE it! Baking is something that I really enjoy doing and people are always asking me to make things for them. Maybe I'll try this one at the next party we attend. Thank you!
    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  9. I can't wait to try your Better Than SEX Cake recipe, it sounds decadent! As for the holidays, I can't wait for the first snow! Once it snows, I know I'm in for family, friends and warm snuggle evenings! Thanks for everything :)

  10. Thank you all for the comments!!! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!!