Home for the Holidays Blog Hop

I’m celebrating the commencement of the holidays today, with romance authors and bloggers during the Romance Troupe’s Home for the Holidays blog hop. And what makes the holidays homey and memorable for all of us? The FOOD!

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I love cooking for the holidays, seeing my family and friends enjoy things that I’ve made. I give away goodies for gifts (men especially like this) and look forward to holiday parties that give me a reason to cook. Now the clean-up… that’s something I never look forward to!

So I thought I’d share this super easy, low mess, divine chocolate flourless cake recipe. A co-worker, who has to eat gluten free, made it for a department party. It tastes like chocolate melting on your tongue. Best of all? It can be made ahead of time and stored or frozen. I hope it makes your holiday season easy and enjoyable!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

4 oz. fine quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)

1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)

3/4 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Flour and butter an 8 inch round baking pan. Line the bottom of pan with a round of wax paper; butter paper. Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, melt chocolate with butter. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Add sugar and whisk. Add eggs and whisk again. Sift cocoa powder over chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined.

Pour batter into pan and bake in middle of oven for 25 minutes. The top should form a thin crust and cake will puff. Be careful not to overcook. Cool the cake on a rack for 5 minutes before removing. Cake will deflate as it cools.

Serving options: Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a simple dressing. Serve with whipped cream and your favorite berries to dress it up. Serve with ice cream or sorbet for a cool treat.

Note: Once cake cools, it will keep for a week in an airtight container. It will also freeze well for up to 2 months. Defrost overnight in refrigerator and serve at room temperature.

In honor of the cooler weather, here’s a wintery sneak peek:

Snow Bound by Dani Wade

Snow Bound, Dani Wade, sexy contemporary romance

Feeling the situation had gotten way too serious, he paused beside the bed before launching her into the air. Her squeal echoed around the room as she landed and bounced, the fluffy blankets jumping under the impact. Now that made for some interesting shimmies. He couldn’t help but grin as she burst into laughter. Then his eyes narrowed on the now empty expanse around her.

Empty except for one thing.

“What’s this?”

Her look was confused until she saw the direction of his gaze. With a cry she reached across for the nearest blanket and jerked it toward her, probably to cover it up, but— Too late. He’d already seen it.

“Since when does a pretty princess like you need a vibrator?”

Hand fishing under the blanket, he pulled out a soft gel vibrator. Pink, of course.

“Give me that,” she said, grabbing for the toy, only to come up with empty air.

Damon held it higher, the transparent soft gel allowing him to see the candle on the dresser through its pink surface. A silver, cylindrical motor provided a hard core. “Very nice, Princess.”

“Please, please give it back.”

He turned his gaze from the little toy to the woman who was giving him more surprises than a night out with his army buddies. “Why? I think you’ll have more fun if I’m at the wheel.”

For once Miss Priss had nothing to say. No pithy comeback, no sarcastic put-down, no prim comments. Simply a gaping mouth and wide eyes, as if she couldn’t believe what she’d just heard come out of his mouth. So he set out to prove himself right.

Snow Bound is only 99 cents at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

One lucky commenter will win a $10 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for some holiday shopping! Simply share your favorite holiday dessert with us (and recipe, if you want). Sign up for my newsletter and get a second chance at the prize! (Please include your email address to win!) Enjoy!

And There’s More: each comment with email address will be entered in the Grand Prize Giveaway from The Romance Troupe. (First Prize = $450+ Gift Card) (Second Prize = 1 eBook from each participating Author) So comment for a chance to win big!!!

Check out more Home for the Holiday recipes at The Romance Troupe Home for the Holidays blog hop list!

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37 thoughts on “Home for the Holidays Blog Hop

  1. Favorite holiday dessert at any time of the year in our house is Nanaimo Bars.
    Your chocolate cake recipe is going to be tried in our house this season. Thanks.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  2. Thanks for the cake recipe. My favorite is Pumpkin Rolls. I make around 20-25 every Thanksgiving, I start preparing them 2 days before…lol This way everyone gets to take one home 😀 Big Hugs

    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  3. Looks yummy. I love peanut butter bon bons. Thanks for a great post and awesome giveaway!!!!!
    kac_030 @ yahoo.com

  4. I love pecan pie or pumpkin cheesecake (though the flourless chocolate cake would be fabulous)!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  5. I love anything chocolate! And I am with you on the clean up that is my least favorite! I even tried to fake being sick to get out of doing the dishes, but my family knowing me so well had caught on so the jig was up! Read your excerpt and I loved it great choice in the excerpt left me wanting more way more. thanks have a happy thanksgiving and here’s hoping for not to much cleanup amybowens34@yahoo.com

  6. My fave is paczki (Polish donuts) that we only make twice a year (on Christmas and Fat Thursday).

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com (subscribed)
    WordPress: BookAttict

  7. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing! I love coconut cake! Use a butter recipe yellow cake mix and follow directions. Get some coconut flakes and put in a pot with a little water and sugar and cook on low for about 15 to 20 minutes. Put the 1st layer of the cake on a plate and using a fork, poke holes all over the cake, then spoon the coconut mixture over the layer. Put the second layer on top and repeat, (you can also put them side by side and decorate with your favorite holiday candy to make a snowman or use food coloring to make it festive colors. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Wishing you a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

  8. I really like thst recipe and most definitely will be trying it out. Also the excerpt was an extra bonus and I enjoyed.
    I think during the holidays the desserts is what I love. I normally make everything but I really enjoy cheer cheesecake and peanutbutter balls. I love to eat those but being a diabetic is a pain during the holidays. I can’t change it, I just have to be careful.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe and the excerpt with us. I really want to thank you for your contribution to this giveaway. I know my family sure could use it and I know plenty others could to. I’m trying to get my 15 yr old a laptop from Amazon. They have a 10’Dell laptop, Windows 7,and it’s priced at $130. I have $30 that’s been on my account at Amazon for awhile but I’m saving it to go towards the laptop.
    I’ve entered giveaway after giveaway for Amazon gift cards and I can’t even win the $1 giveaways. I know I’ve been trying sincr the end October. I was entering up to 50 giveaways, in hopes of winning just one. I’m doing this because my husband’s job closed down and the unemployment is barely paying the bills. We don’t really have that much food. I mean we’re getting by with food but we can’t afford to cook Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. I just want to win some Amazon gift cards. Thank you with giving a helping hand on this giveaway. I’m not sure if we’re suppose to tell you but I signed up for the newsletter.
    Angela
    angie1977t@gmail.com

  9. Pumpkin pie is my favorite holiday dessert! Thanks for the recipe-I’ve got some gluten free family visiting for the holidays and I’m collecting recipes that we all can enjoy. Who can say no to chocolate?

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  10. Hi! What a cool sounding cake! No flour? Nice! It sounds really yummy! I do love chocolate! I cant wait to make it! My favorite desert, cheesecake and pumpkin pie. I have two. lol Both yummy and irresistible! Thanks for sharing the recipe and for the awesome giveaway!! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Love the recipe and added to my collection. One of my favorite is chocolate bundt cake with chocolate chips inside – talk about to die for. Thanks for the hop and giveaway. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. koala571 (at) msn (dot) com

  12. What an interesting recipe! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. Your cake recipe sounds good – I’m all for going flourless!

    Thank you for being part of this hop,
    Karen(dot)arrowood(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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