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Sunday, February 13, 2011

If music be the food of love...

by Cate Masters

But wait, I thought chocolate was the food of love!
No matter. You can have it both ways. Put on your favorite CD of love songs and serve your sweetie this delish flourless chocolate cake, and soon you’ll be more than satisfied!

Flourless Chocolate Cake
7 oz. semisweet chocolate
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar, divided
4 eggs, separated

Preheat oven to 300. In microwave, melt chocolate and butter.  Stir together half the sugar and four egg yolks, then add to the melted chocolate.

Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer. Slowly add remaining 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks begin to form. Fold the mixture into the chocolate, then pour into a greased 9” cake pan.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few crumbs on it. Cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan.  

To garnish, dust with powdered sugar. Serve with raspberries or strawberries.

Devour! And say mmmm.

Warning: If served by candlelight with romantic music playing, this chocolate cake could spark some flames – in your sweetie. :)

Here’s a taste of my latest release, Surfacing, a contemporary fantasy available from Whiskey Creek Press.The hero, AJ Dillon, makes enough music to last until next Valentine’s Day, with a little help from a mermaid:

He had a feeling of floating as he studied her. God, she was incredible.
She braced her hands beneath her. “So do you know any Pearl Jam?”
Think, AJ. Pearl Jam. “Yeah.” He tuned his strings. Not looking at her helped him focus. Once he got a song in his head, his fingers took off from there. And he sang, eyes closed. The only way he’d be able to remember the lyrics. Or to keep singing. Words formed on his lips, something about a light and holding his baby in his arms. He made it through the song, only having to fake one line. The strings resonated with the last chord. He opened his eyes, afraid the rock she occupied would be empty. His nerves untangled as he saw her, more vibrant and alive than anyone he’d ever known.
Leaning toward him, she listened in rapt attention. His music had kept her here. “That sounded nice. Play something else.”
His nervousness bubbled up in a laugh. “Okay, U2? Anything in particular?”
“‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’.” Enthusiasm made her voice throaty.
Really? “That’s a classic. I’ll have to improvise the drum intro.” He thought for a second, then hit the heel of his hand against the wood of his guitar as his hand banged the strings, creating an echoed beat. An excellent sound. He’d have to remember it. His torso rocked with the music as he sang.
Just once did he open his eyes, to check she still sat there. Her eyes shone in the darkness, an appreciative audience. If only she were as captivated as him. He’d play till his fingers bled if that’s what it took for her to stay.

AJ Dillon is trouble. The former lead singer of an indie band has no home, no money and no future. His grandfather is the only relative willing to take another chance on him. AJ arrives in Weeki Wachee, Florida, with his guitar, a few clothes and a bad attitude. The only good thing about Weeki Wachee is the ocean -- the one place AJ feels at home.
 Grandpa lines up a job for AJ at Weeki Wachee Springs, where beautiful women perform as mermaids. Grandpa says real mermaids exist, but AJ doesn’t believe – until he meets Cassiopeia. She helps his passion for music resurfaces. But greedy Chaz finds out about her, and threatens to kill them if AJ doesn't go along with his plan to make a fortune with a real mermaid show. Can AJ save Cassie, even if it means losing her?

I hope you enjoyed it! Reviews, the trailer and another excerpt are on my blog:
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
Cate Masters


Virginia said...

Love the excerpt


annalisa said...

Sounds like a great story! Enjoyed the excerpt. I liked your Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe also. The picture is making me hungry for some. :)


Cate Masters said...

Thanks much Virginia!

Thanks Annalisa! I made the cake this weekend. It's very rich, but worth the calories!

Anonymous said...

Love the excerpt, and the cake looks great!

luciatea01 (at)

doxymom said...

Loved the excerpt. Darned if the kids didn't see the chocolate cake and now want me to make it.

LOL. Twist my arm.

Cate Masters said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Luciatea and Doxymom!
The cake's very easy to make too, Doxymom. :)

Jean P said...

Cake recipe is making me hungry. Sounds like a quick and easy one to try.
Enjoyed the excerpt!

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Beth C said...

Wow, Cate! That chocolate cake recipe sounds awesome! I may well try it tomorrow night for V Day!
Thanks for sharing.

Joyce said...

Your story sounds amazing. I want to read more about the mermaids and the musician.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Beth!
Glad you enjoyed it Jean and Joyce. Surfacing was so much fun to write!

Maria Zannini said...

Flourless cake? I've heard of them but never tried it. Guess I'll have to try it now.


Cate Masters said...

It's a little too good, Maria! lol

Maria said...

Love chocolate cake! Thanks for the excerpt.


Cindy L said...

It's so easy to fall in love with a musician! What's better then having a guy play a guitar and sing to you?


Cate Masters said...

Thanks Maria!

Cindy, we think alike. :)