Updated: Mar 29
“She keeps her Moet et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet ‘Let them eat cake,’ she says Just like Marie Antoinette…”
-lyrics by Freddy Mercury
This past week I’ve been knee deep in creative projects for myself and helping out with projects for other writers in my community. My #BOOKEM partner, Veronica’s book, Twins is coming out on April Fool’s Day and Amy has a new book called Mayday coming out soon too. Congrats to all!
I have a few things up my sleeve, but I don’t have a timeline yet, so I’m radio silent. For now.
I’m part of the Amazon beta group with first dibs at making hardcover books on KDP. It’s been pretty interesting so far. I can’t say more as of yet, but I am looking forward to seeing how it goes.
SENSATIONAL WRITERS + HOLIDAY RECIPES should be pubbed in the next day or so in color paperback and hardcover on Amazon. Reviews are always much appreciated. It’s super expensive on paper, because it’s all in color. It’s available everywhere for $2.99 in ebook and actually made it to #7 on Kobo in nonfiction yesterday. Hey!
It has amazing recipes from the Twitter #writingcommunity that are perfect for the upcoming holiday or whenever you want to crank up the music and have some fun in your kitchen, party for one? I am getting better at that myself… maybe.
Thankfully some things have changed out in the world and I have no idea if things will actually get better, but for the first time in ages I have hope that I can go to a club and do the robot for five hours without a mask on and live to tell about it.
I got my first jab of the Moderna vaccine on Thursday and was fine until I had a glass of red wine at dinner. It was my husband’s birthday (cue the beautiful cake footage. The recipe is down below. You're welcome.) and the timing for getting vaccinated was not well thought out, but I knew I needed it if I ever wanted to get to Norway to sleep in that kick ass tree house.
Keep in mind that I do not take any medication or even vitamins, so it spun me right round like a record baby! Oi!
Don’t do it kids! Take at least forty-eight hours off the vino, spirit smoke or gin, because I think it slowed my recovery and made me feel like I had been on a ferryboat in a storm. Oh wait…
I just scored a really awesome review on my short story ALICE and I am so excited and grateful. It’s so short, I almost didn’t publish it. The most mysterious thing in the world is what people will be into. Or not! Anyway it really happened. It was so scary that even now 20 + years later, I remember everything. What can I say? I am a magnet.
So I know you love (laughing with myself) to hear me ramble on… but I won’t. I just judo chopped myself.
Sunday, bloody Sunday. Do something wild. Do something totally off the wall. You need it. Maybe I do too? I am writing a lot and reading a ton too right now. Feeling like a laser beam might cut the mustard away from the sammy. Need some new records. How many times can a person listen to Miami Vice until you lose your mind? Asking for a friend.
Thanks so much for being here and connecting as writers, readers and human beans.
Want to make my day? Buy one of my books and tell a friend. Could use a rocket boost yo or at least a tube of orange Mentos. Take care of yourself and stay positive y’all. Thanks for rolling with me. It means a lot and I am grateful as heck.
Until next time find your Peace, Love, Hustle then Read or Write. Xox Bibiana
Lemon Crème Cake
Basic Yellow Cake
2-½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoons baking powder
1 1/3 teaspoon salt
¾ cups granulated sugar
¾ cup butter, softened
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 ¼ cups milk
(Make this while the cake is baking.)
2 cups powdered sugar
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
Pinch of salt
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice **** (I have not tried it yet, but I am 100% sure that you could use any edible acid for this part. Lime, mango, strawberry, cold chai, cold coffee, root beer, go wild player! Just be sure if you use fresh fruit that you blend and strain it, so it’s juice only. The pulp will mess up the process. No need for food coloring, the fruits will be gorgeous on their own.)
*** 1 tsp fresh grated lemon rind only if you make the lemon version (the white pith is bitter, avoid. Yellow rind only.)
To make the glaze, use a mixing bowl squeeze the citrus and add to bowl. Add pinch of salt and vanilla. A hand mixer will make this nice and smooth. I used my fire engine red stand mixer, Ruby Lee. She's a whip! Add one cup powdered sugar and the milk. Beat it to the edge of reason. Add more sugar. It should basically look like wallpaper paste.
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour a large Bundt pan. In medium bowl, stir flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.
In large bowl, beat granulated sugar and 3/4 cup softened butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and eggs until well blended. Alternately add flour mixture and 1 1/4 cups milk, beating well and scraping bowl after each addition. Pour batter evenly into pan.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden skewer inserted in center comes out clean and the cake is golden brown. Turn off oven. Invert on baker's rack and let cool completely with a baking pan underneath, for about 15 minutes.
Whip the glaze one more time and pour over the top of the cake. It needs to be on a rack so the bottom doesn’t get soggy. It will basically slide over the cake and fill the pan below it. Wait five minutes and scrape glaze back into mixing bowl. Repeat the steps until the glaze disappears. ***Sprinkle grated lemon rind on top for a pop of color and extra zing.
Let the cake rest ten minutes or so and transfer to a beautiful platter. Use a glass dome to keep it pretty and serve room temperature with French press coffee, English breakfast tea or a flute of ice-cold prossecco.
I can’t wait to try another fruit. Since strawberries are almost in season here, that’s probably next!
Enjoy y’all! Have a fabulous week!