There is one thing I am certain of, and that is that cake and books go hand in hand! Well, in my eyes they do anyways! Now it is no secret that I travel for my job, I share it ALL the time right? Over the last almost eight years at my food safety job, I have become an extreme book lover. I love drama, murder mystery, science fiction, children’s books, BUT my first love will always be romance novels.
Now reading and driving would probably not be advised. So in the beginning I listened to books on cds, then slowly transitioned to books on an mp3 player, and now I adore Audible. I have an app on my phone, and all my books are just a click away. Safety first right?
Do you remember when I shared Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook back in August? Well thank you to Harlequin books for sharing the cookbook with me, and for the opportunity to review the wonderful book.
About a few weeks later they contacted me and asked if I would review a new novel that was just released. I was so happy to have the opportunity to review it, and was looking forward to enjoying a new book on my many travels.
Let’s get cozy with a cup of coffee, slice of cake, and enjoy this new book written by Jason Mott.
The Returned brought one word to mind the whole way through, Interesting. The story is unique, and really has a lot of hidden meanings. Just like any good book, each person will take something different from the story.
I had my mother-in-law read the book, and I listened to the audiobook. We were able to have our own little book review, which was a lot of fun. I look forward to reading a book with her again soon. She honestly had the same thought the whole way through, the book was interesting.
The Returned is focused around a family Lucille and Harold who lost their son almost fifty years ago. Then one day their son Jacob returns, along with many others that are now returning from the dead all over the world.
The book makes you think about the possibilities of your own loved one returning. If you had one family member you would like to return, who would it be?
The story will make you happy, sad, angry, and at moments you will even cry. One thing is for sure, stick with the book all the way to the end. All the questions you have through out the book will be answered for sure. When the book ended I felt peace, calm, happiness, and REALLY loved this book!
Now I won’t leave you hanging here, I promise you can have this recipe. The cake is kinda healthy, and full of coffee love! There is always some leftover coffee somehow in my pot, so why waste it, right?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease bundt pan with 2 tsp canola oil that you brush on pan, then cover pan with flour, tap off excess flour.
For Glaze: In small sauce pot over medium low heat, stir together sweetened cocoa powder, sugar, coffee, butter, and chocolate liquor. Once heated together into a chocolate syrup, take off burner and let cool completely.
For Cake: In Medium bowl mix together sugar, butter, egg, Chobani Greek Yogurt, Coffee, Chocolate Liquor, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract.
In small bowl: Mix together flour, sweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice.
Mix wet and dry ingredients together, pour in greased and floured bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, depending on oven.
When you bring out cake, get cake out of pan immediately, put on a slotted pan that sits on a sheet pan, and pour chocolate sauce over warm cake.
This cake is not very sweet, so depending on what your preference is, if you want it sweeter add another 1 cup of sugar. If you add sugar, you may need to add more liquid to ensure the batter does not get to dry, you can add 1/2 cup coffee.
Wouldn’t you agree, slice of this cake, cup of coffee, and curl up with a good book would be like heaven?
What is your favorite genre of book to read?
Do you like baking with coffee?