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Fiction Food from THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw

“The sign above the glass door reads: ALBA’S FORGETFUL CAKES in pale pink frosting-swirled letters on a cream-color background. […] Her tiny forgetful cakes are intended […] to wipe away bad memories.”

Decadent chocolate fig basil cake (right); Lemon lavender (middle); Hazelnut espresso (left)---all mentioned in the book.

Decadent chocolate fig basil cake

Cream butter (4 tbsp of soft butter) + sugar (1/3 cup). Add 3 large eggs and mix well. Add flour (1/3 cup) + salt (1/4 tsp). Mix well. Then add bittersweet chocolate (8oz and melted) + basil (chopped leaves about ½ cup) + figs (2 large, ripe).

Pour into muffin pan (makes about 10). Bake at 400 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes.

Decorate with powdered sugar, basil leave, or a slice of fig.

Lemon lavender

Cream butter (1/2 cup softened) + sugar (1 cup). Add 2 eggs. Mix. Add flour (1 ½ cup) +baking powder (2 tsp) + salt (1/2 tsp). Mix well. Add low fat yogurt (1/2 cup) + lavender extract (1 tsp) + lemon juice (of 1 lemon).  Divide equally and pour into muffin cups/pan (makes about 10-12). Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

When cool, pour icing over cakes and sprinkle with lemon zest (of 1 lemon) and lavender flowers.

Icing recipe: confectioner sugar (1 ½ cup) + lemon juice (2 tbsp). Mix well until smooth.

Hazelnut espresso

Cream butter (1/2 cup softened) + sugar (1 cup). Add 2 eggs. Mix. Add flour (1 cup) + hazelnut flour (1/2 cup) + baking powder (2 tsp) + salt (1/2 tsp).

Mix well. Add low fat yogurt (1/2 cup) + coffee extract (or extra strong coffee) (2 tsp).

Divide equally and pour into muffin cups/pan (makes about 10-12). Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

 

 

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