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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Literary Treat Tuesday: Jennifer Estep's Venom and Chocolate Chip Poundcake

One of the books I am most looking forward to reading this month is Venom (Book #3 Elemental Assassins) by Jennifer Estep, so Jake and I decided to bake one of "Gin's" recipes for Literary Treat Tuesday.

Venom (Elemental Assassin #3)
by Jennifer Estep
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-439-1-4801-3
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Description: What kind of assassin works pro bono? It's hard to be a bad-ass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public, I'm Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland's best barbecue joint. To my friends, I'm the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker—Mab's right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists. At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I'll take my chances. Then there's Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland's finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I'm a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life

Below is the actual recipe from Jennifer Estep (You can find more at her website)

Choco­late Chip Pound Cake

1 (18.25 ounce) pack­age choco­late cake mix
1 small pack­age instant choco­late pud­ding mix
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup veg­etable oil
3 large eggs
1 (8 ounce) con­tainer sour cream
1 (12 ounce) pack­age mini choco­late morsels

Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 10-cup Bundt pan. In a large bowl, com­bine cake mix, pud­ding, and sugar. Add water, oil, and eggs. Beat with an elec­tric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Stir in sour cream and mini choco­late morsels. Pour bat­ter into pre­pared pan, and bake for 1 hour (check at 50 min­utes) or until a wooden tooth­pick inserted in cen­ter comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 min­utes. Remove from pan and let cool com­pletely on wire rack. Sprin­kle with pow­dered sugar, if desired.
It takes five minutes to make, then you just have to let it bake -- and it turns out perfect every single time.

Sorry about the pictures, had to use the crappy camera in my crappy phone

Of course I will not put this back in the bowl mom -- sheesh who do you think I am - Jesse

Recipe is easy and quick to make and it tastes yummy -- I cooked it a little too long because I was putting Jesse to bed and lost track of time -- but it still tasted yummy

1 comment:

  1. Your Literary Treat posts are so fun! How awesome that you have such a great kitchen helper! :) That chocolate chip pound cake looks delicious. I am very tempted to try to veganize that recipe for dessert tonight.