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New Recipe From My Favorite Cupcake Baker!

The Lady in Red is a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. This is the first cupcake Ben ever sampled from Tracy in More Than Words. After that, he just couldn’t get enough of her…I mean her cupcakes! (Those too)  🙂
I’ll hand the reins over to Tracy so she can explain what makes red velvet cake so unique. After that, click the Madison Falls Recipe section and try some scrumptious cupcakes for yourself. 🙂

If you haven’t read More Than Words or Fall For You, click the Buy Links above and get your very own copy. Happy Reading! -Susan <3

It’s cupcake time again!

One of the biggest mysteries for non bakers (other than the white vs yellow cake question) is what exactly goes into making a red velvet cake.

Traditionally considered a Southern recipe, it gets its name from the dark red, bright red, or red-brown colored cake. While food coloring is used to help achieve the red color, there’s also a little secret science that happens. The reaction between the acidic vinegar and buttermilk tends to draw out the natural pigments in the cocoa, and also helps keep the cake light and fluffy.

Add some cream cheese frosting and you’ll have a decadent desert that your friends will love. They’ll want to know what makes it so moist, but light and airy at the same time. Whether you give up the secret is up to you!

Much Love!
Tracy

The Lady in Red

It’s cupcake time again!

One of the biggest mysteries for non bakers (other than the white vs yellow cake question) is what exactly goes into making a red velvet cake.

Traditionally considered a Southern recipe, it gets its name from the dark red, bright red, or red-brown colored cake.  While food coloring is used to help achieve the red color, there’s also a little secret science that happens.  The reaction between the acidic vinegar and buttermilk tends to draw out the natural pigments in the cocoa, and also helps keep the cake light and fluffy. 

Add some cream cheese frosting and you’ll have a decadent desert that your friends will love.  They’ll want to know what makes it so moist, but light and airy at the same time. Whether you give up the secret is up to you!

Much Love!
Tracy

The Lady in Red
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This is a traditional Southern recipe for red velvet cupcakes. Add the cream cheese frosting, and these are sure to become a crowd favorite.
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For the cake
  1. 2½ cups cake flour
  2. 1½ cups sugar
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1½ cups vegetable oil
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 2 tbsp. (1 oz.) liquid red food coloring
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
For the frosting
  1. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 sticks butter, softened
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 6-8 cups confectioners' sugar
For the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar. Beat on medium speed until well blended.
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners.
  7. Bake about 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the frosting
  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Add sugar and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, 5–7 minutes.
Susan Behon https://susanbehon.com/

Book 4 is in the works!

While I’m waiting for the first round of edits for Made For Me, I’ve been outlining ideas for Book #4 (One Last Call.) A new character, Josh Logan, will be introduced as a love interest for Sarah Brandon, (Sophie’s sister from Fall For You.) Sarah is a sweetheart. What I love the most about Josh is his slow southern drawl. So sexy!

In the mean time, check out Fall For You and More Than Words. Things have been heating up in Madison Falls!

Scroll down and enjoy the sample for More Than Words!

Happy Reading!

New Excerpt For More Than Words!

Hello, everyone! I’m happy to tell you that I signed the contract for Book #3 Made For Me (Keith and Sabrina’s Story.) It’s in its first round of editing right now! The projected release date is September 28. More info on that very soon. 🙂

In the meantime, I have another little sample of More Than Words, (Ben and Tracy’s story.) Readers are giving it wonderful reviews! They say it is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. After nibbling on this excerpt, scroll down for a longer FREE sample of my newest romance. I have to say, I totally book boyfriend crushed on Ben in this one. Something about the strong and silent ones. Since Fall For You, Book #1, Ben has decided that actions speak louder than words when it comes to getting Tracy’s attention…

*****

She smelled the alluring scent of Ben’s aftershave before realizing he was right behind her. Tracy closed her eyes and breathed it in. It was subtle yet spicy and undeniably sexy. He placed his hands on the shelf over her head and whispered in her ear. “I told you to ask for help.”

Help! Who needs help? Being surrounded by Ben was totally working for her. Oh. Help reaching the bags. Tracy dropped to her feet at the sound of his voice. She turned around to face him and was essentially caged in by his body.

He leaned in until the tip of his royal blue tie touched the front of her T-shirt. She had no idea why she was staring at his tie except that it was coming closer until everything else was blurred. Ben stopped moving when barely an inch separated them.

Tracy tilted her head back and her breath caught when she saw the look on his face. Ben stared at her like a starving man offered his favorite meal. Somewhere in the back of her mind, a crazy part of her was thinking about how the blue in his tie brought out the beautiful sky-blue shade of his eyes. The rest of her was trying to remember how to suck air into her lungs.

Come on Trace, breathe!

Just when she thought he was going in for a kiss, he nuzzled his nose against her throat and softly inhaled.

Lucid thought fled the scene. Yep, there went her breath with it.

“You always smell like peaches.” The vibrations from his voice rumbled against her skin.

Peaches? What the hell are peaches?

“What?” she squeaked out in a breathy exhale.

Right as she asked the question……

*****

Click the buy links above to read what happens next! 🙂 Happy reading, my friends.