In STEALING HOME, the first in my Diamonds and Dugouts series by Avon, Lorelei Littleton has a serious sweet tooth. A hopeless addict to ‘80s hair bands and all things chocolate, the saucy brunette will go to some pretty extreme lengths to get her fix. This chocolate cake is her lifelong favorite and ever faithful, that-time-of-the-month best friend. Don’t let the vinegar scare you. It makes this one super moist keeper!
From her oven to yours:
Lorelei’s Chocolate Vinegar Cake
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups warm water
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix dry ingredients together and then add wet ingredients. You want the batter to be loose and thin. Next, pour into either an 8 or 9 inch square pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on counter to cool. Enjoy!
Excerpt from STEALING HOME:
Grabbing his breakfast and utensils, Mark led the way to a round wooden table in the far corner by the front window and took a seat. His gaze settled on her breakfast pick and his eyebrow shot up in surprise. Apparently Lorelei had quite a sweet tooth.
Munching happily on her double-chocolate muffin, she caught his gaze and muttered, “What?”
He gestured to the assortment on the table before her. “Is that the way you normally eat?”
Washing down a bite of her muffin with a swallow of coffee, she glanced down at her food and shrugged. “Sometimes, yeah. About once a month I get a real craving for all things chocolate. Why?”
Detecting a note of defiance in her voice, Mark raised an eyebrow and gave a shrug of his own. Another challenge. He grinned. “No reason in particular. Just seems like an awful lot of crap there, that’s all.” He stabbed a cantaloupe ball with his plastic fork and held it out to her. “Here, try this. It’s called fruit and it’s healthy for you.”
Lorelei leaned back in her chair and crossed her arms over her fantastic chest. “You’re a health food fanatic, aren’t you?” she accused. “What’s wrong with what I’m eating? I’ve got a muffin. It’s got flour, which is a grain. It’s got chocolate, which is good for you. And I’ve got a chocolate cherry tart, which has cherries, and they’re fruit. So what’s the problem?”
Love may be just a game, but the baseball players in Jennifer Seasons’ sexy diamonds and dugouts series— they’re playing for keeps!
Mark Cutter has it all: a lucrative baseball career, fast cars, and faster women—and all thanks to his priceless good luck charm. At least, that’s what he thinks before Lorelei Littleton shows up. Next thing he knows, he’s waking up alone, the sexy brunette has vanished, and his good luck charm is gone. More than a little curious about the wicked-hot cat burglar and determined to get his property back, Mark’s going to track down the thief and make her pay—big time.
Maybe Lorelei feels a tiny bit guilty for stealing Mark’s good luck charm, but when it’s worth $100,000 and the money could save her niece’s life? She’s not losing sleep over it . . . but him? Lorelei can’t get the ballplayer with the bad attitude out of her head. And now he’s come after her with more than just revenge in his eyes. Lorelei has a choice: turn over the charm and lose the money, or keep it and risk losing everything . . . including her heart.
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