Recipe for Romance: Mug Cakes

Recipe for Romance Two champagne glasses against a purple sparkly background with bells and ribbons at their base

Welcome to Recipe for Romance!

Let’s get started. I’m sharing a snippet of CRETACEOUS CRUSHES, a LGBTQIA gatecrashing Charity Anthology, coming on March 19 2024. My story is FOSSIL BEDS BED & BREAKFAST and it’s a sapphic, dinoshifter romance. Persia Walker is reading about an impending meeting where some fossil sites will be destroyed for development and she could certainly use a little cake to make things better.

Persia Walker stared at the online announcement of the public planning commission meeting. It wouldn’t be bad if it was in somewhere like wine country in California or near Aspen, Colorado.

But no, the uber wealthy newspaper tycoon wanted to build it in Wyoming, at the foot of Deadman Mountain in Sublette County. The town had a population of five thousand, making it one of the larger settlements in the state, but still not populous enough to support the staff needs of a snooty rich people’s resort. It would drive up the property taxes and push out the locals, making it impossible for ordinary people to live there.

As if they haven’t already done that to Jackson Hole.

Persia scowled at the announcement, which included a map of the proposed location of the expansion. She traced the West Washakie River until she reached Little Blind Bear Creek and froze. The proposed site would cover not only both sides of the river, but it would encompass all of Blind Bear and Little Blind Bear creeks, decimating the fossil site she’d been guarding for millennia.

“No. No fucking way.” She brought out her phone and took a photo, then headed down the sidewalk toward the little café that had the best peppermint tea this side of the Cretaceous.

Once she had her tea, she headed out to the little sitting area in the front and claimed a bench that could take her full, but muted weight. She set her tea down beside her and pulled out her phone. She hadn’t spoken to Professor Nozomi Shimizu in a couple of months since the end of last year’s field season, but she’d kept the professor appraised of anything going on near the site. She dialed the university and waited to be connected.

Gluten-Free Mug Cakes

Do you ever feel like having cake but don’t have time to run to the store? Or you don’t have the time or ingredients to make a whole cake? This is a great quick and easy recipe to give you the cake you’re craving without all the time or effort.

Microwavable mug
1/4 cup flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill GF 1:1 baking flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp oil
3 Tbsp milk

Lemon Poppyseed Cake
Base plus…
1/2 Tbsp poppyseeds
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp extra sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Stir until completely combined.
Microwave for 25 seconds, let deflate. Repeat twice more. Serve.

Chocolate Cake
Base plus…
2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
2 Tbsp coco powder
Stir until completely combined.
Microwave for 1 min, let rest, then again for 25 seconds. Serve.

Cinnamon Spice Cake
Base plus…
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Stir until completely combined.
Microwave for 1 min 15 secs. Serve.

Almond Poppyseed Cake
Base plus…
1/2 Tbsp poppyseeds
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
Stir until completely combined.
Microwave for 25 secs, let rest. Repeat twice more. Serve.

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