****GIVEAWAY OVER**** CONGRATULATIONS TO MARY PRESTON!!
I've spent many, many summers in Honey Springs, Kentucky with my Aunt Maxine Bloom. In fact, she took those long summer days to teach me everything I know.
She taught me how to be a lady. She taught me manners. She taught me how to bake, but most importantly she taught me that baking was the way to a man's heart.
When I think back to fourteen summers ago, when I was 14 years old, I'd caught the eye of hunky Patrick Cane, I knew that I had to put my Aunt Maxi's wisdom to work.
I'd gotten to know Patrick the summer before and we'd kept in touch all school year long. It was the longest nine months of my life!
Even though Patrick and I kept in touch, we didn't get to celebrate Valentine's Day and I was determined to bake Patrick Cane a cake to his heart just like Aunt Maxi had taught me.
She took me to the grocery store as soon as I'd gotten in town with her very own special "stop your heart chocolate cake" recipe is what she called it. I pushed the grocery cart while she filled it with so much stuff I never knew existed.
Something called espresso powder...who knew! Not only that, but she also taught me that if you refrigerate your cakes overnight, it not only makes them super moist, but easier to frost.
I blame my love for not only baking and all things coffee on my Aunt Maxi, I also blame my love for Patrick Cane on her too.
P.S. Aunt Maxi's advice about the way to a man's heart...she was right! Even after being apart for twelve years, Patrick and I recently found our way back into each other's arms as adults since I moved to Honey Springs and opened up The Bean Hive Coffeehouse.
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Enjoy my recipe! Happy Hearts Day!~Roxy Bloom, owner of The Bean Hive and heroine in SCENE OF THE GRIND
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