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31 August 2014

Blog Tour: 'A Piece of Cake' by Trisha Ashley

Professional cake-maker Kate doesn’t have time for a man in her life, especially a boorish, sports-mad one like Wes. He’s definitely not her type.

But at her best friends wedding, when one crisis follows another, Kate begins to wonder whether she’s misjudged Wes.

Can love be the sweetest thing of all?

A warm, witty and romantic short story from Sunday Times top 5 best-selling author Trisha Ashley.

I’m really excited to be part of a rather yummy and special blog tour today! On the 28th of August a special e-book short story written by Trisha Ashley was released titled ‘A Piece of Cake.’ At the end of last year I got the chance to read and review Trisha Ashley’s novel ‘Wish Upon a Star’ which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I couldn’t wait to check out this new short story. I also have a delicious recipe from Trisha herself to share with all of you today, so be sure to check that out for some well-deserved weekend treats!

Kate is a professional cake-maker who is completely focused on her work, which means she doesn’t have the time to find a boyfriend. When she is asked by her best friend Laura to make the cake for her wedding, she has no idea Laura wants to set Kate up with her groom’s best man, Wes. However, Wes and Kate already know one another and Kate is convinced their different lifestyles do not mix, especially since Wes is a famous footballer who loves to party. But at Laura’s wedding, Kate can’t help but bump into Wes and she starts to doubt whether she should give him another chance... 

This short story is a wonderful treat which is perfect to be read in just one sitting. Just like Trisha Ashley’s books, the story is well-written and captivating, and has a lot of yummy cakes and delicious treats in it.  I really liked the friendship between Kate and Laura, and the sparks between Kate and Wes were definitely there! I would really like to see a full-length novel starring these characters, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that. ‘A Piece of Cake’ is a quick read, a warm and yummy story to enjoy when you have a few extra minutes! 
For more information about this book: / / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

A special recipe from Trisha Ashley!

Chocolate Blancmange Rabbit Recipe: Trisha Ashley

I have one of those lovely Victorian glass rabbit-shaped jelly moulds, but the plastic ones do just as well. 

      You could use a packet of instant chocolate blancmange mix, but it’s very easy to make your own, and for a pint you need:

1 pint of milk
4 level tablespoons of cornflour
3 level tablespoons of sugar
1 level tablespoon of cocoa powder.


1) Blend the cornflour into a paste with a little bit of the milk, add the cocoa powder and stir well.

2) Bring the rest of the milk to the boil, and then pour it slowly onto the cornflour mixture, stirring or whisking all the time.

3) Return the mixture to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens, which it does quite quickly.

4) Cook for a couple more minutes and then remove from the heat and stir in the sugar.  (This is all stirring stuff.)

5) Dampen the rabbit mould and pour in the mixture, tapping the sides to remove air bubbles.

6) When cool, put in the fridge overnight.

7) To turn out, gently pull back the blancmange from the edges of the mould with your fingertips to break the seal.  Put a plate on top, then invert.

As well as at Easter, this pale brown, trembling rabbit goes down very well at children's birthday parties.  If you have an Alice in Wonderland party, you can omit the cocoa powder to make a white rabbit, but use vanilla-flavoured sugar.

      I always say, there's nothing like a Mad Hatter's teaparty…

Thanks for sharing, Trisha!

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