LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Out here in Montana, there are so few writers that most of us know each other, and I'm delighted to say many of us have become good friends. Romantic suspense writer BJ---Barb---Daniels and I first met at Bouchercon, the mystery convention, many years ago, and have seen each other at numerous writers' conferences and fan events in the years since. One of the highlights of last summer was teaching with her at the Get Published! Conference in Bozeman, and another was a book talk in Billings, where we interviewed each other!
For those of you tracking such things, she is definitely Clan of the Cake---and her recipe might even convert me!
B.J. DANIELS: I love cooking and food, so of course my characters EAT. I once read a book where the villain was making his famous enchiladas. I couldn’t believe the heroine escaped before she got to taste them. That would never happen in my books. Food is so important that I was writing one day and my character had just taken a bite of my Oatmeal Cake, a favorite of mine. I stopped typing to reach for a bite of the cake myself and realized, regretfully, that my character was the only one who had the cake!
I got this recipe from an old college friend and it has become a family favorite. I love the coconut in the frosting, but you can leave it out. Same with the nuts. It’s still delicious even without the oatmeal in the frosting. The cake is so wonderful that I once served it warm to friends who’d just walked in the door with no coconut, oatmeal or nuts in the frosting. They loved it and had to have the recipe.
In a bowl put:
1 ½ cups hot water
1 cup old fashioned oats
In a mixing bowl, cream:
½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
Add and mix:
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add the oats and water mixture. Pour into a 9x13 cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
4 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 cup coconut
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans because I had them)
Boil butter, sugar and milk for 1 min. Add coconut, oatmeal and nuts. Pour over warm baked cake and return to the oven for a few minutes.
Cool as long as you can stand it before eating --- but don't wait too long, or all your neighbors will drop by and eat it first!
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From INTO DUST, part of the Montana Hamiltons series:
As the daughter of a presidential candidate, Cassidy Hamilton left the Montana family ranch to escape notoriety. But when someone tries to abduct her off a Houston sidewalk, tall, dark cowboy Jack Durand saves her. Only Jack knows more about her kidnapping that he is letting on. On the run, they expose a plot years in the making, but it comes at a price neither could have known.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B.J. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and three Springer Spaniels, Spot, Jem and Ace. When she isn’t writing, she quilts or spends the summer on the water.
Daniels writes both series and single title books for Harlequin Intrigue and HQN, and has sold just short of 100 books.
To contact her, write: B.J. Daniels, P.O. Box 1173, Malta, MT 59538 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Check out her webpage and blog at www.bjdaniels.com or visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BJ-Daniels/127936587217837 or on twitter at bjdanielsauthor.