Get Series(ous) #13 Lucky #13. If only it was Friday the 13th! But we can pretend, no? Because it so totally fits for the quirky series I’m featuring today.
The series I’m featuring today is as sweet as the chocolate tootsie roll pops I steal from my unsuspecting children’s Halloween buckets. And it holds much less guilt. (Who am I kidding, I don’t feel a bit guilty for pinching those! I WALKED WITH YOU FOR HOURS, KIDS. I also did your makeup, and opted NOT to bring a flask. YOU’RE WELCOME, children!)
Also, tootsie rolls and their pops are the sketchiest of Halloween candies. So easily re-wrapped. I’m really like a royal taster on this one.
This series features all the things I love about a saccharine-sweet easy read: insta-love, high likelihood of untimely death, and interfering old women.
It’s a series that just sparkles with happy feelings and mirth. If you were looking to find a way to fly to Neverland, this series could be your “happy thoughts.”
(Hint: it’s a PNR, so happy thoughts could also lead to embarrassing situations in public, if you know what I mean.)
So, for whom is this series a good fit?
Let’s say, you’ve recently decided to read a metric ton of Gothic and Victorian novels for an article you’ve been writing, and you CAN’T TAKE ONE MORE FUCKING ALLUSION TO THE BREVITY OF YOUTH OR THE LOSS OF CHILDHOOD IN POVERTY. (It gets old.) You are someone who needs an escape, and really wants to laugh.
You loved Buffy the movie version. You’re a huge fan of Once Upon a Time, and are really sad that you can’t live in a themed paradise. Your dream job is that of a tour guide on a good ways to die while eating donuts and drinking margaritas, tour.
Your favorite colors are orange and black.
Followed closely by purple.
Your favorite time of year is RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE, DUH, HALLOWEEN.
Pumpkin Spice Girls is the name of your all kitty girl group tribute band.
You’re a ton of fun in a 100 pound package.
You excel at drinking wine in your pajamas after you’ve removed the devil contraption known as a bra.
What’s the series?
What’s the story?
Why did I love it?
This series is pure, riotous fun. The romance is heartfelt, but admittedly ohsofast. (Not unlike my high school boyfriend.) The storyline is such that it keeps the reader engaged from page 1 to “The End.” That’s difficult to do. I never felt myself beginning to skim the paragraphs, hoping to speed up a slow part or two.
I love that even though the plot is absolute fantasy, I feel like I knew the characters after reading the books. I feel as though I’d recognize them on the street, and be able to have a fun night with any of them. (Most likely the werewolves, as they have children, and totally understand the “need to be home before bed” thing. A quality that’s so overlooked in werewolves these days, no?)
And the world. Oh man, the world. I want to live in Nocturne Falls. I want to be able to trick or treat every weekend, and buy enchanted jewelry, and decadent chocolates from a cheerful vampire. I want to hang out with a cranky she-wolf receptionist, and get shakes with gargoyles.
I want to be able to carve a new jack-o-lantern every week according to my whim.
Kristen Painter crafts these novels with more than just a natural aptitude for story development and world building. Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls is positively double-bubbling over with humor, heart, and howlingly hot storylines.
4.5 big pumpkins.
The recipe inspired by the series.
It had to be chocolate. The heroine in the first book is a chocolate shop owner, and these characters have some serious sweet tooths? fangs? Either way.
Also? EVERY DAY IS HALLOWEEN. DUH CHOCOLATE.
Kristen Painter was nice enough to tweet me her favorite combination of sweet flavors, and she chose a classic.
Peanut butter and chocolate. You simply can’t go wrong. Therefore, I give you,
Trick or Treat Yourself Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Cake
Trick or Treat Yourself Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake vegan vegetarian cake
for the cake
- 6 oz 72% dark chocolate, chopped
- 4 oz vegan butter stick or butter
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- 2 flax eggs or 2 chicken eggs
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk heated to 95F (or more, depending on flour’s dryness and if the flax pulls more liquid)
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp instant espresso
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups cake flour
- .5 tsp salt
for the fudgy ganache
- 4 oz 72% dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (as in Jif, not whole foods)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- non-stick spray
- chopped nuts
preheat oven to 350F and spray a 10″ cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
in a microwave safe bowl, melt together the butter and the chocolate on high for 45 seconds, stir, repeat in 10 second increments until glossy and melted
stir in sugar and espresso powder until combined
add remaining wet ingredients and stir well
sift in flour a little bit at a time until just combined
batter should be as thick as a very thick milkshake, if it reminds you of brownie batter or loose dough, add more milk.
add in salt and baking powder
pour in prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean
let cool completely
for the ganache
melt the chocolate either in the microwave or on a bain marie
remove from heat when glossy and melted
add in peanut butter and stir until glossy and thick
add in milk, stir
(it will look weird here, have faith.)
add in maple syrup and the gloss MAGICALLY REAPPEARS! You’re like freaking Hermione Granger. You’re welcome.
spread the ganache on top of the cake either in the pan, or overturned onto a plate.
spread ganache out from the center
top with crunchy nuts