Please welcome Kristina Springer. Her new novel Just Your Average Princess is on the shelves now! Please leave a comment to win your own copy.
You have been given
your Dream Vacation. Where are you going and what are you doing?
throughout Europe for the summer with my hubby and kids. And the kids are all
way well behaved: no one is fighting, they are feeding and dressing themselves
and wiping their own butts. Bliss!
What if you could
travel to a different time period?
Ooh, shoot me off to the future please.
I’d like to see what’s up 100 years out.
What's the worst thing that's ever
happened to you on vacation?
On the last day of our big Disney trip,
Hubby lost our car keys on the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios and we
couldn’t get into our car to get to my 8-year-old’s big birthday celebration
dinner back at the Crystal Palace in Disney World. Solution? We piled the six
of us into a friend’s minivan with the four of them (yep, ten of us), and all
of their luggage, and made it to the dinner only a little bit late. Hubby went
back to Hollywood Studios later that night and found the keys in the lost and
found. Yay! We drove back to Chicago that night.
About The Book:
Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan
Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for
Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for
her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of
Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in
town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to
steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie!
“This cheerful and heartwarming novel set in a small town will appeal to teens who
enjoy YA chick lit.” --VOYA
About The Author:
Kristina Springer is also the author of The Espressologist, a A Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Book, My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than
Yours, which Meg Cabot calls, “Irresistible
as a fluffy kitten. I laughed out loud and so will you!” You can visit her online at www.kristinaSpringer.com or follow her on Twitter @TinaSpringer, or friend her on Facebook at
To me Halloween has always meant witches. As a kid, I dressed up like a witch almost every year, and now that I'm advancing in age, I invite my fellow crones to a special Witches Luncheon on Halloween. Naturally my creepy baking traditions are witchy too!
I begin with black bottom cupcakes, a college dorm favorite, and since I trick-or-treated into my mid-twenties (young for a witch, I assure you), they fit nicely into our family traditions. Here's our fifteenth batch of witch cupcakes:
Black Bottom Cupcakes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake tins! The recipe says it will make 24, but I usually only net 18 or so after a bit of "potion testing," if you know what I mean...
Step #1 In a small mixing bowl beat the following ingredients to create the filling:
8 ounces of cream cheese
1/3 cup of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt Next stir in:
6 ounces (about 2/3 cup or so) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Now set this mixture aside.
Step #2 Sift together the following:
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of sugar
Set this mixture aside too.
Step #3 In a mixing bowl combine:
1 cup of water
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon of vinegar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Step #4 Now combine the sifted dry ingredients with the water/oil/vinegar mixture. Beat on high until smooth. Note: the batter will be a tad thin & won't taste as rich as many chocolate cake batters. That's okay, I promise!
Step #5 Cupcake Time!
Fill your cupcake liners about 1/3 full with the chocolate batter. Top each with a heaping spoonful of the cream cheese mixture. Bake for up to 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean, or the cream cheese on top turns a golden brown.
Frost with cream cheese frosting, tinted your best witchy green. To create the witches, you'll need: peanuts in the shell, candy eyes, red gummy candy (cut to make mouths), mini chocolate chips, and black shoe-string licorice.
Here's a short video about how to decorate your cupcakes (I apologize for the shakiness--my videographer was on a bit of a sugar high!)
The Creepy Cake N Bake-a-Thon is ON! Vote for your favorite entry by commenting below. You can comment on EVERY Cake N Bake post, one entry per post, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble or an official Creepy Cake N Bake doll! Please include your email in order to be entered to win.
Trophies will be awarded on Halloween for the top creeptastic creations. Winners will be chosen by our special Celebrity Judge, Adam Rex, author of such deliciously creepy creations such as FAT VAMPIRE, FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE, FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, and PSSST!