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My favorite thing to do to relax is curl up with a good book, a yummy treat, and a cup of coffee (or rather a cup of cream with a splash of decaf coffee).
I just got this new book, and I wanted something indulgent to snack on while I read. Recently, I watched videos on how to make ice cream bread with flour and melted ice cream, and I wondered what would happen if I added melted ice cream to a box cake mix instead. So, I whipped these little mini bundt cakes up, and then grabbed one along with my new book by B. A. Paris – The Breakdown for some reading and relaxation.
Find the recipe after the review down below.
Oh. My. Gosh! I could not put this book down. I started it while the baby was napping for a little “me” time. Reading is my favorite indulgence. But, then — then, I was hooked! I stayed up late nursing my baby and reading it all night long. It’s such a great thriller. You keep guessing what’s going to happen next, but you just don’t know! I just LOVE those kinds of books.
I don’t want to say too much or I’ll give everything away. So, here’s a little summary of The Breakdown:
“If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…”
I read B. A. Paris’s other book, Behind Closed Doors and while I enjoyed it, I did feel it was a bit implausible. So, I was a little worried I would not like this one, but there was nothing to worry about! The Breakdown is a page turner that you will want to read from start to finish in one sitting. I just couldn’t wait to figure out who is doing what to poor Cass.
My only complaint is that I wished they Americanized it a bit because there is a lot of British words for things. While I knew some of them, others I had no idea — like a lorry. What is a lorry? (It’s a truck!) I had to look up that one and a few others.
Now you must make the cake before you start reading because you will not want to put the book down for one minute until you’re done. It’s that good! To make those little mini bundt ice cream cakes to eat with while reading, you’ll need a regular chocolate box cake mix, a pint of melted ice cream (I chose cookies and cream), some eggs, and water.
First, you’ll combine all the ingredients and then mix until smooth.
Then, fill the mini bundt cakes. You can totally use regular cupcake tins, but I love the look of these. Then, it’s time to bake.
Finish your little cakes off with a dollop of cream cheese frosting. You can use this recipe, or if you’re in a hurry, just buy some store bought.
Yields 18 mini bundt cakes
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 pint cookies & cream ice cream, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Spray mini bundt pans.
- Combine cake mix, eggs, water, and melted ice cream.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Fill each mini bundt about 2/3 full of cake batter.
- Bake for 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool before adding a dollop of your favorite cream cheese frosting.
If you a love a good thriller, you are going to love The Breakdown, especially if you love to furiously try to figure it all out while you read! It comes out on July 18th, 2017. It’s available for pre-order wherever books are sold.
And on July 18th at 1 PM EST, SheSpeaks is hosting #TheBreakDown Twitter Party! You’ll get a chance to chat with the author and possibly win prize packs including a copy of the book or other goodies! RSVP here to be eligible to win!