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Chocolate Cupcake Recipe – Baking with me & Perfect Imperfections

For those who have read my book and follow me on social media, it’s no secret I LOVE to bake!

If you have read my book Perfect Imperfections you will see I mention many delectable foodie items in the novel, one being chocolate. Recently I baked my family some chocolate cupcakes, and ever since, everyone has been asking me for the recipe.

I have already shared the main Character Sarah’s real hot chocolate recipe with you, and now I will share my chocolate cupcakes too.

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Ingredients:

For the cake

1 & 3/4 cups cake flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1 & 2/3 cups sugar

2tsp baking soda

1tsp baking powder

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

3/4 cup canola oil

1tsp vanilla essence

1 cup boiling water

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For the chocolate icing

3 & 1/2 cups icing sugar

1 cup cocoa powder

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup milk

Method:

For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 degrees F)

Line a cupcake baking tin with cupcake casings

In a large bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder until well combined

Mix in the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla until throughly combined

Carefully mix in the boiling water until the consistency is even. The batter will be thin, this is exactly how it should be.

Pour the batter into the cupcake tin and bake for 20 – 30 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to cool before icing

For the icing:

In a bowl. stir together the icing sugar and cocoa powder until well combined. Set aside

Using an electric mixer, whip together the softened butter on a medium speed until creamy (about 2 minutes).

Turn the mixer down to a lower speed and slowly spoon in the icing sugar/cocoa mixture until all is complete (it will resemble coarse sand).

Slowly pour in the milk, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached (you might not use all the milk, or you may need more).

Whip for another 2 minutes until light and fluffy and then ice your cooled cupcakes.

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Happy eating everyone and be sure to send me your pictures!

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Taryn Leigh

Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&NobleExclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Author Interview: Marlene Wagman-Geller

Today we are joined by the phenomenal Author Marlene Wagman-Geller, who has published to date six books that are taking the world by storm.

Marlene is a true inspiration to me and she feels like a friend I’ve known for years, I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to have interviewed her.

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Q: I’ve just read Woman Who Launch, and you have written another phenomenal book! What inspired you to write this book?

A: The inspirational spark for Women Who Launch was the Women’s March on Washington where the capital was transformed into a moving mass of Barbie’s own hue. I investigated the back story of the pussy-eared hats, launched by Krista Suh. This led to the investigation of other iconic enterprises initiated by women and the book was born.

 

Q: Where and how do you conduct your research for your books?

A: While diamonds were Marilyn’s best friends, the internet is a writer’s. Most of my research was done online; however, when this did not suffice I relied on primary source materials such as autobiographies and biographies.

 

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?

A:  The pinnacle was when my first book received a review in The New York Times. Other magic moments was speaking at Yale University and my interview with The Chicago Tribune.

 

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A: Whatever wind there is beneath my wings comes from my books; ergo, the inspiration…….

 

Q: What made you decide to go into this genre of writing?

A: My bucket list was to publish a novel; however, despite copious efforts this never came to fruition. Publishers have bought my nonfiction and I am thrilled and thankful for that. I love the unknown back stories and uncovering that information is a labour of love.

Q: You have written incredible books about some amazing people. Who would you say is the one stand out person in all your books?

A: Ah, hard to answer: a good mother loves all her children……

 

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: The first would be Dorothy Parker, queen of the quip. I would love to hear her trademark humour on a conversational level. The second would be Oscar Wilde whose artistry with words is nonpareil. I would ask him if he had his life to live over, what other road he would have trod. The third would be Emily Bronte. I would ask her how, never having been involved in a romantic relationship, she could have written so passionately about Heathcliffe.

 

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A: My kindle has many enticing reads but with a full-time teaching job, a looming deadline for my next book-coupled with the fact my husband has to be the messiest person in California-I have precious little time to read. I have downloaded The Forgotten Ones: A Novel by Steena Holmes

 

Q: What’s the one ‘secret’ you’ve learnt since becoming a published Author that has increased your success?

A: I have learned the necessity of marketing; the legwork begins after typing THE END.

 

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?

A: I’m not really that fun-or so my students say………

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Feel free to connect with Marlene on Social Media to see what is next for her.

Find her on Facebook, on her Website, or connect with her on Amazon 

 

About Woman who launch:

Empowering stories of game-changing women

Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time.

A history of women in business and beyond: Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb– convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

Biographies of women creators, innovators, and leaders: Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment.

Readers will find:

  • The stories behind renowned companies, brands, and organizations and the diverse women who launched them.
  • empowering quotes from strong women and those who refused to be kept down.
  • motivation to all women who want to succeed in their careers, launch companies, and change the world.

Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.

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Taryn Leigh

Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&NobleExclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Secrets I’ve learnt being a published Author

I celebrate one year being published with my novel Perfect Imperfections and in the past year I’ve come to learn many things about the publishing world as well as the world of being an Author.

 

So to celebrate, I thought I would share some things with you about my journey to become a published author

 

Rejection is normal

My first lesson learnt was that rejection is part of the cycle of becoming published. You will submit your manuscript to countless people and they will send you letters of rejection. The trick is to never give up. Rejection does not mean your work isn’t good, it just means you might not be with right fit for that particular publisher or agent. Soon enough, you will come across the right publisher who will make your work shine.

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Being published is only the tip if the iceberg

So now you’re a published Author. What’s next? Do you get to sit back, sip Champaign and celebrate? Absolutely not! Its work, work and more work ahead of you.

You need to discover your target market, find ways to promote to them, meet them, and develop fan clubs. People take recommendations from people, so you need a network of people to recommend your book, it won’t just sell itself! There is only so much your publisher can do, but you need to do the rest. You know your work better than anyone, so you need to develop the course of how your book is marketed.

 

Social media is a great tool to success

Familiarise yourself with social media. Facebook, twitter, Instagram, are great tools to get exposure. Join book groups on Facebook, be a part of the community, and soon people will want to know more about your work. Host live video chats, open a Facebook fan page, be relevant, be interesting and be seen!

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Not everyone will support your work

One of the hardest lessons I’ve learnt is that not everyone closest to your will support your work. Your closest family and friends might be the ones who just refuse to buy your book and read it. That’s okay! Actually I’ve learnt, it’s better than okay, because there are thousands of other people who are more than willing to read your book and tell you their honest opinion about your work. They will be your greatest and most loyal supporters, and they are so valuable. Some will even become friends!

 

Influencers are essential

Don’t underestimate people with influence. These are book bloggers, journalists, people who own book clubs. The masses follow their recommendations, so get your book in their hand, get them to write reviews, and allow their followers to be exposed to your work.

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Judgement will come

There will be people who have the cruellest things to say about your novel that your spent blood sweat and tears developing. The key is to separate constructive criticism from jealous rants, and people who are just plain mean spirited trolls. Take the constructive criticism for your next book, and leave the mean trolls to grovel in their misery!

 

Keep writing

The biggest lesson for me is to keep writing! Sales will come, your book will get seen, but in the interim, keep writing. Follow your passion, the reward will eventually come! You have a talent, keep going, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is an Author. Your writing style will improve, and with more books, you get more readers and more sales. So put those fingers on that keyboard and type away

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold

Like her Page on Facebook

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Blurb of Perfect Imperfections

Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach. Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence. Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way.

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How to create the perfect BOOK CLUB 

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Book clubs can be amazing. They are a place where book lovers come together to read and discuss books they are currently reading.

Its a place where we can chat about characters as if they are real people, and no one around you will think you’ve lost your mind. It’s a place to discuss Authors you love and plots you hate.

So how do you go about creating this safe haven for Book lovers to get together?

Here are a few tips and tricks

1. Don’t limit the group to only people who like your genre of book

It’s important to have a book group that incorporates all different genres. This way each member is challenged to try something new. This keeps the book club interesting and diverse. So bring together anyone who has a passion and love for books.

2. Let each member feel as if they contribute something

Allow each member to compile a list of possible books they want to read, then you can either choose a book off each person’s list a month, or draw it from a hat. This way every person feels like that are adding value and they also get to read what they have been dying to explore.

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3. Make it fun

Find ways to make it fun. You could have a themed party related to the book each time you complete a book. Either each bring food related to the book or dress related to the book. You could also go together to watch a book related movie or a theatre play.

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4. Read local books so you can invite local Authors to visit

Authors are always looking for opportunities to chat to others about their book. Support an Author in your country and contact them and extend an invitation for them to come and speak in more depth about the book. It will make the characters come to life, and you will get your books signed too!

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5. Host it in different venues

Don’t always have it in the same place. Choose a new members house or a park or restaurant to change it up. You will be amazed how a change in scenery can energise your members.

6. Go on a trip together

If you are reading a book that mentions a place close to where you live, then plan a trip there together and discuss what the characters might have experienced in that space. If you are reading a historical book, then visit the museum to get a feel for how it would have been in that time.

7. Make it a safe place

Let your book club be a safe place where you can talk and share without judgement. If a member is being negative, then politely ask them to leave the group. You want it to be a happy place for all members.

8. Decide on your book club name together

Let everyone add to ideas of what the book club can be called. This will evoke a feeling of loyalty to stay in the club for years to come

And remember its all about having fun, reading, and exploring!

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Taryn Leigh

Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Symmetry: My Book, this image – Excitement! Here’s why …

I am absolutely HONOURED to be Quoted alongside this amazing picture by Bodhi Smith Photography.

This piece is called Symmetry, and they quoted an exerpt from my book as part of their caption to the photograph.

I’ve realized that sometimes things can be a little different, almost vastly different, yet make perfect sense when they are brought together. Sometimes differences are what make things symmetrical.” ― Taryn Leigh, Perfect Imperfections

This is an image of the amazing architecture of Louis Kahn at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Be aware that this composition is a COMPOSITE with the Milky Way brushed into the blue skies above the Salk Institute during post production

Check out their website here https://www.bodhismith.com/blog-bodhinku/2018/4/4/symmetry

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Taryn Leigh

Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.