Deadline Dishes — Chocolate Cake with Nancy C. Weeks!

Hi Heather,

Thanks so much for inviting me on your lovely blog today so I can share my absolute favorite recipe. Who doesn’t like a great slice of chocolate cake? Well, the one I brought is my family’s favorite. I have made this recipe more times than I can count for all kinds of occasions. It’s a toss in a bowl and mix type of cake. It taste so much better than any cake mix from a box and just as easy.  Believe or not, I have even mailed it to college kids across the country, and according my kids, it arrives tasting like I just made it.

Now a little about me:

I spend my days creating happy-ever-after romantic suspense novels with a unique supernatural element. I have been reading romance novels non-stop since college where I met and married my hero. We spent the next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Thirty-three years later, we still hold hands under the table. My son is off on his own now and my daughter is almost through college. Most days, you can find me typing away at the kitchen table now called The Mommy Cave. In the summer, I spend my day outside airing out my brain writing away as the local bird population keeps me company.

Writing has become my second passion. Next week, March 10th, I’ll be release the third book in my Shadow series called In the Shadow of Malice. I’m so excited about this new book I can’t sit still. The cover and blurb are below for just a little tease. In the meantime, try out this cake. I promise you will love it.

You can find more about me here:

(Oh, by the way, for a free read of Chapter One from In the Shadow of Malice, check out my blog.)




Twitter: @NancyCWeeks



The Best Everyday Chocolate Cake Ever

  • 2 C sugar
  • ½ C butter (one stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C milk
  • ½ C cocoa powder or 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate
  •  2½ C flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C very hot water

Melt chocolate in microwave for 1 minute.  In a mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Add chocolate slowly.  Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, alternating with milk.  Mix well for about 2 minutes.  Slowly add the hot water.  This batter will be very liquidly.  Mix until well blended.  Pour into a buttered 13×9-inch baking pan or 2 round cake pans. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.  Cool before frosting if you have time.  It is wonderful warm too.


The Most Wonderful Chocolate Frosting in the World

[It takes all of 5 minutes. I suggest you make a double batch, one for the cake and one for your spoon] 

  • Bring to a boil:
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 Tbs. cocoa or 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
  •  ¼ C of milk
  • Optional: ¼ tsp almond extract

Pour over 1 pound of powdered sugar.  Mix well and pour over cake.  The cake can be served warm or once cooled, the frosting will taste like fudge.

Now that you have  a delicious new chocolate cake in the oven, stop over to Amazon and grab your copy of Nancy’s newest book!!

Adam Blake, ex-CIA operative, has gone to great lengths to keep his identity a secret from his maternal grandfather, who controls the most brutal crime syndicate in Eastern Europe. The moment he lets his guard down, the unthinkable happens and his best friend, the mother of his child, is tortured and murdered. To protect his daughter, he must seek the help of his father’s family—who has no idea of his existence. What Adam could have never foreseen is the unusual attachment between his daughter and her most unlikely protector.

After months of living in an emotional vacuum after her roommate’s murder, Calista Martin takes a chance and befriends a handsome regular at the diner. What is supposed to be just a ride home hurls her headlong into Adam’s world of murder and revenge. To add to an already explosive situation, Adam’s traumatized little girl refuses to release her hold on Calista. Knowing what it’s like to lose a loved one, Calista insists on staying with Adam to protect Anna.

After Calista risks her life to protect Anna, Adam begins to see the waitress from the diner in a different light. But the Vasnev threat is heating up and Calista, while willing to help him, really doesn’t trust him. Can he find a way to eliminate his enemies to become the father Anna deserves and the man Calista needs—or will he fail again, taking his future out of his hands forever?



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  1. Nancy C Weeks says:

    Thanks again for inviting me to visit your lovely blog. This is such a good idea and I loved being part of it. By the way, an excuse to make this cake is it’s Wednesday. That line came right from one of my kid’s mouth.

    1. Heather says:

      Thanks so much for being here, Nancy! Your recipe and your book both sound awesome!

  2. Deborah O'Neill Cordes says:

    Thanks so much for the great post, ladies. Nancy, your recipe for chocolate cake sounds almost as good as your recipe for romantic suspense! Thank you, and here’s wishing you many sales!

    1. Heather says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Deb!

    2. Nancy C Weeks says:

      Thank you, Deb! I don’t know what I love more, writing romantic suspense stories or this cake. So glad you dropped by. Hugs!

  3. Peggy Bird says:

    Love your website, Heather. But, Nancy, I think it’s terrible you posted this yummy recipe the day I gave up chocolate for Lent.

    1. Nancy C Weeks says:

      Oh Peggy…So sorry. I didn’t realize it was Ash Wednesday until I got up this morning and looked at my calendar. Well…you just have to wait 40 days. 🙂 Hugs!

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