French Twist Book 1

Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd

Chaque personne sait où sa chaussure pince. "Each woman knows where her shoe pinches."

I have no idea how I got this book. It was a quick simple read that described many amazing French Dessert and made crave a pastry!

The best part at the end of the book Sandra shares a Pinterest page called Recipes from the French Twist. And while I absolutely do not like coconut, she has the Divine Coconut Cake (from a box!) recipe!

One box butter recipe yellow cake mix
One small box coconut cream instant pudding
3 eggs
1 1/3 cup coconut milk (not coconut cream). You may have to emulsify this as it comes out of the can separated
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1 stick of butter, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
4 cups of powdered sugar
1/8 cup milk or cream
1 tsp coconut extract
Shredded coconut
Chopped Pecans (if desired)

Directions: First, mix together the cake mix and the instant pudding till completely combined. Then add the 3 eggs, the coconut milk, the coconut extract, and the butter.

Blend for about 3 minutes in standing mixer or 5 minutes with handheld, in order to give the pudding time to develop.

Spread into two 8" round greased/floured cake pans. Light aluminum works better than dark or glass. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 until the cakes are just set and barely beginning to pull away from the pans. Don't overbake till edges are brown or pulling away from pan. Let cool completely.

Whip the frosting ingredients together until completely fluffy. Frost the cooled cake, placing the first cake layer, round side down, on a plate, then spread frosting across the middle. Put the flat side of the other layer down on frosted center. Frost the sides and top of cake.

Toast some coconut till golden brown (not dark brown) in the oven. Chopped pecans, too, if you prefer. Sprinkle on top of cake.

REVIEW: Sweet story. I like that she had to find herself before finding the man. She started off as an impulse person who really annoyed me especially with her wasteful money habits. But in the end she really took charge and made the right decisions. I am super thankful she didn't end up with the baker it would have been to cliche!

Oh and I find her line about children very interesting

"I don't like kids." There. I'd said it. The pillars of the house didn't fall in and crush me. I hadn't been struck with boils. "Really? I never knew that."
"I just never felt brave enough to admit I don't like them. It's watered-down blasphemy to a lot of Christians."

To me this is very true. People are always shocked that we don't like kids and think it's a great sin that we aren't going to have any. I couldn't even imagine what it would be like if we actually where Christians and in Christian environments because your suppose to have children... if that makes any sense.

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