Posts Tagged ‘Teresa Frohock’

This recipe came in a little recipe box that my Aunt Juanita gave me when I first married. She typed me several recipes for main courses and side dishes, and of course, my favorite, red velvet cake. My Uncle John was a cook in the navy and while both he and Juanita were exceptional cooks, John was my favorite.

I made this a couple of times, but mine never turned out as good as John’s.

Here is his recipe for red velvet cake:

½ cup of shorteningphoto.php
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 ounce red food coloring
1 ounce water (use empty color bottle to measure)
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup buttermilk
2 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon soda

Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs and blend. Add food coloring and water, then cocoa. Blend in buttermilk and add flour and salt. Gradually add vanilla and beat until mixed. Mix vinegar and soda and stir in last. Do not beat. Pour into two greased and floured 9 in. pans. Bake at 325° for 25 to 30 min. Cool and frost.

Fluffy frosting:

Cook 1 cup milk and ¼ cup flour, stirring until thickened; cool. Beat 1 cup sugar, ½ cup Crisco and ½ cup butter until fluffy on high speed of mixer. Add first mixture and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Continue beating. When icing is very fluffy, frost cooled cake.

Good luck and may your cakes never fall!


1779527_738561719488048_624490542_nTeresa Frohock has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. She has turned her love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction.

She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and various short stories. Naked the Night Sings was published  in the urban fantasy anthology Manifesto: UF, while La Santisima can be read on her website. Love, Crystal and Stone is expected to appear in Neverland’s Library.

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Red velvet with sour cream icing, but it has to be a good red velvet cake and not that flavourless stuff in hotels and restaurants. Yeah, red velvet cake, kind of like the one in your picture but without the glass and blood. Or maybe devil’s food. Yeah, devil’s food cake is good too. I also enjoy carrot cake with sour cream icing, because it’s kind of sweet and sour and has a lot of nuts … you know, like Twitter. Mmmmm, cake.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Adora Preaker from Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects. What a creepy, insidious, child-eating-mother-woman. I think what I really loved about Adora is that Flynn ??????????????????????never tried to make her a sympathetic antagonist. She might have been sick, but there was something evil in her, and you felt it every time Adora was on the page.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

Well, being deaf, I probably wouldn’t have understood the individual very well, so I would say, “Huh?” If that wasn’t enough to get him or her to acknowledge that something was wrong, then I’d probably just take the briefcase to the lost and found. I’d tell the person in charge of the desk, “You know what to do.” Then I would leave. I’ve decided that I’m a bit too old for adventures and running around chasing people with guns and leaping on and off yachts and all of that.

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

19734165I love it when people ask me about my favourite kind of cake. Because … cake.

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

I don’t really have one. I usually don’t mind answering any kind of question about publishing or my work, because I know when I first started out, I had a lot of questions. Some of my questions were very stupid and had been answered somewhere online, but no one ever belittled me for asking. And I’ve always appreciated that. The authors went out of their way to make me feel very comfortable, and they answered questions that they probably had answered a thousand times before. Likewise, I always want to be available to pass that kind of goodwill along to other people—writers and fans.


Bonus Question: What is it about religion and myths that you find so fascinating that you often weave your stories around them so effectively?

The one thing all religions and myths share is a belief in the supernatural and magic, and it is the idea of magic that lures me. One of my favorite movie scenes is in Big Trouble in Little China where they discuss magic and everyone pooh-poohs the concept. Then an elderly gentleman leans forward and makes a fireball between his hands, shocking everyone. That was cool. I love the idea of magic being real, and religion is my backdoor into that world. Magic is better than cake … and that is saying something.

tribal rose tattoos5
Website: Teresa Frohock website
Twitter: @TeresaFrohock