Thursday, April 3, 2014


Welcome to Stop 25 in the Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you've happened upon this stop out of order, you may want to go back to Stop 1 at to begin. That's also where the hunt will end. If you get lost along the way, check in at

At each stop, you'll collect a clue, printed in red. Write them down as you go. The hunt ends on April 6th at Midnight, Mountain Time, so you have all weekend to finish. No need to race!

First prize is a Kindle Fire HDX plus $100 gift certificate. Two runners-up will receive all 31 of the books featured in the Scavenger Hunt. Individual authors will also be giving prizes at their stops, so don't forget to look for that at the bottom of each post.

It's my great pleasure to introduce Judy Miller to you. Judy and I first met at a Christian Writers Retreat many years ago, and we had great fun brainstorming together. I'm honored to have her guest on my site. Judith Miller is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 30 historical romance novels. She is known for her unique settings and love of history. Learn more at

You won't want to miss Judith's latest book. Here's a bit about it: A Shining Light is the third book in the Home to Amana historical series. A young widow returns home to Iowa after the devastating loss of her husband, but when she arrives, she finds the family farm destroyed. She finds refuge with the kind people of the Amana village, where she is drawn to tinsmith, Dirk Knefler. But is the simple, cloistered life what she wants for herself and her son?

You can purchase A Shining Light at,%201,
or at

Judy has sent me a mouth-watering exclusive post to share with you!
The Amana Wedding Cake by Judith Miller:

 In A Shining Light, I feature a tinsmith, a craftsman who made everything from buckets and kitchen utensils to rain gutters for the Amana homes. One of the very special items made by the tinsmith was what has become known as the Amana Wedding Cake Tin. Sternkutchen, a marble cake, was baked in the large star-shaped tin.


As you can see from the pictures, the cake is very large which would allow for thin, yet filling slices of cake. The cake recipe used for weddings was made in four different colors, yellow, pink, white, and chocolate, but today there is disagreement in the Colonies whether the Sternkutchen should be frosted. While some prefer no frosting, others dust it with powdered sugar and still others prefer to drizzle the cake with a simple sugar glaze. There are even a few who frost the Stern with a butter-cream frosting. The cake may be baked in a large bundt pan (half the recipe) if you don’t have a prized Amana star-shaped tin.


The recipe and directions follow:


Sternkuchen (Marbled Star Cake)


If using a bundt pan instead of star pan, cut recipe in half.

For white cake batter                                                            For pink cake batter

½ cup butter                                                                 1/2 white cake batter

2 cups sugar                                                                 2 to 4 drops red food coloring

3 cups flour

1 cup milk

2 tsp. baking powder

8 egg whites, beaten stiff


For yellow cake batter                                               For chocolate cake batter

½ cup butter                                                                 ½ yellow cake batter

1 ½ cups sugar                                                             ½ cup cocoa

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ cup milk

8 egg yolks

2 tsps. Vanilla


Preheat oven to 325ยบ.

For the white cake, cream first two ingredients of white cake recipe. Stir in flour alternately with milk. Add baking powder. Mix well then fold in stiff-beaten egg whites.

            For pink batter, take ½ of white cake batter and pour into a bowl. Add 2 to 4 drops red food coloring. Set aside white and pink batters.

            For yellow batter, cream butter and sugar for yellow cake batter. Stir in flour, baking powder, and milk. Add egg yolks, and beat well. Blend in vanilla.

            For chocolate batter, take ½ of yellow cake batter and pour into a bowl—beat in cocoa.

            If using the star-shaped cake tin, trace form on waxed or parchment paper, and line tin. Then grease and flour tin. Carefully pour yellow batter into pan, then add white batter, chocolate batter, and finally the pink batter. Do not fill pan to the top—leave one inch headroom. Excess batter may be poured into a greased and floured cake pan or cupcake pan.

            Bake 40-50 minutes. Remember, less time is required for a smaller pan. When cool, carefully remove the cake from pan and frost or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Note: I had to bake this an additional 15 minutes, so be sure to test before removing from the oven!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Before you move onto Stop 26, , be sure to write down this Stop 25 clue: "but a bad".
BONUS PRIZE! Enter to win an additional prize--a complete set of three of my Amish Romantic Suspense novels. Just send your name and e-mail address to me at


  1. Sounds like a cake to try once I find my way out of this scavenger hunt! ;)

  2. I tried emailing you but it came back to me as unable to deliver.

    Candi Moser

  3. This message was created automatically by the mail system (ecelerity).

    A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
    recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

    >>> (after RCPT TO): 550 No Such User Here

  4. Hi Marta and thanks for the bonus giveaway!
    I tried emailing but it was returned back to me, would love to be entered!
    Have a blessed weekend, Kara

  5. Hi! Isn't this great fun? :)

  6. I tried to e-mail you, but it was returned as well. XXtangledXX AT gmail DOT com
    Thank you! :)

  7. Hi Marta, I tried e-mailing twice to enter the Bonus Prize giveaway & both times the e-mails came back as "undeliverable". Would love to enter & would love to win, thanks for the opportunity. This was my e-mail message:
    Hi Marta, Please enter me to win your BONUS PRIZE--a complete set of three of your Amish Romantic Suspense novels. My name is Linda McFarland, dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com. Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity!
    Glad you are a part of the Scavenger Hunt, I love your books. Linda

  8. I've gotten this response three times Marta is the address correct or is the box full?
    Joyce Guard
    W4570 - E. #30.75 Road
    Please put pkg. in box - dog EATS pkgs.!
    Carney, Michigan 49812

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
    Delivery to the following recipients failed.

  9. I tried e-mailing as well. It didn't go through either. Nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Hi, I also tried to email you and it came back as: This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

    Delivery to the following recipients failed.

    My name is: Linda Ortiz,

  11. Hello! I also tried to email and it was returned.

    Hannah Kilpatrick,

  12. I got the same thing won't work
    Linda Finn
    6 3 7 8 Westbury Red Creek Rd
    R ED C R E E K, N Y 1 3 1 4 3

    Thank you for the chance to win
    Faithful Acres Books

  13. Cheri Schueller
    email address is schuellerfamily(at)att(dot)net

  14. What a fun recipe! I have loved the books I've read by Judith Miller. The Amana colony fascinates me! Thanks for sharing her new book! Thanks also for being a part of the scavenger hunt. I love online scavenger hunts - totally brings out the kid in me!

    I don't know if you ever participate in linky parties, but if you are ever so inclined, I'd love for you to join our book-loving community at Booknificent Thursdays on We gather every Thursday and share posts about books we've been reading or writing and how books are impacting our lives. We'd love to have you join us anytime!


  15. I got my email returned as well, my email is battmam85@yahoo(dot)com

  16. My email would not go through either:

  17. Hi, Marta! The entry email I sent was returned as undeliverable. I would love the opportunity to be entered in your contest!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  18. Hi Marta! :)

    My email for entry and also for the Pennsylvania Dutch recipes did not go through, btu returned to me undeliverable.
    I'd love the recipes and to be entered into the drawing as well.
    Thank you so much!

    ~Mippy/Sabrina :)
    bunnysmip (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  19. Well, what fun this scavenger hunting has been... :-) Blessings!! Thanks for the recipe, too.

    mrsdayseye at gmail dot com

  20. I also just received notification that the email would not go through... and... fortgot to mention how much i love the cover of the book!! sounds like a lovely story.

    mrsdayseye at gmail dot com

  21. I also got the returned email. While you are a new author to me, I look forward to reading your books.
    Mandie Wenzel
    bombusmixtus at hotmail dot com

  22. So sorry about the returned emails. I've contacted my webmistress for help! Please be assured that if you contacted me in any way, including a comment here, you'll be entered in the drawing!

    1. thanks Marta, sounds good!

    2. Please, enter my name in the drawing: Susan Wilson, Thanks!!

    3. I just today tried to email you again and it went through (so far) so here's hoping we just overloaded you!

  23. I tried to email! :) Thank you for the opportunity to win!!!

  24. Hi Marta, Please enter me to win your BONUS PRIZE--a complete set of three of your Amish Romantic Suspense novels. Thank you for the chance to win.Have a wonderful weekend.I enjoy reading your books.

  25. Looks like I'm not the only one, but my email didn't go through.

  26. Thanks for participation in the hunt, and for the chance to win! Here is my e-mail address


  27. Resubmitting here since I, too, got an error message:
    Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

    Hi Marta!

    I would love to read your set of Amish romantic suspense novels!
    Here's my info:

    Julie Smith
    pudy68 @ gmail dot com

    Thank you for participating in this hunt!


  28. I want to try that cake!! Sending you an e-mail. :-)

  29. alecia witbart

  30. New follower on GFC and RSS feed blog comments. Sent e-mail - just in case it comes back I would like to be entered in the contest for your books. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  31. My email was returned also as undeliverable. My name is Barbara Thompson and email address is barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com.

    Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt and for the opportunity of the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

  32. I tried e-mail also and it was returned. Thank you for being part of the scavenger hunt. I would love to win your books.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  33. attempted to email you as well, seeing many of us having difficulties at getting mail 'sent' here is my info Michele Speer
    Can't wait to try the recipe you've shared - thank you :)

  34. I also tried to email twice and it came back as undeliverable. My name is Judy Cooper. My email is Thank you!

  35. Marta, I think we are overloading your server because I'm on the list of rejected emailers too.
    You can find me at I'll just post my message here:

    It's so nice to meet you through the scavenger hunt. I love you ladies who have posted recipes. If you have a Pinterest page you will have to send it back to me so that I can follow you. Mine is If you have any good recipes using lots of eggs I could use them! I started out with 15 chickens and now I have 25….that's a lot of eggs. :)

    Grace & Peace,
    Amanda Geaney
    Cabot, Arkansas

  36. Hi! My e-mail came back saying it couldn't be delivered. I would like to be put in for the drawing, please. My e-mail is Thanks very much!

  37. I couldn't get email to go through. Please enter me. Thanks!

  38. My email joined the rest of them as being undeliverable. I would like to be put in for the drawing as well.

    Debora Wilder
    debbiewilder (at) comcast (dot) net

  39. mine came back undeliverable too. here is what I wrote - thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt so I can meet new authors - new to me I mean... Robyn Michaels
    pigeon12fb(at sign)gmail(dot)com

  40. Can't wait to try the cake recipe...just wish I had a beautiful tin like yours.
    As with the many listed prior email seems to be coming back so please add my name to the drawing as well.

    shcreative (at) sympatico (dot) ca

  41. Please enter me in the contest for your 3 books. Thank you.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  42. Heather Olsen
    koho143 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  43. LL
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    the email had a delivery error, so entering via your blog

  44. The email had a delivery issue so I thought I'd enter on the blog hope this works:
    Ruth Toy

  45. The email doesn't work. Please enter me into your giveaway. Thanks


  46. Email still not working. Thanks for the chance though. This has been fun!

    Kathy Church

  47. Hi marta my name is Litany and my email address is

    I tried emailing you but it just came back to me with an error message. Thank you

  48. Email returned as undeliverable. Thanks for participating in the Scavenger Hunt.
    Charlotte Perotti

  49. I have tried numerous times to enter your contest, but the email comes back can not deliver.

  50. I tried to enter the contest too. Please include me in the drawing. My email is momndad243 at yahoo dot com Thanks

  51. I would like to enter also. Ellen Gray

  52. Everytime I try to email you, it bounces it back as failure to deliver.

  53. lol - I should have read the comments before trying to email!!
    kawaii (dot) katers (at) gmail {dot} com!

  54. I tried to email you too! laurel stein at gmail dot com

  55. Hi Marta. I got my email back too. I thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt. I have read much of your work and hope for a chance to win. This serves as my notice since the email returned. :)

  56. Tried to email you also and it came back to me. :)
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

  57. Hi Marta! Ditto on the returned email! I would love to win a complete set of three of your Amish Romantic Suspense novels! God bless!
    kam110476 at gmail dot com

  58. I LIKE your books-have read some, but not all!
    Badawson16 at aol dot com

  59. I would like to be considered for the drawing. Thank you for participating!!

  60. I love that you gave us a recipe too. Thank you!

  61. Great recipe! Thanks. i did email you, but it looks like just like the others it came back to me!

  62. Like the others, my email came back too. :-/ Sorry you're having problems with it! I just recently read your Danger in Plain Sight and really enjoyed it!


  63. I also tried emailing several times, but received the same error messages as everyone else.

    Cris-Annette Nicholas

  64. My email came back, too. My name is Joelle Strandquist and my email is jmsfarmgirl (at) hotmail (dot) com. Thanks so much!

  65. Hi,
    I LOVE your books Marta (and Judith)!

    My mother's maiden name was Perry..where is this family from? I would love to know. I'm working on our genealogy.

    I would love to be a part of the giveaway, but apparently there is email trouble…
    my email address is

    Thanks for being a part of the scavenger hunt both of you!

    I would love to be a reviewer/influencer for either of you if you have such a program. I write Christian Fiction book reviews on my blog and on retail sites...

  66. Thx for the recipe!! Sent my name & email to you.

  67. I just noticed in my email I sent on Sun. for the scavenger hunt was returned. If it is not too late can I be entered? Thank you!
    ischu9 at aol dot com