Friday, March 20, 2015

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today's recipe comes from
Book 7 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series 
by Jenn McKinlay

The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble…

Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it’s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.

But the fun turns to fright when Mel finds a real dead body in a prop casket outside of the bakery’s truck—and the corpse looks alarmingly like a zombie of their own. Knowing that Joe, Angie’s brother and Mel’s former flame, has been working on a dangerous mob case, Mel worries that the murder is a hit gone wrong and that someone near and dear was the real target. To keep any of her friends from winding up six feet under, Mel will do whatever it takes to find a killer—no matter how scary things get...

Pre-order your copy of 
today for the April 7 release!

I'm still reading 
I'll have my review posted this weekend. So far, as with all the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series, it has been wonderful!

On to the recipe!


A Delicate Sponge Cake Flavored with Coffee and Rum, 
Topped with a Creamy Mascarpone and Whipped Topping

Ladyfinger Cupcakes

5 eggs, separated
2/3 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 400°.

Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers and set aside. 

Using a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Add sugar (2 tablespoons) and continue beating until glossy. 

In another bowl, mix remaining 2/3 cup of sugar and egg yolks. Fold half of the egg whites into the yolk mixture, then add in the flour, baking powder, and remaining egg whites. 

Evenly distribute the batter into the cupcake liners to about 1/4 full. They will not rise to the top to leave room for the mascarpone topping. 

Bake 8 minutes. 

Makes 12.

Tiramisu Frosting

6 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound mascarpone cheese
1 cup strong black coffee, room temperature
2 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Using a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar. Add in milk and whisk over medium heat until mixture boils. Boil for one minute and then remove from heat. 

Once the mixture has cooled, cover it and put it in the refrigerator. 

After one hour, mix mascarpone cheese into the egg and milk mixture until smooth. 

In another bowl, whip together cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form.

In small bowl, mix together the coffee and rum. 

Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons of the coffee and rum mixture over cooled cupcakes and allow it to absorb into the cake. 

Distribute the mascarpone mixture over the cupcakes, spreading evenly. Place a large dollop of the whipped cream over the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle with cocoa powder. 

Refrigerate 3-5 hours until set. 

NOTE: All images are from Google Images and/or Pinterest. 
Your dish may vary in appearance.

Learn more about author 
Jenn McKinlay

Keep reading to check out my installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

Keeping my Cozy Food Friday theme going... 
Book Beginnings this week is from
Book 7 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series

"He looks really good in there," Angie DeLaura said. "Peaceful even."

"You can't say that about everyone," Melanie Cooper agreed. 

"It's all about the casket," Tate Harper said. "You want to choose a lining that compliments your skin tone in the postmortem."

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

Continuing with the DARK CHOCOLATE DEMISE theme
My Friday 56

Mel nodded, still not really sure she was up to talking. The men who helped to lift  ____ out of the coffin began to back the crowd up to make room for the other bicycle officers who arrived. 

Sorry about the blank, but I don't want to give even a hint away. ;-)

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  1. Dark Chocolate Demise sounds like a delightful book. I'm copying that tiramisu cupcake recipe. Delish!
    My Friday post features THE SNOW CHILD.

    1. Sandra, the entire Cupcake Bakery series if fantastic! Thanks for stopping in!

  2. I'm so far behind on this series, it's not even funny. I've read the first two. But I am determined to get up to date so that when book 8 comes out, I will be ready to go. Sounds like this one is another good one.

    1. Hey Mark, I drop just about everything when a new Cupcake Bakery book comes out!

  3. Yum! I love dark chocolate, and the mystery sounds good. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Laurel! It's a really good and fun series!

  4. Oh Yummy! Sounds delicious and decadent! So do the cupcakes. Lol. I am looking forward to reading this book!

  5. Love the recipe. I have never bought mascarpone cheese. Do you find it in the deli section or in the dairy section of most grocery stores? Love Food Fridays

    1. B J, thanks for coming by. I've never bought it either, but I see Jenn answered, so now we both know!

  6. The excerpts of Dark Chocolate Demise didn't grab me, but the cover is awfully cute.

    My Friday post:

    1. Catherine, I'm sorry they didn't appeal to you. But trust me, it's a great series!

  7. Oh God, all of these cupcakes are making me sooo hungry! I also like the sound of this book, I mean, imagine expecting fake horror and getting actual, genuine dead bodies!! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post 
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. Juli, I'm always afraid of going through haunted attractions for just that reason! ;-)

  8. Love that start. I would never have considered try to match coffin to skin tone.

  9. I just purchased the first books in this series. Jenn is such a fun person and writer!

  10. WOW! Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious! Sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Betty, thank you for stopping in! This is one of my favorite series.

  11. Happy Friday,, I need cupcakes!

  12. I love this series and really anything from Jen McKinlay! I'm several books behind but am looking forward to catching up. Those Tiramisu cupcakes sounds amazing!

    1. Kathrine, Jenn is an awesome author! I've read all of her books under each of her pen names, Josie Belle and Lucy Lawrence. All great books!

  13. Oh, I love this cupcake so much. Wish I had one now. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Lisa! BJ, yes, mascarpone is usually available at the deli. Hi, everyone! Great to see you all here!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jenn! My mouth was watering the whole time I was typing this one up!

  14. This could very well be my first zombie book. It made me laugh so hard. Luv it. Now I'm going to look at the cupcake recipe.

  15. First, I love that cover. Second, that cupcake looks delicious. Third, I like the excerpt, it certainly got my interest!

  16. That beginning really makes me laugh.

  17. I'm suddenly having cravings for cupcakes. I love tiramisu :)

    1. Reading these books will make you crave cupcakes for weeks!

  18. oh man, now I'm hungry. :D That 56 made me laugh and sounds like something that Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum series would say. :)

    1. LOL I get hungry every time I type up a Cozy Food Friday. The cupcakes really did me in!

  19. Oh yum. The cupcake looks delicious. What a fun sounding book.

    1. Anne, it is a fun book and series! The characters are awesome!

  20. I love the ghost cupcakes on the cover, what fun!
    Tiramisu is my favorite cake, but not sure how I feel about cupcakes.
    Book sounds more my alley.
    Happy weekend!