Friday, March 29, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
Book 11 in the Domestic Diva Mysteries
by Krista Davis

When a trendy, underground dinner club leaves some guests six-feet-under the table, entertaining professional and amateur sleuth Sophie Winston hopes she has all the right ingredients to put a murderer on ice in New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis’s new Domestic Diva mystery . . .
Domestic diva Sophie Winston can whip up an elaborate event in her sleep, but as the hippest hostess she rarely gets to enjoy the full guest treatment. Which is why her best friend Nina Reid Norwood loops her in to the latest culinary craze: a pop-up gourmet dinner party. The celebrity chef, the epicurean menu, and the high-profile attendees are all a surprise, turning the decadent dining experience into the hottest ticket in Old Town. But Sophie’s just pleased as punch that she finally has an opportunity to join her fellow foodies in some fun.
The posh party proves to be a recipe for disaster when Hollis Haberman sours spirits by bringing his own hot new dish—his young trophy wife. With Hollis’s son and ex-wife in attendance, there may be more heat at the table than in the kitchen. But by aperitifs, Sophie discovers Hollis swallowing his last bits of air, and she must scramble to stop a killer before the swanky supper becomes anyone else’s last meal.
Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!


Coca-Cola Cake

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Note: If you would like to toast the ½ cup of pecans for the frosting, do so before baking the cake. If you don't have buttermilk, add ½ teaspoon of white vinegar to ½ cup milk and let stand a few minutes.


2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup butter
1 cup Coca-Cola
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ miniature marshmallows

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   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
   Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. 
   Combine sugar and flour in a large bowl. Whisk well and set aside. 
   Mix together butter, 1 cup Coca-Cola, and cocoa in a pot. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour over sugar and flour mixture and stir, blending well. 
   In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, baking soda and vanilla. Add to Coca-Cola mixture. Add marshmallows and stir well. (Note: The marshmallows will not melt.)
   Pour into a prepared pan and bake 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

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Note: Frosting and cake should be warm when applying the frosting.

½ cup butter
1-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
6 tablespoons Coco-Cola
1 pound (1 box) confectioner's sugar
½ cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)

    About 10 minutes before the cake will be done, place ½ cup butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, and 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola in a pot. Pour over the powdered sugar and mix well. Add vanilla and mix. Spread over cake while both cake and frosting are still warm. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.


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  1. Coca-Cola Cake was one of my favorites as a kid growing up. Haven't ate one in years. So, I think it's about time. Thanks for the recipe and the memories!

    Would love the opportunity to read "THE DIVA COOKS UP A STORM" by Krista Davis. LOVE the cover! Hydrangea is one of my favorite flowers and love those in that color. :)
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  2. I’ve had this before and it is yummy! Sweet Friday, to you, Lisa!

  3. I love this cover. This sounds like an exciting book. Thank you for the recipe. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net