Friday, May 8, 2020

Cozy Food Friday!

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

This week's recipe is from
Book 12 in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries
by Jenn McKinlay

Pumpkin Spice Peril (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Book 12) by [Jenn McKinlay]

In the twelfth Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew follows the clever crumb trail of a killer who's anything but cookie-cutter.

Life is all sugar and spice for the Fairy Tale Cupcake bakers--Melanie Cooper is engaged to the delectable Joe DeLaura, Angie Harper and her husband Tate are savoring married life, and the bakery is bustling with happy customers. Until one of their most valued cupcake connoisseurs ends up dead.

Local glass artist and cupcake lover Rene Fischer-Klein has always suffered from a wide variety of health issues. In an effort to cheer her up, her doting husband, Peter, brings her a four-pack of her favorite cupcakes every week. But when the police discover that Rene has been poisoned, there's no sugarcoating the fact that the last things she ate were the bakery's signature pumpkin spice cupcakes! With their lives and bakery at stake, it's up to Mel and Angie to find out who poisoned their artist friend and why, before their future is frosted for good.



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A rich coffee cupcake with a mocha-flavored buttercream.

Cupcake Ingredients

2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup milk, room temperature
1 cup strong black coffee, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

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   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
   Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
   In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg,, espresso powder, and sugar.
   In a large bowl, mix the oil, milk, coffee, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture to the coffee mixture and beat on medium speed until smooth. Do not over mix. 
   Scoop the batter evenly into the cupcake liners. 
   Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.

Makes 24

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Frosting Ingredients

1 stick salted butter, softened
½ cup cream cheese, softened
1½ tablespoons instant espresso (powdered)
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
Chocolate-covered espresso beans, optional

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   In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese on high speed for three minutes, until light and fluffy.
   Mix in the instant espresso, cocoa, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and milk until it reaches the desired consistency. 
   Spread or pipe on the cooled cupcakes. 
   Garnish with chocolate-covered espresso beans, if desired. 

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 Your cupcakes will differ in appearance from those in the photos. 

Why drink 3 or 4 cups of coffee to keep you going when you can eat a dozen of these?!


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

Both the BB and 56 are from

Pumpkin Spice Peril (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Book 12) by [Jenn McKinlay]


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

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.

My Book Beginnings 

"Hi, how can I help you?" Angie Harper asked the customer across the bakery counter. She had her lips pulled back in what should have been a smile but looked like a grimace instead. 
My 56

He looked at her fleetingly as if he couldn't bear to hold her gaze. "It's just an appointment. Routine stuff."

Pumpkin Spice Peril (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Book 12) by [Jenn McKinlay]

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  1.! Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday!

  2. My 1st line -
    Dillon Michaels was fed up – but it wasn’t with dinner. In fact, she was ravenous. And Brandon was late. Again.
    My 56 –
    By the time Dillon got home, the house was quiet. As she put the groceries away, she was dismayed to see the kitchen was not very clean.
    THE HAPPY CAMPER by Melody Carlson
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Those cupcakes sound so yummy!!! I like the looks of your cozy too, sounds like a fun one! I added you to the linkybut hope you still come by! Happy weekend, stay safe!

  4. Lisa have a good Sunday peggy clayton

  5. I so want to read this series. Looks wonderful!

  6. Those cupcakes seem delicious! :)
    Konna @ The Reading Armchair

  7. I'd have to leave out the spices but damn, those cupcakes looks good.

  8. I know I mention the recipes every week, but they always look good!

  9. Jenn McKinlay can do no wrong in my book. I love her books! Look at all those yummy treats! Have a great week.