Saturday, May 23, 2015
Let's talk about cupcakes and Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery Mysteries...
We've talked about coffee already. Let's talk about cupcakes - I mean, who doesn't love cupcakes? Just the right size. Not too big, not too little. Perfect!! And have you noticed the boom in cupcake shops and flavors in the last few years? How about a mystery series set in a cupcake shop? Sound good? Well, pull up a chair and let's talk murder and flavors.
First of all, I'll share that my daughter is a cupcake baker extraordinaire. Seriously. Not just Mom talk. She's a labor and delivery nurse by profession, but she's a baker with a flair. She's had a little bakery business in the past, but her hospital work has gotten too busy for much more than cupcakes for friends and family now. I'll be sprinkling a few of her cupcakes here and there in this post.
Jenn McKinlay is an amazingly prolific author. She has written 5 different mystery series. She's a librarian. She's got a husband and kids. And she lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is a frequent guest at where? You guessed it, The Poisoned Pen. The only mystery series I've read of hers so far is her cupcake bakery series. It's set in Old Town Scottsdale and stars two friends, Angie DeLaura and Melanie Cooper. These ladies own Fairy Tale Cupcakes, partially because of help from another friend, Tate Harper.
In the first book, Sprinkle With Murder, Tate's fiance is murdered. She was sort of a bridezilla and was actually found dead with one of Angie and Melanie's sample cupcakes. Hijinks ensue and both the cupcake ladies are suspected of the crime. Angie has several brothers and so family plays a part. Angie, Melanie and Tate have been friends since they were kids. Everyone has an opinion. Oh, and there is also a 'crazy as a loon' woman who is their competition. Always fun to see her.
There are now 7 books in this series that includes titles like Buttercream Bump Off and Red Velvet Revenge and Going, Going Ganache. Can't you just taste the flavors? So, if you're thinking that a little sweetness would go along well with your murder, you might try one of these books. They are fun!
Just in case you were wondering about the cupcake flavors in the pictures. The first one with the fondant flower and purple vanilla buttercream icing is a plain chocolate cake. Daughter was very proud of the look of the icing and fondant. The next ones down are Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. Then we have Butter Pecan Praline Cupcakes. And the one just above is a Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cupcake. Yummy, huh? Do you like cupcakes? What are your favorite flavors?
I'll be including this post as part of this week's Weekend Cooking, hosted by Beth Fish Reads.