I like to add something special to the treats in my festive murder mysteries. Sometimes, they taste a little odd. Don't worry, you won't be alive long enough to figure out why that is!
Agatha Christie said murder is a feminine way to kill. And she used plenty of inventive poisons in her mysteries.
So, I couldn't resist adding a dash of something fatal into a story. I can't reveal which one because that would spoil the delicious surprise!
However, I gift you a 100% safe, delicious, festive cupcake recipe to enjoy! Just check you have all the vital ingredients before you begin.
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes
Recipe can be made dairy and egg-free. Substitute milk for a plant/nut alternative, use dairy-free spread, and mix 3 tbsp flaxseed with 1 tbsp water to create one flax egg as a binding agent (this recipe requires 6 tbsp flaxseed to substitute 2 eggs.) Substitute plant-based cream for the heavy (double) cream in the frosting.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 tablespoons softened, unsalted butter
½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
½ cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose plain flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (180 milliliters) milk
1 cup (225 grams) unsalted soft butter
3 cups (360 grams) powdered or icing sugar
2 tablespoons heavy (double) cream
4 drops green food coloring
½ teaspoon mint extract
K.E. O’Connor is the author of so many books she can't remember them all. Noteworthy mentions include:
Every Witch Way series (a talking familiar as the lead character, anyone?)
Witch Haven mystery series (14 books of fabulous witchy mayhem)
Crypt Witch cozy mysteries (17 books of murder, a talking hellhound, and a big old demon issue)
Lorna Shadow ghost mysteries (13 books of ghostly mystery)
Holly Holmes baking mysteries (9 books of delicious cake, murder, and stunning British jollies)
Zee Town paranormal cozy series (5 quirky, fun books with murder and friendly zombies in Cornwall)
Along with other titles available if you cast the right spell.
She can imagine dragons, taste cookies when they aren’t even there, and hear the crack of a witch’s broom at a hundred paces.
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