Sunday, January 29, 2012

Apple Bundt Cake from Guest Author Lois Winston

Please welcome today's special guest. Lois Winston is the author of the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries published by Midnight Ink. Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and was recently nominated for a Readers Choice Award by the Salt Lake City Library System. The new year brings with it the release of Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in her series. 

Read an excerpt from Lois's new mystery by clicking hereFind out more about Lois and her books by visiting her website by clicking here or visit Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog by clicking hereYou can also follow Lois and Anastasia on Twitter @anasleuth.


Lois' blog tour contest is now over. Congrats to the following winners who left comments on the following blogs:

Marilyn’s Musings -- Holli Castillo
Suspense Your Disbelief -- Lynn Demsky
Lesa’s Book Critiques -- Rita Horiguchi
Cindy Sample Books -- Pat Gulley
Killer Characters -- Jane R. 

If you don't see your name, you still have a chance to win! 

Lois is giving away 3 copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll on Goodreads. Click here to visit the giveaway page. 

Thanks again, Lois, for visiting our Kitchen!

~ Cleo


I want to thank Riley/Elizabeth for inviting me back to guest on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, even though I write crafting mysteries, not food mysteries. 

Last time I was here, I talked about Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. Throughout the month of January, I’m on a blog tour for the release of Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in the series, featuring magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack and her food editor sidekick Cloris McWerther. 

Along with keeping my reluctant amateur sleuth’s sweet tooth sated, Cloris plays Watson to Anastasia’s Sherlock. And since Anastasia is juggling recent widowhood, two teenage sons, a semi-invalid communist mother-in-law, her Russian princess mother, and a mountain of debt, Cloris has once again agreed to step in to provide one of her recipes to the readers of Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen.



5 cooking apples
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2-1/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup orange juice
4 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
confectioner’s sugar


Peel and slice apples. Place in bowl. Add cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix to coat apples. Set aside. Cream the butter and remaining 2 cups of sugar. Mix all other dry ingredients together. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture. Combine eggs, juice, vanilla, and almond extract. Slowly add to other ingredients as you continue to mix. Batter will be thick.

Grease and flour bundt pan. Place small amount of batter in bottom of pan. Add a layer of apples. Continue layering batter and apples, with batter as last layer.

Back at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. Cool on wire rack 15-20 minutes. Remove cake from bundt pan. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Death By Killer Mop DollLois' full blog tour schedule can be found at her website by clicking here, and the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, here

She's giving away 3 copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll on Goodreads. Click here to visit the giveaway page. 

Thanks again, Lois!


  1. The recipe looks very good. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and look forward to the book. Thanks for the giveaway.


  2. Welcome back to Mystery Lovers Kitchen. I think I need to go out and buy a bundt pan. I had one but it was all beat up so I threw it out. Like I said time for a new one. I will also be adding this series to my TBR list.

    Thanks again for the recipe and congrats on the nomination!

  3. I love the title of your book. I am not sure if I will try the recipe. I need to be gluten free. Maybe I can substitute other flour.

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  5. I am looking forward to reading Assault With A Deadly Glue Gun. This apple cake recipe looks very yummy. Thank you!

  6. I love bundt cakes--my usual go-to is rum cake, but that isn't always suitable. I love having a new recipe to try out. Almost as good as a new book!

    I'm so glad the book is getting so much acclaim! Well deserved, and a long time coming. Yay, Lois!

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    Deborah Blake

  7. Congratulations on your new book, Lois! I love that the apples are layered in -- so clever. I'll have to try doing that.

    ~ Krista