Friday, May 22, 2020

Mexican Chocolate Mini-Cakes from @MaddieDayAuthor plus #GIVEAWAY

Maddie Day here with a recipe from Nacho Average Murder - and a celebration! I was thrilled this week to learn that the book made the cut for Most Anticipated Crime Books for summer 2020 from Crime Reads - and is only one of two cozies on the list of eighty. So let's party like it's...right now! I'll send one commenter a copy of Strangled Eggs and Ham, the just prior book in the Country Store Mysteries, so you're all caught up.

Robbie goes back to her home town of Santa Barbara in this book for her tenth high school reunion. She makes friends with the owner of the Nacho Average Cafe, where she eats and stays in the B&B upstairs. Carmen's son, a high school friend of Robbie's, makes a version of these easy mini-cakes as a dessert at his food truck in Nacho Average Murder. They're like eating Mexican hot chocolate in a cake.

Mexican Chocolate Mini-Cakes

1 1/3 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dark cocoa
¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 stick butter, room temperature
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dark rum or bourbon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 24-cell mini-muffin pan (or two 12-cell pans) with oil or wipe with butter.
Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Beat butter until creamy. Add eggs and sugar and beat until mixed.
Add dry ingredients and beat on medium for two minutes.
Spoon evenly into mini-muffin cups.

Bake until toothpick inserted into the cakes at the center comes out clean, about twelve minutes. Cool on a wire rack for five minutes in the pan before removing, then cool completely before serving.
Because quarantine, I didn't have dark cocoa powder, so I used regular. And, oops! The cinnamon and butter didn't make it into the photo.

Get the butter, sugar, and eggs nice and creamy.

Add the dry ingredients.

Can't wait to eat them!

Enjoy with a glass of milk, a cup of tea, or a shot of bourbon - maybe in the tea!
Readers: When you can eat breakfast out again, do you prefer your meal to be all-American or with a southwestern flavor? What's your favorate thing to order? Remember, I'll send one commenter a copy of Strangled Eggs and Ham.

My next book is Nacho Average Murderwhich comes out June 30 and is the seventh Country Store Mystery.

Robbie Jordan is temporarily leaving Pans ’N Pancakes, her country store in South Lick, Indiana, to visit Santa Barbara, California—where wildfire smoke tinges the air, but a more immediate danger may lie in wait . . .

The next book after that is Taken Too Soon, the sixth Quaker Midwife (written by Edith Maxwell), up for preorder now!

I hope you'll visit my alter-ego Edith Maxwell and me on our web site, sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit us on social media, and check our all our books and short stories.

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. I would love something breakfast wise with a southwest flair.

  2. I like a southwestern flair. My favorite breakfast is a breakfast burrito.

  3. My problem is I like southwest but I can’t deal with the heat or spice. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

  4. I like to have breakfast with southwest flair huevos rancheros
    maceoindo at yahoo dot com

  5. Yes a little fun in my mouth. I remember when Jordan made those wedding cakes in one of the books. I miss her.

  6. Anything chocolate is a winner!
    Bleakney750 at yahoo dot com

  7. Breakfast southwest style is fine as long as it is mild. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Delectable and tempting recipe. I rarely indulge in Southwest breakfasts but enjoy quesadillas. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. I’m craving for some really good French toast! The muffins look delicious!

  10. Hi Maddie/Edith. No need to enter me in the contest. I am lucky enough to already have a copy of Strangled Eggs and Ham but I wanted to say congrats on making The Most Anticipated list. I am anticipating Nacho Average Murder myself! As for breakfast, we have a few great places to go around here and I can't wait to have something a bit spicy again.

  11. I love Mexican hot chocolate & I bet I'd love this cake version too. I usually get a breakfast burrito or pancakes. Both are my favorites for breakfast.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  12. Spicy chocolate sounds good to me. I've had dark chocolate with chilies. It's really good. I rarely eat out for breakfast but when I do, I usually go for the omelette or chile relleno. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

    1. Bonnie, you are the winner - congratulations! Please check your email.

  13. I would order an American breakfast because I don't like rugs and I'm not a fan of spicy foods. Looking forward to reading this series.

  14. This sounds yummy, Edith/Maddie!

    Eggs Benedict is my favorite at a restaurant. I'd never try making Hollandaise for just me.

  15. Mine will be all American unless travel is open by then. When traveling I like trying the specialties of that area.

  16. I like southwestern flavors but I'd get waffles. wskwared(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. These look like tasty morsels.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  18. No heat or spice. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  19. Blueberry, pecan, mascarpone pancakes is a favorite at a local diner.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  20. Breakfast burritos are a favorite of mine. Thanks for the giveaway and recipe. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. I like a breakfast burrito with eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheese. I actually prefer ones made at home.

  22. Boy, that's a tougher because I like both. But nothing beats for me a nice poached egg on toast with yummy hash browns and bacon.

  23. Yum, Edith/Maddie, that looks delicious! Since my family's from Louisiana and I've spent most of my life now in Texas, I like a party in my mouth! So, yes to the spicy,and I make migas often, though I'm more of a brunch person! And I love breakfast for dinner, too! Just depends on my mood. For Karen, my most memorable Eggs Benedict were a few decades ago at Brennan's in NOLA while visiting for a cousin's wedding. Made even better with a side of bananas foster and several spicy Bloody Marys! ;)

  24. I would like a breakfast burrito on the mild side! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Forgot to put in my email: lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  26. A breakfast burrito sounds delicious. Your recipe sounds and looks delicious too. I'd Love to read your 📖 book 😊 thank you for the chance

  27. My favorite breakfast is the breakfast buffet at a local popular restaurant. It has EVERYTHING....French toast, eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, ham, muffins(all different kinds), mini pancakes, mini corn fritters, apple pie fritters, grits, etc. DELICIOUS!


  28. Sometimes I'll get an omelet with a southwestern flavor... but I really like trying different biscuits and gravy!

    kimheniadis at gmail dot com

  29. I like an all-American breakfast. I usually get eggs over easy, sausage, potatoes and toast. I never manage to eat it all.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  30. Brittani SticklerMay 22, 2020 at 11:08 PM

    I typically order an all-American breakfast. A perfect breakfast to me would have buttermilk pancakes with butter and fresh maple syrup, thick-cut maple bacon, sausage patties (from ground sausage, not pre-formed), hashbrowns grilled to a golden crisp with a few onions, eggs over medium with a side of toast or fresh biscuits and jam.... Now, I'm hungry ... lol.
    sticklerba (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. I love both All-American and Southwest so I usually mix things up a bit.
    My favorite breakfast to order out is Eggs Benedict because I don't make it for myself at home. madamhawk at gmail dot com

  32. I would order pancakes and sausage with maple syrup. Thank you for the recipe, and this chance to win! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  33. All American for me.. I love a traditional short stack of pancakes :) tmleafs42 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  34. I love a Southwestern flair if it's not too spicy. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  35. Bonnie K is the winner - congratulations! Bonnie, please check your email. I wish I had a copy for everyone!