Sunday, May 9, 2021

Chocolate Cupcakes and a giveaway for Mother's Day @KristaDavis


 

 

 

 

 

 LUCY BURDETTE: It's Mother's Day and what could be a better way to celebrate than having our own dear Krista Davis bring news of a giveaway, plus chocolate cupcakes! Welcome Krista! We miss you and are so happy to have you visit, especially with a new book!

KRISTA DAVIS: I am so excited to be back at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen! Thanks for inviting me, Lucy. Today I'm sharing my new go-to recipe for chocolate cupcakes. They are so light and airy that I have to ration them and not indulge too much. The recipe makes a whopping 24 cupcakes, but happily they freeze very well, which makes them the perfect cupcake for Sophie Winston, who always likes to have something on hand to serve, because you never know when people might gather in your kitchen to discuss a murder.

In The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit, Sophie's best friend Nina returns from a European vacation looking much worse for the wear.

The next day, one of Nina's traveling companions is murdered. The only clue is a strange image the dying victim scratched into the soil. Could it point to a cryptic killer? A cursed artifact? When another traveler dies, Sophie knows if she doesn't find the murderer soon, her best friend may be next.

 

The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit will be in stores on May 25th, but I have copies! I'm so happy to be here that I will give away two books today. A copy of The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit and a copy of the newest Wagtail book, Big Little Spies. See how to enter below.

 

I'm always intrigued by alternative uses for ingredients, so I experimented with mayonnaise instead of butter in these cupcakes.They exceeded my expectations. These rise quite high, so if you prefer a lower cupcake, fill the wells 1/2 full.


I frost these with a super creamy frosting. Unfortunately it does involve a double boiler, which has sort of gone out of fashion. So if you prefer, frost these with your favorite frosting. If you're feeling adventurous, haul out the double boiler. This makes a dark chocolate (not overly sweet) frosting. For more sweetness, use 3 ounces of unsweetened chocolate. Taste to be sure it's sweet enough for your taste!

 

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

 

 3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups water

Preheat the oven to 350. Place cupcake papers in wells in cupcake pan.
Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar in a medium bowl and stir with a fork to blend.

In a mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the mayonnaise and vanilla and beat. Alternate between adding the water and the flour mixture. Divide the batter among the cupcake papers, filling ¾ full.

Bake 18 minutes. Frost with Chocolate Frosting.


Chocolate Frosting


4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

4 large egg yolks

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup heavy cream 

1 1/4 cups softened unsalted butter


Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot water. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks with the sugar. Mix in the salt and heavy cream. Pour it slowly into the chocolate and stir constantly. Bring it briefly to 160 degrees, (you may need to turn the heat down afterward) and continue stirring until thick. Remove from heat and cool.


Cream the butter thoroughly. Add the cool chocolate mixture one spoon at a time until it is all mixed in. If it is too soft, chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.


















To enter to win a hardcover copy of The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit or a paperback copy of Big Little Spies, please leave a comment with your email address and let me know which book you would like to win. Good luck!


Happy Mother's Day!

( It's not too late to bake cupcakes for Mom!)

119 comments:

  1. Big Little Spies, sue.stoner72@yahoo.com

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  2. Big Little Spies, sue.stoner72@yahoo.com

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  3. The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit kitten143@verizon.net

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  4. I would be beyond thrilled if I were fortunate enough to be selected. I would love the hardcover copy of "The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit". Thank you for the chance!

    Thank you for the wonderfully yummy sounding recipe for Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes and Chocolate Icing, Since there are just the two of us now and if it's around I WILL eat it, I'm going to half the recipe and try it real soon. That way I am limited because these sound too good to just be laying around whispering "eat me".
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, these freeze very nicely. I have my extras in the freezer.

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  5. I would love to read The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit. The cupcakes looks delish. I do have a double boiler. Lois Rotella- rainonlois@aol.com

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    1. I hope you'll like the frosting. It's so creamy!

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  6. The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit
    rose111@netins.net

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  7. Welcome back, Krista!!! It is so great to have you back. I'll have two of those amazing chocolate cupcakes for breakfast please. :)) Very Happy Congrats on your stellar new releases. And Happy Mother's day to all! xoxo ~ Cleo

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    1. Thank you, Cleo. Wish I could pass two of the cupcakes to you!

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  8. Big little spies. Thank you for the chance.gogo2007@rocketmail.com

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  9. I'd love to win "The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit" please. Most of my granddaughters' are into baking and the eldest 3 might also enjoy reading the book. I stopped baking after the last "kid" got married and moved out. My waistline has thanked me for years. NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Nora, I know of several sisters and mother/daughters who pass my books around. I understand they all think differently about Wolf and Mars!

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  10. Thanks for the chance! I'd love The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit
    Heidiark@yahoo.com

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  11. Happy Mother's Day! Thank you for the recipe, and this chance to win! If I am lucky enough to win, I would love a copy of The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit, please, and thank you. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Thanks for your lovely giveaway. The cupcakes are beautiful and enticing. The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit would be wonderful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Happy Mother's Day, everyone! I just ordered "Big Little Spies", so I would love to win "The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit!" These are two of my favourite series! Thank you for the chance, and for the delicious cupcake recipe!

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  14. Happy Mother's day to everyone!
    I would love to win Diva, email is kkmyers69@gmail.com

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  15. The chocolate cupcakes look yummy!! I would love to win a copy of The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit. Thank you for this chance! pgenest57 at aol dot com

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  16. I would enjoy The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit. The recipe is a winner. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Welcome back, Krista! The cupcakes sound divine.

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    1. Thank you, Edith. I thought of you when I was working on this frosting. 4 ounces of chocolate really give it that dark chocolate flavor.

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  18. I would love to win The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit. The cupcakes look good and easy! Thanks for the chance to win. Jholden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Oh, those cupcakes look yummy! I would love to win Big Little Spies, please. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. I would like to read "The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit". Thank you for the recipe, my mother used to bake a delicious chocolate mayonnaise cake and this brings up fond memories. It's a rainy day here today...perfect weather for some baking!

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    1. I'm so glad to have brought up memories of your mom on Mother's Day!

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  21. Happy Mothers Day to everyone. Thank you for this recipe. Yummy. And thank you for the idea of the substitution. Wow. Gotta try both the recipe and the substitution now.
    thank you for the give a way
    I would love to try Big Little Spies
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. You just can't tell that the cupcakes have mayonnaise in them!

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  22. If I win, I'd love to have a hardcover copy of The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit. Your recipe looks fabulous!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. Choices, choices! You do make it hard! Since I'm diabetic, guess I'll go with "Big Little Spies!" That will help me keep away from the cupcakes! DROOL!!
    Janice.
    flyingjstrails@aol.com

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    1. Gosh, that's tough. I'm sure there are recipes for sugar-free cupcakes.

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  24. Your chocolate cupcakes look so decadent! I would love to win a copy of The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit - thanks for your giveaway and Happy Mother's Day! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. They are a little bit decadent. Everything in moderation, right?

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  25. Big Little Spies
    lindalou64(@)live(dot)com

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  26. The cupcakes look delicious! I would love to win a copy of The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit — thanks for the chance! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. I wish I could eat chocolate! Those cupcakes look so good. I would love to win the Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit, but really the other one would be just as good. Thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com .

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    1. Next time I visit, maybe I'll bring a recipe without chocolate in it.

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  28. I'd love to win Big Little Spies. The town full of animals is adorable.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! I love Wagtail!

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