Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys: An Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery, #3 (Volume 3)

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Annie Graceland's a baker with a pinch of psychic ability. She can see and talk to ghosts. Much to her dismay, they also talk to her—nagging her incessantly to solve their murders. Annie's mom signs her up to be a judge at Wisconsin's inaugural Hot Guys Contest. When hometown Hot Guy, Mr. Oconomowoc, is killed and doesn't pass to the Afterlife, he begs Annie to investigate his murder. Now she's not only a pageant judge, but also meddling with suspects that include her former high school rival, an old boyfriend, Hot Guy contestants, a supermodel, and a mysterious illegal betting ring. It doesn't help that Detective Jamie Ryan, a boy from Annie's past is all grown up, sexy as sin, and determined to make her fall for him. Annie’s about to discover that going back home can be sweet as frosting or worse than a cake wreck. The temperature's rising at the Hot Guys Contest...

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I hope you enjoy Annie's escapades as much as I enjoy writing them.  *CUPCAKES, BATS, and SCARE-DY CATS (#6) publishes in 2015.*
Keep calm, carry on and enjoy An Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery!

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Julia's Margarita Smooch Cupcakes
Yield = 12 cupcakes
 
Ingredients:

1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup) softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs - room temperature
.75 Tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp canola oil
One large lime, zested

1.5 cups cake flour
.75 Tsp baking powder
.5 Tsp baking soda
1/4 Tsp salt

3 Tbsp tequila
3 Tbsp lime juice

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
 
Instructions:
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard-size muffin pans with paper liners.

Cream butter and sugar together 5 minutes or until smooth. Add vanilla then add eggs one at a time. Add tequila and lime juice. Mixture will look curdled. Add oil.

In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pudding mix. Add zest.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup milk and sour cream thoroughly

Add dry and milk/sour cream mixtures to the mixing bowl in two additions, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl. Mix until smooth.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners, filling each about two-thirds full.
 
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Margarita Frosting Ingredients:
 
4 oz. butter, room temperature
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons tequila
 
Frosting Instructions:

Add butter and 1/2 of the powdered sugar to large mixing bowl. Combine on low speed.
 
Add tequila and lime juice and gradually add remaining powdered sugar. Once combined, increase mixer speed and whip until light and fluffy. Add additional powdered sugar if stiffer consistency is desired. Garnish with lime wedge and sprinkle of sea salt.
 
Recipe courtesy of Cupcakes-A-Go-Go in Madison, Wisconsin. Co-Owner - Laura Devries (Address, store hours and links at book's end.)

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