I’m celebrating release day for FRAMED AND FROSTED!
with a cupcake recipe and a book and gift card giveaway!
It’s available now for a special sale price of $0.99! and FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Print is also available.
Order link: https://amzn.to/3v6b7ud
Framed and Frosted, the third book in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, finds cupcake caterer, Emory Martinez, working at a Laguna Beach society Fourth of July soiree, with her sister and their new employee, Sal. With a host who seems intent on accosting both catering employees and guests alike, things go from bad to worse when he accuses Sal of murdering his long-dead son.
As the crescendo of exploding fireworks overhead becomes the backdrop for cupcakes and champagne, a deadly murder occurs. Can Sal and Emory explain why the cupcake the host ate, after shoving a trayful of buttercream-frosted cupcakes onto Sal, resulted in his death? Or will the detective and guests alike believe that Sal is a murderer? Emory and her octogenarian employer, Tillie, whip into action to find out who framed Sal after he was frosted by the victim. Includes recipes!
Praise for Framed and Frosted
This Is A Must-Read Mystery! Framed and Frosted receives my Paradise Rating and will be on my Best Read of 2021 list! Kim Davis is an awesome storyteller and her books are amazing treats that should not be missed! – Lori Caswell, Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
Chock full of cozy elements that I love… The plot is top-notch and features family secrets and betrayals, prejudice, embezzlement, and mysterious murders for readers to mull over. – Linda Langford, Chatting About Cozies
This book (and the other books in the series) are examples of what makes a great cozy mystery. …filled with emotion and twists and kept me entertained and guessing. – Karen Kenyon, Reviewer
I’ve enjoyed all the books in the series because of the way Davis can write about food and desserts and make them so tempting. And her characters are just as detailed and delightful. Mix in a rich, society set and you are in for a fantastic read. – Kim Heniadis, Reviewer
I think cozy mystery lovers will be very entertained by Framed and Frosted. It’s got all of the elements of a great cozy: great characters, a gorgeous setting, humorous dialogue, and a mystery that’ll keep you guessing. – Christy’s Cozy Corners
…I highly highly highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good cozy and it comes just in time for the summer holidays! What a treat! – Sarah Woodhouse, Reviewer
The characters are excellent as always and I love that they do seem to continue to be growing and developing. The cupcakes and other treats sounded delicious (as always) and I love that recipes are included. – Mallory, Reviewer
I’m giving away a copy of Framed and Frosted plus a $10 Amazon gift card to celebrate my new release. Print giveaway is limited to U.S. residents, all others will be awarded ebooks. Contest ends Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below to enter. The winner will be announced on this page and on Cinnamon & Sugar’s Facebook page, as well as notified by email (so check your spam folder!)
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When Emory receives a desperate last-minute request to bake cupcakes for a little girl’s birthday swim party, she uses quick convenience products to add summertime flavor to a party favorite.
- 1 box white cake mix
- 3/4 cup pink lemonade frozen concentrate, thawed
- 5 tablespoons water
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Several drops of pink gel food coloring, optional
- 1/2 cup 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 5-6 tablespoons pink lemonade frozen concentrate, thawed
- A few drops of pink gel food coloring, optional
- Lemon jelly candy slices
- Pink-and-yellow-striped paper straws
- Pink and yellow jimmies, or rainbow sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a cupcake tin with paper liners.
Add the cake mix, defrosted lemonade concentrate, water, eggs, and vegetable oil to a mixing bowl. If using gel food coloring, add a few drops in. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to medium speed and beat for 1 1/2 minutes.
Fill the prepared cupcake liners 2/3 full.
Bake 15–18 minutes until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. A few moist crumbs clinging to the skewer is fine.
Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the cupcake tin, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Mix in 2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar then add in 5 tablespoons of the defrosted lemonade concentrate, the salt, and pink gel food coloring if using. Add the remaining confectioners’ sugar and beat until light and creamy, about 4 minutes. If the frosting is too stiff, add additional defrosted lemonade concentrate, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
With a large star tip, pipe swirls of buttercream over completely cooled cupcakes. Garnish with lemon jelly candy slices, decorative paper straws, or pink and yellow jimmies, or rainbow sprinkles.
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Congrats on your new release can’t wait to read and review a print copy! I love the books that you write…
No video today?
Not today. I was scrambling to get the recipes finalized for the book and get it off to the editor that I didn’t have the time it takes to take the video and do all the editing. Unfortunately I get so few views on the videos that I’m considering eventually discontinuing that aspect of the blog post. But, we’ll see…
1-For what it’s worth, I enjoy watching the videos.
2-I’m sure you’ve seen this but it needs posting:
“Framed and Frosted receives my Paradise Rating and will be on my Best Read of 2021 list! ” from Dollycas
High praise, indeed!
Thanks so much for sharing Lori’s review! I agree, her high praise brought happy tears to my eyes 🙂 And thanks for letting me know you enjoy the videos!!! I haven’t given up on them yet, but sometimes (at least for my own recipes) I run out of time to create them.
Congratulations and these cupcakes look amazing!!
Congratulations on book #3! The pink lemonade cupcakes look amazing.
Congratulations! Ordered! Hmm… we just finished the Cowgirl Cookies, I do need to bake something. Yum! Thank you!
Congrats! Those cupcakes sound yummy!!
Love to win
Congratulations. This sounds like a wonderful story. Love the cover. Oh but thanks for the recipe. This looks fabulous
Congratulations!!! The cupcakes look delicious!!!
Thank you for the chance to win!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!!
Congratulations on book #3. These cupcakes are so cute and look yummy!
Yum!! Thanks for the recipe and for the great opportunity to win!
They sound wonderful – need a taste-tester?
There was no tweet entry in the giveaway widget so I took the tweet bonus.