Sunday, January 18, 2015

Murder Mystery Food-Kisses in the Moonlight Cupcakes

Good Afternoon dear readers,  we have another to die for murder mystery food recipe to share with you. This recipe also comes at a good time its perfect for Valentines Day.  This recipe comes from Butter Cream Bump Off by Jenn McKinley. This murder mystery is set in all places a Cup Cake Bakery.  The heroines are the owners of the bakery and  of course solve murders, much to the horror of their families.  Good story about money. love and betrayal and not so easy to figure out.  You know I like that about a book. The characters are likable and quirky and the recipes are oh so yummy.  So check out the book and make some cupcakes.  This recipe was altered to fit my families needs.  Here's what you'll need:

                                             Kisses in the  Moonlight Cup Cakes

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, room temperature let sit out an hour before mixing
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup warm water
1 bag shredded coconut
1 bag Hershey kisses

While mixing up your batter heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Your going to whisk your dry ingredients together first i.e.  flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Then add your wet ingredients: eggs, milk, vanilla extract and water.  Mix well with your hand mixer on medium and making sure to get the sides of the bowl.  Line your cupcake pans with liners.  I scooped batter into measuring cup and poured into each liner.  Only fill halfway or you will have hug tops to the cupcakes(Conor filled them a little full).  Bake for 20 minutes.  They are done when fork inserted comes out clean.  Let them cool before frosting.

If you have a hard time like me making homemade frosting you can use store bought. I lucked out I actually got the frosting to thicken up this time.  Here's the ingredients:

1 cup butter melted 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

Cream butter and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Slowly add sugar one cup at a time using hand mixer on high (mine would not thicken unless on high).  After all sugar has been added put in the milk and blend on medium speed until frosting is thick.  You can keep the frosting for up to two weeks in the fridge.   Take your cupcakes dip them in your frosting and then roll in coconut.  Then put Hershey's kiss on top (you can unwrapped them or leave them on).  I found the cutest storage container for cupcakes at dollar tree.  You can see it in the pictures comes with cover and handle.

                                                        Kisses in the Moonlight Cupcakes   

                                                          cupcake ingredients

                                                                 Frosting Ingredients

                                                                Frosting not bad this time

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