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Crown Cupcakes

I am reading Clash of Crowns by Mary McAuliffe.  It is “right up my alley” as the phrase goes; it is about medieval English history!

Clash of Crowns takes the reader back to the Middle Ages, where knights swore fealty, ladies inspired troubadours, and kings fought to create empires.  The kings featured in this story are of England and France.  The book chronicles the struggles between these two dynasties, as they are basically fighting over the same pieces of land.

McAuliffe is clear, concise, and to the point.  This is a slim book (about 260 pages) and even has a helpful timeline and “key people” section.  This book is very good for someone who wants to learn a bit of history or refresh their memory.

*Learn history quickly and easily!  Impress your friends!!*

Meanwhile I made the most delicious chocolate cupcakes yesterday.  They are too good not to share, so the recipe is below!

-  1/2 c. cocoa powder

- 1/2 c. water

- 2 tsp baking soda

- 2/3 c. shortening

- 1 3/4 c. sugar ( used a mix of 1 c. white and 3/4 c. brown)

- 2 eggs

1 c. coffee

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 c. flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Pour cocoa, water, and baking soda together in a small bowl and mix until just incorporated.  Allow to sit at least a few minutes.  Mixture will be a light mousse-like consistency.

Cream together shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and beat until smooth.

Add salt to cocoa mixture.  Add about a third of the flour, followed by about a third of the coffee and a third of the cocoa mixture, beating after each addition until incorporated.  Keep alternatively adding ingredients until everything is mixed.

Pour batter into greased rectangular pan or into prepared muffing tins.  Bake for 30 minutes for cake or 15 minutes for cupcakes.  Makes one cake or ~ 2 1/2 dozen cupcakes.

One Thought on “Crown Cupcakes

  1. Enjoyed your review of my book, and am looking forward to making the cupcakes! Thought you might like to know that I featured your blog on my recent Facebook post: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-McAuliffe/234158193306433?sk=wall

    All best,
    Mary McAuliffe

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