Cupcake Bakery Mystery Books

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The Cupcake Bakery Mystery is a cozy mystery series of novels by popular cozy author Jenn McKinlay. McKinlay published the first novel of the series “Sprinkle with Murder” in 2010 to much popularity among fans. Since then, the series has spawned more than ten more titles and is still ongoing.

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Order of Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sprinkle with Murder ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2010 Description / Buy
2 Buttercream Bump Off ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2011 Description / Buy
3 Death by the Dozen ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2011 Description / Buy
4 Red Velvet Revenge ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2012 Description / Buy
5 Going, Going, Ganache ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2013 Description / Buy
6 Sugar and Iced ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2014 Description / Buy
7 Dark Chocolate Demise ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2015 Description / Buy
8 Vanilla Beaned ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2016 Description / Buy
9 Caramel Crush ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2017 Description / Buy
10 Wedding Cake Crumble ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2018 Description / Buy
11 Dying for Devil's Food ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2019 Description / Buy
12 Pumpkin Spice Peril ( By: Jenn McKinlay) 2020 Description / Buy
13 For Batter or Worse (By: Jenn McKinlay) 2021 Description / Buy
14 Strawberried Alive (By: Jenn McKinlay) 2022 Description / Buy
15 Sugar Plum Poisoned (By: Jenn McKinlay) 2023 Description / Buy
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Angie DeLaura and Melanie Cooper the leads in the series are two best friends who have known each other for more than two decades, having started their friendship in the sixth grade. They are now living the dream having finally managed to set up a very successful business. They run their own bakery business the “Fairy Tales Cupcakes Bakery”, where they make some of the sweetest desserts and hunt down killers in their spare time.

In “Sprinkle with Murder” the first novel of the series, we are introduced to Mel and Angie two bakers in Scottsdale Arizona who make cakes for all manner of events and functions. Among their clients is Tate their best friend who wants them to make the cake for his upcoming wedding. They are a little flustered given that he has a bridezilla for a fiancé, yet they cannot refuse him since he is a silent partner in the bakery.

But things go haywire when Melanie finds the bride to be dead on her bakery floor. The police have her tagged as the main suspect putting the business in danger. To save the business Mel and Angie have to find the real killer before he can destroy their business or kill someone else. It is an excellent cozy mystery that shows just why Jenn McKinlay is such a popular cozy mystery author.


Wedding Cake Crumble: The tenth novel of the series is one of the series’ most popular. There is much excitement at the bakery as Angie and Tate are set to be married in a few weeks. While they are making preparations for the nuptials, Mel and Angie stumble upon the body of Tate’s good friend, a wedding photographer bludgeoned to death with his camera.

Just who would kill such a sweet soul and for what reason? But when they realize that several other vendors met the same fate, Angie thinks that the killings may be related to her upcoming wedding. But the death of an author seems to point to another possible motive for the murders. The author had been writing novels about the residents of an affluent sector of town and her death and that of her clients may serve the publisher who stands to earn millions from the novels. Could the publisher be that callous, or was Mel’s imagination be playing tricks on her?

Vanilla Beaned: The eighth novel of the series sees Angie and Melanie open their first franchise in Vegas. Tate Harper the business manager has managed to establish a few contacts that will enable the business make inroads into Las Vegas. But their franchise manager is a former showgirl, which makes Mel queasy at handing over all her precious recipes. But then the location for the proposed bakery is blown up and Mel gets first row seats to the determination of her new friend Holly. She is determined to help Holly make the new franchise a success but with a murderous killer on the loose how, it is double or nothing in Vegas.

Sugar and Iced: The sixth novel in the series is one of its most beloved. Angie and Melanie have never done any functions for pageants believing them to be too showy for nothing. But when a close friend asks them to do it for her they cannot say no. The “Sweet Tiara” contest may just be the publicity that they need. But then they have to deal with a pushy judge that turns up dead underneath their cake display. It is now up to Mel and Angie to find the killer if the award show winner is not to strut the catwalk in prison.


Many Cupcake Bakery Mystery fans also love the “A Mystery à La Mode” series of novels by Wendy Lyn Watson. These are cozy mysteries featuring Tallulah Jones, a recently divorced woman who takes the pain of her divorce by solving a range of murder mysteries in her small town.

Fans of the Cupcake Bakery Mystery also enjoy the “Donut Shop Mystery” by Jessica Beck. These novels are light cozies about the owner of a small donut shop in April Springs named Suzanne Hart, who doubles up as an amateur sleuth alongside her hunky cop, wacky friend and ex-husband.

What Is The Next Book in The Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series. The newest book is Sugar Plum Poisoned and was released on October, 10th 2023.

1 thought on “Cupcake Bakery Mystery”

  1. I’ll admit, I’ve read many series similar to this one before, but this one is really enjoyable! Angie and Mel are great characters; very real and you want to see them succeed. They always find themselves in interesting situations though! I do like how the solutions to the mysteries aren’t totally obvious throughout the story. You have to read until the end to find out who did it. I love that suspense!

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