Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with BEAGLES LOVE LAYER CAKE LIES, Beagle Diner Cozy Mysteries Book 4 By C.A. Phipps #Recipe ~ Easy Peasy Vanilla Layer Cake

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with C.A. PHIPPS!

Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, C.A. PHIPPS, and her favorite recipe for Easy Peasy Vanilla Layer Cake!


Beagle Diner Cozy Mysteries Book 4


8 bakers, extra quirky pets—and a murder!

How many amateur sleuths does one town need?

When Lyra St Claire, ex celebrity chef, needs help with a wedding that means a lot to her, she does something she thought she’d never do again.

The plan is simple. Invite promising bakers from other small towns nearby to show her how good they are. What better way to test them than by running a competition? She’s already met one of them who would be perfect, even if the woman’s reputation for solving crimes makes Lyra nervous. After all, she can hardly comment on that!

Of course, during the last competition she judged someone was murdered—surely that won’t happen again?

If you love cooking wrapped around a mystery, then this is the series for you!


Beagle Diner Cozy Mysteries Book 4


Lyra flicked over the photo so she could read the blurb underneath. “Madeline Flynn is a great baker. Remember, she won a competition I was a stand-in judge for a few years ago.”

“How could I forget when we just discussed her penchant for trouble?” Maggie rolled her eyes again. “Anyway, she’s the only one from Maple Falls. Next is Scarlett Finch. As I said, she’s from Cozy Hollow. I hear her muffins are out of this world.”

Lyra’s excitement began to build. “Excellent. I love this next one. Alexander Turner recently opened a diner in Cozy Hollow and by all accounts it’s doing very well. His menu, a mix of Russian and American fusion, intrigues me.”

“I knew it would. Also, he and Scarlett are soon to be related. Alex is engaged to Scarlett’s sister.”

“Interesting. I wonder if that will affect how competitive they’ll be against each other.”

Maggie’s eyes twinkled. “Who knows, but it could add a bit of drama.”

“Hmmm. I think we discussed the no drama rule.”

“Sure, but we don’t want things to be boring either, right?”

“All I’m saying is, be careful what you wish for.”

About Author C.A. Phipps…

C. A. Phipps is a USA Today best-selling author from beautiful New Zealand. Cheryl is an empty-nester living in a quiet suburb with her wonderful husband, ‘himself’. With an extended family to keep her busy when she’s not writing, there is just enough space for a crazy mixed breed dog who stole her heart! She enjoys family times, baking, and her quest for the perfect latte.


Links to C.A.’s website, blog, books, #ad, etc.:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3UkldaI

You can find C.A. via her website and pick up the book at the same time: http://caphipps.com 

Or get your copy via Bookfunnel and all the platforms: https://books2read.com/beagles-love-layer-cake-lies







I hope you enjoy the recipe C.A. is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!


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COPYRIGHT NOTICE: If an author’s favorite recipe isn’t their own creation and came from an online site, you will now find the entire recipe through the link to that site as a personal recommendation. Thank you.


Easy Peasy Vanilla Layer Cake


2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2tsp baking powder
7oz / 190 g butter
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3 tsp vanilla essence


3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
9oz / 250g butter
2 tsp vanilla essence
4 tbsp milk


1. Preheat oven to 180C / 360F.

2. Grease 3 X 20cm round pans and line with baking paper.

3. Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

4. Add eggs mixing between each one, then add vanilla essence and mix well.

5. Add sifted flour and baking powder. Mix well.

6. Add milk and stir until smooth.

7. Pour evenly into the 3 pans and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer or toothpick comes out clean.

8. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan then remove and cool completely before frosting.

9. Beat butter, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla essence and 1/2 milk until smooth. If necessary add more of the milk. The frosting should be firm but spreadable.

10. Put 1 cake on serving plate and spread 1/4 of the frosting on top. Add another layer and another 1/4 frosting. Add final layer and frost top and sides.

NOTE FROM C.A.: For everyone who needs a good looking cake in a hurry! I’ve used this for birthday cakes and added a little food coloring to make a rainbow when you cut into it.


Special Giveaway: C.A. will give away the first three chapters of BEAGLES LOVE LAYER CAKE LIES to everyone who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s Blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, C.A., for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

10 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with BEAGLES LOVE LAYER CAKE LIES, Beagle Diner Cozy Mysteries Book 4 By C.A. Phipps #Recipe ~ Easy Peasy Vanilla Layer Cake”

  1. Welcome back to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s, C.A. Your covers are so bright and fun. Captivating! Just like the stories inside. Love humor and mystery and cozy all wrapped in a bright wrapper. Can’t wait to read this one, too. Thanks for sharing your book and recipe with us!

    1. Hi Karen
      Thanks for having me back. It’s always fun and everyone is so kind.
      Speaking of fun, I have to say I really enjoyed writing this book in particular as I got to visit with more of my heroines at the same time!
      Take care and have the very best of days.
      Cheryl x

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