Killer Wedding CakeYum! Smell that chocolate pound cake baking! It’s a tier of my wedding cake. The cake is going to be five tiers, and I’m alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla pound cake. You see, my niece and nephew, Leslie and Lucas—they’re twins, you know—absolutely love chocolate. Then again, who doesn’t, right? But that’s why my kitchen smells like chocolate today.

Yesterday, the house smelled like vanilla cake combined with chocolate chip cookies. I made the cookies for the Save-A-Buck. Since the grocery store doesn’t have a bakery, I supply cakes, cookies, brownies, and sometimes pies for the store to sell on consignment.

Given the bakery items I sell at the Save-A-Buck as well as my regular cake orders, you can understand how vital my oven is to my livelihood and what a panic I was in when it stopped working the other day. Fortunately, I was able to use my neighbor Myra’s oven—and later my sister’s oven—to get my required baking done. And I was also lucky that the problem was just the heating element—a relatively inexpensive and simple fix.

Having the oven break down would be a stressor for any baker. But I’m not known for doing anything halfway. Why have simply one stressor when you can pile those things up like falling dominoes and steamroll straight toward a total meltdown?

Prior to the oven quitting on me, my sister and two friends staged a wedding cake intervention to force me into finally choosing a design I felt both Ben—my groom-to-be—and I would enjoy. Granted, he’d left all the wedding plans up to me while he planned the honeymoon, but I wanted him to be happy with everything.

The intervention party and I had chosen the “perfect cake,” and I was eager to get started on it after making some brownies for the Save-A-Buck. That’s when I realized my oven wasn’t working. I took the brownies to Myra’s house, came back home, and found my previously-incarcerated ex-husband standing in my kitchen. I realize that stress and anxiety is common for brides, but this is getting ridiculous!

You can read more about Daphne in Killer Wedding Cake, the fifth book in the “Daphne Martin” mystery series, published by Grace Abraham. The first book in the series is Battered to Death.

About Killer Wedding Cake

Daphne Martin’s wedding to Ben Jacobs is only a couple of weeks away. An award-winning cake decorator, Daphne is busy designing their wedding cake. Her twin nephew and niece, Lucas and Leslie, are excited about being in the wedding party. And Daphne’s brother-in-law Jason is planning a bachelor party for Ben. Everything is going beautifully until Daphne’s ex-husband Todd shows up. Just released from prison after serving a sentence based on his shooting a gun at Daphne, Todd comes to Brea Ridge to profess his undying love for her.

Despite Daphne’s attempts to make Todd leave town, he insists on hanging around to reconnect with people he used to know. When he’s found murdered, Daphne finds herself at the center of the investigation. Now she must track down Todd’s killer before she becomes the next victim. Can she still make it to the church on time?

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About the author
Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the GayleTEmbroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. You can visit Gayle at, on Facebook, on Twitter or on Pinterest.

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