Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gluten-free Lemon Bundt cake #recipe from @DarylWoodGerber + book #giveaway

From Daryl aka Avery

I'm having a release week giveaway below.  Read on!

I've had a very busy and exciting week. GIRL ON THE RUN came out on Saturday, and it has received some terrific reviews. 

“Readers will be shocked by this exciting, fast-paced thriller’s twists and turns." Kirkus Reviews

Then I had a virtual release party on Sunday night. What a bunch of fun. Lots of readers came to the party and asked me a ton of questions. My fingers were tired by the end of the hour!  I love communicating with readers. I learn so much. I get so much inspiration from their united energy.

I find the virtual parties are like book clubs. We chat, we laugh. We share what we like about a book or genre. 

The one thing we can't do - unless we do it virtually - is share treats. Oh, sure, I have virtual cocktails and sometimes virtual cookies or appetizers. 

But a real honest to goodness treat is hard to come by virtually!  LOL

However, if I were to go to a book club, the next treat I would bring is this cake (below). Peg shared a lemon cake recipe recently, and it looked so delicious that I had to make it gluten-free.  This works like a dream and is so easy. Even Jenna, in my Cookbook Nook Mysteries, could make it without messing up. 5 ingredients!  Now, Peg poked holes into her cake and drizzled sweet goodness into it. I wanted to make this a little less sweet, and guess what, it turned out terrific.

Plus, for some reason, the recipe made enough for 2 small loaf pans more. Not sure why?? But plenty for any book club. Or just a family. Or yourself.  


Gluten-free Lemon Bundt Cake inspired by Peg Cochran

4 eggs
1 package gluten-free white or yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
¾ cup oil
1 package instant lemon pudding mix (make sure it's gluten-free)
¾ cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour eggs, cake mix, oil, lemon pudding mix, and water in a large bowl. Mix well. 

Pour into a greased Bundt pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45-50 minutes for the tube pan and 30 minutes for the other.

Let cake sit for 10 minutes in the pan.  Then run a knife around the edges and invert.  I dusted Bundt cake with powdered sugar.

TODAY, I'm offering a book giveaway of, yes, GIRL ON THE RUN in paper!!  It's out and I'm excited about it. Leave a comment about the last book club you attended and your email so I can contact you if you win. 

Savor the mystery and say cheese!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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  1. Such a great bundt cake recipe! I'm sorry to say that I haven't attended a book club meeting, but I'm an avid reader.

  2. The last book club meeting I attended was in March. We are a small group of Mystery Lovers called Murder by the Book. One of our members talked about the books by Louise Penny. Others spoke about books they had recently read and enjoyed.

  3. I never belonged to a book club, but I do like to read. Thank you fro the recipe and giveaway.
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. The last book club meeting I attended, I was the only one that had finished the book. I love lemon recipes, the bundt looks delicious! Thanks!

  5. I have never belonged to a book club however when we had a local book store I used to go in once a week to talk to all the older ladies about what they had been reading. They helped guide me down the path towards cozy mysteries but introducing me to the genre and one of my favorite authors.

  6. I've never joined a book club. I've never liked having to read an assigned book.
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  7. Liz, Diane, and Jen, thanks so much for dropping in! Diane, your book club sounds fun! I tried organizing a mystery book club when I lived in Charlotte, NC. We read one mystery and then everyone wanted to read something literary. (Everyone but me). It folded! LOL

    Holden, isn't that funny? I think people want to read and "finish" things, but then life gets in the way, but they still want to "party." :)

    Brittany, that is so cool. A local book store can be so informative! I am missing OURS, too! I hate that brick and mortar is so hard for this "brave new world" to support.

    Sandy, that's too funny! I agree. It feels like "school" if it's assigned. But it is fun to read the same book as friends and then be able to chat about it.

    Hugs to all and thanks for writing!

    ~ Daryl

  8. Thanks for the GF recipe Daryl...will have to look for,that cake mix. I have never belonged to a book club ~ preferring to read what I want at my own speed. I like to savour a book & usually sad when it comes to an end.

  9. I do an online book club of classics but never have been to any other book club. Thank you for the gluten free recipe I love lemon cake and have to eat gluten free so this will be wonderful.

  10. I do an online book club of classics but never have been to any other book club. Thank you for the gluten free recipe I love lemon cake and have to eat gluten free so this will be wonderful.

  11. The cake looks delish. I have not attended a book club. I totally enjoy reading though

  12. The cake looks delish. I have not been to a book club. :( I do read alot though.

  13. The last book club meeting was in March, but no one else showed besides the hostess. Luckily, the hostess is my sister-in-law so I just hung out with her and my niece and nephews. Thanks for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

  14. Gluten-free never looked so good! I am a big Daryl Wood Gerber fan including her channeling Avery Aames. I am excited about the new book, and can't wait to read it. Thanks, Daryl, for a great book and recipe!