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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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
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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.
    sgiden at

  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!

  15. Marg, so good to see you here! You are not alone. Lots of people like that reading alone, at my own speed thing. I'm a slow reader so I know I could never keep up with the readers who read a book a week! :) I like to savor, too.

    Deb, thanks! FYI, there are lots of gluten-free recipes on my website, too. Or look on the MLK sidebar and click on gluten-free. I've tagged most of the recipes I've made if they are gluten-free.

    Sheila, thanks! It's so easy to make! Glad to hear you read a lot. :)

    Daniele, that's so funny. Nobody showed? How rude. But that meant more goodies for you, if your sister-in-law made some.

    Kathleen, thanks so much! I truly appreciate the support!

    ~ Daryl

  16. Pat ( 13, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Daryl, my first and last book club meeting was ten plus years ago. Ladies who lived along a lake took turns hosting the meeting and dinner. My neighbor invited me when it was her turn to host. I read the book and came prepared to discuss. Every time I said something I was shot down by one of two ladies who took over. It was maddening and funny at the same time. At any rate I did not join the club. My sister started a book club briefly. It fell apart when two of the members refused to read anything that might possibly be sad.

  17. Congrats on the release! Can't wait to read this one, have really enjoyed the excerpts.

    The cake looks great (both yours and Peg's!). If it has lemon it has to be delicious, and gluten-free means my granddaughter can enjoy it with us.

    I haven't been to book club in a while. Last time the book was a little too serious (not a mystery, cozy or otherwise) and most of the members hadn't read the book. I'm serious about my book club - I want to discuss that book ;-).

  18. The lemon bundt cake looks delectable and lemon is my favorite flavor ever. I just read on my own since I love reading. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. I have never belonged to a book club unless you count my mom and I discussing books back and forth. I (sadly) don't know anyone else that likes to read. I know, how can that be? But, it's true. Mom's gone now so I don't have the opportunity anymore.

    Your recipe sounds terrific. My DIL likes her foods gluten-free recently so I think I will try it.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  20. I don't belong to a book club. I'm a solitary reader.
    I do share my books and titles with my daughter and granddaughter.
    The cake sounds delicious. I love lemon. Not often you
    find a gluten free recipe.

  21. Congratulations on the release! What an enticing cake which is ideal for so many occasions. I was never involved with a book club. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  22. Very best wishes on the newest book! Well done.

    I was interested to find out that one's gluten sensitivity can be such that shampoo with gluten in it is a problem!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  23. I never attended a book club! I love your recipe and really want to read Girl on the Run! Thanks for the giveaway!