Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Apple Blueberry Brown Sugar Cake #recipe + #giveaway from @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl aka Avery:

GIVEAWAY BELOW! Don't miss out!

My new suspense DAY OF SECRETS comes out May 5 - in 2 days!! Until then, I'm offering it at a special pre-order price for e-book readers  - 99 cents on Amazon and on Kobo!  This is only good through May 5! I hope you'll buy it or tell a friend.  The trade paperback version comes out on May 5th on Amazon.


A mother he thought he'd lost. A father he never knew. An enemy that wants them dead.

It's garnering nice reviews:

“The frantic plot will keep readers on edge.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

 “…a roller coaster of a ride that had my heart palpitating.” ~ Dru’s Book Musings

Daryl Wood Gerber has proven again to be a gifted storyteller and one to watch in this genre. An absolute must-read!” ~ Escape with Dollycas

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In the past year, I've created a number of new go-to coffee cakes. Maybe I'm getting better at making them. Maybe I'm finding the right balance of fruits to add. I make a blueberry lemon "cake" that has the perfect balance of tart and sweet.

This one, because of the cream cheese, is scrumptious, and even though it's gluten-free (as I made it), it holds together well and stays moist. 

***I know you can make it with regular flour (just substitute regular flour for the gluten-free flour and omit the xanthan gum).

I made this version with FROZEN blueberries. "My" frozen blueberries. Get this!  I had no idea I could freeze blueberries. I think I'm slow on the learning curve! Everyone else seemed to know!  LOL  I don't know about you, but lately I keep seeing blueberries 2 for 1 at the grocery store, but as a single, I simply can't eat them fast enough, and I don't always need to bake with them. So I've been freezing leftovers.

TO FREEZE: You just pop them into a Tupperware-style container and freeze. Nothing special to it. They come out perfectly round and ready to go into the batter. They don't break down until they are cooked. They also go into a smoothie and act as the "ice" - I'll share that recipe in a few weeks!

Now, as for coffee cake, what I think makes a terrific coffee cake is the topping. Yes, I know, it's more SUGAR, but if you're going to indulge, you might as well indulge in something that's decadently delicious, right? This topping holds together well and crunches up nicely in the oven.




2/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanillin (you may use real vanilla if you have no reaction to it)
2 eggs, large
1 cup cream cheese
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 cups gluten-free flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum


1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup green (or firm) apple, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon


1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon gluten-free flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9 x 9 pan or line with parchment paper.

For the batter:  In a large bowl, mix melted butter and sugar and vanillin (or vanilla if you can have it).  Add eggs and beat on low.  Still beating on low, add cream cheese and vinegar.  Then add the gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum and stir until thoroughly mixed.

For the filling: In a small bowl, mix blueberries with the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Spoon half of the batter into prepared pan. Pat down with your fingers. This is the fun part – like working with play dough. You might need to wet your fingers. Layer all of the filling on top of that.  Spread the rest of the batter over the filling. Again, pat down with your fingers (wet fingers, if necessary).

For the topping: In a small bowl, mix melted butter, gluten-free flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Sprinkle the topping all over the coffee cake.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until nicely browned. 

Let cool for 20 minutes and remove from the pan. Serve warm or room temperature.

Pat batter with wet fingers into base of pan.

Add apple blueberry mixture

Pat batter on top of apple layer. Use wet fingers.

Top with cinnamon crumble topping

Let cool 20 minutes in pan.


Leave a comment if you'd like to win a trade paperback copy or e-book copy of DAY OF SECRETS! Tell me if you've ever read a suspense novel before or if you hope to read one soon, and if so, its title! And if you haven't or won't, have you ever seen a good suspense movie or TV show? I'll pick the winner by tomorrow night. 
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A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st in the French Bistro Mysteries, is coming November 2017. Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat? Click here to order.

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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
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my new stand-alone suspense
A mother he thought was dead. A father he never knew. 
An enemy that wants them dead.


  1. I just read oninious by Lisa Jackson and I'm reading no easy target by iris Johansen

    1. I enjoy books by both of those authors! Good for you. ~ Daryl

  2. I love suspense stories about as much as I love cozy food mysteries. That coffeecake looks awfully good!

    1. Sue, thanks. It's pretty tasty and tastes great while reading! ~ Daryl

  3. I absolutely love suspense novels. The most recent one I've read is Murder With Mirrors by Agatha Christie - classic.

    1. That was a great story, Liz! Thanks for sharing the title. ~ Daryl

    2. Liz, you are the winner of this giveaway. I'll email you. Congrats! ~ Daryl

  4. The sour cream cake looks right up my alley, thanks for sharing the recipe! After the Nordic Noir became big, I became a fan of Jussi Adler-Olsen. Some seriously creepy but good books! I also like Louise Penny and of course, Dame Agatha! Thanks so much!

    1. JHolden, I haven't read much Nordic Noir other than The Dragon Girl series but I hear it's huge! ~ Daryl

  5. I enjoy suspense novels. I have read many which keep me riveted. Moving Day by Jonathan Stone was enthralling. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Another to add to my list. Thanks, Petite! :) ~ Daryl

  6. I enjoy suspense stories. The suspense movie that pops into mind is Wait Until Dark - Audrey Hepburn.

    1. Loved loved loved Wait until Dark. Such a fabulous movie. I'm going to see if it's on Netflix! ~ Daryl

  7. I collect the novels by John Sandford, Lawrence Block, Ellen Hart and a few others. Since I'm a troglodyte, if I'm chosen I'd like the Dead Tree Version of this amazing looking story.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Suspense novels provide me with neverending enjoyment and intrigue. The Widow's House by Carol Goodman. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. The cake sounds perfect! Now if only there were some here at my house.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Libby, I know what you mean. It can barely hang around my house for a few days. I overindulge. :) ~ Daryl

    2. Libby, I count on you for finding out what I did wrong in a recipe. My title for the blog had "sour cream" and there isn't an ounce of sour cream in the recipe! It's cream cheese. I've since fixed it, but you, my darling fan, are my barometer! I'm feeling like an idiot of course - a little off balance from jet lag, I fear. LOL

    3. Oh dear. I have to be more careful or I may lose my honorary MLK editor status!

  10. Love suspense novels.

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  11. Sounds so great. I can't think right now of a suspense novel I've read recently. Would love too.

    1. Sometimes we get stuck in a genre. I know I do! ~ Daryl

  12. I have read many suspense stories, including Girl on the Run, which was fab. I'm looking forward to your new release too!

    1. Aw, thanks, Marla. Glad you liked that one. ~ Daryl

  13. This coffee cake looks delicious! Iam definitely going to try it. I have read many suspense novels. I love suspense tv shows and movies. Thank you so much for the chance to win!!