Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Banana Carrot Cake #recipe + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

So how many of you use Instagram? Are you familiar with the Books of Instagram hashtag?  This is a hashtag (#booksofinstagram) that brings up images of lots and lots of books. Authors  are coming up with creative ways to share their books and images of books with readers. Often, I prefer to share my books with a slice of cake and a cup of tea or coffee. Think COZY.

The above photo is one I shared on Instagram. Final Sentence is the first in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries. Since I am flagrantly sharing it here today, I've decided to offer a GIVEAWAY. See below.

I love my banana bread recipe. I adore my carrot cake recipe.  Recently I had way too many bananas and way too many carrots in the refrigerator, and I wondered if the two flavors would meld?

Oh, yes, they did. Here's my take.

*If you want to make this using gluten-free flour, substitute the flour for gluten-free flour and add 1 teaspoon xanthan gum to the dry ingredients.


Makes 1 large bundt cake

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 ½ cups grated carrots
1 ½ cups mashed ripe banana
3/4 cup chopped nuts OR raisins, if desired
Powdered sugar for dusting
Whipped cream, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a bundt cake pan with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the vegetable oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, carrots, banana.

Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Mix well and then add nuts or raisins, if desired.

Pour the mixture in the prepared bundt cake pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out cake on a wire rack and let cool completely, at least one hour.

Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.  This cake would be awesome with a drizzled cream cheese frosting, too.


Why? Because I am showing FINAL SENTENCE in the above picture, I've decided to give a copy away to one commenter. Tell me, have you read any of the books of Mystery Lovers Kitchen authors? If so, which ones? Leave your email so I may contact you in case you win.

Order DESOLATE SHORES, my latest suspense, HERE, trade paperback and e-book

Order SIFTING THROUGH CLUES, the 8th Cookbook Nook Mystery HERE, trade paperback and e-book

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  1. Yes I have read many of your books and also written reviews for every one of them that I had read. I have read one of your early big mysteries and would love to read Desolate Shores, But first the recipe looks so good and i am going to print off for hubby to do gor me as I am battling RSD for over 30 years so i am the sous chef with him it's kind of funny and this one sounds so good, I see that you are giving away Final Sentence I may have read that I will have to check,. My fingers and toes are crossed as for long as i have been entering i have never won one book from this site thanks peggy clayton

    1. PT, I hope your hubby does a great job for you. Feel good. ~ Daryl

  2. I have read many of the books of the Mystery Lover's Kitchen authors. I think I've read all of Cleo Coyle's Coffeeshop mysteries; your French Bistro series; Some but not all of the Key West Food Critic by Lucy Burdette; Most if not all of Sheila Connolly's Cork County Mysteries and Orchard Mysteries; so I'm working my way through the list, but haven't got them all yet.

    1. Lynda, no kidding. You're doing a great job of going through the list. ~ Daryl

  3. Read some of the MLK authors? Absolutely!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  4. Yes,I have read many of the MLK's authors! The banana/carrot cake recipe looks good. I wouldn't have thought to put the two together.

    1. You know what's funny, Dianne? Banana goes with lots of other flavors, like blueberries and applesauce. It's an amazing "sugar" source. ~ Daryl

  5. Combining banana bread & carrot cake looks & sounds yummy. I've read at least some of the books of all of the MLK authors. I'm still behind on some of the series.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

    1. Jana, it's hard to keep up, isn't it? We're putting out a lot of books! LOL ~ Daryl

  6. I've read several and have a few more that I haven't gotten to yet! So much to read and not enough time! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I have read a lot of your books, Cleo Coyle, Sheila Connelly, and others. Paperbacks, mostly. Love the Mystery Lover's Kitchen site.

  8. I have just started this series. Love the Cheese Shop series

  9. Not yet but want too! They look really good! Thanks for the chance!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  10. Not yet---but adding them to my tbr list.
    Thanks for the chance :)

  11. I have read some of your bistro series but moving slowly through others. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  12. Love finding new recipes. Love reading your books
    judytucker1947(at)gmail(dot) com

  13. I think I've read at least a few of most everybody. I've swiped a few of the Cookbook Nook books from my mom, just bought one of the Coffeehouse series, a few Orchard and Key West Food Critic books, most of Scumble River, have read all the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, have some others in my TBR pile. I'm working on it!

  14. I hAve not had the pleasure of reading your books. I love cozies and am always looking for new authors and new adventures.

    1. Linda, you've won this giveaway by random selection. I'll email you for your info. Congrats and tell a friend. ~ Daryl

  15. I am just now getting back to reading for fun, so I have these books on my to read list.

    1. forgot my email

    2. Fun reading is the most important, Sheryl. :) ~ Daryl

  16. I love bananas! In high school, 8 junior girls (including me) dressed up as bananas to run a campaign! We were Lana's Bananas! The books of yours that I have read are: Pressing the Issue, Wreath Between the Lines, Sifting Through Clues, and A Souffle of Suspicion! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I am fairly new to the website. Sadly no I have not yet read any of these lovely ladies books. Need to fix that. Thank you for the generous give a way.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  18. I have not read any of the authors, but I will. This recipe sounds great!

  19. A good many are in my TBR pile. So little time!

  20. I have read some of the MLK authors. Working through a TBR pile right now with some in it. cheeaththecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  21. Cleo Coyle haunted bookshop and coffeehouse books, all yours and more

  22. I haven't read any of these particular books yet, but I have read other books by these authors!
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