Monday Mixup: Connie’s Gluten-Sensitive Carrot Cake

Welcome to Monday Mixup!

Today contemporary romance author Beverly Varnado shares with us a recipe from Connie Spencer, the heroine in her contemporary romance, A Plan for Everything.

Connie Spencer, who first shows up as the owner of “Connie’s Coffee and Cones” in A Key to Everything, is dreaming of opening Connie’s Catering and Confections in A Plan for Everything. She’s known for her muffins, but she hopes to widen her offerings with other baked items. 

Recently, she’s developed a gluten-sensitive carrot cake which she hopes will meet with the approval of bakery-starved gluten sensitive people in Worthville, Georgia and beyond. Connie has kindly consented to share it here.

Connie’s Gluten Sensitive Carrot Cake


1 ¾ cups sugar

4 unbeaten eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 cups grated carrots

1 ¼ cups cooking oil

2 cups gluten-free rice blend flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups chopped nuts (pecan is best)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour two 8-inch round pans. Cream sugar and oil. Add eggs and cream until soft. Sift dry ingredients and flour, then add to above ingredients. Mix well. Fold in carrots and nuts. Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:


1 pack confectioners’ sugar

½ stick butter

8 oz creamed cheese

2 teaspoon vanilla 

Cream together ingredients, and frost cake when cool. 

Then, enjoy!

You can find out more about who Connie is and what else she loves to bake in A PLAN FOR EVERYTING.

About Beverly Varnado

Beverly Varnado is an award-winning author and screenwriter as well as a blogger and artist. Her most recent book from Anaiah Press is a Christmas novella, A Season for Everything, a sequel to her novels A Plan for Everything and The Key to Everything―all set in the charming fictional town of Worthville, Georgia. She lives in North Georgia with her husband, Jerry, and is Mom to three and Mimi to two. Read her weekly blog One Ringing Bell, peals of words on faith, living, writing, and art at Also catch her at , or her Facebook author page, Twitter @VarnadoBeverly, or Beverly Varnado on Instagram. 

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