Clandestine Cake Club 9.3.14 ‘Places’

Today was cake club day! Rather than meeting in a restaurant or café, for a change I decided to hold the club meeting at my house! (I spent most of last night cleaning the carpet for the occasion, but suppose it did need doing anyway!) As we had lower numbers than usual attending this month, it worked well holding the club at home and it also meant that Gabriel and Willow had ready access to cake once the meeting had finished!

We had six bakers attend along with their delicious cakes. The theme for this month’s club was ‘Places’ and that could be interpreted however each baker liked. We had a lovely afternoon and I can’t wait for our next meeting now, the theme is going to be ‘Films’ so I need to get thinking of a suitable cake!

Here are the cakes we tasted over tea, coffee and chatting this afternoon:

I made a cake based on the famous Manchester Tart. I made a custard flavoured sponge, filled with homemade vanilla pod custard, and raspberry jam then topped with icing and coconut. A Manchester Tart is usually made with pastry, rather than sponge, but this variation is pretty tasty. I used Birds Custard powder as a flavouring, and it made the sponge a rather bright yellow colour, which was.. fun! I enjoyed making the custard filling from scratch as it is something I rarely have time to make anymore and it tasted delicious with enough left over to have later with the cake (and also with a slice of Louise’s cake, see below!)

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Rachel made a Bakewell Cake. Inspired by a recent holiday to Derbyshire where she ate lots of Bakewell Cake and developed a taste for it! The cake was delicious and was made using ground almonds, a very thick batter and frozen raspberries (placed into the cake batter frozen, not defrosted). Rachel placed the almonds on the cake and baked the cake for about an hour and it was perfectly light and tasty. The cake is definitely something I shall be making myself sometime and in my opinion is Rachel’s best cake yet! (and I loved her chocolate orange cake at Christmas..)

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Amy made a Madeira cake. The sponge was light and fluffy and tasted perfect, delicately flavoured with lemon and almond. Amy decided to decorate the cake with very pretty icing, made with freshly squeezed oranges and icing sugar. This Madeira cake was the perfect soft, buttery and citrus-y afternoon treat! Amy always decorates her cakes well, it must be her fantastic creative side coming out!

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Louise treated us to a Somerset Apple Cake. As soon as I tasted this cake it was obvious just how much delicious apple was inside it! It was divine, and had just the right amount of spice, and wasn’t too sweet. Louise topped her cake with sugar and honey. It looked lovely and rustic wrapped in checked ribbon and in true Louise style, she had the most fabulous cake dome, which I NEED!

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Annette made a Yorkshire Triangle Rhubarb cake. She sandwiched together rhubarb sponge cakes together with fresh cream, and topped with fresh rhubarb and a flapjack-type nutty topping. It was delicious and worked well. Annette made the cake in the shape of a triangle because the ‘Rhubarb Triangle’ is a 9-square-mile (23 km2) triangle in West Yorkshire, England between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell famous for producing early forced rhubarb. Rhubarb is in season at the moment, so why not give this cake a go for something different! I loved that the cake fitted the theme in shape and flavour, a double tick!

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Linda made Battenberg. An amazing chocolate version! Chocolate and vanilla sponge in a distinctive two by two checked pattern, wrapped in marzipan. It looked and tasted wonderful! Linda used white marzipan rather than yellow and I think it went perfectly with the chocolate sponge. Linda used chocolate spread to ‘glue’ the cakes together, it was yummy! Linda has made Battenberg a lot in the past, and you can certainly tell she is a whizz at this little number! Gabriel certainly approved of the cake, and ate a huge slice all to himself!

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If you like the look of cake club, have a look at the website ClandestineCakeClub.co.uk for more information and to see if there’s a club in your area! We meet in secret locations to eat and talk cake!
If you are local and fancy joining our club, please email me m_crowther@ymail.com for more information.

More fabulous cakes next month!

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