Friday, 15 November 2013

Cake Club

I joined the Clandestine Cake Club recently and have so far been to two meetings. I absolutely love it and get a real thrill from planning what to bake - each month there is a different theme. So far we have met at a couple of pretty local cafĂ©'s and it's really given me a new buzz to get out again after being very solitary for the last few years. Finally, a little social life for me. Lemon and Blueberry Cake
The first meeting I went to was loaf cake month and I baked a lemon curd and blueberry loaf topped with mascarpone cheese. I wish I had taken pictures of all the other cakes as there were some absolute beauties but as it was my first meeting I was too shy. All my cake was eaten which was fantastic - not bad for a newbie hey?!? It's also reignited my love for lemon curd - yum. 
Coffee Cake with meringue ghostsThis month the theme was Halloween/Bonfire Night and I challenged myself to make some ghost meringues. First time ever to make meringues and I was polishing my badge afterwards as they turned out well. Not difficult at all although I was worried as they took ages to get to the right consistency in order to pipe with an icing bag onto the tray. When they were baked and cooled I added black food colouring eyes. The cake itself was a cappuccino cake iced together with mascarpone again - I do love this stuff, creamy loveliness. I called it my spook-a-ccino cake.
apple, custard and honeycomb cake
It was a quiet meeting this month, I blame the wet and windy night but the four of us nattered, drank coffee and ate our lovely cakes. There was an apple and custard cake with a honeycomb topping - out of this world and so pretty looking. I really like the smaller and taller cakes - a 6 inch cake tin I found out. 
pretty candles
 It was one of the girl's birthday so we had a few candles - sparkler candles of course.Spook-a-ccino cake The cafe was so pretty, the perfect venue for a cake club and I will be popping in here whilst Little Bird is at school.
spooky sponge A gorgeous spooky Victoria sponge made with home made jam - yummy, yum! honeycomb topped cake A fantastic night with entertaining company and lovely treats. Hopefully we will get some more members in the New Year- it's still a new group. We are based in Cheshire if anybody out there is interested you can contact me through the blog and I can put you in touch with our organiser. spooky birthday sponge


Katie R said...

A club for cake. That is awesome! That first one of the blueberry loaf made my tummy growl! And those ghosties are supercute!

Charly Dove said...

Great photos. I love to see the colours of Autumn, just fabulous :)

lavender attic said...

Good for you! I'm also a member - although haven't been for a while. My recipe for battenburg is in the CCC book!

Jenni said...

Such a great idea to take these photos from inside. I may well have to do the same thing next week. There are so many things to do but it is just so very cold at the moment.

Jane George said...

ooo i know how you feel, we did spring bulbs and operation patio leaf clear today! me ad my gardening team of 3 under 8 years old! it was wet, muddy and fabulous! great to find you xxx

Fiona Martin said...

Love the ghost cake - so cute for Halloween.

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