What a day. I had a killer headache. Then I had about 15 cake cancellations, mainly because the inhabitants of Bolton are riddled with the lurgy. When I arrived at the venue, more problems arose. They hadn't realised we were using the room, so there were no plates or cutlery and no bar. Just as people started arriving... CRASH... cake/floor interface.
However... the show must (and will) go on. Luckily, I had done all the required panicking before people arrived, so it was all out of the way and dealt with toot sweet. Ella (Duty Manager and lover of cake) pointed me in the direction of the kitchen where I could help myself to whatever was available. Plates, forks, knives and napkins acquired. Next, drinks! Beauty and the Beast was on upstairs (we were at the Albert Halls) so there were refreshments. Ella brought some cold drinks down stairs and hot drinks were available upstairs. I quickly mobilised the cakey troops; Deborah taking one tribe up to the refreshments counter and Adam leading another regiment to Costa across the road. Now I did mention a cake/floor interface. Having dealt with such abhorrent incidents in the past, both layers were quickly retrieved from the lid of a tin and pushed back into position. Crisis averted. And breathe...
And so business as usual. Our theme for this month was 'Wherever I May Roam'. I asked our members to bake cakes inspired by their travels; whether it be the cafe down the road or some far flung shore. We also had Sharon from the Pudsey Club and Emma from Manchester in attendance. Corinne and Michelle landed in Manchester at 7am this morning, and had a cake ready for 1pm. Now that's cakey dedication!
As per usual, there were some amazing cakes with a really creative interpretation on the theme. We also had six bundts, much to my utter delight! There were twenty two cakes in total, which is amazing considering how many people were unable to make it. They were big too... They included:
- Key Lime Bundt - Florida
- Easy Peasy Holiday Chocolate Cake - New Zealand
- Banoffee Cake - USA
- Guinness Cake - Ireland
- Pina Colada Bundt - Cuba
- Cornish Cream Tea Scone Cake - Cornwall
- Banana Bread Cake
- Root Beer Bundt - Florida
- Trinidadian Nutmeg and Rum Drizzle Cake - Trinidad
- Plum and Marzipan Cake - years as a student...
- Sunken Apple, Pecan and Bourbon Cake - Prague
- Buddah Good Tropical Cake - Thailand
- Gateau Basque - France
- Torta di Riso al Profume D'Arancio - Italy
- Dandelion and Burdock Bundt - trips to the chippy as a youngster
- Anchor Porter Beer Bundt - San Francisco
- Banana Cake - dad took it to work
- Poppy Day - Remembrance parade
- Caramel Chocolate Cake
- Caraway Seed Loaf
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