Stars in your eyes, little one, where do you go to dream, to a place, we all know... the land of make believe...
Now I've got you all singing that absolutely storming tune, I'll tell you all about today's cake club! After two years of different themes, it can get pretty tricky trying to think of new ones that aren't too hard to bake for. I'm all for people ultimately being able to bake whatever they like, but our varied themes also allow for a bit of creativity.
Despite having a 'down with the kids' image (oi, mouth...) I am a little partial to a bit of cheesy pop music - The Land of Make Believe by Bucks Fizz being one of my all time faves. As I hummed it in the shower whilst washing my hair, it came to me... what a brilliant cake club theme! I asked our members to remember the magic from their childhood. It could be a song, story, film, anything from that time when your imagination was the only game you needed.
Last March we were due to go to Suzanna's in Blackrod, but we got snowed off! It felt only right to have another bash this year. Once again, Suzanna and her team welcomed us with open arms. We drank so much tea that at one point we were using every teapot in the house!
I love how everyone interprets our given theme in different ways, and no two cakes are ever the same. Despite losing almost half our attendees to viral nasties, last minute Mother's Day commitments and whatnot, we still managed a pretty impressive spread. There were ten cakes in all, each with a special meaning to their baker. They included:
- Narnia Bundt Cake
- Teddy Bear's Picnic Honey Cake
- Eat Me, Drink Me Gingerbread Bundt with Ginger Beer
- Exhibit (A) Layered sponge with Dulce de Leche
- The Fairy House
- Bruce Bogtrotter's Cake - Chocolate with Popping Candy
- Hoggle's Poisonous Peach Bundt Cake
- Fairy Wishes Spiced Raspberry Cake
- Bucks Fizz Cake
- Aint No Party Like a Care Bear Party Cake
If this looks like something you fancy, why not join us? It's not a competition, and the main aim of us meeting is to eat cake and have a natter. Whatever excuse you have in the back of your head, forget it. There are new people joining us every month, and you'll never be left alone - quite the opposite in fact! If you're interested in finding out more, pop on over the the Clandestine Cake Club website. We'll also be at the Manchester Cake and Bake Show to answer your questions from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th April.