Saturday, 19 July 2014

Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...

Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Naked, in a church, in Blackrod? Really. Thankfully I am talking about the cakes, not us. I was quite specific about that... Today's cake club was all about the cake itself. Although my merry band of bakers are a creative little bunch, it was time to strip back (cue childish laughter) and concentrate on the bake. 

A couple of months ago my friend Sarah suggested that we use our local church hall for a cake club meeting. We first met over a boardroom table about five years ago where we talked about rubbish every morning. No, literally - we talked about bins. Luckily this is now a distant memory and today we were reunited over a shedload of cake. She's heavily involved in the church's community activities, and was keen for our group to visit. 

Sarah and her pals had gone to so much trouble. We arrived to tables covered in pretty oilcloth, plates already stacked with gingham napkins and large pots of tea and coffee on the go. We had little cake forks too - oh yes. They had worked incredibly hard to make us feel welcome. Sarah had even written her own recipe for happiness - too cute. 

We were all really excited about tasting these cakes, as there was no faffiness or fancy-shmanciness, just good bakes with lots of flavour. We had 12 cakes in total, including:
  • White Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Cream and Lavender Berries
  • Apple, Pecan and Bourbon Cake
  • Madeira Cake
  • Light Jamaican Fruit Cake
  • Banana Bread
  • Ginger Loaf
  • Cardamon Orange Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Bareback Plum and Damson Bundt Cake
  • Banana Loaf
  • Lemon Drizzle Loaf
  • Lime and Ginger Cake
  • Dark Sticky Gingerbread
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
As if I wasn't already on the verge of bursting with excitement, Ian walked through the door with not one, but two beautiful loaf cakes, each with its appropriate drizzle! Ian started coming to cake club as a guest of a baking friend, and now look at the fella. Not one, but two cakes! I've known Ian since we were at school, and I'm pretty sure that if I could go back in time to show him this picture, he would have probably sworn profusely. Ha!
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Naked...
Once again, a fantastic time was had by all, and we owe a huge thank you to our hosts at St Katharine's Church in Blackrod.  The next meeting will be on 16th August, which will be loaded to the Clandestine Cake Club site shortly...



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