Saturday 14 April 2012

Clandestine Cake Club Bolton - Sugar and Spice

Today was the second meeting of the Clandestine Cake Club Bolton. A lot has happened since our first meeting in February! We needed a bigger venue, there has been huge press coverage, we recruited a boy (a real one) and two members of the Bolton Club have given birth! The club welcomes its newest recruits April Williams and Samuel Foster! 

We had our meeting at Harvey's Cafe Bar in the centre of Bolton. I knew this meeting would be a big one, so it was ideal. Dominic, the general manager was extremely accommodating (despite us creating ten tonnes of crumbs...) and the staff catered for our every need. They even managed to produce a pile of kitchen knives any serial killer would be proud of... Lots of people who were already in the venue came asking questions, and one has already signed up to the next event.

Our theme for this meeting was Sugar and Spice, and boy those attendees were on feugo! The spread was outstanding! Some of the cakes included:

  • Ukranian Honey Cake
  • Calorie Free Chocolate Cake (ish...)
  • Lemon Pepper Cake
  • Kitchen Front Ginger Cake
  • Almond sponge layer cake with raspberry jam and burnt butter frosting
  • Deliciously Moist Ginger Cake 
  • Squidgy Spice Apple Cake
  • Spiced Apple and Pecan Streusel Cake with Vanilla Cream
  • Mincemeat Cake
  • White Chocolate and Cardamom Cake
  • Samoan Bundt Cake
  • Pink Rainbow Cake
  • Captain Morgan Spice Cake
  • Chilli Chocolate Cake
  • Cherry Bakewell Cake
  • Spiced Apple Streusel Cake
  • Chai Tea Loaf
  • Chocolate and Mixed Spice Cake
  • Chocolate Gingerbread

There were others, but they were the ones I can remember! (or I stole the tags from...)
Once again, we had a total novice baker. Heather, (previously self confessed baking cack-hand) produced a wonderfully moist Squidgy Apple cake which went down a storm. Vicki, who made her first cake for the last meeting brought a pink rainbow cake which even some of the most seasoned bakers might have struggled with. Bursts with pride... 
After explaining how the cake club works to the new attendees, there was what can only be described as a polite stampede towards the table! 
There was a table under there at some point...
Heather enjoying her first taste of cake club
Thank you to Harvey's for accommodating a rabble of crumb-creating bakers and of course to everyone who came!

The next event is on the 19th May at 3.30pm and the theme is the Great Village Show. It's limited to 25 places due to the size of the venue so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Please leave your comments below...


  1. Beautifully summarised! Was an excellent event in a great location with good tea, essential! Well done Dolly!

  2. The Secret Cakestand15 April 2012 at 20:17

    A lovely afternoon with like minded cake bakey people and amazing cakes, thankyou Dolly for organising a great cake gathering x

  3. ooh liking the sound of chilli chocolate however they all look so delightfully different yet terribly inviting. Choice would be difficult. Well done

  4. Choice didn't really matter, we just ate loads!

  5. Finally got to ready your blog... looks like a fun day was had by all! s x @PudseyCCC


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