I had originally decided to try a new venue this time but after they told me at the last minute that they intended to charge me to use the room I asked our previous venue, the apex, if they would be happy for us to return and thankfully they were. I was very happy to go back there too as this is pretty much a perfect venue - bright and airy with plenty of space and hot and cold drinks on sale at the bar. The staff were all lovely and helpful too.
So, on to the cakes...
The theme this month was Summer Fruit & Veg and again we had a wonderful variety of delicious cakes.
First up we have Shauna's Chocolate Courgette Cake. I really loved the flavour of this cake and the extra crunch from the hazelnuts.
This beauty is Nathalie's Summer Fruit Drizzle Cake. This cake was so moist and looked so pretty with the colourful fruit mixed through it.
This is Lynda's Red Velvet Chocolate Beetroot Cake. I loved the combination of rich chocolate cake and raspberries.
Rene brought this gorgeous Blueberry and Raspberry cake with her which was full of summer flavours. I'm just kicking myself for not getting an extra slice to take home with me!
This is Charlotte's White Chocolate and Strawberry cake. The sweet white chocolate really complimented the strawberries and the sponge was lovely and light.
Ruth brought along Strawberry Eton Mess Cake. These were lovely and moist with a delicious fruity flavour and the meringue topping finished them off beautifully.
This fabulous specimen is Corinne's Charlotte aux Fraises. It won't surprise you to know that Corinne runs her own business (Gourmandises) making authentic French patisserie and this was a real treat. Thin slices of cake were layered with creme patissiere and strawberries with a little bit of brandy to bring out the flavour.
Finally, we have my contribution, a Black Forest Gateau. Despite a few concerns during the baking process I think it turned out pretty well and it's definitely a cake I want to try again in the future.
If you want more information about The Clandestine Cake Club or would like to find a club in your area then full details can be found on the website here. I'm hoping to organise the next Bury St Edmunds cake club for some time in the autumn.