Monday, 16 July 2012

Clandestine Cake Club - Bury St Edmunds - 14th July 2012

Last Saturday saw the return of The Clandestine Cake Club to Bury St Edmunds. For those of you who haven't heard of it or haven't seen my previous posts on the subject, the Clandestine Cake Club was set up by Lynn Hill in 2010 with the aim of bringing people together with one common purpose - to make, eat and share cake.

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.


  1. I also look so enviously at these cakes, people are so creative and the cakes always look so good - means I could never join a Clandestine Cake Club, I'd totally let the side down!

  2. Don't be put off. Even the simplest cake is welcomed and appreciated. One of the main CCC rules is that it's not a competition and cakes won't be judged!