A couple of weeks ago the Bury St Edmunds Clandestine Cake Club returned to what is becoming one of my favourite venues. The Theatre Royal is one of the town's loveliest buildings and the Greene Room Bar, with its brickwork and bunting, is the perfect space for a cakey get together.
Six of us gathered on a Saturday morning with our cakes, which had all been made to match the theme this month - Gluten-free. I had always imagined that being gluten-free could lead to a fairly cake-free life, however a search on the internet showed that there is, in fact, a wealth of gluten-free cake recipes available. Some rely on flour substitutes such as ground almonds whereas others use one or more of the many gluten-free flours now available.
On the day we had a great selection of cakes to choose from and all had turned out really well. Here's what we indulged in...
My Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake (recipe here). I love this cake - it's so rich and chocolatey and is a perfect match with the marguerita cream that can be served alongside
Trish's Lemon Curd Cake. This was a fantastically indulgent cake with lashings of lemon curd and buttercream.
Katherine's Banoffee Cake. Banana cake, icing, caramel sauce and bananas. What's not to like!
Lynda's Fruit-filled Clementine Cake (recipe here). This was so moist and delicious. We all agreed it would be a perfect cake to serve at Christmas.
Jane's Spanish Orange Cake (front and centre - apologies for the lack of close up!). Another wonderfully moist cake thanks to the fruit and ground almonds. Recipe here.
Rene's Coffee Cake. Lots of lovely coffee flavour and a sneaky layer of Nutella in the middle - yum!
Thanks again to the staff at the Theatre Royal for making us feel so welcome. For more information about Cake Club events in your area have a look at the Clandestine Cake Club website.