So the first rule about cake club is you don’t talk about cake club!! Just kidding! Welcome to the world of the Clandestine Cake Club. Set up by Lynn Hill Clandestine Cake Club ( CCC) is all about cake! As you can see from the rules only cake is allowed. No brownies, no cookies, no cupcakes, no pies and no tarts. Cake, cake and more cake – pure and simple. The whole idea is to bring a bunch of people together who like to eat cake and talk about cake….amongst other things! Everyone is invited and no cake is judged! There are clubs popping up all across the country, pretty much wherever someone is willing to organise one! I belong to the Brighton CCC, the Lewes CCC and now the Eastbourne CCC which has yet to have its first meeting.
Each meeting tends to come with a theme – be it an ingredient or a festivity to celebrate. The choice is really endless. My last meeting was with the Lewes CCC and had the theme of cakes from around the world. So many choices and I could only bake the one cake! I toyed with making a Southern USA Humingbird Cake, a banana pineapple spice cake. Or a Red Velvet Cake, a luscious American chocolate cake with beetroot to give it a red colouring. Then I found a Swedish Toscatarta, a vanilla cake with a toasted almond topping. The cake is made by whisking the eggs and sugar together until they are a thick mousse-like consistency. Then you add in the melted butter, milk, vanilla extract and dry ingredients. The cake is cooked for approx 30-35 minutes before you add the topping and cook for a further 10 minutes. The topping is made of almonds, butter, milk, sugar, flour and cream, creating a caramel-almond topping which is browned in the oven.
With my cake, and a cake-less friend, we met up with the others at the Lamb in Lewes which is a great little pub, very hospitable! And there was free music to boot. A Irish Ceilidh no less whilst we tucked into our seven cakes from around the world!