So the theme was broken New Years Resolution for our first Clandestine Cake Club of the year on the last Saturday of January. The majority of resolutions may have already been broken so it was a good opportunity to have a theme with a twist. I myself didn’t really make many resolutions this year as Im rubbish at sticking to them! I’ll be honest I expected a lot of chocolate cake, and had I not forgotten I was babysitting the previous night my plan had been to bake a monstrosity of a chocolate cake with all the surplus of Thornton’s chocolates lying around the house! However, I was pleasantly surprised to find such a variety of cakes to taste with lots of themes!!
Sue made a fab variation on a fruit cake with no fat, no sugar and no flour so by far the healthiest of all the cakes and perfect to wrap in some tinfoil for a spring hike! It was crammed with pecans and dried fruit and the sweetness came from the dates.
Ana made a gluten free clementine cake that was moist and juicy and a recipe I will be baking soon!
Gemma made a lovely chocolate cake with a filling of fresh cream and raspberry jam for just the right amount of tartness. A mass of awesome chocolate adorned the top from rolos to matchmakers and the best bit about it was there were sparkler candles on top too which were lit in honour of my birthday earlier that week!
Sarah made a white chocolate and vanilla cake that was super light and not too sweet. You could really taste the white chocolate throughout.
Newcomer Maria brought a delightful banana and butterscotch cake which was delicious and you could smell it as soon as it came out of the cake tin!
Now Petra, as ever, stunned us with her decoration and oh my word that cake was amazing. A wine themed cake with grapes to decorate and had layers of amazing cake and an unbelievable set mousse. You have to see these layers to believe how straight and consistent they were!!! Take a look at her website!
Lastly, having completely run out of time and up early on Saturday, I turned up with a still warm ginger cake. Ginger is good for you so figured it matched a healthy New Years resolution. As its a tried and tested recipe I figured I’d try something different so added 50g of chopped hazelnuts on top. It added a great crunch to the texture and really complemented the ginger and oats. If you want the recipe for this please see my chocolate and ginger post from last year and just add the nuts. I’m sure pecans would work just as well!
If you live in the vicinity of Eastbourne, Lewes or Brighton and fancy joining us please have a look at www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk