In September, as Harvest and Autumn have crept upon us the members of Brighton, Eastbourne, Lewes and Hove Clandestine Cake Club met for our jam-packed event (wow thats a mouthful we really do need to shorten that one!) Happiness is like Jam – you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself! And what better way to spread happiness than sharing cake!
I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said. “Twopence a week, and jam every other day.” Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said “I don’t want you to hire me – and I don’t care for jam.” “Its very good jam,” said the Queen. “Well, I don’t want any today, at any rate.” “You couldn’t have it if you did want it,” the Queen said. “The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never today.” “It just come sometimes to ‘jam today’,” Alice objected. “No it can’t,” said the Queen. “Its jam every other day: today isn’t any other day, you know.”
Well I say it should be jam every day as I love the stuff!! Our event on a Monday evening was kindly sponsored by Tate and Lyle, so not only did we get to taste scrumptious jam themed cakes we also got to take home some great jam sugar to have a go ourselves at making our own jam. I have tried once or twice before having been blackberry picking but super excited to have a go at making blueberry jam, to fill my Blueberry, Lemon and Almond Sandwich cake that I made for the event. If you want to see how to make this creation then please see next weeks blog post.
Fellow organiser Sarah made a strawberry and lemonade cake which had a soft pink colour and tasted exactly like strawberries and lemonade!
Susan made a blackberry jam and pecan spiced cake with a yoghurt icing, and had made her own homemade jam to use inside the cake mix itself which worked well. Those autumnal flavours really shown through too.
Ana made her divine chocolate cake with a cherry jam filling and beautifully finished with ornate buttercream flowers. I have had this chocolate cake before for last years halloween event and it is one of my favourites as its so chocolately. This time paired with cherry it was gorgeous and those flowers were just beautiful. Was a shame to eat it really!!
We had a newcomer this time around too and Chrissie announced her arrival with a tipsy chocolate cake with apricot jam. It was an orange cake favoured with cointreau (always a Mary Berry favourite is the alcohol flavoured cakes!!) and a chocolate ganache. Tasted like a jaffa cake which was awesome.
Overall everyone had a great time an the jam themed was a great choice of themes as everyone let their creative juices flow in terms of flavourings but no-one struggled!! Huge thanks to the Lansdowne Hotel in Eastbourne who was our venue for the evening and made us feel very comfortable in their seafront lounge.