For the Great British Bake Off final last night (UK baking TV show), I attended my first ever Clandestine Cake Club. Founded by Lynn Hill in 2010, the clubs are cropping up all over the world providing cake lovers with an opportunity to share their baked delights and passion for tasty recipes.
The Cambridge Clandestine Cake Club is organised by Miss Sue Flay of Secluded Tea Party fame. The meeting was held in a secret location announced shortly before the night. Another cake club member Lazy Giraffe had the ingenious idea to combine the meet with the GBBO final……I couldn’t contain my excitement. I’d been backing John the whole series and had my fingers firmly crossed that he would pull it off on the night to win.
The rules of the cake club state that cupcakes, brownies, tarts or tray bakes are not accepted. We were to make a cake inspired by the GBBO. I made a (flourless) Hazelnut Chocolate cake from the season 2 book, which took two attempts to get right. It tasted good but sunk a little in the middle! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a clear picture of it, so I’ll share with you some of the scrummy cakes we tucked into on the night.
We sat down to watch the three male bakers battle it out for the title of GBBO champion 2012. There were collective cheers, laughs and gasps throughout, with mixed emotions about who should win. Watching the show with 25 other cake enthusiasts was a fab experience. I was stuffed to the brim with cake and when it was time to leave I had a goody bag with enough cake for the BFG. Win.
You can read Miss Sue Flay’s fabulous write up of the evening here. The local press also picked up on the club and featured us all with our cakes! It’s definitely given me the confidence to try bigger cakes (not my strong area) and get out and meet new people.
Did you watch Bake Off? What did you think of the result?!
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