clandestine cakes

13 Jun

I must confess, Come Dine With Me is a guilty pleasure of mine but I sometimes find myself shouting at the TV when someone cooks something they have never tried before for an audience of people, what could possibly go wrong there? Well that’s more or less what I did this weekend when I made my contribution for the Clandestine Cake Club in Kilburn. Luckily it worked and it took its place alongside about 13 others with the theme “Cake Porn” (beautiful cakes).

a few beautiful cakes

I didn’t know quite what to expect, but once I got over the shock of being greeted at the door by Lynn the host and a lady from Radio 4 wielding a microphone ( I didn’t swear my Mum would be so proud) I was given a lovely cup of tea and was immersed in cakey conversations. Whilst the Clandestine Cake Club is non competitive it was nice to get some tips and feedback from other keen bakers as we set about demolishing the cakes.


demolition job

Ms Marmite Lovers Rainbow Cake

We tried to sample as many creations as possible but I didn’t get anywhere near the record of 11 slices.  Invaded the home of Ms Marmite Lover who valiantly tasted each cake from a sumptuous cheese cake to a lovely light meringue and raspberry affair.

It was interesting to discuss the reasons for the resurgence in home baking; from the Nigella effect to finding comfort in a recession to baking as a feminist activity. We also ate cake! Loads of it! All gorgeous and lovingly made and at home time people divided up the leftovers to sample at home. I loved the chocolate cake with salted caramel filling, but didn’t get to try as many as I would have like so I’m sure I missed out on some crackers! Cake Clubs are springing up all over and Lynn is an a great ambassador for the appreciation of the sometimes overlooked cake, and an enthusiastic supported of people who want to start-up their own club. If you are interested in running one get in touch, or keep your eyes peeled for one coming to a town near you!


2 Responses to “clandestine cakes”

  1. bakelady- My Secret Tea Room June 14, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    What a lovely write up. I’m glad you enjoyed all the cakes, they were simply fantastic weren’t they. And so were all the bakers and their guests. It was lovely to meet you as well.
    Happy Baking


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