The Clandestine Club is the brainchild of baking blogger Lynn from Leeds, who successfully manages three blogs at once, without so much as dropping the wooden spoon or madeleine moulds. One Blog is called The Secret Tea Room, at www.thesecrettearoom.co.uk, and it tells the story of Lynn’s own secret tea parties. Her Bakelady Blog, at www.bakelady.wordpress.com, is more of a recipe diary of all the myriad of cakes, pastries, biscuits and tarts that she makes, as well as her recipe testing for other people’s cook books. Last, by by no means least, she has now ventured into the clandestine world of secret location cake club society, at The Clandestine Cake Club blog, www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk. If you love cakes, baking, new ingredients, meeting new people and fancy the thrill of a party at a secret location, then this club is not to be missed.
There may be a theme incorporated in the proceedings, such as “Cake Cornucopia” or “Crimson Crimes”, and members bake their own creations to bring and share. There is much chatter, gossip, swapping ideas and general comparison of other people’s talents and skills. The atmosphere is not one of competition, but rather one of co-operation and collaboration. So far the club has met on four occasions in Leeds, but on Tuesday, 17th May it is meeting, for the very first time, in Edinburgh, at a secret location near Princes St. and George St.
The concept is so sociable, open, relaxed and inviting, it really should be franchised and rolled out throughout the land, sponsoring local producers, encouraging home baking, bringing together communities and forming contacts and friendships.
If you want to find out more or book a place then e-mail: [email protected]
Thursday 14th April 2011, 6pm – 8pm
The Victorians were noted for their vivaciousness and adventure with cakes and desserts. So let’s celebrate this adventure with a Victorian Theme, which is also in keeping with the location of this event, The Victorian Quarter in Leeds.
A landmark destination for shopping in Leeds is Harvey Nichols, who have very generously offered to host our April event, not only allowing us to bring our legendary cakes, but they are serving us their delicious Tea and Coffee to accompany them. The meeting point and further details will be given nearer the time. This is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of Harvey Nichols, especially if you haven’t been there before.
Book a place
If you and a non baking guest want to attend this event, please send me an e-mail with a description of the cake you would make. Send your email to clandestinecakeclub(at)gmail(dot)com Allow 24 hrs for confirmation of your booking. Your place/places are not guaranteed until you receive this e-mail.
So let’s all seek out the Victorian recipes, search for the bizzare and the wonderful, let’s make cakes befitting an era of decadence and vivaciousness.
Points to remember. Each cake must be large enough to slice into around 8 – 12 good slices. Sorry, but no cupcakes, muffins, brownies or cookies.
Home-bakers and professional bakers can join in. It’s not a competition, just a lot of fun.
Take a look at our Home Page to see what fun we have.
It’s all about ‘Cake’
Note: For details about our March 17th Event in Leeds check out the events page on the website, at www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk.