Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Clandestine Cake Club - March 2012
I really look forward to my monthly trips to cake club. It is such a great way to socialize with new and interesting people and of course there is a butt load of cake to eat! This months theme was "Baking with Beverages" so our cakes were themed around drinks. Inevitably there was a lot of alcohol involved in the recipes on the table, I dread to think what might have happened had someone lit a match.
I had a lot of ideas for my cake this month and changed my mind about 17 times before settling on a recipe. In the end I went for a Shirley Temple cake, a lot of people didn't actually realise that a "Shirley Temple" was a drink so I did spend a lot of the night explaining the connection.
I definitely won the prize for pinkest cake this month! The recipe for this bad boy will follow shortly, as I want to try them out as cupcakes instead, I think it would work better in cupcake form.
The sponge is a ginger beer flavoured concoction, with a lime curd filling and maraschino cherry buttercream slathered all over. All I can say is YUM! ...
The venue this month was the Blackfriars Banquet Hall which was absolutely gorgeous, although it was quite dark so photos are not fabulous.
My favourite cake of the night was a de-LIGHT-ful (emphasis on the light) lemoncello layer cake baked by the amazing Val. Also the Coconut milk bundt cake by the lovely Kate at Cakepoppins was beautiful, and I couldnt not mention Lisa's amazing Dandelion decoration on her dandelion and burdock cake! Some really lovely cakes on show.
Another highlight of the night was meeting some lovely local blogging people that I have been chatting on twitter with for ages. The lovely Lauren of Around the world in 80 bakes and Rachel from A girl and her kitchen-aid - Both blogs are well worth a read.
Have you been to a Clandestine Cake Club in your area? Check out the website to see if there is one here.