Thursday 23 February 2012

Clandestine Cake Club - New Cambridge Event & BBC One Show Live!

Click Here to see our Clandestine Cake Debut... I was live on the BBC One Show on Friday 24th Feb around 42 minutes in, take a look hehe.... 

As some of you may know by now, amongst my Afternoon Tea shenanigans with The Secluded Tea Party, I have also been the host of The Clandestine Cake Club in Cambridge for the last year nearly and it’s been so much fun! It's even the reason behind Miss Sue Flay's Tuck Shop Cake, which was the last cake I made for the Clandestine Cake Club and has gained a lot of love ever since hehe.

What on earth is The Clandestine Cake Club (?!) I can hear you muttering... It’s exactly how it sounds. It is a secret cake-based meet where you simply bake a cake, bring along a guest if you wish and meet at a pre-agreed location for a cuppa and a chance to dig in and try other cakes with your fellow bakers and cake eating guests. It’s such a simple idea, but it’s a fantastic one which doesn’t usually cost anything other than your cake ingredients and a cuppa or two from your venue and it’s a superb way to get chatting to other people and discuss this very popular passion. It gives the guests something in common to talk about from the very start of the event and allows you to sample cakes that you would not necessarily have tried or seen otherwise.

The Clandestine Cake Club is all about cake. No cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, cake pops, whoopee pies... none of that. Just cake. Pure and simply. Loaf cakes, layer cakes, sponge cakes, any type of large cake big enough to serve 8-12 people with ease.
You are usually set a theme or an ingredient guideline before the event to give you something fun to base your cake recipe around and each guest is asked to make their host aware of what they intend to make so that they can tell you if that cake type is already being made. This ensures a superb variety and that not everybody turns up with the very same lemon drizzle cake or a Victoria sponge : )
The simple idea of The Clandestine Cake Club is spreading like wildfire across the nation and is heading for global cake victory, thanks to the lovely Lynn Hill, also of The Secret Tea Room based in Leeds.

Lynn has been a huge help to me and The Secluded Tea Party since the beginning and helped me with advice when I got started last year on my own cakey adventures, so when we met up at a London Supperclub back in February 2011 and she started telling me about her plans for a new cake network, I naturally thought it was a fantastic idea and told her right away that when she was ready to grow it, I would happily set one up in Cambridge... And I thought nothing more of it for a while.
And so it happened, growing very quickly, Lynn agreed to spread the Clandestine Cake Club to Cambridge just 2 months later and I got to work on the Cambridge Cake Club... It’s scary how time flies and looking back, with our very first Clandestine Cake Club meet with 8 lovely & passionate guests over a cup of tea and a few slices of cake in a local cookery school kitchen, growing to a mighty 28 members attending on our second cake club meet in the summer at a
local Cambridgeshire coffee shop which was the perfect space for such an event.

There is always a lot of cake there and after a few slices and a cup of tea or coffee, guests will often sit and chat for a bit, attempt another slice or two if they feel up for the challenge (Apparently the winner is a gentleman at the Leeds Clandestine Cake Club who managed 11 slices before falling asleep on the sofa- blimey!) and then pick some of their fellow guests slices to take home with them for a second wind later on. It’s cake heaven!

And so, our third Clandestine Cake Club meet is coming to Cambridge, where will be joined by Lynn Hill herself for the event and 25 lucky cake makers and eaters will get to join us for a fantastic morning of, well... cake eating hehe.
Visit the link below and get yourself on the guest list now!.... All you need to do is bake a cake, bring a friend if you like and some pocket money for beverages at our secret venue, of which details will be passed on nearer the time.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Miss Sue Flay

PS -

You may also be excited to hear that Lynn and some of the Clandestine Cake Club members are going to be featured alongside the lovely Paul Hollywood on the Alan Titchmarsh Show in early March, as well as on the BBC One Show this Friday, 24th February at 7pm... Do watch the One Show this Friday and you may see a very familiar face on their live show between 7pm and 8pm.... I will be there myself, alongside members from other clubs around the country, with one of my Cake Club creations for the lovely presenters and their guests to eat - Very nervous, so be kind! Haha

You can read more about why this is happening and what is being featured here:

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