Examined logically, my first time at a Cambridge Clandestine Cake Club event was a complete disaster. However, I would also say it was one of the nicest afternoons I've spent recently. The Clandestine Cake Club was founded in 2010 by Lynn Hill with a simple mission to bake, eat and talk about cake. It's not supposed to be a competition but simply a way to get together with other people who like cake and to have some fun experimenting. We are very lucky in Cambridge to have an active group organised by Miss Sue Flay and Deepa. I've been a member for months but the event held at the "Off The Rails Cambridge", an independent indoor market of vintage clothes and crafts, was the first time I had actually managed to attend.
|My lemon layer cake complete with gold stars|
Of course I was hoping my debut would see me produce a wondrous cake and prove that I belonged in a club of cake makers. My catalogue of misfortunes began with an overambitious cake plan (three layers was never going to end well), continued with my accidental use of the cake tin of doom (burnt sides and raw middle guaranteed) and attempting to ice what was rapidly becoming a leaning tower of cake (why did I go for three layers?). Of course, I also tripped on my way there and destroyed one side of the icing. I'm also pretty sure I exposed my backside as I bent over to cut a slice of cake (that skirt really is too short). Despite all of that I enjoyed myself immensely. I met lovely people who were delightfully positive about all the cakes, even mine. I ate way too much cake and was so inspired by the variety on display I have lots of ideas for my next baking session. I also bought vintage stuff. The Husband was not happy "we have no room for more STUFF" but then he saw the cake I had brought home and all was forgiven. Now, if I can just get rid of the fine layer of edible gold glitter covering my kitchen table, I will be happy.