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It was the second meeting of the Bolton Clandestine Cake Club yesterday, and I would have written up my review sooner but I have been scoffing left over cake pretty much ever since! Organised once again by the brilliant DollyBakes aka Rachel, yesterday’s meeting was at Harvey’s in Bolton. It is probably the nicest bar in the town centre, somewhere I used to frequent when I worked in the town; so I was a little jealous to see cocktails being consumed with cake by some of the club and not being able to partake because I was driving.
Rachel gave the event a sugar and spice theme and there were around twenty cakes. With a theme like that there was always going to be some interesting bakes- and I think I can say we all did ourselves very proud! They were all fabulous, but a few really stood out. The club’s first man (called Tom I think – sorry the sugar has addled my brain) made the most amazing chilli chocolate cake. Two layers of beautifully moist sponge- one plain chocolate and one cayenne pepper- smothered in ganache and sprinkled with honeycomb. Thank you Tom – I could have wept with joy!
There was also a really unusual lemon with pepper. The pepper gave a little hiss of heat at the end and it was beautifully decorated with edible butterflies. Such a pretty cake but I have no idea who made it. She did however leave recipe cards so I will try it at some point.
Also I should mention the pink layer cake made by Vicki – given its spice by the addition of cinnamon whiskey and coated in meringue icing! For any cake maker that would be an achievement of a cake but Vicki only made her first cake last month when the Clandestine Cake Club had its first meeting. Bravo that girl!
There were several variations on a ginger theme – including my own take on Nigella’s chocolate gingerbread (from Feast) cake and a gingerbread with Morgans Spiced Rum.
I went on my own, but it is such a great crowd there that it doesn’t matter as you soon get chatting to everyone. Even if you think you can’t bake, I would urge you to pull out your baking tins, have a go and get down to your nearest club. It isn’t a competition and everyone is genuinely interested in having a good time, having a natter and sharing tips and stories.
I am already gutted that I can’t make next month’s but in the mean time, I have a tin full of leftovers to console me!