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Today was the inaugural meeting of the Bolton Clandestine Cake Club, and I was lucky enough to bag a place.
The aim of Clandestine Cake Club– now a national phenomenon- is to bring bakers (and their non-baking, but cake loving friends) together to eat cake, make friends and have a natter. It is non-competitive meeting so there are no winners and losers- just lots of happy eaters.
Organised by Rachel McGrath (aka DollyBakes on Twitter), the first Bolton meeting took place at Thyme Deli in Horwich. By the time I arrived in the dining room at the back of the deli, the tables were already groaning with cake, and I had to squeeze my creation in on the end!
I think there were nearly thirty cakes- that is a lot of cake to try…but I like a challenge! Ok, so I didn’t try them all but I had a really good go. Highlights included the lemon curd which came with a ginger sponge, the chocolate orange cake (beautiful and tasty), chocolate Guinness cake (there were two but I only tried one) , a giant chocolate fudge and the crazy carrot cake. In fact, who am I kidding? Every cake was a highlight!
My own creation was a chocolate hazelnut cake from a Nigel Slater recipe. You can find the recipe online here.
The best bit of there being so many cakes is that you get to take a load home – so I have enough teeny taster slices to last for a few days!
Rachel did a brilliant job organising it (and encouraging me to dust off my rollerblades, but that’s another story) and Amanda and the team at Thyme were so friendly. I think Rachel said she’ll try and do them every six weeks, so if you are in the vicinity of Bolton and love cake, sign up and have some clandestine fun!