The Clandestine Cake Club Adventure

March was a fantastic baking month with my first ever trip to a Clandestine Cake Club and meeting Mary Berry (will tell you more about this asap). It just doesn’t get any better than this.

Meeting Mary Berry!!!! (The full story will follow asap)

I’ve been trying to get a spot at the Clandestine Cake Club (or CCC) for the last couple of months. I secured my place at the secret club and the theme was cakes with beverages. The idea of CCC is that bakers bake a cake around a theme and bring said cake along with a cake eating friend to the secret venue. Then much cake (as many wonderful slices as you can humanly consume) along with copious amounts of tea are devoured and fabulous cakey bakey people meet and discuss cake!

I loved this night. I sampled some AmAzing cakes and met some wonderful people, some of whom I’ve been chatting to on Twitter for a while so it was wonderful to meet in real life!

Clandestine Cake Clubbers in action

There may be a Clandestine Cake Club near you, it’s now an international phenomena with clubs in Australia too. Or you could even start your own club. There’s more information on their website….

For my beverage orientated cake I took along my Jamaican Black cake with it’s 2 bottles of rum and a bottle of brandy oozing from it. I was a little nervous as I knew there was going to be some wonderous cakes and people there. And I wasn’t wrong.

My First ever Clandestine Cake Club Offering - Jamaican Black Cake with tonnes of rum

I sampled a mouth watering 6 layer limencello and orange cake, a pink lemonade cake, a coconut milk cake, a cherry disarano on the rocks cake, a gin and tonic cake! A Shirley Temple cake, an Earl Grey cake and I’m sure I tried a couple more but my memory is fading into a drunken cake haze… We even got to take home pieces of our favourite cakes for later. (So pleased I had brought extra tupperware!)

I was thrilled that my entire Jamaican Black cake got eaten up!! I was worried that it would not be very popular. (As much as I love rum and fruit I’m well aware it’s not everyone’s cup of tea) But phew! It seems that it was enjoyed by my fellow CCC ers.

Unfortunately I failed in my over eagerness to get ANY real photos of the splendiferous cake creations that adorned the table. I remembered at the end to take one of the spectacular banqueting hall at Blackfriars restaurant with it’s stag antler chandeliers and oak dining tables.

The beautiful Blackfriars Restaurant our Clandestine Cake Club Venue for the evening

However my lovely CCC friends and fellow bloggers took some wonderful photos which they’ve put up on their blogs if you fancy a look. I really recommend having a look at these ladies baking blogs too and just in case you’re on twitter you can follow them too… check out

And also while I’m mentioning some of my favourite blogs, I was very lucky and honoured to be nominated for a Liebster Blog Award (see here for a little more information on the Liebster Blog Awards) from 2 fabulous baking bloggers!! These ladies are brilliant bloggers, very skilled and I always look forward to their next posts popping up in my inbox 🙂 IF you’re loking for baking inspiration don’t hesititate to have a read of these blogs…

Lil Ms Squirrels 366 Day Recipe Challenge (@lilmssquirrel)

Laura Loves Cake (@lauralovesbakes)

Thanks so much for reading!!!

Liebster Blog Award Nomination for Around the World in Eighty Bakes!

I am absolutely over the moon! I’m still very new to blogging, with this being my very first month as an active blogger. I really love it when I get comments on my blog, but imagine my surprise when I opened a comment from one of my favourite bloggers to reveal that they nominated me for an award! Thank you so much to A Hint of Garlic who nominated me for the award I always enjoy reading their blog and drooling over the gorgeous food (and Whisky) photos. A fantastic blog that is definitely worth a look!

Just to explain about the award…

The Liebster Blog Award is given to recognise your favorite up-and-coming bloggers who have fewer than 200 subscribers and that you feel deserve more. It’s a way to connect with more people and learn some new things and generally expand your horizons.

The Rules are:

  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  2. Reveal your top 5 bloggers and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

And in return I am very happy to nominate the following blogs…

ChinsKitchen: A brilliant blogger and twitter friend. Follow her as she explores Eastern delights.  Combining them with Western to create new and exciting recipes. A great inspiration.

Sweetgum Bakery: An English woman who’s emigrated to Australia and is fantastic at baking! (I know I’ve eaten quite a few of her cakes!!) She’s a pastry chef in training with an obsession for baking.  She’s working on a collection of wheat free recipes and baking ideas which she would eventually like to turn into her very own online bakery. Put the kettle on, make yourself comfortable and follow her on her pastry adventure…

The Kale Chronicles: A fantastic blogger who illustrates her blogs with paintings. She writes, paints and sings. Very multi talented!  She is also an avid home cook who delights in telling stories in words, images and songs and in cooking meals from what’s in the fridge and the fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables from her weekly produce box from Riverdog Farm in Guinda, California.

She Cooks, He Eats: Which features random blog entries from a girl who loves bacon and cupcakes, and somewhere in between she loves her boyfriend

Dichotomy Of: A wonderful combination of making stuff from clothes and jam to steak and kidney puddings while taking time to reflect on life.

Carla Bradman: A beautiful blog observing the pleasures of life, ranging from Great British Bake Off, to literature and pub quizzes. Fantastic photos.

Thanks again for reading. It means a lot to me and I hope you enjoy the next bake!