The secret’s out, new cook book from the Clandestine Cake Club


Think of a meeting of like minded bakers and eaters, lots of home baked cakes (Sorry no cupcakes or tray bakes allowed) all gathering in a secret location for couple of hours on an evening or weekend, your cake just needs to be cut into 8-10 slices. Not the best baker? No worries, the Clandestine Cake Club isn’t a competition. Does this sound like your cup of tea ?

The Clandestine Cake Club movement started back in 2010 in Leeds. Lynn Hill, the creator, seeing the popularity of supper clubs came up with the concept of these cakey gatherings.

I went to my first cake club in 2011 in Harrogate and I had a wonderful time, and came back with more cake than I started with.

Through word of mouth and social media these cake clubs have taken off and there are clubs across the UK and beyond. Last week I went to a the Clandestine Cake club cook book launch at Waterstones in Leeds.

clandestine cake clubLynn and many of the book’s contributors were there with their cake creations from the book.

The cook book is packed full of photos and the recipes are very easy to follow. There’s a section for every baking mood. Whether you fancy something chocolatey, need to do a cake for the weekend or you are baking for a special occasion it’s easy to navigate and find what you want.

I really feel that the book encapsulates the spirt of the club. Each CCC event is themed so you have to think out of the box when you think of what cakey creations you are going to bring.

Sometimes your cake is a triumph and other times you end up with a bit of a cake wreck (we have all been there). At the back of the book some helpful hints on what to do in this situation.

My husband’s firm favourite is the Tia Maria and Mascarpone cake, Helen made this cake at one of the Clandestine Cake Clubs we went to so, that will be the first I will be making this week.

At the launch I sampled the dark and stormy, Passion Fruit and Pink Champagne cakes (and a lot of other ones). With red nose day around the corner I am sure all three will be baked in the next week or so.

If you have not gone to a Clandestine Cake Club yet, I would really recommend that you do, they are so much fun. There are clubs around the world so for further details visit: http://www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk

The Clandestine Cake Club Book is available at Waterstones, Amazon and other retailers.