Blinging it up at Cambridge Clandestine Cake Club

Last Saturday I attended my first Clandestine Cake Club in Cambridge. Word of the CCC is spreading like wildfire, especially after it’s founder, Lynn, appeared alongside our very own Miss Sue Flay of Secluded Tea Party fame on the One Show recently. I’d heard about the CCC on the bloggers grapevine before this sudden wave of popularity and was very excited to be able to attend a local event and to meet Lynn. We were set a theme of ‘Spectacular Show Stoppers’, which caused me some sleepless nights! The problem being that, although I’m very proud of the cakes I make, the best (and tastiest) ones don’t look particularly show stopperish! In the end I decided to make a larger version of my good ol’ sticky lime and coconut drizzle cake and then bling it up to the max! It was all a bit of an experiment. I cut some very thin slices of lime, blanched them in boiling water for 30 seconds and then made up some syrup with sugar and water and boiled the lime slices in it for about 30 minutes. Then I laid them out on a wire rack to dry overnight. On Saturday morning, I got up super early to but the finishing bling touches to my cake. I coated the candied lime slices with edible gold glitter…

and then began assembling my creation…

I sprinkled the cake with caster sugar mixed with lime zest and even more edible gold glitter…

and then arranged the gorgeous, glittery lime slices around the edge…

I was pretty darn pleased with the end result…

Behold my sticky lime and coconut, gold, bling, spectacular show stopper…

My friend Lauren, asked on twitter whether I would be wearing a gold medallion to complement my cake…I think she was joking but she gave me an awesome idea and before leaving the house I changed into my lime-iest, gold-iest, bling-iest outfit, to match my cake! :)…

and hot footed it across town to join the rest of the CCC-ers. As usual, I was the first there, eagerly awaiting the commencement of the cake eating festivities. Slowly but surely the cakes arrived and before I know it I was in cake heaven. Just check out these beauties…

There weren’t any duplicates!

Lynn started proceedings by giving a little speech about Clandestine Cake Club. I love the fact that there’s no element of competition, it’s all about getting together and enjoying cake, it’s as simple as that!

I had skipped breakfast so that I’d have even more room for cake but even so only managed 4 slices before slipping into a cake induced coma! I was so impressed with the variety and deliciousness of everyone’s contributions and spent a very enjoyable morning chatting away to cake friends old and new 🙂

Here are a couple more accounts of the event from fellow food bloggers Miss Igs and Helen of Half a Pot of Cream

As the morning started to wind up, we were encouraged to dive in and take some cake home with us…this is the aftermath…

If you love baking and eating cake then the Clandestine Cake Club is most definitely for you. Have a look at their website to find an event in your area or why not start one of your own? Everything you need to know is right here.

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