Clandestine Cake Club Northampton’s 1st Birthday Party

For our club’s first birthday party, we returned to Jeyes of Earls Barton; the venue of our inaugural meeting, where we were once again extended a warm welcome from the Jeyes family.

Our meeting was sponsored by Yorkshire Tea, who had sent our fabulously dedicated organiser, Gillian, some wonderful decorations & products to adorn our table.  These were coupled with table decorations that Jeyes had also kindly provided, along with a lovely goody bag that they had given every member.  Not only that, but Jeyes had also provided us with sandwiches and crisps to accompany our wonderful array of cakes, tea and coffee.

I’m sure you’ll agree from the photos below that there were some beautiful cakes from our incredibly talented group of ladies.  There must have been in excess of 20 cakes on the tables!

A HUGE thank you has to go to our organiser, Gillian, for her continued hard work & dedication to make the Northampton branch of the Clandestine Cake Club as large and successful as it has become.

I love his photo of Gillian as it looks like she’s praying to the God of Cake for another successful meeting. Her prayers were answered.

Our sponsors’ products adorn the tables.

Our ‘high tea’ sandwiches.

Carmela’s cake.

Julie’s Cake.

My cake – Choccoccino Cake.

Deb’s cake – such a cute inchworm!

Northampton Clandestine Cake Club Meeting July 2012

What a wonderful evening last night. We held our 3rd Clandestine Cake Club meeting for the Northampton district. Our theme was (appropriately with the weather) a Summer Garden Party and that’s exactly what we had!

We met at our ‘secret’ location which was the beautiful and characteristic home of one of our members in a beautiful Northamptonshire village. The sun was shining and her garden looked truly amazing – the perfect setting for a garden party.

There was a vast array of incredibly beautiful cakes, brought to our meeting from every corner of our county by lovely ladies (and even some gentlemen too!).

You can see the two tables, full to bursting point of these incredible cakes here:

For my cake this month, I decided to have a bit of a play with flavours that are evocative of a summer day; namely elderflower. Sadly it wasn’t homemade elderflower cordial that I used, but one that I buy all year round from Belvoir Fruit Farms. I adapted a plain, ground almond sponge recipe that I use by adding elderflower cordial in place of the majority of the milk to add a subtle flavour that I hoped wouldn’t bake out. Once the cake was baked and still hot from the oven, I mixed some granulated sugar with some more elderflower cordial and used it as a topping, which when dried would have soaked into the sponge leaving a wonderfully fragrant and flavoursome topping to my cake. I’m really pleased to say my recipe experiment worked perfectly too!

For decoration I cut lots and lots of tiny white flowers and stuck them to a flattened ball of fondant to simulate an elderflower head, which I surrounded by leaves, before adding two more much smaller flower heads to the cake.

A lovely evening filled with cake, friends, laughs and setting summer sun; perfect!