Category Clandestine Cake Club

Gorgonzola, pear & walnut cheesecake (savoury)

Whilst a sweet cheesecake can be a thing of great joy, a savoury one is often even more special for me. The flavours of Gorgonzola, pears and walnuts make a great match at any time and here the sweet juicyness of the pears with the sharp kick of balsamic vinegar work well with the rich tangyness of the cheesecake. […]

Rhubarb & ginger Battenberg cake

The power of baking in evoking happy memories of childhood is one of the many reasons baking is such an addiction for me; a Battenberg cake never fails to transport me back to being a child again, when slices of Battenberg were handed out as a real teatime treat. I adore Battenberg, and while a coffee and […]

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Cake: chocolate cake with Earl Grey tea buttercream

Sections in this post Tea with the Mad Hatter Layers of cake Shaping the hat Hiding cracks & blemishes on a fondant-iced cake Assembling the cake Recipes for the cake and the Earl Grey tea buttercream Other recipe links Clandestine Cake Club This post gives the recipe for the cake, the buttercream as well as how to […]

Oscars-themed drip cake: “death by Chocolat”

My first real “drip cake”, this was made for recent Clandestine Cake Club meeting, with the theme being a cake with a take on Oscar-winning films……. Clandestine Cake Club If you like cake – making, eating and talking about cake – you must join   CCC; most towns in the UK and many areas of the […]

Glazed Fruit & nut vegan Christmas cake

A vegan fruit cake for a recent Clandestine Cake Club event, with the theme “A vegan Christmas”: and what an exciting theme it was and a great way to research an area of baking that is not often in my repertoire. I will freely admit that I haven’t made a vegan cake before but I […]

Stem Ginger & lime cake

This cake always gives me a great sense of comfort each time I make it. The sweet heat of the ginger and the zingy lime work together effortlessly. The sponge is sticky (which is absolutely what you want in a ginger cake) but it is not too dense. There is a real punch flavour-wise with the spices, […]

Elmbridge Food Festival & my first cake decorating demo!

Wow! My 2nd visit to the annual Elmbridge Food Festival, held at the glorious Painshill Park, Surrey. This time, however, on top of enjoying the many delights of the Festival, I had two additional thrills: I was able to assist on the Clandestine Cake Club stall I gave a cake demonstration session on the Sunday. […]

Mocha & salted caramel Angel food cake

This is my take on the divine Angel food cake, a cake that is like eating sweet bites of airy cloud! I went for a sponge that was speckled with chocolate, coated in a dark chocolate and coffee ganache and finished with salted caramel and caramelised hazelnuts. I actually made two cakes: one for a Clandestine Cake […]

Black Forest Gateau with chocolate cherry mirror glaze (Gluten-free)

My current version of Black Forest Gateau, or “cake in drag” as Victoria Wood so deliciously put it, is way over-the-top for sure in terms of the adult flavours…..but I make no apologies for that, as it is an adult dessert cake! I have made and posted about Black Forest Gateau before, and each time I make […]

Mini Gluten-free Pistachio Fraisiers using left-overs!

  Further to posting my version of a large Fraisier a few weeks ago, I decided to make another large one for this month’s Clandestine Cake Club – this time going for a gluten-free version. And with left over elements, I also went for mini Fraisiers. A gluten-free treat! As I do with several of my bakes […]

Harry Potter Spell Book Cake

A novelty cake for this month’s Clandestine Cake Club, this month’s theme being Where the Magic Happens. I rarely make novelty/themed cakes and while they are not my strength, I do love a challenge. My philosophy with any cake, though, is that flavour must come first. Ok, a cake should look inviting, but flavour certainly takes […]

Pistachio & lemon Fraisier cake

This Fraisier is a slight variation on the classic recipe, using a pistachio joconde sponge, sprinkled liberally with Amaretto, and a thin layer of pistachio ganache. A fragrant crème mousseline, subtly flavoured with lemon, envelops the strawberries, and the cake is topped with a thin layer of a tangy strawberry jelly glaze. The pistachio ganache and the strawberry jelly […]

Guinness & chocolate ombré cake with Guinness Chocolate truffles

In Guinness and chocolate cakes, I like just a hint of the Guinness flavour to come through. Sometimes, though, the Guinness is far too pronounced for my palate, but this version is not at all in your face: the Guinness here adds very subtle undertones which works well with the chocolate, and is more of […]

Valentine’s cake

I made this cake to take to my first visit to my local group of the Clandestine Cake Club, the theme for this event being “He loves me, he loves me not”. This was a quick cake to put together (just under 2 hours) owing to a packed weekend. It is very much a dessert-type cake and […]