The Arlington, Virginia Clandestine Cake Club managed to sneak in a late summer poolside event. Normally the oppressive heat would make this tricky, but due to an unusually cool wet summer we lounged poolside in comfort and tasted several very different approaches to flourless cakes. It was a gorgeous sunny day with comfortable temperatures for both humans and cakes. Following our tasting in the gazebo, we all went swimming to work off the calories.
The ‘mission’ for the August event was to do a flourless cake. Alas, this may have thrown some possible attendees off due to lack of experience doing flourless cakes. Fortunately we had several brave souls who took the plunge and produced a lovely assortment of flourless cakes using Meringue, Almonds, Semolina, and Chocolate. For three of our four bakers, this was the first ever attempt to bake a flourless cake. I have to say that they were all very different and delicious. So… here are details of our cakes:
From Colleen, we had a Meringuette with Summer Peaches and Blackberries. This was layers of dried baked meringue with french buttercream, sliced peaches, and blackberries. It sounded like it might be too sweet but it was very fresh and tasty with a nice little crunch. It was positively like eating a cloud filled with fruit. Here are Before and After photos:
From Kathleen, we had a Flourless Almond and Lemon Cake with candied lemon zest. This was her first flourless cake. It was rustic and inviting, moist and tasty. Kathleen’s discovery was candied lemon zest. She anticipates that no lemon peel will ever go un-candied in her kitchen again. Here are Before and After photos:
From Margaret, we has a flourless Semolina Lemon Cake with plump sweet late summer raspberries. Another first timer flourless cake and a big success. Moist and lemony with a very nice crumb. We all enjoyed it. Here are Before and After photos:
Me, Rochelle, I made a quintessential Flourless Chocolate Cake with buttercream, candied mint leaves, and berries. It was my first flourless cake too. I wasn’t that confident when I took it out of the pan…it looked a bit dry and uneven, but I didn’t have any more eggs, so I went with it. As it turns out, I was happy because it was really yummy. Something I will definitely make again. Here are Before and After photos:
Thanks to everyone who made a cake and made it to the event: Rochelle, Colleen, Kathleen and Lorin, and Margaret and her husband. We hope to see you very soon – Its All Apples.