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Hello – welcome to Clandestine Cake Club group for Newcastle.
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by Iona

Cake Surprise – Newcastle upon Tyne

July 24, 2014 7:33 pm in Newcastle Upon Tyne by Iona

Well this is one occasion where the cakes definitely showed their best once we’d dug in rather than maybe before we started to eat (is that possible?!). With a theme of Cake Surprise, the Newcastle Cake Clubbers pulled out all the stops with cakes that were colourful, bright and of course tasted fantastic!

The Forth Hotel in central Newcastle hosted our evening this time around and gave us a wonderful cosy corner to gather in. Huge thanks go out to them for their hospitality, I think we converted quite a few of the staff to the world of cake with a sample selection at the end of the evening too.

20140715_182346      The Forth Hotel our lovely venue

Can you tell what was going to be inside all of these? Don’t worry if you can’t, I’ve a few pics showing them off but first a little note of all the contributors to our July event…

Shelley – Choo choo chai cake, Becci – Pinata cake, Lisa – Northumberland battenburg, Faye – Pizza cake, Helen – Tiger cake, Katy – Brownie surprise cake, Iona – Stripey banana caramel nut cake.

A wealth of hidden smarties in Becci's cake

A wealth of hidden smarties in Becci’s cake

Brownies and smarties all provided by Katy

Brownies and smarties all provided by Katy

A wonderful caramelly treat from Shelley

A wonderful caramelly treat from Shelley

Savoury cake with a chilli jam and cream cheese filling by Faye

Savoury cake with a chilli jam and cream cheese filling by Faye

True raspberry and almond battenburg by Lisa

True raspberry and almond battenburg by Lisa

Chocolate tiger cake by Helen

Chocolate tiger cake by Helen

Lovely evening with everyone, including our collection of mums to be! A good natter and a catch up both on cake matters and putting the rest of the world to rights.Cheers All!

Iona

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The definition of cake – Newcastle Upon Tyne

June 11, 2014 3:08 pm in Newcastle Upon Tyne by Iona

Well last month we had a fantastic warm welcome from Waterstones Newcastle for our event ‘The Definition of cake’. Could there be anything better than being able to eat cake and drink tea & coffee surrounded by cook books? We were really lucky to be able to take over the cafe space on the first floor with our delicious bakes, and huge thanks go out to all the staff that helped us that evening.

Tea and cake and books!

Tea and cake and books!

Hannah baked a savoury courgette and basil cake, Faye baked a CAKE (chocolate, amaretto, kahlua and expresso cake), Kate baked a 3 tier ice cream cake, Lauren baked a Ugandan peanut cake, Charlotte baked a victoria sponge cake, Philippa baked a giant jaffa cake, Rich baked a multi layer cake (chocolate & guinness, ginger, coffee, carrot, lemon and vanilla layers), and finally Iona baked a tiffin cake.

We were all amazed at Kate’s ability to create an icecream cake and transport it to CCC, and also to Rich for his fantastic multi-layered cake on his first visit to Newcastle CCC! It’s not all about the size but we couldn’t help but applaud.

L-R Multi layered cake, courgette and basil cake, C-A-K-E cake

L-R Multi layered cake, courgette and basil cake, C-A-K-E cake

L-R Tiffin cake, victoria sponge, Ugandan groundnut cake, jaffa cake

L-R Tiffin cake, victoria sponge, Ugandan groundnut cake, jaffa cake

Triple layer icecream cake

Triple layer icecream cake

The cakes all tasted amazing and I really appreciated the effort people went to to try and challenge or define what a cake is. I for one will definitely be going for a savoury cake now and then.

Until next time I’ll sign off with this shot of cake layers, because why wouldn’t I? See you next time!

Iona

Top to bottom  Vanilla, lemon, carrot, coffee, ginger, chocolate and guinness

Top to bottom Vanilla, lemon, carrot, coffee, ginger, chocolate and guinness

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Newcastle Upon Tyne – Spring Forward

April 7, 2014 7:37 pm in Newcastle Upon Tyne by Iona

Well the weather may not have stayed Spring like for the evening but it definitely felt like the sun was shining when Newcastle Cake Club rocked up to The Cycle Hub on the Quayside this month. Huge thanks to Lizzie, Harriet and Katie who made us feel at home at the cafe. It’s a great venue with a wonderful selection of cycling gear (alongside the food and drink!) including some awesome prints that I was VERY tempted by.

Cycle Hub cafe

Cycle Hub cafe

Cycle Hub cafe

Cycle Hub cafe

Posters of temptation at the Cycle Hub!

Posters of temptation at the Cycle Hub!

And all of this before we even got to the cakes… Many thanks to everyone who came along, it was a great evening with many summery flavours and tastes. The long list is as follows…

Rachel – Lemon crackle cake, Nelly – Lemon curd cake, Kate – lemon and strawberry roulage, Lisa – Blueberry and soured cream cake, Lauren – Rhubarb and ginger cake, Anna – Lemon curd layer cake, Shelley – Beesting cake, Faye – Romanian cozonac, Kerrie – Grapefruit and mint cake, Rose – Ginger cake, Hannah – Upside down pineapple cake, Philippa – Rosewater and cardamon cake, Tracy – Healthy hidden apple cake, Iona – Orange curd and polenta cake

The full selection of cakes on show

The full selection of cakes on show

Clockwise from bottom right - beesting, hidden apple, rhubarb and ginger, lemon curd

Clockwise from bottom right – beesting, hidden apple, rhubarb and ginger, lemon curd

Clockwise from bottom right - rosewater and cardamon, blueberry soured cream, roulade, lemon crackle, ginger

Clockwise from bottom right – rosewater and cardamon, blueberry soured cream, roulade, lemon crackle, ginger

Clockwise from right - lemon crackle bundt, roulade, Romanian cozonac, lemon curd, hidden apple, rhubarb and ginger, orange polenta and lemon curd

Clockwise from right – lemon crackle bundt, roulade, Romanian cozonac, lemon curd, hidden apple, rhubarb and ginger, orange polenta and lemon curd

And then they were eaten...

And then they were eaten…

The evening flowed along until we were all stuffed and ready to take cake back with us. I think most of us will be thinking of taking a trip back down to the river when the sun is shining to take advantage of this wonderful cafe. Some of us have already got plans to be back to see The Handlebards performing Shakespeares Comedy of Errors, I’ve been told last year was fantastic so fingers crossed for sunny weather then!

Great to see so many bakers, see you all next time! x

 

 

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