Well Newcastle CCC have to pay tribute to the lovely Northern Print (http://www.northernprint.org.uk/home.html) for hosting our latest event. Located in the Ouseburn Valley, not only do they provide the perfect location for hosting cake related events they are also a haven for all things print related. I think many of our attendees are already thinking about doing one of their courses and I’d recommend a visit even if it’s just to see the amazing tiled W.C!
We had a fabulous turn out by both bakers and guests, with some great cakes on the theme of ‘The printed word’. The full list with some photographs are below.
Iona – Eccles cake(inspired by Danny the champion of the world)
Lauren – Ginger and lime sandwich cake (inspired by Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven stories)
Helen – Chocolate and orange layer cake (inspired by Layercake, yes a book as well as a film with the lovely Daniel Craig!)
Rachel – A Bitter lemon wedding cake (inspired by Miss Havisham in Great Expectations)
Lisa – Orange and lemon cake (inspired by Oranges are not the only fruit)
Seymour – Strawberry shortcake (inspired by the Strawberry shortcake children’s book series)
Lydia – Beetroot seed cake (inspired by the Hobbit, apparently Bilbo’s favourite cake!)
Ian – Peaches and cream cake (inspired by …)
Kate – Maple Syrup cake (inspired by Anne of Green Gables)
Richard – Cider cake (inspired by Mr Bean from Fantastic Mr Fox)
Nancy – Red velvet cherry cake (inspired by every vampire book ever apparently!
Melanie – Turkish delight cake (inspired by the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
If you fancy a visit down to see Northern Print and pick up some arty goodies then here’s a quick plug for this weekend’s Ouseburn Open Studios – http://www.ouseburnopenstudios.org/
Thanks again to all attendees that made it a great evening!
This is my first write up for Newcastle’s Clandestine Cake Club, and I’m proud to say that the evening went with a bang. Held at the wonderful Quilliam Brothers tea house (www.quilliambrothers.com) we managed to eat our way through an assortment of 12 cakes provided by our lovely bakers.
BEFORE AND AFTER!…
Quilliam Brothers kindly gave us use of their basement gallery area, and kept us topped up with a range of teas from their never-ending range of choices (I definitely recommend their strawberry and black pepper iced tea – very refreshing!). The tea house is a lovely venue, very light and airy, with friendly staff and best of all it’s open until 1am, yes you hear me right 1am in the morning. As such it’s a great alternative to the pubs and bars of Newcastle that I think we never knew we wanted until they opened on our doorstep.
The theme of the event was ‘Pop your cherry’ and many people experimented with ingredients and recipes they’d never tried before. Big applause is worthy of Lauren, who bravely brought along her Latvian golden cake which she had classified as a bit of a cake-tastrophe (it wasn’t!) whilst also producing a gorgeous back up blackberry and almond cake.
LATVIAN GOLDEN CAKE BLACKBERRY AND ALMOND CAKE
Our previous organiser Lisa out did herself with an amazing Frasier cake, which would have scored top marks from Paul Hollywood if she’d been taking part in the Great British Bake Off. I think we all agreed that it tasted fantastic too.
We also had quite a few new bakers that came along for their first taste of cake club including Jon, Katherine, Helen and Katy. I hope I’ve also managed to persuade a couple of the guests to take part in the baking next time as well.
The full list of fantastic cakes and bakers is below, I’m only sorry that I didn’t get more pictures (note – remember next time!)
Lisa – Frasier cake
Lauren – Blackberry and almond cake (AND a Latvian golden cake)
Kathleen – Chocolate cola cake
Katy S – Chocolate swiss roll with homemade jam
Helen – Mojito cake
Lindsay – Apple and pecan cake
Hannah – Ombre petal cake
Kate – Rhubarb macaroon cake
Katherine – Parsnip and maple syrup cake
Jon – Italian balsamic strawberry cake with basil buttercream
Iona – Cherry coconut cake
Thanks for everyone who attended and made my first time as organiser run as smoothly as it did. Big thanks go out to everyone who helped set up and tidy down. Here’s hoping that I can pull off the next event with as much style!
Original blogpost at: http://looopeeelisa.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/clandestine-cake-club-inspired-by.html
|Melanie’s Edwardian Recipe: Kitchen Garden Cake|
This was my last Clandestine Cake Club (as organiser) so I was filled with mixed emotions, will I be able to keep away? will I be able to hand
over to Iona thoroughly enough for her to be able to do it? Will I cry when I do my little ‘welcome’ speech?
|Hannah’s French Revolution Cake|
For this last gig I’d decided to take advantage of my position as organiser and chose my favourite venue, so I picked The Knit Studio at Blackfriars. The Knit Studio (shop, workshop, meeting place, magical treasure trove of all things ‘knit’) welcomed us for a third visit and we were well looked after by Anne and her ‘helpers’.
And as always The Knit Studio proved to be the perfect place for us, a large table for our cakes, space for us to gather (around the table), and sofas to chat, all surrounded by nooks and crannies filled with amazing colours and textures of materials, yarns, books, equipment, clothes, and things to inspire you to have a go…
The theme for the gathering was, Inspired by History because of the history of Blackfriars – and our cake bakers took up the challenge (as always).
So let me take you all on a journey through time presented through the medium of cake (click the baker name & cake for a picture):
|A Jurassic Ginger Cake baked by Iona|
We began our journey as far back as prehistoric times with a Jurassic Ginger Cake (baked by Iona) with a reenactment of the decline of the dinosaur era (FACT: Dinosaurs died out because their gingerbread bodies couldn’t cope with the hot weather & their gingerbread legs buckled in the heat)…..Then our time travels moved (very) swiftly on several hundred (million) years to celebrate the Chai Spice Trade (baked by Kate) and the French Revolution (baked by Hannah).
We stopped for a bite to eat (only a thin sliver of cake from each) a cup of tea and headed back onto our journey of cake…
|Battenburg Cake baked by Lisa|
We took another sliver of the brightly coloured & marzipan smothered Battenburg cake, circa 1898 (baked by ME) followed by our full daily complement of fruit and vegetables in a traditional Edwardian Kitchen Garden Cake (baked by Melanie)
Sorry Rose I didn’t get a pic of your cake, but it was the perfect palate cleanser
|Orange & Poppyseed Cake baked by Catherine|
Our final decent into the present day saw our bakers take snippets from recent cake-histories, recipes from families, friends, travels, and previous CCC events, sampling Armenian Orange & Almond Cake (Lauren), Orange & Poppyseed (Catherine), Banana, Cherry and Chocolate Chip (Claire) and Cinnamon & Walnut Soured Cream Cake (Seymour)
Until we crashed – full of cake, stuffed happy and educated in the history of cake!
Thanks again to our bakers – you did the theme proud, I hope I’ve told the history how it was
Welcome to new CCC member Catherine, who successfully pulled off her mum’s Orange & Poppyseed cake – even though her scales broke!! And Chloe from Living North Magazine – I hope we’ve inspired you to bake a cake for the next gathering!
Thanks again to Anne for letting us use your wonderful space in The Knit Studio .
And good luck to Iona who’ll be running Newcastle Clandestine Cake Club gatherings – all members will be notified of any changes via email, and I’ll be along as a baker – don’t you worry