Where it all began
“Hello, I’m Lynn Hill. I founded the CCC and held our first meeting in Leeds on December 11th 2010. My main purpose was to get people together over tea and cake. After all these years, that’s still exactly what we do. Our members get creative and do some baking, and they can invite a guest along to enjoy our bakes and meet new people. Piece of cake really!
I wanted to create the opportunity for people to get together over tea and cake. I founded The Secret Tea Room in my own home at the same time as the Clandestine Cake Club in 2010. I baked Afternoon Tea, inviting strangers into my home to enjoy conversation with like minded people. Both were successful but I’ve focused on expanding the CCC and I’ve since published 2 x CCC recipe books. There are lots of opportunities to make new friends and everybody can have a go at the baking.
Members bake their own cake at home and bring it along to a planned secret location. CCC offers both the social aspects of the Secret Tea Room whilst also encouraging the culinary talents of members. Everyone has the opportunity to display their baking and share and enjoy it with the club.”
Our mission statement:
Bake, Eat and Talk about Cake.
What to expect
Fun! We all enjoy seeing what others have created. There are themes such as Boozy Cake, Favourite Cakes, Midsummer Madness, Secret Garden, Cocktail & Mocktail, and many more. Come and have a cake-based adventure in a welcoming environment where you can be free and creative with what you bake. Each secret venue is different in size and location so commitment to baking a cake and bringing it along is crucial.
Our CCC rules are these:
1. No cupcakes, muffins, brownies, pies or tarts.
2. You can take cake home. Yes, really.
Why the cake-only rule?
This is exclusively a cake club and as far as baking is concerned, slicing and sharing is most definitely caring. The logic behind our cake only rule is simple: we believe that slicing into a cake sparks interaction and conversation. That kind of interaction doesn’t exist when you pick up a brownie.
Why get involved?
Because you love to bake, eat and talk about cake. Because you love the mystique of a secret location and meeting new people. Because you love a themed baking challenge. And because you enjoy experimenting with ingredients, no matter how bizarre, or unusual.
It’s not a competition
We are not competing against each other, so don’t get hung up about what your cake looks or tastes like – it will be great.
If you’d like to have a chat about anything clandestine-y, cake-y or club-y related (preferably all of the above), then please get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re printing anything about CCC then please include our rules!
Register as a member and join one of our clubs. Look out for a venue near you, or if there isn’t one, why not create a group yourself! Get in touch and we’ll help you get started.
All enquiries: Lynn@clandestinecakeclub.co.uk