Things I learnt from last month’s cake club – cake club is a lot of fun, but it’s slightly more fun when you actually get to eat the cake too! So many lovely cakes, and yet as none of them, not even my own, was gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and nut-free I had to miss out on tasting all the wonderful bakes that had been brought along, as at the moment I’m following an elimination diet. Hideous bad planning on my part, but there you go.
Thankfully it didn’t stop everyone else from enjoying the cakes that had been brought along to The Botanist, which played host to our Mixology event, inspired in part by the venue itself, and it’s incredible sounding cocktail menu.
My cake was inspired by a B52 cocktail; layers of Kahlua, Baileys and Triple Sec was reinvented in a dark chocolate cake spiked with espresso martini, Bailey’s buttercream and topped with orange pate de fruit, spiked with a little triple sec.
Janet’s cake was inspired by a Strawberry Bellini. A classic victoria sandwich cake was filled with a little strawberry jam, vanilla buttercream and champagne soaked strawberries.
Kaz made a cake based on a Pina Colada. Covered in an inviting coating of toasted coconut, the cake itself looked light as a feather. As this was my cocktail of choice back when I first discovered cocktails I was more than a little disappointed not to be able to try this.
Shaunee brought along this lovely loaf cake, complete with maple syrup drizzle, which I hope I’m right in thinking was based on an Old-Fashioned, but do correct me if I’m wrong!
I think Amee wins the award for the prettiest cake of the night. Inspired by the Spanish punch, Sangria, it was layers of sponge cake with red wine, and fruit frostings, topped with blueberries, and those lovely sugar paste flowers.
And now I have to make a huge apology to Rachel, as in the excitement of the evening I managed to overlook taking a picture of her gin and tonic drizzle cake. This was definitely the cake of the night, despite Rachel’s angst over the amount of drizzle in the pan. But is there really such a thing as too much drizzle, particularly when that drizzle has a little gin in it? All who tasted it declared it a delicious winner.
It was really lovely to meet so many new cake clubbers, and I hope it won’t be the first & last time we all meet!
A big thank you to The Botanist for hosting us, and after drooling over all the lovely meals coming out of the kitchen I’m now eager to return. Obviously once the whole no gluten / dairy / egg / nut thing has passed! You can read more about them on their website, and they’re also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.