Archive | October, 2014

A toast to pastures new

19 Oct

So I haven’t written on here for a while, one because I’m a little lazy and two because I’ve moved my entire life from the Midlands up to Newcastle.

My first thought on moving? Cake (obviously)! Closely followed by annoyance at a lack of curtains in my new flat…

As a member of Clandestine Cake Club in both Derby and Loughborough, I knew straight away where to go. I was a little scared but after some reassurance from both the Newcastle organiser, Iona, and the CCC founder, Lynn, I booked myself in to my first Newcastle event.

The theme was cocktails and, in true CCC fashion, all we knew was that we were going to a new bar in town.

Having just got back my holiday, cocktails were still fresh on my mind so this seemed like the perfect theme. And after a little online search, I set my sights on Piña Colada cake.

As always, I tested out the recipe I had found during the week and had thoroughly excited my new work colleagues at the prospect of office cake.

Sadly though, my new oven had other plans.

Five minutes into the bake, I could smell burning. Peeking through the glass I saw the grill was on and was in fact grilling my poor little cake! (Turns out the grill seems to automatically come on when the oven gets below a certain temperature!). I refused to be beaten though and baked it on a much lower temperature, which bizarrely worked.

Sadly for the cake though, this was not the end of the disaster. It was so sweet it gave me a headache and I refused to serve it to anyone. The only place for it was the bin!

Needless to say, I was in a slight panic with just four days left and no hope of a cake. In stepped Paul Hollywood with his own gorgeous take on a piña colada cake. You can find the recipe here.

It tasted gorgeous – and didn’t look too bad either!


The ladies at cake club were super friendly. And their cakes were gorgeous. Among the tasty treats we enjoyed a mojito cake, a baileys cheesecake, an amaretto sour cake and many many more.

The venue was pretty cool too – a new cocktail bar where the were ever so slightly bizarre (one had dill in it) but were very tasty.

All in all, a great night . I can’t wait for the next one 🙂