I’m a member of the Dundee branch of the ‘Clandestine Cake Club’. I joined back in April of this year and have been to a couple of the meetings. The idea is that you take a cake along to a venue, not specified until last minute (hence Clandestine) and meet other cake lovers, chat about cake and of course gorge yourself on everyone else’s cake. Each meeting has a theme and July’s theme was ice-cream flavours (well, we can dream it feels like summer!).
The venue this time was Drouthy Neebors – a great pub set in the West End of Dundee. The cake club had the basement to ourselves and the staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more obliging.
My cake, I decided, was to be Mint Choc Chip flavour. I had the green mint chips that I had used in my chocolate mint cookies so what better way to utilise the rest of the pack? But I decided the cake was to be a chocolate cake with the mint chips mixed through – the frosting was to be the reverse, minty marshmallowy frosting with dark chocolate chips through out!
When I arrived at the venue, the heavens had opened. The rain was torrential, but luckily everyone there had their offerings under wraps, so no soggy sponges to eat. It was great seeing newly found friends again and chatting about our shared love of cake. And the range of cakes on display was amazing – it’s good to see how folk interpret the theme differently. There was a peanut butter and chocolate cake, a baked raspberry cheesecake, rhubarb and rosemary cake, the list goes on. But my favourite was my friend Linley’s cake, which was a Caramel Cinnamon Waffle cake. It was humungous and delicious in equal proportions. I tried to take a modest piece but no luck, modesty just wasn’t happening!
So after eating way too much and chatting loads, time was up. If you fancy joining a Clandestine Cake Club, they are all over world, so check on-line to see if there is one near you.
I'll be posting my Chocolate Mint Chip Cake Recipe soon.