How many times can you get the word cake in a food blog post title??!
It was that time of the month again last Sunday – Clandestine Cake Club! The good excuse to eat lots of cake, meet friends and chat about all things cake related.
The theme for February was ‘I Love Cake’ which was open to interpretation really. It could be a Valentine’s theme, or it could be a cake you love or one you have always wanted to give a try.
I have no idea why, but I chose a Strawberry Cheesecake Cake which I saw online. I liked the idea of combining a baked cheesecake with strawberry cake. And all the recipes I saw didn’t have a biscuit base, an essential element to a cheesecake, so I added one of them to my creation.
The cake was a labour of love. I started it on the Thursday and completed it by the Sunday. The biscuit base was made first, the cheesecake on the Friday (then frozen, as per the recipe) and the cake made on the Saturday. The cake called for a pound and a half of fresh or frozen strawberries. No frozen strawberries to be seen in my supermarket and fresh were way too expensive to buy that amount of. So I settled for (blushing with shame) tinned strawberries in juice. I had to boil these down, strain them, then boil that down to get a really concentrated flavour which was okay.
But I was not happy with the final result. The strawberry cream cheese frosting was way too loose (I'm sure I followed the recipe correctly?) and sort of slid off the cake. I kept adding more icing sugar to the frosting in hopes it would thicken and I could plaster more on, but to no avail!
But my fellow cake clubbers were very complimentary about the cake - and ate a lot of it! But the other cakes on offer were sooo good. They included a maple and pecan cake, red velvet cake with marshmallow frosting, a coffee cake (which looked like a mug of java!), a cherry and almond cake with neon pink icing (loved it Linley!), apple streusel cake, chocolate and orange bundt cake. So many to name, apologies for the ones I couldn’t remember the names of. The cake with the heart in the middle was amazing, but I don’t seem to have a photo of that sadly. Host Becca from Becca Bakes has written about the latest cake meet, and has much more pics of the cakes, so pop over and have a look.
Anyhoo, I won’t give the instructions for the cake, as they were from a couple of sites – the cheesecake bit and the frosting, I took from Recipe Girl, the strawberry cake was from Confections of a Food Bride and the biscuit base was from my Key Lime Pie Trifle recipe, which I halved the amounts of. Make them all in the same cake pans and you should have success….
This month's cake club was held in Braes pub, Dundee. A great venue, where you are always guaranteed a good time!