Thursday, 31 October 2013

Clandestine Cake Club - Halloween

Are you busy answering the door to all those ‘little darlings’ looking for sweeties? Well, ignore the door and check out what we had at our latest Cake Club meeting.

This was my first one, where I had organised the event and I was a tad nervous truth be told! I had organised the secret venue, emailed everyone and was worried that nobody would turn up. But my fellow cake clubbers did not let me down!

The locus this month was Caffe Borsa in Dundee’s Panmure Street. It’s a regular lunchtime haunt of mine and Jac’s (another Cake Club organiser and author of Tinned Tomatoes) and we usually meet and discuss food blog things.

This night was different though as it was all about enjoying cake and the theme I had set was Halloween. Caffe Borsa usually close at 6 on a Sunday but very kindly agreed to open for us between 7 and 9. The staff could not have been more helpful. They serve great food (their hummus and roasted pepper bagel is delicious) and have lovely coffee. They also serve beer, which Disneyboi (who I dragged along to this one) was imbibing.

Back to the club and there were tasty yet terrifying treats on offer.

A very dark Sjokolad Pepperkaker (spiced chocolate and ginger cake) was served with crosses atop and eyeballs staring out. Sacrily moist and spicy.

A favourite of mine was the brain cake, which was a vanilla and raspberry ripple cake. It was decorated with icing to look like a brain then a ‘blood’ sauce was poured over the top. Gruesomely gorgeous!

A ghost cake served up was a vanilla sponge with jam and ‘brains’ – hidden in the middle – frighteningly flavourful!

Jac brought along a lemon and blueberry cheesecake with fondant eyeballs peering out the top. This kind of reminded me of the cookie monster with the blue colour and googly eyes. It was a very nice cheesecake and a good change to the sponges on offer. Monstrously mouthwatering!

There was a pumpkin bundt cake with chocolate treasure buried inside and skeletons peering out from the middle. Bone chillingly beautiful.

A mummy cake, which was vanilla sponge and fondant decoration, almost looked too good to eat. Spookily salivating.

Brilliantly decorated was the ‘Dunkin’for apples cake – which was vanilla and apple strudel flavour. Murderously moreish.

Last, but not least, was my Pumpkin spice chocolate chip cake. I featured this on Cakeyboi last year, but used a cinnamon buttercream this time instead of the cream cheese frosting. Wickedly wonderful.

The theme of Halloween did lend itself to some very creative bakes. A great time was had by all.

I’d like to thank the staff of Caffe Borsa for opening late and if you are in the Dundee area, pop in for great coffee and atmosphere.

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  1. Looks like a spookily good selection of cakes! Wish I live closer - I'd definitely pop in for cake :)

  2. Wow some fantastically frightening cakes! (See what I did there?!) I love how creative bakers get round Halloween, it's so much fun!

    1. It really does get those creative juices flowing Kat

  3. Well done for organising it! looks like it was a great night with an amazing array of cakes! love how vibrant your frosting was!

    1. Everyone was hyper after my cake I think Gem!!

  4. Hi. I love food blogs and a friend told me about yours and also "Cooking With Mr. C." on Facebook. I just "Liked" his page and came to check you out. It looks great. I love when people share food blogs with each other. Anne


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