Having joined my local Clandestine Cake Club branch in Derbyshire last year, it occurred to me one day that it might be fun to create a club in France.
Yesterday we had our very first meeting and I am thrilled to say that it was a huge success.
Considering our actual membership is very small, we had sixteen people turn up and thirteen cakes – a baker’s dozen !!
The theme was “favourite cakes”. In other words, the cake that each person liked best to eat or to bake. Everyone embraced the spirit of the theme and a truly magnificent collection of cakes appeared on our table.
There were lots of lovely old fashioned cakes such as ginger, date and walnut, coffee and walnut, banana and walnut, chocolate sponge and strawberry sponge. There were several gluten free cakes, delicious adaptations of favourite old recipes, plus a variation of carrot cake and an upside down cake.
Out of the thirteen cakes, four of them were made by men - and for two of them it was their very first time – this was the first cake they had ever made. Now that’s what I call real and brave enthusiasm !!
Several people had made a cake for the first time in their French oven – people who had come to France for the holidays and wouldn’t normally bake a cake on holiday.
It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and I hope that that everyone is looking forward to the next meeting!