The Cake Club Takeover

The Cake Club Takeover

Cake Queen’s blog has been highjacked for the first post of 2017 by me, the bestie, but you can call me Lou…

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Last Saturday saw the cake club meeting for the first time this year, we hadn’t all been together since our adventure to Choccywoccydoodah (yes I had to look up the spelling) in October but as always the hours flew by while we chatted and ate our way through the cakes on offer.

We were honoured to be hosted by the Cake Queen herself in her home and she did not disappoint with her baking skills, making a fab Chocolate Brownie (my personal favourite) and a psychedelic Vanilla Rainbow Cake. Also on offer were Fruit cake (rum/black cake), in cupcake form too with a rum frosting, an apple tart, chocolate, red velvet, salted caramel, and chocolate lava cakes. Not to mention the salt fish fritters, salt fish, and chicken patties that were on offer as savoury choices.

The landslide winning cake was the Fruit cake, made by Aunty Denise. This time her prize was a medal, a gift bag full of chocolate coins, and a 50% off card for any ‘Say It With Cake’ creation. Well done Aunty Denise and congrats on your prize.😊

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A part of our 5 hour conversation included a discussion about the future of Cake Club and it was a unanimous decision to continue meeting. Cake club may have started out as a reason to get together once a month and eat as much cake as possible in an afternoon but I think it’s safe to say that it’s become an important part of everyone’s life. It gives the bakers in the group a reason to bake and a chance to experiment and gives everyone a chance to get together and share what’s going on in our lives, a luxury that would normally be reserved for special occasions. So we’re scaling back our meetings to every two months and we’ll see how that works for everyone.

In the meantime we’re taking suggestions on different places for the cake club to try, so if you have any, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

In the meantime I’m looking forward to our next meet up in March.

Thanks to the Cake Queen for having me as her first guest blogger, it’s been a blast.

Until next time (if she has me back),

Peace & Love,

Lou 😘
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Cake Club: A Slice Of Summer & More!

Cake Club: A Slice Of Summer & More!

The summer sun has arrived and before the Cake Club took it’s annual summer break, we indulged in an afternoon of cakes (yay!)

Cake Club - Tracy Spread

Following my latest cake decorating class, I wanted to practice my new icing skills and practice it certainly was! I also wanted to bake a new and different flavour cake and after some summery thoughts, I decided I wanted to incorporate strawberries. This lead me to think about what went well with strawberries…and basil sprung to mind! Strawberries and basil cake it would be (recipe to follow in a separate post I promise)!

Strawberries & Basil Cake

Everyone made a terrific effort in their cake ideas, and as well as my strawberries and basil cake there was a choice of chocolate ganache cake, coconut cake, disaronno cheesecake, cupcakes and scones (with jam and clotted cream). We all enjoyed the offerings and I think everyone likes the idea of not knowing what will be on offer at each (home) Cake Club.

Cake Club - Tracy

Once again we weren’t without topics of conversation and as the next Cake Club won’t be until the Autumn there will be a lot to discuss by October 😉

Cake Club: The Longest Yet…!

Cake Club: The Longest Yet…!

We achieved a new all-time record at this Cake Club…

Aspers Afternoon Tea

This month’s Cake Club was lovingly suggested by a fellow Cake Clubber and I was very happy for the suggestion! We went to the Aspers Casino in Westfields for afternoon tea, and we were even more delighted on arrival that it was on an introductory offer at half the price – result!

Aspers Afternoon Tea Cake Club

There was a nice-looking spread of cakes, sandwiches and scones for us to share and although it wasn’t the most appealing afternoon tea in taste – the company and atmosphere more than compensated for it! We were enjoying ourselves so much that time escaped us and we ended up staying for cocktails too!

Aspers Afternoon Tea Cocktails

And what a treat they were! By the time Cake Club called it a day, the sun had gone to sleep and nightlife was beginning to get started! 😉 We had a great time and cannot wait for the next time when we get to put the world to rights again.

CAKE CLUB RATING: 3/5

Cake Club: Cheesecake Battles!

Cake Club: Cheesecake Battles!

Okay so I’m a week late, but it doesn’t change what a delightful Cake Club it was…

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Once again the spread was plentiful and appetising. Everyone made an effort to bring something different and decadent to the table. This time I decided to opt for a cheesecake! So I thought a Chocolate and Baileys cheesecake (far right) would be well received by the ladies – recipe to follow in another post! It was one of the easiest cheesecakes to make and was very tasty – a definite crowd pleaser. However I wasn’t the only person to bring a cheesecake along – novice baker Tracy (her words not mine!) also delivered an Oreo Cookie cheesecake – which got just a lot of Mmmm’s.

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There was also Carrot Cake, Banana Cake, Cherry and Almond cake, Lemon and Strawberry cake, Pineapple Cake and Banoffee tarts – the choice was again overwhelming, even for me! However the supreme winner this time was Tracy and her Oreo Cheesecake. I also kept my promise and delivered the last winner’s (Julie) chosen Malteaser cake. This time the prize for Tracy is that we’ll be treating her to a cake at our next “Restaurant” Cake Club. Well done Tracy – can’t wait to taste your next creation! 😉

Cake Club: Sunny Skies & Cakes Galore!

Cake Club: Sunny Skies & Cakes Galore!

It was that time again, when  we don’t need an excuse to enjoy cake…

Cake Club - Familia Cafe

The plan was to visit Forest Gate local – Coffee 7 this time. However on a stroll in the sunny climes before meeting the Cake Clubbers, I came across this secluded and very inviting cafe across the road –Familia Cafe! So the club made the decision to take advantage of this little place, where they promised we could lounge in the garden, while we sampled their sweet homemade treats!

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The cafe did deliver as promised a tempting and well presented spread of cakes, brownies and muffins. The small garden provided the perfect escape from the generic hustle of the main road, and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. I chose the carrot cake and red velvet cake, and others opted for the cheesecake and meringues. Although there wasn’t resounding cheers for everything chosen, I was very happy with my choices and even got treats to go!

It was a lovely find for a sunny day, and everyone was pleased with the location – definitely somewhere I would go again!

CAKE CLUB RATING: 3/5

Cake News: Tenants Contracts Landlord To Give Them Birthday Cakes

Cake News: Tenants Contracts Landlord To Give Them Birthday Cakes

This is a very amusing news story  and it relates to cake…

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The Mail Online reported this week that some imaginative tenants were sent a rental agreement contract to sign by their landlord – but instead of a locked PDF, the property-owner sent an editable Word document. In turn the opportunistic pair added an extra clause to the contract – the provision of birthday cakes on both of their respective birthdays – which the landlord then unwittingly signed.

The tenants even stipulated that the birthday cakes must not be vanilla flavour – haha!

See a copy of the contract here that has spread like wild-fire online.

It’s a reminder to us all that we should read anything before we sign it. Let’s hope that the landlord knows a good baker!

Cake Club:The Christmas Festivities Begin…

Cake Club:The Christmas Festivities Begin…

The year is nearly at a climax, but the cake indulgence has just began for the season…

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This was the last cake cub of the year, and it wasn’t too difficult finding the right venue. Leytonstone’s Horizon Patisserie catered for our every need and the staff were friendly and accommodating. We were spoilt for choice on the dessert and food offerings, and I had no choice but to take a “doggy-bag” with me!

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Once again this was a place that many of the cake clubbers have pass before, but never realised what was inside…Everyone enjoyed their sweet treats – including my toddler! It was a nice venue to start the Christmas celebrations in and somewhere I would definitely visit again. Merry Yum!! 🙂 

Strawberry Tart

CAKE CLUB RATING: 4.5/5