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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A Choccywoccydoodah Birthday!!

A Choccywoccydoodah Birthday!!

So this weekend was my birthday -woohoo! And I wanted to do something different (from any other birthday)…

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Initially I was going to go on a “Cake Crawl”, but after a visit to the world famous Choccywoccydoodah where the very friendly and charming staff gave me a tour of their “Secret Garden Room”, I couldn’t resist having my birthday there! So off to Choccywoccydoodah we went…

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And they did not disappoint, from the moment that my guests and myself arrived, we were treated to the most amazing chocolate and cake bonanza you could ever imagine! The dedicated room was decorated channeling the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” vision including toy rabbits and sheep and had masses of artificial flowers and greenery – so you felt like you were in a magical outdoors. Even more enticing was the long tables laden down in all of the chocolate and sweet treats – honeycomb, chocolate brownies, blondies, chocolate plumpies, jelly beans, nougat, tiffin, biscuits, chocolate buttons, marshmallows plus endless flavours of chocolate cakes!

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I don’t think any of my guests were prepared for the magnitude of chocotastic offerings that were on offer and there were points during the party that they couldn’t believe that there was even more to come including my very own (and very big) ice cream cake! Everyone was also treated to strawberry champagne ice cream shakes, tea, coffee and other soft drinks – we wanted for nothing! Our host – Annette was very nice and accommodating and my guests spoke highly of her too.

I loved the idea of this place and seeing it in reality was truly awesome -thank you for a great time Choccywoccydoodah! 🙂

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!)

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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.

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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

Eggs-tra Special Weekend!

Eggs-tra Special Weekend!

This weekend marked the end of Lent, which meant tea and sweet treats were back on the menu at our place…yay!!!

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I decided to use the long weekend to it’s full potential – so I got out my baking essentials and made some delicious cakes. As my previous blog posts have mentioned I gave up the the treasured cup of tea for Lent, and did I miss it!!! The hubby also joined in the Lent sacrifice, but took it to another level by giving up sweet treats (yes I know – I was shocked too!) And fast food…a very responsible choice. So I thought we both deserved some indulgences this weekend – we’ve earned them! Hubby requested a Rocky Road Cake, which is an easy fridge cake. I used Nigella’s recipe, and though the picture doesn’t look greatly appetizing it tasted delicious! And got the “Mmmm” verdict from our toddler…

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As we also entertained over the weekend I was able to bake something new…a Coconut and Jam Layer cake (an adaptation of the Baking Mad.Com recipe). This too went down very well, after our family and friends had feasted on the delights of Easter dinner (including a baked pumpkin pie – I was on a roll!)

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So as well as piling our guests with Easter chocolate and all the trimmings we had some good home-baking! 🙂  

National Pie Week & Sugar Shortage for Lent!

National Pie Week & Sugar Shortage for Lent!

I Like Pies...

It’s British National Pie Week! My mouth waters at the thought of all the amazing sweet pies I could eat – apple, cherry, pumpkin, chocolate the list is endless! There is the lovely meat pie too, which always goes down nicely with lashings of mash and gravy…

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My cake escapades have been very quiet recently, as the Hubby and myself have decided to give up some “vices” for Lent. Mine being the treasured cup of sweet tea(s) that I normally consume daily, and him taking it to new heights by cutting out all sweet and fast food! In support of his very grand target, I have also cut down (drastically) on all sweet treats and takeaways, it’s no fun eating all of the cakes and “naughty” food by yourself and I absolutely support what he’s doing. However the next “Cake Club” gathering is on the horizon, so my support may dwindle slightly on that day! 🙂