January – Cakes with Benefits

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I am so excited to be able to share with you these photos from the first Clandestine Cake Club – Putney and Barnes.

The event was held at the very lovely Tried and True Cafe on Upper Richmond Road, Putney. They do the best brunch,  I urge you to try them out. Our event had a wide catchment area with bakers coming from Sutton, Richmond and Roehampton.

We sat down at 14:30 and all looked flabagasted at the sheer amount of cake we  had in attendance. Here is our final cake haul:

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Our theme was “Cakes with Benefits” cakes with a healthy twist or ingredients, our bakers came up trumps and we had awesome variety. We had veggie cakes, flourless cakes and all kinds of fat replacements.

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The first cake we cut into was my co-organiser Sarah’s ingenious Rhubarb and Custard cake, rhubarb as one of your five a day and low fat custard. The cut profile of this cake was gorgeous, with a marble effect from the rhubarb and the taste was even better – I don’t even think she had to take any home!

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As we had such a big table, we started one cake at each end and went for Sandy’s sky high Banana, Chocolate and Hazelnut cake. I love the chocolate coating, I like that you can see the cake underneath, I think it’s worthy of the Tate Gallery!

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Next up was Helena’s amazing beetroot cake with pomegranates on top. The picture speaks for itself. The beetroot flavour was just right, I know this was down to a little trial and error – it was worth it!

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Next up was Aayesha’s Chocolate Mocha Cake, look at the frosting yum yum! A double layer cake with a perfect balance of chocolate and coffee.

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One of our more adventurous healthy cakes from Julie. Chocolate, raspberry and black bean. This cake was a complete dream, the texture was incredible and the cross section gorgeous due to a layer of raspberries through the middle – sorry I didn’t photography my slice!

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Another adventurous cake, this chocolate cake made by the lovely Milli and her friend George had loads of healthy features with the piece de resistance being a silken tofu topping studded with raspberries.

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As you can see our pace was beginning to slow at this point, we learnt from some cake club members who had been to another club to take small pieces . . .  and boy were we glad! You can also see the cake I forgot to take a picture of in the top right of this picture, a lovely lemon cake with Olivia kindly bought with her after having a oven disaster!

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Here is the obligatory group shot. But don’t worry there is still MORE cake to show you…

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This is Lindel’s beautiful Carrot Cake, with hand made flowers adorning it, this cake was worthy of next months theme too! Carrot cake is always a winner in my books.

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The lovely Yvette made this healthy Coffee and Walnut cake with quark instead of cream cheese in the frosting . It was a revelation, I don’t think I’ll use cream cheese ever again!

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Last, but hopefully not least is my chocolate and courgette cake, with chocolate cream cheese frosting, I’ll be sharing the recipe with you next week.

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And that’s all from cake club for this Month folks, see you on the 23rd Feb. If you have been inspired to join your local cake club, I can’t encourage you enough; its friendly and relaxed and whilst some people are seasoned bakers, amateurs are encouraged and welcomed! Sign up and find a club here. Or contact me if you want to know more about Putney & Barnes Cake Club

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