Packet cakes and summer bakes

September 1? Who allowed this to happen?
To be honest it worried me more that the Xfactor is back on the telly box.. as you know what that means.. one day we’ll wake up and it’ll be Christmas!

DSCN3985Anyway, what better way to sooth the pain celebrate, than a double serving from Chichester’s Clandestine Cake Club?

July’s meeting was genius, as, perhaps inspired by the start of the summer holidays and a lot of our members being mum’s the theme was simple – packet cakes – making us feel a little like rule breakers.. it is a baking club after all.

We met at the gorgeous courtyard gardens of Amelie and Friends and did what we do best – eat and chat.. oh and drink cocktails.

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The cakey results were surprisingly good thanks to Betty Crocker’s efforts more than anyones but the sugar rush was off the scale – and we know what we are talking about on that one!

We had red velvet, lemon drizzle, carrot, chocolate and fruit laden masterpieces.

My contribution was a German Schokino Kuchen (chocolate chip cake with glaze.)
Having to translate the instructions added a bit of adventure but the result passed the test – as in the leftovers were soon hoovered up.

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As is becoming common now our unusual gathering – which I think must look like the most bizarre birthday party ever – got some attention with some fellow rather merry diners offering us their sports club for the next meeting as well as their hands in marriage.. but that is a whole other story.

DSCN4092August’s CCC meeting was held at Chichester’s Belle Isle and the theme was “Summer Holiday.”

Sadly I ran out of time to make a Cliff Richards cake so settled for a Apricot and Raspberry Ripple instead.

Now I wanted to share a real flavour of the cakes we get at our clubs, so with pen and trusty napkin in hand – I know, as a writer for a living you would think I would always have a notepad..

 

Anyway back to the point cake.

Here is the list in order of consumption;

Coffee and Chocolate,
Greek coffee and walnut,
Gooseberry and elderflower (my mum’s),
My apricot and raspberry,
A starfish with chocolate shells,
Passionfruit and custard,
Elderflower cordial,
Blueberry and nectarine crumble,
Raspberry, white chocolate and almond,
Blackberry and pineapple,
“Deserted Beach” lemon cake,
then last but not least Swiss roll with buttercream and white currant jam.

Elderflower cordial (closest)

Elderflower cordial (closest)

The starfish

The starfish

Close up of my ripple cake

Close up of my ripple cake

Gluten free raspberry cake (closest)

Gluten free raspberry cake (closest)

The Swiss roll Southsea rock

The Swiss roll Southsea rock

Deserted Beach

Deserted Beach

Eating underway.. gooseberry and elderflower (at front)

Eating underway.. gooseberry and elderflower (at front)

Phew! And it is only 17 days until the next meeting. If you want to find out more please click here  meanwhile I should probably go and do some exercise.. : )

 

 

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