The Clandestine Cake Club, Spen Valley Branch at The Corner Lounge, Batley

15 Jan
My cake - Eccles Cake

My cake – Eccles Cake

Sunday saw the Spen Valley branch of the famous and excellent Clandestine Cake Club meet at The Corner Lounge in The Corner Cafe in Batley, West Yorkshire. Once again, a great time was had by all. The club is run by Sue (my mum) who is also known to many as @EviesGran.

The premise of the now famous Clandestine Cake Club is that you book to go to the club without knowing exactly where it is going to be. Closer to the date of the event you find out exactly where it is and then on the day, bake your cake, bring a friend with you if you want to and then eat the cakes! We buy drinks from the establishments that kindly open specially for us or let us use a room or space within their building and then meet new and old friends with the common bond of cake, but usually finding we have much more in common. There is never a shortage of conversation anyway!

The club is not a competition – the bakers range from many years of experience to brand new. No-one is judged and no-one should feel intimidated about having a go at baking for the first time; you won’t be judged and you might find you like it! If you fancy joining us for our next event you can find information by checking here.

I have been a member of the Clandestine Cake club for 2 years now, since I went to the second ever meeting of the founding Leeds branch run by the wonderful Lynn Hill who came up with the idea. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. There are hundreds of clubs all over the country and worldwide too. It has been featured in the local and national media including The One Show, where I got to go to a special club in Leeds and appeared on the show; it was so exciting!

Now, there is a Clandestine Cake Club Recipe Book due to be released on the 14th of February, and all the recipes are written by members of the clubs.

Here are the photos from this recent Spen Valley meeting:

Fabulous cakes

Fabulous cakes

More fabulous cakes

More fabulous cakes

The cakes, slightly demolished

The cakes, slightly demolished

Sue, the leader of Spen Valley Clandestine Cake Club

Sue, the leader of Spen Valley Clandestine Cake Club

New friends, great conversation

New friends, great conversation

Rivetting conversation

Rivetting conversation

My cake - Eccles Cake

My cake – Eccles Cake

Inside my Eccles cake

Inside my Eccles cake

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3 Responses to “The Clandestine Cake Club, Spen Valley Branch at The Corner Lounge, Batley”

  1. Helen Johnson January 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    All those cakes look fab! – Helen, a fellow CCCr and Monday Meal Planner

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