Last night, the second meeting of the Manchester Clandestine Cake Club was held here at North Star delicatessen. It’s a new offshoot of the national supper club movement and these cake clubs are beginning to pop up at various secret locations across the country.
This is all you need to know about the Clandestine Cake Club (CCC):
The CCC meets once a month at a secret venue.
It’s free to join or attend the CCC but guests are encouraged to buy drinks from the venue.
Each meeting is based around a theme and guests must bring a homemade cake based on that theme.
The CCC is not competitive and is open to all levels of bakers from novices to professionals.
Cakes must serve 8-12. Guests are advised to bring their own serving plate and a container for leftovers.
Cupcakes, muffins, brownies, cookies, pies, tarts or anything not predominantly cakey are strictly forbidden.
Guests have the option to bring one non-baking guest with them.
Ok, those are the rules; now let’s get to the fun bit. Basically, a load of lovely people get together, bring cake, admire cake, photograph cake, eat cake, compliment others on their cake, drink tea, swap recipes and chat (mostly about dieting aptly enough). Then they fill Tupperware containers with leftover cake and go home happy but completely intoxicated by sugar two hours later.
Clever interpretations came in the form of ice creams, lollies and cocktails including the ‘FAB!’ cake, the ‘99’ cake with flakes and strawberry sauce and the Mojito cake made with fresh mint icing.
As you’d expect, there were lots of cakes utilising the wonderful array of fresh berries available at this time of year – which is good, as they count as one of your five a day (despite being on a cake.)
Surprisingly, there were also quite a few cakes made without using wheat or dairy which you really wouldn’t know if you hadn’t been told.
The Manchester contingent is headed by Gwyneth Brock who runs Vintage Afternoon Teas. If you’d like to attend a CCC you must send an email to her at cccmanchester1(at)hotmail(dot)co.uk with a description of the cake you’d like to make. Allow 24 hrs for confirmation of your booking. Your place is not guaranteed until you receive this email. You will receive an email near the date informing you of the venue.
It was wonderful to meet so many cake fans and to welcome a few who’d never visited North Star before. Lots of our guests loved our Tea Pigs tea so much, they bought a packet to take home with them.
If you’d like to hire North Star for your own private event please contact Adam on 0161 862 0133