Clandestine Cake Club – Liverpool
The 13th September saw Liverpool hold it’s very own Clandestine Cake Club (CCC), for those of you who aren’t familiar with the CCC, their mission statement is “Bake, Eat and Talk about Cake” they’re on to a winner right?! There are a few rules that apply, such as, no cupcakes, muffins, brownies, pies or tarts. It’s all about the cake, and best of all if there’s leftover cake at the end of the meeting you get to take some home. Amazing! The venue is kept secret until a few days before the meeting, you are given little clues but that’s part of the fun.
The CCC seemed right up my street, and it’s rude to pass up an opportunity to eat and talk about cake isn’t it. I decided to bake a banana and walnut cake with cream cheese frosting, it’s one of my favourite cakes. The meeting started at 6pm, and was held in The Cosy Bean Coffee Shop on Garston Old Road, Liverpool. Having had my cupcakes stocked there for a while I know this place well so I was delighted to find out this was where the first Liverpool CCC was to be held. Cosy Bean Coffee is a small, but cosy family run coffee shop, with the local community at the heart of their business, with book clubs, child’s cupcake decorating and networking meetings to name but a few, this place is the place to be.
I arrived at 6pm, cake in hand, excited to meet new people, oh, alright then, lets be honest, I was excited to eat cake! What Weight Watchers don’t know won’t hurt them. There were a couple of people there when I arrived, one of them was Sue Kelly who organised it. I’d spoke to Sue via email a couple of times before, so it was good to finally put a face to the name. I spoke to Sue to ask why she decided to set up Liverpool’s CCC, here’s what she had to say:
“I was told about the cake club by a friend of mine who had watched the ‘One Show’ on TV and the founder Lynn Hill was on there explaining why she set it up which was basically for people to bake, eat cake and socialise with like minded people.
I joined the club and posted a request for a Liverpool club to be set up or for help in doing so. No takers so in August I set up the Liverpool group. We now have over 20 members. There are over 140 groups worldwide , they seem to be growing by the day. As you know its a free group. The hardest thing is trying to source venues that are free, the only incentive for the venue is people buying tea/ coffee and the publicity.I think we have been spoilt having Cosy bean as our first location.”
There were lots of lovely cake ready to eat, strawberry sponge, red velvet, peanut butter cake, coffee and pecan. I decided to have a slice of the banana and walnut one I’d made, a slice of peanut butter cake and a slice of coffee cake. It was only because I had double booked myself with my cupcake decorating class that night that I had to dash off after half an hour, otherwise I fear I’d of left Cosy Bean Coffee at least a stone heavier. BBC Radio Merseyside had also got wind of the event and popped along to see what was going on, they just wanted in on the free cake I bet. 😉
I’m looking forward to the next one.