Clandestine Cake is an event run by Lynn from the Secret Tearoom in Leeds and is kind of like a secret cake club - everyone bakes a cake to bring along to a secret location and shares the cakes made by everyone who attends. The event is not meant to be a competition, but more focussed on bringing together people who love to bake, eat and chat cake! There are loose themes to base your cake around, such as Cake Porn, Crimson Crime Cakes and Cake Cornucopia but all types of cake and even cake disasters are welcome.
Lynn brings Clandestine Cake to various cities and came to Edinburgh this evening with the theme of Homespun Harmony. The event was held at Fredericks Coffee House, which is a wonderful cafe on Frederick Street with gourmet teas and who on a normal occasion would usually serve beautiful cakes from Patisserie Jacob. Tonight, there were approximately twenty cakes from Edinburgh bakers and frankly, they were all amazing. There'd been a bit of excitement on Twitter about who was baking which cake and it was great to chat and see everyone's creations and to meet some Twitter and blog friends. Unsurprisingly there was a lot of cake chat!
I considered the theme of Homespun Harmony and decided to bake something with the homemade limoncello I'd recently made. I made a lemon polenta cake with a limoncello syrup, topped with candied orange and lemon peel. It was slightly nerve-wracking offering up a homemade cake to so many experienced bakers but people seemed to like it, and I admit I tested a wee bit to make sure it tasted okay and lo, to my relief, it was good!
Unfortunately I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked but for once, other people were taking more pictures of cakes than me! I'm sure this will be a highly blogged about event but below are a few of my highlights.
A selection of cakes from the event - there were twenty in total (I think - they just kept appearing one after another!). Lynn told us the record for slices of cake eaten in one sitting was eleven. I was seriously impressed! I did manage quite a few mini-slices and tastes of cakes (I don't think I managed a whole slice of any given cake), and everyone got to take home the leftovers.
Baker's Bunny made her Tower of Sin, which is one of Vanessa Kimbell's recipe. Layers of brownie, meringue, ganache, cream, nuts - quite possibly the most decadent cake you could imagine! About four other girls shared my plate of this - it was divine, particularly the meringue layer.
Dundee Marmalade cake - I love how indulgent and creamy the filling looks in this picture! This was a whisky marmalade flavoured (with possibly a hint of ginger?) cake topped with candied oranges which were apparently made at 1am that morning - that's dedication!
Angel food cake - this was served with a rhubarb compote and was quite possibly my favourite cake of the day. It was beautifully light and the combination with the fruit compote was indeed heavenly. The lightness was certainly appreciated after eating so many slices of cake!
This was a beautifully moist and very very rich three-layer chocolate fudge cake. I brought a big slice of this back for my boyfriend who adores chocolate cake and declared it delicious.
There were quite a few other highlights - like the apple and olive oil cake, the pink sparkly raspberry and white chocolate cake, raspberry bakewell cake and the sour cream blackberry pound cake with a crunchy sugary topping. It was just really lovely to eat some cake and chat to folk about being a foody and life in Edinburgh. Amazingly no one slipped into a diabetic coma. Or ran around trashing Fredericks on a sugar high. Big thanks to Lynn for organising such a fabulous event!