Free Range – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

This was the grand finale to another year of cake as we’ll be taking a rest during December.  There are always too many other things going on in December what with Christmas festivities and venues busy with party goers, that a break from the proceedings seems...

Pudding cakes – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

I could just begin with what’s not like to about cake and leave it at that? Well indeed. But if you like your cake [and by inference pudding] and to eat it too, then there’s more “what’s not to like” in having Pudding Cakes, don’t you think? Think of your...

Afternoon Tea – Sunday 6 September 2015

I guess I should know by the now that after 4 years of doing this (yes 4 years!) that the deadline of 2pm for afternoon tea to commence seems to arrive quicker than I can throw a wet teabag at it (erm … no teabags here actually, something tea shaped anyway …).  It can...

Tutti frutti – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

What comes into your mind when you hear the words ‘tutti frutti’?  The song by Little Richard?  The multi coloured sweets by Rowntrees (‘tooty frooties’)? Or even the 1980s TV drama? Well for us at Saltaire Clandestine Cake club it was all about fruit.  The brief...

Afternoon Tea – Sunday 26 July 2015

With summer in full swing, plenty of colour and freshness would be the theme of the day; there would be time enough for comfort food come the autumn. My guests were both newbies and ‘repeat offenders’ – the latter being a difficult thing to achieve given my ever...

Happiness is a cake called … – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

You’d be forgiven for asking when is one not happy when cake is involved? I quite agree! But imagine for a moment, if you will, that you have a list of cake choices in front of you, maybe in your favourite tea room or local summer fête. What cake would stand out...

A Taste of Yorkshire

Last autumn, I received an email out of the blue.  I had to read the email several times to convince myself it wasn’t a scam of some sort (sorry Jane!).  The email was a request to be interviewed for an article on afternoon tea in Yorkshire to be featured in the...

Quaffable Cakes – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

This theme was all about anything you can drink that could also go to flavour or spice up a cake. Be it a hot or cold beverage such as tea or coffee, or something cooler like a fruit juice or even a favourite tipple. There was a small cosy gathering to celebrate this...

Signature Bakes – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

This was an opportunity for everyone to show off their creative flair with a handcrafted bake that, if there were a special occasion, this would be the one to show off with. We were (the perfect) 7 in number with 7 cakes to match. Our genial hosts for the evening were...

Afternoon Tea – Sunday 29 March 2015

With Easter just around the corner some traditional treats representing the time of year were required on the menu today. On the sweet side, chocolate; most definitely. Yellow also somehow seems to be associated with Easter for me so, yes, something ‘yellow’. Lemon...