A Clandestine Cake Club meeting in SW France
Lots of CAKE for an Easter Weekend!
Spring into Spring with Flowers!
Spring! Yes, I know that there is still some snow on the ground and it’s still cold enough for the electric blankets, but as the FIRST South West France meeting is at the beginning of April, trust me, Spring will have arrived by then! And what comes with the warmer Spring days, FLOWERS; so the theme of our first meeting is Spring Flowers. Anything floral is acceptable whether it be sugar craft roses, floral icing & buttercream, foraged daisies or edible violets, we want to see a spring in your step and flowers in, on and around your cakes!
Date & Time:
Saturday 7th April 2012
6pm to 8pm
An old village house in a quiet Estuary village near Saujon and Gemozac; formerly an Auberge and Traveller’s Inn. Refreshments will be available and will comprise selected teas and tisanes, fresh coffee and home-made fruit & floral cordials. If Spring has not arrived, there will be log fires too!
The first Clandestine Cake Club meeting for the SW France group met on Saturday 7th April in an old coaching Inn in near the ancient Roman city of Saintes. The theme, as you may already have gathered, was Flowers and Spring, and the evening was warm and sunny, so there was no need for log fires. I had eight bookings for people to come, and I was delighted with the response, especially as eight bakers plus their guests seemed like a great number for the first meeting – eight cakes and just enough people so it would not be too crowded! The reality was that only THREE people turned up, including myself…….now, it would be easy at this point to be extremely negative and even drown my sorrows with an early glass of wine, but, I am an optimist and I would like to draw on the positives of the evening. Barb brought a lovely fresh lemon and almond cake with a lemon curd filling; she had only just flown into France five hours before the start of the meeting = POSITIVE! Jan brought a gorgeous Easter bonnet cake, made with chocolate and decorated with some of her hen’s feathers; she and her husband are building a house and just hours before she came, she was feeding the under floor heating wires in with her husband = POSITIVE! I made a fresh orange cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting, and decorated with a flake nest and mini eggs, as well as some wafer daisies; just two hours before the cake meet, I was weeding and cleaning out the oven, NOT at the same time I hasten to add = POSITIVE! With a special mention to my friend Lynn, who was desperate to come, but due to last minute work commitments, she missed it……but, she is UP for it next time she said.
The result of our first SW France CCC meeting? Fabulous! Initially disappointment at those who didn’t turn up and who didn’t let me know, but then a wonderful evening of friendship, catch up and chat, tea, coffee and CAKE, because after all it’s all about CAKE! I AM planning a second meeting at the beginning of June, and will post more details on a special page that I will publish on my blog, as well as on the CCC site too. With thanks to Barb and Jan who made cakes and came along, and also to my husband who swelled the ranks for a while and enjoyed the cake. The biggest thanks goes to Lynn Hill, the remarkable lady behind the Clandestine Cake Club……..a fabulous idea and I am thrilled to be part of it. I will leave you with the THREE cakes! Happy Easter all and see you soon, Karen.