Sheffield Clandestine Cake Club – Chocolate Therapy featuring Easter Bunnies

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Last April for our Sheffield Clandestine Cake Club we went to The Conservation Volunteers shop on the Ecclesall Road. It’s a terrific charity shop spanning two floors with everything well organised and keenly priced. To top it all the manageress, Denisa, joined in and baked a cake. It was so good that we decided to go back again.

IMG_6391With Easter just a week away we went for the full chocolate experience with hint of eggs and bunnies along the way. We kicked things off with Debs and her Chocolate and Guinness cake. This was a recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery and was given the Easter touch with chocolate bunnies and mini eggs.

IMG_6377Paul and Moira went for a very decadent Sachertorte with the traditional dark chocolate ganache topping. Instead of the usual whipped cream accompaniment Paul made some chocolate marshmallows.

IMG_6386We went for another visit to the Hummingbird Bakery with Bernie’s Brooklyn Blackout Cake. All of the chocolate flavour in this cake comes from pure cocoa with no melted chocolate at all. It is three layers of chocolate cake with a chocolate custard filling and topping.

IMG_6383You don’t need to get fancy with a cake for it to be good. Claire went for in her words a ‘nice and simple’ Chocolate Cake with Cadbury’s Mini Eggs. The recipe was from Good Housekeeping.

IMG_6384Vikki had a similar idea to Claire with her Chocolate Sponge Cake but went for a rival chocolate manufacturer’s eggs and topped her cake with Smarties eggs.

IMG_6385Cake in a bag? Yes, it can be done. You don’t need to worry about transporting your cake to a Clandestine Cake Club meeting as Rosie proved. From out of her handbag she produced her Banana Bread with Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

IMG_6394Our organizer Karen Perkins went nuts with a Chocolate Nutrageous cake. Based on the chocolate bar of the same name it contained peanut butter and was filled with rose jam. On top was roasted peanuts and almonds and a couple of chocolate bunnies.

IMG_6382Chocolate on chocolate was the theme of Helen’s cake. Her cake made from a Nigella recipe had 80% dark chocolate in it plus extra cocoa. With a chocolate filling and topping plus mixed chocolate curls on top this was full on chocolate experience.

IMG_6392Mother and daughter baking duo Sophie and Charlotte also turned to Nigella for their chocolate cake inspiration. Theirs was a marble cake with a chocolate cream and sour cream frosting. A stencilled decoration of cocoa and icing sugar finished it off.

IMG_6389With so much dark and milk chocolate it was refreshing to have a taste of Victoria’s White Chocolate Victoria Sponge Cake filled with raspberries. On the side was a selection of handmade truffles with cocao, dates and tahini.

IMG_6388Denisa, the manageress of The Conservation Volunteers shop, made a cake when we held our meeting last year and decided to join in again. She made a fruity combination of White Chocolate with Mascarpone and Blueberries.

IMG_6390Professional cake maker Silvana made some chocolate bunnies and had them sitting in a Spring garden. This was on top of a Chocolate syrup cake which she has adapted from the ginger syrup cake recipe in the Clandestine Cake Club cookbook.

IMG_6378We got all of our chocolate and cake bounty in one go with Nahzi’s Chocolate and Coconut Cake. Based on a Bounty bar, it had coconut American frosting covering a Brooklyn Backout Cake.

IMG_6381There were no bunnies in sight on Jess’ Chocolate Cake but I’m sure they would come hopping along quickly once they spotted the carrot tops! There was no carrots in Jess’ cake but a layer of orange buttercream to fool those pesky rabbits.

IMG_6393My Junior Baker went for the full chocolate bunny experience with a Chocolate Sponge Bunny. The ears, whiskers, nose and eyes were all made out of white chocolate icing.

IMG_6379I went for an Easter Chocolate and Orange nest. I half filled a Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt tin for the nest and then piped chocolate buttercream around it for the ‘twig’ effect. Nesting around the cake was little chocolate eggs.

IMG_6380Many thanks for The Conservation Volunteers for hosting us again. If you want to join in we have a couple of more meetings planned for the coming months. First we are joining up with the Sheffield Food Festival on 24th May for Cakes which remind us of home. On 28th June we’re going Tour de Yorkshire made with Oooh la la Le Grand Depart Cakes on a Cycling Theme.

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One response to “Sheffield Clandestine Cake Club – Chocolate Therapy featuring Easter Bunnies

  1. Christine Sanderson

    Wow what an amazing array of chocolate cakes – bet they smelt wonderful!!! Wish I could have joined you but Fleur’s dance show severely reduced my baking opportunities.

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