When Debs the organizer of the Newark and Sherwood Clandestine Cake Club said that this month’s venue was, “very me” I wondered where we would be meeting. I was not disappointed as it was a cycling cafe! I’d never been to Retford before so I hadn’t heard of the BroomWagon Velo Cafe. It’s a lovely bright cafe with lots of cycling pictures and bikes on the wall. There’s a big screen TV for showing live cycling plus free WiFi. When we arrived some rather delicious looking burgers were being served to some other customers.
Our theme for this month was ‘Spring Bakes’. We had a small but select band of bakers but it did mean we could have a couple of slices of each cake! Debs made a Lemon curd & blueberry loaf cake. The citrus zing of the lemon combined well with the juicy blueberries. On top there was icing and homemade edible flowers.
Carol and Amy made the ‘Dark ‘n’ Stormy Cake’ from the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook. This isn’t in the slightly bit ‘dark and stormy’ but is named after the cocktail which contains the same ingredients of rum, ginger and lime. For the special spring touch they shaped it into a butterfly complete with liquorice Catherine Wheel antennae and a chocolate honeycomb finger body.
I went for the citrus flavour as well with a Lemon and Elderflower Drizzle Crunch Cake. It was a lemon cake base flavoured with the lemon zest and then the topping was Elderflower cordial mixed with granulated sugar.
Thanks to Heidi at the BroomWagon Velo Cafe for hosting us. We’re always on the lookout for future venues so make yourself known if you would be happy to have us!