On Monday I went to my second Clandestine Cake Club event. This time it was the Christmas party for all three of the Manchester groups - Manchester North, Manchester South, and Manchester City Centre & Chorlton. It was held at Grosvenor Casino in East Didsbury. The casino has only been there since February and was a very stylish and glamorous venue. The theme was 'Cocktails and Mocktails' and there were about 30 cakes in total. I brought along a Sex On The Beach Cake (pictured above) which I will show you how I made further down in this post. But first a recap of the cakes...
White Russian cake by my friend Beth who I took along for her first Cake Club experience. This was definitely in my top three favourites of the night. It was covered in whipped cream, and the sponge was so light.
There were several mojito cakes, but this one was the tastiest in my opinion!
A Bailey's cake by Kelly. Baileys was another common choice of flavour, and I am not complaining!!
Naomi's very creative Bubbly Bucks Fizz cake was sprinkled with popping candy. I thought it was a brilliant idea making it into the shape of a martini glass! I love how creative everyone gets.
Another of my favourites of the night - Jackie's Bailey's cheesecake with Baileys cream. So damn good!
Ellie made The Godfather cake. The Godfather is a very manly cocktail, with only two ingredients, and yes they're both alcohol! My housemate Pete requested a slice if someone made a Godfather cake, and lucky for him they did! He said 'the person who made this is a genius' after enjoying the slice I brought home for him.
There were lots of cakes involving strawberries.
Stina's Ginger Cake with Pineapple Cream and Spiced Rum Topping. This was really delicious!
Claire's Irish Coffee Cake definitely wins my award for the prettiest cake of the night. The decorating is superb and so neat. I didn't actually taste this as I'm not a fan of coffee, but Beth gave it the thumbs up for taste!
A couple of shots of the tables of cake. A few more did arrive after I took these photos.
I'm not sure what gave me the idea to do a Sex On The Beach cake. I think I was thinking of cocktails, and second after a cosmopolitan, I thought of a sex on the beach. And then my mind just ran with it, and this is what I came up with:
I made a basic sponge using my favourite method (weigh the eggs, then match the weight of butter, sugar and flour). I separated it into 3 bowls. Into the first bowl went dried cranberries.
Into the second bowl I put about 2 capfuls of Peach Schnapps.
I really wanted to make sure the flavours came through so I was quite generous!
And into the third bowl I put 2 tsp of orange flavouring.
I poured the mixture into a shallow lined tin.
I baked on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer or knife comes out clean.
While the cake was cooling, I added some green food colouring to some white sugar paste icing and rolled it out. Use icing sugar when you roll out icing to stop it from sticking, it's like using flour with dough. I am a sugar paste novice and don't have any speciality tools, so I just used a knife to cut out nine leaf shapes and a pair of shorts.
I then coloured a smaller amount of white sugar paste with pink icing, rolled it out, and cut out a bikini shape.
I made buttercream using 340g icing sugar, 170g butter, and about 4 heaped tsp cream cheese. I also add some blue food colouring. This was to represent the sea.
I piled up the three sponges, putting a small amount of buttercream between each layer, then smeared the blue buttercream all over the cake until it was fully covered.
I bashed up some digestive biscuits with a rolling pin and sprinkled the crumbs over the top of the cake to represent sand.
I put a dab of buttercream on the back of the bikini and shorts, and positioned them on the cake.