Sunday, 27 January 2013

Clandestine Cake Club gathering, Mon 21st Jan, Pink Lane Coffee

Thirteen bakers braved the harsh elements to join the first gathering of the new year in Pink Lane Coffee Newcastle.


Pink Lane Coffee on Pink Lane.
The best place to go when you get off the train at central station and you need a real cup of coffee, not plastic sh*** that they sell as "coffee" on the train.
Real coffee made properly by people who are passionate about what they serve, how it's sourced, brewed and served.


Walk out of central station, cross over the pedestrian crossing, veer slightly left up the street besides O'Neills Irish Pub and you'll find Pink Lane Coffee here. It's deceptively spacious, and was the perfect spot for our gathering.  It's handy for the city centre, spitting distance from central station and friendly!

The Gathering

We had 17 bookings but after a couple of weekend cancellations and a few unable to travel in due to weather conditions (it was pretty treacherous; horizontal sleet turned snow turned rain, icy and slushy streets) I was thrilled that we had 13 bakers (plus guests) on the day.

Our theme was "what's new with you?" and what better way to start than by welcoming five new members to the group: Iona, Emma, Lauren, Leanne and local stand up comedian Seymour Mace

Everyone worked their cakey magic and baked up with a tasty assortment of cakes based on the theme of new, be it the recipe, an ingredient, a piece of equipment or just inspired by the word NEW.

Most cakes were new recipes never baked by our bakers before, and most of the attendees had never tried them before.

One of the things that makes cake club so great is that you get to try a wide range of flavours and textures.  Bakers take inspiration from everywhere, including the Great British Bake Off and countries/cities of the world...Not that you have to eat them there and then, no no no no no no, it's not like that - it's all very relaxed, you eat what you want, as little or as much as you want and leftovers are shared, which is how I managed to try every cake (by taking pieces home)

This month we had these delicious cakes baked for the occasion: Japanese roll cake, peanut layer cake, lemon chiffon cake, flourless chocolate orange cake, Red velvet cake, Brazilian Roll cake a rocambole, Raspberry & Blueberry lime drizzle cake, Sutemeny Rigo Jancsi (Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake), Banana & walnut loaf , Gingerbread latte & White Chocolate frosting Cake, grapefruit olive oil cake, Spicy sticky Ginger cake.

And they couldn't be enjoyed without the generosity of Pink Lane Cafe and their staff for looking after us for all evening.  If you've not been there - then do something about it!!

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