A GROUP of baking enthusiasts have been popping up at secret locations across Elgin to eat cake.
The local branch of the internationally popular Clandestine Cake Club held its third gathering at the Oakwood Cookery School.
“We meet up every few weeks and we all just bake a cake to share, but the meeting place is always kept secret until the very last minute,” said branch organiser Suzanne Lynch-Mckay.
“It is just a bit of fun really and it is about getting people together and baking. We usually have a theme, and the last one was ‘Childhood Memories’, so everyone baked a cake that they remembered either from their childhood or that evoked childhood memories.”
Mrs Lynch-Mckay was a member of a Clandestine Cake Club in London and decided to establish one locally on moving back to her Moray home town in April.
“We’ve only had three meetings so far, but there has been between 10 and 12 people at each and it’s great fun.
“Everyone tastes all the cakes and then, at the end, all the left-overs get divided up and you take home a piece of each others’ cake as well. It is absolutely fabulous.”
Meeting at secret locations enables members to visit a plethora of local venues – some new, some old – over the weeks.
And you don’t have to be victoria sponge virtuoso to take part.
“Any standard is welcome. As long as you can throw some eggs, flour, sugar and butter in a bowl, mix it up and throw a cake together, it doesn’t matter what it looks like,” Mrs Lynch-Mckay said.
“We’ve had a few meetings where people have turned up and claimed their cake is a disaster, but it doesn’t matter as we’re not judging. If it tastes nice, brilliant; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter. It is all just good, clean fun,” she said. “There is no joining fee, no administration fee, you just have to bake a cake and bring it along for us all to share.”
The next Clandestine Cake Club gathering will be on October 12, with a ‘Trick or Treat’ theme.
Visit www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk and search for Elgin under the ‘Clubs’ heading to join.