Clandestine Cake Club: ‘Over The Rainbow’ Cake

 

The theme for this month’s Clandestine Cake Club was ‘Musical Celebrations’. I have to admit this baffled me for a while, so I waited till other people submitted their ideas to figure out what it meant! Turns out it meant songs, bands, singers or musicals. I chose the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for the theme of my cake after reading a list of 100 greatest musicals on IMDB.

 
 
I bought myself a lovely bundt pan from ebay. I have never made a bundt before, and I was quite worried about it sticking to the tin so I greased it up really well with butter and sprinkled it with flour.
 

 

 
I decided to do a simple vanilla sponge to contrast the brightness of my decoration. I mixed together 125g butter and 180g caster sugar in my electric mixer.
 
 
 
I added two beaten eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract. 
 
 
 
 
I then added 180g self raising flour and 150g soured cream, and popped the mixture into my thoroughly greased bundt tin.
 
 
I baked it on 175C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes. This was possibly a tad too long, but to be fair it’s hard to tell when your cake is upside down! I thought it looked pretty good without any decoration, I will definitely be making another more simple bundt cake with this tin.

To get the rainbow arch shape, I chopped off the bottom of the cake, about two thirds down. This also gave me a good opportunity to taste the sponge, and it was very delicious and vanillery!

I started making icing and piping it on for all the colours of the rainbow. I guessed the measurements, and used about 60g butter and 120g icing sugar for the red and orange, then around 40g butter and 80g icing sugar for the other colours. I also added a dollop of cream cheese to each colour. This is very time consuming, but worth it!

I used Sugarflair colours to achieve the bright results of my rainbow. These food colourings are the best. They are strong, so you only need a little bit, and they don’t affect your icing’s flavour or consistency. I used Christmas Red, Melon (Yellow), Tangerine/Apricot (Orange), Mint Green, Ice Blue and Grape Violet (Purple). I got mine off ebay as they were pretty cheap and the seller was offering a good deal.

 

 

 

The icing was finally done! I also used some blue cut-offs from my piping bags to create a blue sky behind my rainbow. A blue cake board would look a lot better, but this was a last minute decision!

 

For the ‘clouds’ I whipped up a pot of cream and dollopped it at the end of the rainbow cake, then dotted mini white marshmallows all over.

 

And the cake was done! I was very pleased with the final result!

 

 

 

And off to cake club I went…

Stacey & Emily’s Chocolate & Orange ‘Simba’s Pride Cake’, delicious and moist, one of my favourites!

Hayley’s ‘Carrot & Wonderwal-nut Cake’. Sadly I don’t like carrots or walnuts, but Stacey tried some and said it was the best carrot cake she’d ever had.

Steph’s ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ cake, this was a chocolate overload – in a good way!

 Elly’s ‘Beatles Strawberry Fields Cake’, sadly I didn’t try any of this either, but it looks great!

Emily’s ‘Coconut & Lime Cake’. I love this song and I loved this cake!

Emma’s ‘Happy Birthday Custard Celebration Cake’ – it was Emma our host’s birthday this month!

Lynette’s ‘Austrain Apple Sounds Of Music Cake’, I think the nun decorations on this and the bow look fab!

Vicki’s ‘I Can Sing A Rainbow Cake’. This looked stunning and tasted really good too, I definitely understood the hard work that went into this cake!

Beth’s ‘Yellow Brick Road Cake’, using Caramac for the yellow brick road – genius!!

Diane’s ‘The Bell’s Of St. Clements’ Cake’, brilliant presentation and delicious orange flavour.

Another successful, fun and delicious Clandestine Cake Club! Also some very exciting news…a woman walking past asked me to make two of the rainbow cake for her daughter’s birthday. I am so excited about it! I never thought cake club would lead to anything like that!

Clandestine Cake Club: Sex On The Beach Cake

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.

My leftovers….

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.

I made palm trees out of orange chocolate sticks. I put two sticks back to back, then stuck three leaves on each one using buttercream to stick them. Then I pushed them into the sponge.
And the cake was done! It did get a final decoration of a cocktail umbrealla at the cake club, thanks to Beth. I was really pleased with how my idea came together and how it looked and tasted. Clandestine Cake Club is such great fun and I really do recommend anyone to join up. It inspires creativity in your cake making, and lets you share it with other passionate cake eaters and bakers.