The Clandestine Cake Club, where bakers meet in a secret location, has made its way to Cirencester
USUALLY it is only spies and top government officials that meet in secret, but now you can add a group of Cirencester bakers to that list.
Cirencester has become the newest town to join the Clandestine Cake Club, the latest craze that is sweeping the nation.
The club, which operates in 166 other towns across the UK, invites cake bakers of all ages to meet in an undisclosed location to show off their latest creations.
Belinda Ogle-Skan, founder of the Cirencester branch of the club, told the Standard why she put the group together.
She said: “I was aware of the other clubs around the country and when I was ordering some baking things online, I decided to buy the Clandestine book.
“There wasn’t one in Cirencester so I spoke to some friends and asked if they wanted to join and they did.”
The group, which aims to connect people over a cuppa and a slice of cake, keeps the location of its meetings a secret until just a few days before the get together happens.
“It’s just to give add a bit of a fun to the events,” said Belinda.
“Sometimes the organiser of the meeting will choose a theme for the meeting and the venue will match it. One club in Norfolk recently held one at a lavender farm.”
The club is quite strict on what it defines as cake - members are discouraged from bringing cup cakes, muffins and traybakes and should come armed with a cake of their choosing.
Belinda was keen to point out that people of all ability are welcome to come along.
She said: “I’m very amateur; I’m just a mum who likes to bake with my children.”
For more information on the first meeting of Cirencester Clandestine Cake Club, visit www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk.
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