BBC 1’s ‘Look North’ visits the Clandestine Cake Club.

21 Feb


I had an exciting afternoon on Friday 15th February, when I joined other members of the Clandestine Cake Club with our cakes in the Arch cafe 

This is a lovely light airy cafe near the St John Centre in Leeds serving great food and Yorkshire Tea too!

The day before,  on the 14th February, Valentines day, the first Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook was published and BBC1’s Look North programme were coming to film a cakey gathering to see what it was all about.


The cakes started arriving. Lots of them were highly decorated and some were plain but tasty loaves of cake. It doesn’t matter at the CCC what your cake is like, as long as it is cooked all the way through. Even a cake disaster is fine as long as its not been dropped on the floor!

We dont judge and its not a competition

I knew lots of the bakers of the cakes as they arrived but it was lovely to make new friends too.


Lovely Amanda Harper, who arrived and surprised me by saying she recognised me as a ‘twitter friend’ (I must look like my twitter avatar!) was the interviewer and as the afternoon progressed and the interviews took place, we chatted away in the background and ate cake. We were told to chat naturally during the interviewing but at one point we were told to chat quieter by the cameraman  (I believe his name was Daniel Jo Jo) as we must have been getting louder and louder!



DSC_1737                                        Helen’s Featherlight cake, looked wonderful on the tv




After filming the cakes prior to cutting, we cut and tucked in the all the cakes until we were all ‘caked out’.

Eventually the filming was over and Amanda and Daniel could at last sample some of the baking and Amanda took away a few pieces of cake to the studio. Harry Gration ate a piece of cake on air in the studio and appeared to enjoyed it too



DSC_1739                                               Caught eating cake on camera!

My daughter Helen who is @BakingAitch on twitter and whose blog and review of the CCC book you can see here, has two recipes in the book and made her Featherlight cake which is on page 15 of the book, for me to take to this event and it was delicious.


Helen also has her recipe for ‘Tia Maria and marscapone’ cake on Page 122 which she baked for the book launch in Waterstones bookshop Leeds on the 19th February.


I found the afternoon both interesting (the filming) and enjoyable (chatting and cake eating) and I’m looking forward to many more cake related gatherings.

I am the Organiser for the Spen Valley Clandestine Cake Club and we have had meetings in many of the Spenborough towns, Heckmondwike, Batley, Cleckheaton and hopefully soon in Dewsbury, Mirfield and Liversedge too.

We attract a range of people of all ages and walks of life. Should you fancy attending a meeting, you will find the up and coming events here.

Its likely that there will be one in a town near you.

Meet as strangers and leave as friends!



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