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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782060049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782060048
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

A keen baker from a tender age, Lynn Hill spent her working career in the eminently sensible consumer banking (rather than baking) industry. Upon retirement, however, she turned back time and busied herself with her first love - CAKES. Baking had always been important to Lynn, never more so than following her marriage and starting a family. Back then, she would bake to help raise funds for her children's school and to help raise spirits amongst her colleagues.

In 2010, Lynn started a club called The Secret Tea Room via a blog of the same name and for 2 years hosted a monthly gathering of people, mostly strangers, at her house. They would chat over afternoon tea and cakes that Lynn herself had baked. Reactions to the Secret Tea Room and her blossoming social media presence inspired Lynn to create the Clandestine Cake Club (CCC) and encourage other people to bake, meet and smile together. The extraordinary success of the CCC meant Lynn had to close The Secret Tea Room in summer 2012. By this time, she had many cake clubs to support and a first book to write.

"I love the idea of people being together, sitting around a table and enjoying a conversation with a common link of cake."

Lynn could not have imagined how successful the club would become. A shared love of cakes has produced a worldwide phenomenon with a bestselling cookbook. With 14,000 members and 190 clubs (some on almost every continent!), managing The Clandestine Cake Club has become a full-time job for Lynn.

"Amongst the many things that I have learnt, the Clandestine Cake Club experience has taught me that retirement can be a blank canvas with which you can do anything you wish."

Based in Leeds, in her spare time (which is rare these days) Lynn also enjoys gardening and tending her allotment.

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'The innovative flavour combinations will leave your mouth watering' Cakes and Sugarcraft magazine.

'a collection of more than 120 fab recipes from founder Lynn Hill and club members' Delicious magazine.

'For keen bakers seeking fresh inspiration, this collection is a must' BBC Good Food magazine.

From the Back Cover

Secret venues. Inspired themes. Fabulous cakes. Come bake with us! Across the UK and beyond, thousands of home bakers meet with one simple mission: bake, eat and talk about cake. Now, founder Lynn Hill and the members of the famous Clandestine Cake Club reveal their favourite recipes, from teatime treats and chocolatey indulgences to global bakes and seasonal extravaganzas. The secret is out!


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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Preval on 14 Feb. 2013
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Having been an avid fan of the Clandestine Cake Club for a while now I was excited when I found out that they were bringing out a cookbook.

This is a lovely book. It contains 120 recipes, each of which comes with a short introduction detailing the origins of the cake as well as an accompanying photo which I know is essential to some cooks as they like to know what their finished cake should look like. On the whole the list of ingredients for each cake is not too long (although of course there are a couple where the ingredients list is long) and you should be able to find everything in your local supermarket. The instructions for each recipe are laid out in bullet point format and they are easy to follow.

If you enjoy making cakes for yourself, your friends or your family you will love this book as it contains original cakes that I have not found in any of the many other cookbooks I own.

Please find the recipes found in this book listed below. At the time of writing this review no 'look inside' feature was available for this book. I appreciate that in the future Amazon may provide such a feature for this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Rose on 11 Mar. 2013
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All the recipes in here are amazing and the instructions are really clear. The clandestine cake club is such a wonderful idea, real cakes that inspire anyone to have a go and make but look brilliant. A lovely book that would make a brilliant gift for anyone who likes cake!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Scott King on 14 Feb. 2013
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I run the Durham Dales Clandestine Cake Club in NE England and have a copy of this book

I have two recipes featured in there too, some may say this review is biased but you can make your own mind up.

The recipes have all been contributed by home cooks who are avid cake bakers.

So many delicious recipes and they all actually look like the photos in the book- unlike some cookery books.

The book is well produced and can be a coffee table book and also a well used cake recipe bible.

It has information about what happens at a Clandestine Cake Club events and also has a helpful part at the back of the book for what to do if your cake doesn't quite cook to plan.

All the ingredients for the recipes are easily accessible in supermarkets and if you are a budget baker or a blow the budget baker I'm sure you'll find a delicious cake to bake to impress those around you.

If you love cake and beautifully produced books get this book and look for a clandestine cake club near you so you can meet other like minded people.

Now which cake do I make next ......
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Dollybakes on 14 Feb. 2013
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This time last year I was bored. Really bored. Then I discovered the Clandestine Cake Club. Within a year it has transformed by life beyond recognition. I now run the Bolton branch; a tantalising mixture of bakers, all giddy about cake. Some always had the bug for baking. Most had little confidence in their own ability. Others heard of our venture and baked for the first time to join us. By September I was stood in front of the other organisers in Leeds doing a lecture on bundt cakes, and now we have a book.

We meet once a month in secret locations only revealed to attendees a few days before the event. We bake a cake on a specified theme and try a bit of each others. What is left is taken home in the cake 'trough' (as it's known in our house) and enjoyed later.

Nothing gives me more pleasure to review our very first book. Our creator Lynn Hill has worked incredibly hard to build the club up from a group of friends in a Leeds cafe to a menagerie of clubs spanning the globe. She sat back, and saw that it was good.

At cake club we love nothing more than to sit and have a natter over (several) slices of cake and a brew. We chat about our cakes, ideas, recipes and our general gluttony. It's not a competition. It's hugely supportive, and I can genuinely say that I have met some wonderful new friends. This is what life is all about. Sharing what you have with those around you in a happy environment.

I know Lynn has worked incredibly hard on this book. She gathered the recipes, made countless trips to the publisher in London, tested cakes (well you have to...) and probably the hardest thing of all... had to keep the recipes a secret for ages!

When I received the book I was flabbergasted. It's absolutely beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oksana Flyud on 11 May 2013
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Great book with lots of good recipes. So far i only used few and a.ll cakes came well. What is very important for me is pictures
( I love to see end product and If i like he look of the cake I want to make it). The Cake Club Cookbook has lots of lovely pictures.
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