Cornwall's secret bakers in new book success
Members of a covert baking club in Cornwall have had their recipes included in a popular new book.
The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook is written by Lynn Hill, founder of the Clandestine Cake Club (CCC), which has thousands of members across the world.
Home bakers meet in secret locations with a cake tailored to suit each event's different creative theme.
Since its inaugural meeting four years ago at Lynn Hill's house in Leeds, 159 groups have sprung up worldwide, with over 6,000 bakers taking part.
Cornwall's CCC has nearly 90 members who gather at locations around the Duchy which are only revealed to attendees shortly before the event.
The CCC Cookbook is a compilation of over 120 members' recipes - including two from Cornwall.
Sarah Milligan, a Property Manager at luxury holiday cottage company Cornish Gems, was thrilled after her buttermilk chocolate cake with white chocolate and mascarpone filling was selected.
She said: "I have always wanted a recipe in print so it is very exciting.
"I joined the club a couple of years ago and really love it. Everybody is on the same level - you're not there because of what you do for a living or how useful somebody could be to you, it's all about cake and enjoying talking to people.
"The first time I went I thought you had to sample some of each so I ended up eating 18 bits of cake. I felt sick for days."
Another recipe, for a passionfruit cake, is featured in the book by Cornwall CCC member Nicette Ammar.
Last month's event, held to tie in with the cookbook launch, had a fittingly literary theme of 'Eat Your Words' - with members baking a cake to reflect a book, story or author.
April's event will be 'Vintage Cakes & Cocktails'.
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