Celebrating with lots of cake

Members of Bucks Clandestine Cake Club at their third birthday meeting at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Eco Farm
Members of Bucks Clandestine Cake Club at their third birthday meeting at Green Dragon Rare Breeds Eco Farm

Members of a secretive cake club celebrated their third birthday with oodles of colourful, tasty and naughty but nice sponges.

The theory behind the Bucks Clandestine Cake Club, part of a national organisation, is that meetings take part in different locations, and these locations are revealed only a couple of days before.

Jen Barber and Margaret Knox, the two women who run

the Bucks club, choose a new theme for each meeting, and for the meeting held at the Green Dragon Eco Farm near Quainton, it was England’s Green and Pleasant Land.

This produced a selection of cakes that included flavours such as rhubarb and custard, Earl Grey, coffee and walnut and a 24 ‘carrot’ cake.

Miss Barber said: “We talk about the cakes we’ve made, sample them all and then take slices home with us.”

Meetings, which take place at weekends every six to eight weeks, last two hours and the cost is between £2 - £5 depending on the venue. In the past they’ve met at the Waterside, the Swan Theatre, Chesham, Town Hall and Wendover library. Previous themes have included the World Cup, Cakes from Around the World and From Russia With Love.

Miss Knox said: “It’s about friendship, cutting the cakes and sharing. And because of the themes we try things we might not have done otherwise.”

Members range in age from 20s to 70s. To join, go to the national website www.clandestinecakeclub.co.uk search in the club section for Buckinghamshire and click on ‘Become a member’.