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Jubilee Themed Bake Club and ‘Bake it Pink’ for June

May 5, 2012 by Fleur in Bake Club, Cakes & Bakes with 13 Comments

I can’t quite believe that my 3rd Bake Club has been and gone already. I’ve had such fun organising them and meeting lots of new people who have a passion for baking just like me. We always end up chattering away and losing track of the time.

This month the theme was ‘Queen’s Jubilee’, which is rather helpful of course as this links in very nicely with the Jubilee Competition that I am running on my blog at the moment. So I’m hoping that a round up of all the cakes might help to give you a little bit of inspiration to get baking. After all a bank holiday is the perfect time to get into the kitchen with the additional day off. As usual my guests completely exceeded my expectations with their creations. All fabulous and suitably regal. So if you are ready, lets indulge.

First up was Christina’s fruit decorated chocolate fudge cake. Christina tells me that she got the recipe from this months Good Housekeeping. She halved the quantities because it said the cake would serve 40!!! As you can see it was still pretty sizable, but a much more manageable. It was chocoholics dream with the rich chocolate sponge and white chocolate buttercream and it tasted amazing.

Then came Abi’s orange flavoured crown cake with fresh fruit, white chocolate and raspberry coulis. Abi explained that she had combined a number of recipes to make the various parts to this cake. The orange taste was incredible. You could really taste fresh orange with every bite. I love the idea of using sponge fingers around the cake too.

Then Vicky brought a Almond and rhubarb loaf cake made with rhubarb from her own garden. Now you can’t get more British than that! The flavours were gorgeous. I could really taste the almond and cinnamon that had been added.

Lastly, there was my white chocolate and elderflower victoria sponge cake. I used a Nigella victoria sponge cake recipe, (which can be found on pg 26 of her cookbook, How to Eat) and added 2 tbsp of elderflower cordial to the cake batter and 3 tbsp of cordial to the fresh cream that I whipped up to fill and top the cake with. I also drizzled melted white chocolate on the cream in the middle of the cake and again in the top. Don’t hold back with the white chocolate, just go for it. The little white chocolate crowns were an idea I got from talented Sew White. You can see a little video on how to make them here. They were great fun to do and I was very pleased with the final cake.

As June is the perfect time to hunt for fresh elderflower you could always make your own cordial. I will be doing this for sure. Karen from Lavender and Loveage has a great recipe over on her blog.

Next Bake Club and New Ideas

I’m feeling more experienced now having run 3 Bake Clubs and it’s been great getting a feel for what people want and how they run. I’ve had a few ideas which I hope will make my Bake Club even better than before. Let me know what you think.

  • Running a charity Bake Club twice a year, starting next month. On the 13th June the theme is ‘bake it pink‘ and all entrance fees will be going to a Breast Cancer Care. My very good friend Anna will be coming along to support the evening. Anna found out late 2010 that she had breast cancer and endured an incredibly hard year battling the disease. Her strength and courage has been an ongoing inspiration to me and I tell her on a regular basis that I think she is amazing. She has even signed up to do the London Marathon next year! There will be some time allocated to allow Anna to share her experience and talk about breast cancer awareness on the night.
  • Organising a number of talks/presentations for the next few Bake Clubs, as I really think there is room for everyone to learn more from each other and from any special guests that I might get in. I’m not talking anything that will take away too much time, just 20 mins focusing on a particular baking related subject. For example at either the July or August Bake Club one guest has already offered to share her macaroon tips.
  • Investigating avenues to donate any left over cake to a local old people’s home if guests do not wish to take all the cake home with them.

How to book for the June charity Bake Club:

Here are all the details you need, but essentially all you need to do is drop me a line at: homemadebyfleur@gmail.com

Bake Club dates for your diary:

  • 18th July 2012

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Finally, the great thing about my white chocolate and elderflower victoria sponge cake is that I can also enter it into two blog challenges this month. Tea Time Treats hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate from What Kate Baked has gone all floral this month so the elderflower in my cake certainly counts there. Also, the Forever Nigella blog challenge created by Maison Cupcake and hosted this month by Nelly’s Cupcakes has a Jubilee theme. So thank you to Nigella for the fantastic and extremely easy sponge recipe which made a fab base to my cake and qualified me to enter Forever Nigella this month.

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13 Comments

  1. LauralovescakesMay 5, 2012 at 2:10 pmReply

    Your jubilee cake looks great…love the crowns! I’d love to come to your bake club too but it might be just a little bit too far away…just under an hour! But i’ll investigate and see if it’s viable! :-)

    • Homemade By FleurMay 5, 2012 at 2:51 pmReplyAuthor

      Thank you Laura. It was a bit of an experiment and I did not know if the elderflower would be strong enough as it is quite a subtle flavour, but it was delicious and it was great to test it out on the other Bake Club guests. It would be fab to have you along at the next one. Hope you can make it. xxx

  2. Karen Burns BoothMay 6, 2012 at 4:32 pmReply

    What a VERY pretty looking and no doubt delicious tasting cake……I have seen that video on Sew White and love the little crowns…..and anything with elderflower in it has my VOTE! Thanks so much for entering this into Tea Time Treats for May! Karen

  3. cakebouleMay 7, 2012 at 2:50 pmReply

    The cakes look very good. I like your one with the elderflower and white chocolate as I like elderflower but have never had it anything other than cordial. I did think about looking for some elderflower if it ever stops raining and we get a summer! The charity bake is such a good idea too you must be so busy with it all!

    • Homemade By FleurMay 7, 2012 at 9:46 pmReplyAuthor

      Thank you. I know what you mean about the rain! So boring!!! Spent the weekend hibernating with my kids as hubby away in sunny Miami!! Yes, pretty busy, but I love it!

  4. aroundtheworldin80bakesMay 7, 2012 at 3:55 pmReply

    They all look divine! The crowns are fantastic too :)

  5. Sarah, Maison CupcakeMay 9, 2012 at 1:47 pmReply

    That looks quite quite glorious! I love the crowns! Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella this month.

  6. bakingaddictMay 13, 2012 at 10:02 pmReply

    All of the cakes look good but yours really takes the crown! I love the little crowns on top :) A charity bake club is a great idea! Unfortunately it’s a little far for me – good luck with it!

    • Homemade By FleurMay 14, 2012 at 12:36 pmReplyAuthor

      Ah thank you. Glad you liked the crowns. They were lots of fun to make.

  7. Sarah, Maison CupcakeMay 19, 2012 at 7:37 amReply

    That’s fantastic, I love the pink flowers on top. Great to hear that Charity Bake Club is going so well. Thanks for taking part in this month’s Forever Nigella!

  8. ChocletteJuly 1, 2012 at 8:47 amReply

    Wow, this all looks rather spectacular. Your white chocolate and elderflower cake is a masterpiece and I’m very tempted by the elderflower cream filling.

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