Back in the last week of August I finally was free to go along to one of Wharfedale Clandestine Cake Club’s events. This was the first time I’d managed to get along, there was always something else happening. Thankfully being the summer holidays I had more time and I was free to go along being as the event was on a Thursday night. We met up in Otley and the cake theme for this event was “Go On, Surprise Me”!
I thought of baking a cake which had a pattern inside or was a rainbow cake but I also wanted to bake something I had never baked before. I scoured my recipe books and fell upon a pretty looking Oreo Cookie Cake with rosette swirls of buttercream in the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook. This recipe is by Helen Costello from St Helen’s Clandestine Cake Club and had originally been baked for an American themed cake event. I had a bag of Oreo cookie pieces in my baking cupboard which I had bought in an American candy shop a couple of days earlier. The cake had Oreo pieces crushed inside the cake and I thought that the pieces were hidden inside covered up by the rosette buttercream piping. So the cake would have its surprise after all!
On with the baking. I started to bake the cake the day before the event by greasing two of my 8″ diameter loose bottomed sandwich tins. The cake itself was baked by beating butter and sugar together until light and creamy. The cake used seven egg whites and no yolks so it was great fun separating them.. NOT! After that I added in vanilla extract, some self raising flour and then finally added in some crushed Oreo pieces.
The cakes baked for about 45-50 minutes in my fan oven.
The Oreo sandwich cakes cooling down on the worktop.
On the morning of the event I made up the vanilla frosting. I spread some frosting on the top of one of the cakes and sandwiched it to the other one. Then I coated the top and the sides of the cake. Unfortunately the frosting quantity wasn’t enough to go round and I only managed to piped the rosettes on the top of the cake. I was very disappointed with my rustic decorating skills.
Spreading the vanilla frosting on one of the cakes.
The two Oreo cookie cakes on top of one another.
The decorated cake with it’s messy sides.
Once I saw the finished cake I was ashamed and disappointed with my cake wreck. So unfortunately my surprise ingredient ended up being sprinkled around the bottom of the cake so it would detract away from the messy sides of the cake. The top ended up with more Oreos being thrown on top of it and then as suggested in the recipe about sprinkling your cake with edible lustre dust. I did have some gold and silver lustre dust in my cupboard last Christmas but it had all gone so I had to use my lilac edible glitter instead. I was a bit heavy handed with it as you can see!
View from the top. I don’t know what possessed me to chuck all that edible glitter on the top of it, though!
There were lots of lovely cakes at the event and I enjoyed lots of different surprises. From sweetie pinata cakes to a chocolate cake containing quinoa, we were well and truly spoilt. We had some delicious cakey leftovers to take home and I made sure I took some home for my family to enjoy as much as I did.
Love Sam xx