Martine Bailey & The Clandestine Cake Club

510L3ZpQSaL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Writer Martine Bailey’s 18th century inspired recipe has been picked to feature in The Clandestine Cake Club: A Year of Cake (Quercus 10 September 2015). Taffety Cake, a delicious mix of apple, quince and spices on a light sponge gives a modern update to a long forgotten Georgian favourite. The original recipe is at the centre of Martine’s culinary gothic mystery, An Appetite for Violets, where it is baked by a young cook for All Hallow’s Eve. Martine first discovered the dish when learning to cook the Georgian way while researching her novel with TV food historian Ivan Day:Martin making soul cakes
‘Ivan let me loose in his library where I found many of the recipes in the novel, from Violet Pastilles to gigantic Christmas Pies and Plum Puddings. Many of the flavours are astonishingly good and I wanted to show Cake Club members that lost recipes can be even better than our modern cakes.’  
The Clandestine Cake Club was founded by Yorkshirewoman Lynn Hill and has more than 8,000 member who meet in planned secret locations around the world. Their mission is ‘Bake cake. Talk cake. Eat Cake.’


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