The Clandestine Cake Club was founded by retired bank worker Lynn Hill in December 2010. The first event was in Leeds with around 11 members and 6 cakes. Today, it has over 14,500 members and almost 200 clubs, reaching across the UK and overseas; in fact there are branches of the Clandestine Cake Club on every continent.
Lynn says “Clandestine Cake Clubs offer a social gathering at venues such as coffee shops, tea rooms, restaurants and more, bringing welcome footfall to their premises at quieter times. They supply the venue free of charge and we buy refreshments to enjoy with our cakes. All our clubs are run by enthusiastic bakers, who organise the events in their spare time.”
Facts about Clandestine Cake Club:
• Over 18,000 registered members
• Over 11,000 Likes on Facebook
• Almost 9,000 Followers on Twitter and over 1,000 on Instagram
Club members come from all walks of life and children often accompany their baker mums and dads at CCC events, sometimes bringing one of their own creations, showing that baking begins at a very early age.
Lynn and the CCC have featured on BBC1’s The One Show, ITV’s Lorraine and The Alan Titchmarsh Show and on BBC Radio 4, as well as in The Times, Daily Mail and The Washington Post. Lynn’s first book, The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook, featuring recipes from the members, was published by Quercus in March 2013; her follow-up, The Clandestine Cake Club: A Year of Cake is due in autumn 2015.
For more information email: Claire Potter