Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook

Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook – Lynn Hill

CCC cookbook cover

Published 14 February 2013 – Love Cake Day

It’s finally here, after months working with the publishers Quercus, Lynn Hill finally has her Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook in bookshops everywhere.  Lynn, from Leeds is the founder of Clandestine Cake Club which started in December 2010, over the last year she has seen this grow and grow with groups all over the world and the media interest has created a demand for everyone to know about the most famous cake club who are also very secret in their ways!


I’m not a huge cookbook lover but I fell in love with this as soon as my copy arrived in early February.  As a contributor I had the chance of a preview copy and I wasn’t disappointed.

I love the finishing touch of a hint of gold on the cover and the overall feel of the book suits all readers, this isn’t one of those pink books that implies that only girls should bake cakes!  Far from it, this book is going to be loved by men and women bakers alike.  There’s a vintage feel with all the old embroidered tablecloths and china but nothing too frilly.   I like how each page shows the Clandestine Cake Club logo with the name of the club the recipe contributor is from.  I’m very proud to see that there are four recipes from our very own Pudsey & West Leeds Club and lots of other Leeds Club recipes.  Some recipes from international members too which is amazing when you think all this was dreamed up in good old Leeds.

My recipe is a family favourite we’ve all been baking for years, Overnight Tea Loaf.

The recipe is on page 66 with a photo on page 89.



I think this is a good cookbook for everyone from beginner to expert.  All the recipes have been tried and tested and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow.  This has been well thought out in every way.

There’s a lovely introduction from Lynn about CCC, how it started and how it’s grown.

I love that the recipes have been split up into different types of cakes, the contents page shows:

Classic Cakes  –  Victorian Cakes  –  Fruity Cakes  –  Global Cakes  –
Chocolatey Cakes  –  Celebration Cakes  –  Creative Cakes

There’s also a very easy to use index in the back!

It’s also lovely to see the  list of blogs and websites mentioned in the back of some of the contributors.

A sneaky peak of the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook

So the only question is what will you bake first?

ISBN Number 978-1-78206-004-8


Link to Pudsey & West Leeds Clandestine Cake Club

Look for a club near you, list of all clubs around the world

I have not been asked to make this review or been paid for doing it.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Rebecca says:

    Looks like a really lovely book but it does look rather girly and frilly to me. Also, I was confused when you said your recipe is on page 66 but the photo is in page 89, that doesn’t sound ideal – is it the case throughout the book? Thank you.

    1. humbugshouse says:

      I’m sorry if you’ve not liked my review and preview of pages from this book. I’ve spoken to many people who’ve already purchased this and they love it. The huge variety of cakes and ideas and all the photography. Speaking with 5 or 6 male friends who’ve bought this they don’t think it’s girly as it’s not full of pink and there isn’t much frilly’ness when you look at the whole book. The whole idea of vintage china and embroidered tablecloths hopefully makes it current as we all love an Afternoon Tea. My recipe has a lovely sketch of a loaf tin in bed and then a photo showing cake slices is on further on in the book. Not all cakes have their photo on their page book they are all well titled and I can only presume that Quercus the publishers did this for a reason. All in all it’s a beautiful book and I hope that you will have a look at a copy in your local bookshop soon. Regards Sharon

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