Clandestine Cake Club ‘It’s A Kind Of Magic’ sponsored by French Glacé Cherries

Pudsey and West Leeds Clandestine Cake Club

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It’s A Kind Of Magic

We had a great afternoon at Mill Kitchen in Farsley on Sunday 7 June 2015, this lovely cafe/restaurant/deli is in Sunnybank Mills which is on Town Street and has parking at the side as well as off road parking.  Our hosts AIlsa and Tom opened Mill Kitchen a year ago and I can definitely vouch for their coffee and cake when you’re in need of a sugar and caffeine fix!

The exciting news for our cake clubbers was that our event was being sponsored by French Glacé Cherries and they had sent lots of goodies to hand out on the day.  Each guest received an apron, kitchen timer, recipe cards, French Glacé Cherries and biscuits, very tasty biscuits full of cherries and pecan nuts.  We know only cakes are allowed but these biscuits had been provided by our sponsor and were wrapped up to take home, they had also sent a huge and very scummy Vanilla and Chocolate Cherry Marble Cake.

At the start of the event I gave a little talk about our sponsors:

French Glacé Cherries are 100% natural (no artificial colour).

Exclusively made from the Bigarreau Napoleon cherry variety, French Glacé Cherries are grown and candied in Provence (France), where they are then candied following the traditional process perfected by French Glacé Cherry producers over the centuries.

Holding their flavour and shape throughout the baking process, this high quality ingredient can bring texture and flavour to many savoury and sweet dishes, and deserves to be much more than a decoration.

Coloured with fruit and vegetable juices, French Glacé cherries come in different shades; most commonly red and dark red.

Many of the Glacé Cherries you can buy in your local supermarket are French Glacé Cherries find out here which ones.

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Cakes that attended on the day:

Cherry Cola Bundt Cake – Sharon 

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Vanilla and Chocolate Cherry Marble Cake – French Glacé Cherries

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Raspberry Bakewell Cake – Amanda

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Top Hat Cake With Bunny Ears and a Lemon Curd Filling – Dianne

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The Magic Far Awary Tree – Cherry Cake – Sam (with matching mini bundt cake)

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Magic Rainbow Cloud Cake – Lemon Drizzle Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Pippa

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Cherry Coke Cake – Chocolate Covered Cherries and Griottines from Brussels – Rachel

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Lemon Sponge – With Skittles – Sarah

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Wow… the cakes were fantastic… on the inside as well as out!

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I loved this cake by Sarah… with the girl being cut in half… full of red skittles for dramatic effect as a pinata cake. Look at the detail of her face and hair and even her toenails are painted prettily!  What a fantastic cake idea!

As always we had a fantastic Clandestine Cake Club, a lovely venue, tasty and clever cakes and lots of goodies thanks to French Glacé Cherries.

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For more information on the history of French Glacé Cherries and how they are made, you can visit our website: or feel free to ask me any question.

You can buy French Glacé Cherries in most major supermarkets, and a full list is here:

Plus if you are looking for baking inspiration, there are lots of lovely French Glacé Cherry recipes on our website :

Mill Kitchen 

1 The Old Combing, Sunnybank Mills, Paradise Street, Farsley

Leeds, LS28 5UJ

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday 8.30-4, Friday 8.30-9, Saturday 9-9 and Sunday 10-3


Twitter @themillkitchen


Bake Cake – Eat Cake – Talk Cake

… and take cake home!

Clandestine Cake Club is a great way to meet friends old and new as well as get to taste scrummy cakes!

Join our free club and come to free events soon!   

You can find my Cherry Cola Bundt cake recipe here.

Cherry Cola Bundt

Cherry Cola Bundt


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