HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT
If you love your cakes but just want to find an alternative, partially guilt-free way of getting your fix, you could do no better than pick up Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache by Harry Eastwood.
Before I found this book, I used to search high and low for cake recipes with strange ingredients. I made courgette pie and told my children the bits of courgette were apples. They fell for it. I made chocolate cake with mashed potato and fooled everyone. I made lemon cake with parsnip and nobody twigged. Then there was chocolate brownies with key ingredient beetroot. They’re now so suspicious, they want a run-down of ingredients before they’ll touch anything!
Harry Eastwood is the ideal chef for me. She used to work alongside Gizzy Erskine and dream up food that you could stuff your face with but that would make you slim. In this book, she has branched off on her own and, after many experiments, come up with cake recipes with vegetables as key ingredients. So, in with the courgettes, potato, parsnip and beetroot, also aubergine, sweet potato and butternut squash. You will NOT be disappointed! All you have to do is bake, smile and stay silent.
Cake Sharing …
If you want to get more than your healthy cake fix, you like to socialize and taste loads of other cakes besides your’s, look up a Clandestine Cake Club (CCC for short). Founded by Lynn Hill formerly of the Secret Tea Room, the CCC started in 2010 and now has several local clubs around the country. The aim is you register your interest, find out where the next secret location is and turn up with your cake. Their mission statement is to “bake, eat and talk about cake” and they have a few rules like it’s got to be a cake, so not cupcakes, muffins, pies or tarts. To find your nearest club, go to http://clandestinecakeclub.co.uk. There is also a section especially for men because men can be fantastic bakers too.