I often think very fondly of the old Cake Club days. It started as a Loire Valley branch of the now defunct Clandestine Cake Club. When that folded the members opted for a more varied style and it evolved into a kind of lunch club. I handed the reins to someone who arranged just one meeting, the pandemic ultimately seeing the club off. There has been no sign of it being resurrected, even though several of the former members tell me how much they miss it. Hey ho.
In reality there are plenty of other events where large groups meet and eat - although the sight of a dozen or more fabulous cakes laid out on someone's dining table and a group of lovely bakers gleefully anticipating a slice or three while they sipped their glass of the Loire's finest fizz is beyond compare! For a confessed cakeaholic that is!
This cake was one that I made for a cake club meeting and it comes from a great blog written by Dominic Franks. I have made more cakes from his blog than from any other source (unless you count my collection of Mary Berry cook books as a single source!).
I was going through a chocolate cake phase at the time. That was followed by an apple cake phase. In any case, it was a lovely cake and you can read all about it here.