Autumn Cakes : Feeling #Autumnish with Sheffield Underground Cake Club

We were beautifully hosted by Gerrys Bakery in Walkley, Sheffield today. Fabulous coffee, local produce & cheeses, breads & pastries baked on the premises, plus baking courses. 6 bakers & their cakes arrived & were introduced to all his customers ! DSC09962 Sheffield underground cake club Autumn karen perkins lifecoach uk

Here are our cakes

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Karens Hazlenut, Plum & Dark chocolate Cake. Has ground hazlenut & chopped plums in the sponge , plus vegan chocolate pieces. I used a pestle & mortar to grind the hazelnuts so they were rough chopped but it gave a great flavour. I kept back 4 plums & halved them to top the cake before baking , followed by 2 tablespoons of whole hazelnuts.  From the BBC Good Food website . It’s an all in one cake so very easy & tastes even better the next day. I will certainly make this again & also try other fruits.

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Clares Mincemeat & Almond Streusel . Good for New Year as it uses up left over mincemeat, orange juice & brandy.

DSC09949 Honey cake Sian Sheffield underground cake club Autumn karen perkins lifecoach uk

Sians Honey cake is from James Martins French Trip programme. All in one cake, which you ice with honey icing whilst still warm, to give a sort of mirror glaze.

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Carolynns Toffee Apple Crumble cake with custard buttercream . This cake had 2 different sponge layers. The base cake has apple & brown sugar topping, the top cake has apples chopped in & topped with crumble topping. Tip the cake..including the centre before putting the filling in !! Delicious filling tho.

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Raheels Sticky Toffee cake was from the Thermomix Cookbook. This is a gadget for all in one cooking. He mixed butter, dark muscovado sugar eggs etc for the toffee sponge. The toffee butter cream was for the coating & 4 layers of filling. The toffee sauce was made from double cream, muscovado & butter. It made a delicious toffee puddle round the cake.

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Dave made a Toffee Apple Hazelnut Cake . It had some mystery ingredients ..Duck eggs & smoked sea salt. He used buttermilk to raise the cake … but doesn’t advise that as it overrose from the trays !! It took 2.5 hours to cook but tasted savoury, sticky & delicious.

Here are the insides & cakey evidence


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Deliciously Decorated by Sheffield Underground Cake club

At the weekend we met up for our cake club at Drew Décor Store on Ecclesall Road at Banner Cross . We were hosted by interiors expert & cake lover Suzanne Drew. Our cakes were inspired by the beautiful wallpapers . We believe this is the worlds first cake & wallpaper pairing event. We ate most of the evidence. Many thanks to Suzanne who was a marvellous host providing lashings of tea & lemonade.

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Here are our pairings:

Karen made a sugarfree Lemon, matcha & cardomom cake with poached lemon slices to match the citrus wallpaper , plus sharp lemon syrup to drizzle over the top.

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Dave designed a bespoke tin of paint cake called  Drewlux in hommage to the paint displays & R Drew Decorator. A rich fruit cake from his  BeRo cookbook, a family heirloom. It had sultanas, ginger& glace cherries. 2 cakes sandwiched together with lemon curd. With fondant icing & ready to use writing icing paint drips. The letters were cut with toyshop letters.

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Anne made a delicious fresh raspberry cake. It’s a Raspberry Velvet cake, made with American measurements . She added buttermilk, and fresh raspberries . The icing had fresh raspberries in it with icing sugar & butter.

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Vicky made a delicious Flower themed Victoria sponge with 3 layers sandwiched with jam, and covered with lemon butter cream under fondant icing. On the fondant icing she drizzled candy melts to show the petals as drips. Candy melts are coloured buttons melted in the microwave. She made the petals on greaseproof paper & rolled them around a rolling pin to shape them.

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Here are the cakey interiors and a photo of my new patented Sheffield Cake knife which I found at the Nether Edge Yard Sale trail in Sheffield.

Next we have some of the lovely wallpaper on show …

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Once again thanks to Suzanne …. if you like the cakes join us

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Karen Perkins is a Life , Business & Career coach who runs Sheffield Underground Cake club.

The Sheffield Underground Cake club visit Stannington Carnival

We were invited by Stannington Carnival committee to judge the annual Cake competition. We combined it with our regular Underground Cake Club meeting on a theme of Tasty Carnival cakes.

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We gathered in a shady gazebo, next to the park pavilion, with teas & coffee.
Here are the competition cakes and results :

1   1st in the Taste over 18’s Category was Rod’s Rhubarb & Custard cake
Fresh, tasty, moist rhubarb sponge with custard topping.
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Mention too, to Zoe Hewitts delicious dark chocolate mud cake !

2      1st in the Taste under 18’s Category Rebecca Naylor
Fab work, beautiful moist with deep flavour of pistachio and chocolate topping. ” A future baking star ”


3      1st in the Once Upon a Time category  was Rebecca Naylor , deservedly claiming her 2nd award of the day.
Coffee and hazelnut deliciousness, fondant icing perfectly flat with handmade rose in sugarwork. ” A beauty of a cake ”

The cakes made by Underground Cake club members were also non competitively super delicious. Cake club member Raheel & his daughter also helped judge.  After the judging we had tea and cake & shared our offerings ! Lots of people came to the stand to look at the cakes & made donations to the Carnival fund. They helped us demolish all the cake, except the winning ones that were kindly donated to a local nominated homelessness support organisation.

Here are the individual cakes :
Clares Victoria Sponge with fresh cream & homemade raspberry jam, made on the day, & still warm, from raspberries from her garden. She said that as she was baking other treats at the same time , opening and shutting the oven made her sponge rise slightly less than usual. We didn’t notice #yummy .
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Karens Cranberry, Lemon & White Chocolate Gluten free, Dairy free sponge , with fresh raspberries & lemon zest topping.

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Daves Carnival cake with a secret surprise . It weighed 7lbs … and was made with vegetarian stork margarine, 12 eggs . The icing is from a 1983 recipe of his nans. He sandwiched the layers with apricot jam , as in previous versions, using the icing meant the layers slid off at an alarming un predictable rate !! It was very popular with the carnival volunteers too.

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Vicky made a delicious Lemon & Poppyseed cake ,with buttermilk in the sponge . The light delicate icing was 1/2 mascarpone, 1/2 cream cheese  so a slightly less sweet foil to the lemony cake . The rest of the topping went on a tiramisu #multitasking .

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Join us at out next meeting Sept  21st 2.30 to 4.30   Deliciously decorated ! Then Oct 19th 2-4 .

Walking around Sheffield Open Up

Great time bussing & walking around galleries, artists, cafes & hidden Sheffield places looking at Art this weekend & last . @openupsheffield Great way to keep fit too.

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Life drawing at KIAC … fancying doing some classes ?

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Fab work by @kelhamislandfurniture


Looking down from the top of Manor Castle hill to Rhubarb Shed Cafe & Manor Oaks studios. Amazing views.

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Who knew there was a community kiln on Manor plus a timber recycling company ?

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Off next to Replicast studios .

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Starred momentarily on Bolam TV.


Paper curls seen on a windowsill.

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Portland Works had their open day so we went for breccie at the Harland Cafe
Lovely cafe in Harland works , popping in to see Fallen Giants furniture maker.


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As usual we had a brilliant time chatting to the artists & finding out about what they love making & doing.

See you next year .. anyone who would like a free coaching taster .. please do contact me Click to contact Karen Perkins Creative & Life Coach

Best wishes Karen

European Cakes with Sheffield Underground Cake Club

A fabulous array of cakes from Europe. Our bakers delivered a resounding cakey result. We ate the evidence .

First up a French Strawberry Chiffon cake by Karen. A Genoese sponge made with 6 eggs & only 30g of butter. Sliced into 3 layers, strawberry coulis spread onto each layer followed by whipped double cream with added vanilla .

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Next up, Daves exquisite green Brussel sprout & Avocado cake. Amazingly it has no artificial colour or flavour. Contains 1lb of sprouts, lime juice & zest. The icing is 2 avocados, icing sugar & lime zest. It tasted very much like a cinnamon carrot cake. The sultanas were soaked in Vimto !!

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Annes Polish Apple cake or Szarlotka. She made a dough, divided it in half, froze one half. Then she baked the other half as a base, added the sliced apple, cinnamon and grated the frozen dough on top to create the texture…and re baked. Served sprinkled with icing sugar.

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Raheels Seville Blood Orange cake. Based on a Polka Dotter & Jamie Oliver recipe … semolina flour, ground almonds, butter & sugar. When baked he poured on a syrup of blood orange juice, cardamom, lemon juice & sugar. He then topped with icing .. the beautiful colour was just the blood orange juice … no artificial colours needed.

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Bernies Amaretto Schichttorte was made with alternate layers of amaretto & chocolate batter , each layer cooked under the grill. To save time she made 2 piles grilled at the same time, sandwiched with apricot jam. The glaze was chocolate, treacle & marge. Its a german treat, 12 layers and she saw it on the Bake Off as one of Paul Hollywoods showstopper challenges.

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We always try our cakes with a cup of Yorkshire tea !! Here are the inside shots … scrummy

Join a future event or be a host !!
Next dates are
Sat 27th April
Sat 25th May TBC
Sat 29th June 10.30 to 12.30
Sat 13th July at Stannington Carnival … enter their cake competition or help us as a judge .

If you have any suggestions for venues or themes please do email me

5 reasons to bake cakes with The Underground Cake Club

The Sheffield Underground Cake Club ( formerly Sheffield Clandestine Cake club ) meets monthly to bake to a theme at a secret venue . DSC09303

5 reasons we love baking are

1 Relaxation

2 Creativity … trying to think up new cakes for our theme

3 Fun and friendship …. I have met lots of lovely bakers & their guests, cafe owners & hosts through our events. You can attend as often or infrequently as you like #nopressure . Many people come along by themselves , bearing cake … and everyone welcomes them.

4 New ideas & tips for our baking. At each meeting we all introduce our cakes, what we found easy/difficult, tricky ingredients, cooking tips and everyone shares their tips & experiences.

5 No cake shaming. Every cake is welcome, burnt, sunk, dropped … we love to learn from experience so have fun trying & bring your cake along.

Our event on Saturday was A Taste of Autumn … our bakers did a brilliant job . We were hosted by Natalie at the lovely The Delightful Touch Cafe on Hickmott Rd Sheffield  .

Natalies been baking for years, cooking for over 16 years, Ex of the Wortley Arms ( her venison dish is in the Sheffield Cook Book. ) …she always loved cake & has now opened her own cafe ,with her husband.


Here are our yummy cakes

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Annes cake was Toffee Apple and Pecan, chopped apple and pecan, a caramel sponge , caramel buttercream and drizzled caramel with broken up pecans on top.

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Carolyns cake was a ginger & cinnamon cake, with added treacle, a buttercream filling with treacle caramel sauce  & buttercream topping, with homemade pecan brittle , and home blowtorched marshmallow . This was a Martha Collinson recipe ( ex bakeoff … from Waitrose magazine ) .

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My cake was a ginger vanilla plum & mascarpone sponge, made with crystallised ginger. The filling was plums poached in sugar & sweet sherry syrup, with mascarpone buttercream .

And here are the interior shots !!


Our next meetings are

15th Dec
19th Jan
23rd Feb
23rd March
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Brilliant #tramlines excursions 2018

We had a brilliant tramlines again this year, testing out the new Hillsborough Park stages & navigating the lack of trams with a CITYBUS day ticket. #Buslanes  New venues discovered in the fringe & drop off spots for en route snacks . Top tip … when arriving at a fringe venue CHECK the actual line up on the day, as several bands we wanted to see had changed times or dropped out. Then you don’t waste time waiting & can get to your back up !!

Day 1 Set off Friday on the 88 bus to town all giddy. Got my Dayrider.  Fabulous free iced latte ( using offer card from #cmsheffield ) at Coffee 200 Degrees , new to Division St, sat in their window seat watching the kids shrieking on the FreakOut ride by the City Hall.

Met Mr P and leapt on an 86 to Hillsborough, luckily I had my new Co-op festival poncho…as large sploshes of rain started to plop on our heads. Scanned through the VIP entrance in 4 mins flat … we headed for the VIP area, complete with geese. geese at tramlines karen perkins life coach uk sheffield

Worth every penny for the toilets with no queues . Nice cheese & bacon burger to get started. First up, my favourite Everything, Everything looking natty in all navy blue , with orange mac for lead singer. #regretsregrets #distantpast got me dancing !!   Then the Orielles & a bit of Milburn. Poor non VIP’s , massive queues for toilets & Bar. ( Luckily by Saturday Tramlines seemed to have brought in more of each. )

Saw then Stereophonics looking very boyish. Jumped about in the rain and sang along. Left to catch the bus into town, crammed with people, but sadly loads had to walk back the 40 mins in the rain, as no trams . Our bus driver on the First 35 , was a star, helping everyone get safely off at the right stop in the city centre. We hopped off & straight onto a 3 home for a Harrys chips & chilli sauce.

Walked over 5 miles … thus slept in till 9.30 !! Tramlines keeps you fit.

Day 2 . Mahoosive bacon,eggs, black pudding, mushroom, tomato breakfast to set us up for the day.

Breakfast Hassop

Bus to Devonshire Green went to see the Unscene but they had disappeared from the Running Order. Saw Dan LOOPs  then went via the Washington ( nice blue walls) to Hillsborough on the bus and saw

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Hopped on the bus to Plot 22 … where the Train Robbers , Oxymoron, Limit Break were playing outside under a carpark wall . Fantastic venue near the old Sheaf Market & next to the Delicious Clam, home of deliciousclam records. Who knew ?   OUTDOOR STAGE CURATED BY THE EXCHANGE STREET COLLECTIVE
🌟 Limit Break
🌟 Riders Music
🌟 Milly Pye
🌟 Joey Mojito’s Them Sardines
🌟 Aaron The Poet
🌟 Aviators
🌟 MOAN – Sheffield
🌟 Liam Walsh (RUSTIQUE)

Home by bus …. slept till 9.30 am .

Super sunny day again. Sausage, black pud & fried egg on toast with Fika coffee. Left car near our final venue Picture House Social & bussed into town. First stop Plug, car park from plug tramlines karen perkins life coach uk sheffieldplug car park 2 tramlines karen perkins life coach uk sheffield

then Record Junkee for Brooders   then to Hillsborough #Tramlines on the No 86 . Saw Feet and Lily Moore then back to Record Junkee for Faux Pas …iced latte in Café Nero then 75 bus to Picture House Social.


Nice and cool. Played 3 matches of table tennis followed by delicious Arancini , zucchini fries & olives for tea whilst listening to OK Champ from our table. Drinks on the balcony & home for a well deserved rest. Can’t wait for next year … we are MAXfringeing it .

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