Do you remember the pop song “I believe in miracles” by the group Hot Chocolate? Well, last Thursday evening, I thought that I had died and gone to heaven, with this song echoing in my head, when my talented and enthusiastic group of Northampton Clandestine Cake Club members met at Leopold’s Chocolates and Coffee House.
Each baker brought along a cake based on the theme ‘Death by Chocolate’ and it was amazing to see the variety of interpretations on our well-laden table. We had Chocolate and Orange, Cappucino, Malteser, Sachertorte, Mocha, Chocolate Orange Volcano, Chocolate Ginger, Bourbon Chocolate Bundt, Chocolate Surprise, Cherry Chocolate Muddle, Chocolate Mousse , as well as just plain Chocolate cakes. We even had a cake with a gravestone on it! They were all wonderful and all so mouth-watering.
Leopold’s owners, Mark and Kris, had opened their elegant town centre chocolates and coffee house in Abington Street especially for us and offered us a very special discount on their delicious Belgian Leonidas chocolates. Kris (who is Belgian by birth) gave us a little talk about the origins of the original chocolatier and Mark kept us all topped-up with hot and cold drinks. A special ‘thank you’ must be extended to them for being such lovely hosts.
So....my miracle came true – an evening of chocolates, cake and good CCC friends and guests (Laura H, Debra, Tiffany, Tina, Debbie, Laura (W), Nikki, Tess, Christine, Mary-Jane, Katie, Amanda, Heather, Marian and Vanessa). See you all soon!
Further photos of this event can be found on the Clandestine Cake Club website here: http://clandestinecakeclub.co.uk/2012/08/25/northampton-district-2/