WEDNESDAY, February 24th: the date we officially became Aberdeen Bake Club.
Despite the fact that I’ve been organising these events for 3 and a half years, and we always get a fair amount of ‘Interested’ people on our Facebook page, there’s always a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach as I walk up the stairs at the back of Amicus Apple. What if no-one’s turned up, and Holly and I are left sitting alone, sadly clutching our Tupperware?
Of course, it’s never happened, and actually as we posted last month’s event details, the numbers of those ‘Interested’ just kept rising.
At one point the event page had almost 40 people, and we began to wonder if even we, hardened gluttons would manage to eat that many cakes, biscuits, breads and pastries.
We’re pretty used to that number changing closer to the event as people’s schedules get taken up with PTA meetings, work events, illness etc, but we were absolutely over the moon to get to the day of the event and still have 25 people marked as attending.
We’d intentionally set the theme for our first event as the new-and-improved Aberdeen Bake Club as an open, bake-what-you-love theme, and it was great to hear from new attendees that bringing something they were already comfortable baking meant they were less nervous about coming. (Not that you should EVER be nervous – we’re lovers of baked goods, not Michelin-reviewers!)
Thank you so much to those of you who came for the first time, whether alone or with a friend – it was so lovely to meet you, and we hope you’ll be back to our future events. A special mention has to go to Shona who came equipped not only with some fab flapjacks, but a “SAFETY CAKE”. Worried that the flapjacks wouldn’t work, Shona popped into her local Co-op and picked up a Lemon Drizzle cake too! (NOTE: She needn’t have worried, her flapjacks were wonderful. Also FYI – we will never turn down cake, in any form!)
To those who have transitioned with us from the P&P days to the ABC days – thanks for the support over the last wee while as we’ve tarted ourselves up, it means a lot.
To those who have been lurking on our Facebook page, and wanted a nosey to see what the events were all about a) you missed out on some DELICIOUS bakes, and b) why not pull out your cheeseboard and join us at this month’s Fromage Fest? (it’s ALWAYS popular!)
And finally, a massive thank you to Karen for making the journey up from the Central Belt to celebrate with us. If you’ve checked out our How It All Started post, you’ll know that Karen and I set up our baking club in September 2012 after a chat on Twitter, so it was great to have her there for our first gathering as Aberdeen Bake Club.