I CAN honestly say there have been very few times that I have been nervous for baking club.
- Our first ever meet (what if no-one turns up?)
- April 20th 2016 – Cocktails and Canapes (what if EVERYONE TURNS UP)
Here at Aberdeen Bake Club we’re used to a few people dropping out in the couple of days before an event. We understand that things crop up (studying, PTA meetings, double booked babysitters etc), and that’s why we don’t have any kind of membership or joining instructions etc. Free? Come along. Not? No problem, hopefully we’ll see you next month.
That’s always worked fine. But the Sunday before last, we had 32 people still down as ‘attending’ our Cocktails and Canapes event with another 17 ‘interested’. Holy blinis, Batman.
Don’t get us wrong – the thought of so many people keen to bake and demolish canapes filled us with joy. Sheer joy. But this was to be our first event in our new location (in case you hadn’t heard, Amicus Apple vacated these Boozy Cows, to make space for another one), and we already weren’t quite sure how it was going to work.
The lovely folks at Soul had been in touch to very kindly offer us the use of their back bar area for our April meet, and having become used to our ‘extended family dining table’ set-up in Amicus, we hoped we’d be able to keep the same atmosphere in our new abode.
On the day, we were still sitting at 30 (gulp), but as the day went on a few people made their apologies and we were sitting at around 22 attendees. When Holly and I arrived at Soul, I think they’d underestimated just how much baking 22 keen bakers can produce, with just one solitary table set up for our bakes. As more and more people turned up laden with bulging Tupperware boxes, we managed to pull together another couple of tables, and stood back to admire our haul.
A few people peered in the window as they walked by, with some popping in to ask if we were holding a birthday party, admiring what they could only assume was a sprawling buffet.
To be fair – it was some spread…
Oh yes – the bakes. Our theme tied in very well with our fancy new venue – Cocktails and Canapes.
Never ones to follow the rules, we thought this description a little strict. A SMALL piece? We’re not traditionally big on small. And where’s the sweet stuff? Oh and we’re not sure about the sofa part – none of us want to nibble a sofa…
We based our theme on finger food, both sweet and savoury, as well as booze-themed bakes, and our guests did not disappoint.
A special mention has to go to the largest contingency of new faces we’ve ever had. Thank you SO much to all of you who attended for the first time – it was lovely to meet you all, and discover how you found out about us. Shout out to Sophie’s other half who offered to find her a new hobby and found us thanks to this blog – thanks! Her choux pastry was fantastic!
We had a really great night in Soul, and can’t wait to return next month. There are a few things to tweak re: set up, but we’ll get there.
Oh and it was only right that we celebrated our new venue and theme with the very aptly named Great British Shake Off cocktail from Soul’s new menu – pinkies up folks…
P.S You DON’T want to miss next month’s ‘international’ event – get your velcro skirts ready…