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The History of the Clandestine Cake Club

Discover the real story about the Clandestine Cake Club. How it began and where everyone is now. Contrary to popular belief it wasn’t created as a result of the Great British Bake Off. It was created as a spin off to the Secret Tea Room where Lynn Hill served freshly made sandwiches and homemade cakes for up to a dozen guests in my own home.

Each person would arrive as strangers but leave as friends. It was a natural thing to create the Clandestine Cake Club where more people could meet.

Read on the find out more.

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The beginning….. December 2010 – July 2018


In December 2010, Lynn Hill planted a little acorn called the Clandestine Cake Club, with the hope that it would one day grow into an oak tree. It quickly germinated, reaching almighty proportions. In almost 8 years, membership reached a staggering 20,000 and over 200 clubs that spanned the length and breadth of Great Britain. Also reaching around the globe, from the USA to Australia, from the Netherlands to Japan.

The first meeting was held in Leeds on December 11th 2010. The main purpose was to get people together over tea and cake. Members got creative and did some baking, and they got to invite a guest along to enjoy our bakes and meet new people. Piece of cake really!


Lynn also founded The Secret Tea Room in her own home at the same time as the Clandestine Cake Club in 2010. She baked Afternoon Tea, inviting strangers into her home to enjoy conversation with like-minded people. Both were successful.

Members baked their own cake at home to bring along to a planned secret location. The Clandestine Cake club offered both the social aspects of the Secret Tea Room whilst also encouraging the culinary talents of members. Everyone had the opportunity to display their baking and share and enjoy it with the club members.


In 2013 ‘The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook’ was published, quickly followed be the second book ‘A Year of Cake’ in 2015.