On Friday evening Jo Kruczynska aka The Afternoon Tease, cake baker extraordinaire and regular club host held a special night of boozy baked goods and cake inspired cocktails at Hot Numbers in Gwydir Street. Despite her only initial advertising being her blog and twitter, the tickets were already sold by the time it was advertised in Cambridge Edition.
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We started with a “marmalade martini” which was a lot less sweet than it sounded and was a great way to ease us into the evening.
The first bite was an Amaretto Sour Macaron, which was crunchy and light with good almond flavour.
The next drink was a “Hot Gingerbread Punch” which tasted rather like a hot toddy and made sure the last of the cold was driven out of our bones.
These Mojto Doughnuts were the highlight for me as they while flavoured were exactly like the Faschingskrapfen
my grandmother used to make. They were fantastically fluffy and a little crunchy from the sugar glaze. I’ve already ordered a box of them for my birthday party. The punch was great with this.
The last baked round had two bite sized offerings: Dark chocolate Margarita Truffles which had been sprinkled with salt, creating the perfect balance of sweet and savoury; and a brownie with a Kirsch soaked cherry and cream. Needless to say, the brownie was rich and moist.
The last drink was an espresso martini which was quite strong both in coffee and alcohol but thankfully it was still relatively early in the evening (just after 9) or I wouldn’t have been able to sleep.
The evening was also accompanied by live music, James Brotherston on the piano and Phil who occasionally sang as well.
The atmosphere was jovial and fun. I think pretty much everyone asked when the next one is going to be. Here are a few more photos:
Still more photos on flickr.