THE Lake District's answer to the Great British Bake Off has arrived and is being served in the form of a digestible monthly slice.

Amateur bakers are putting their skills to the test at Keswick's first ever cake club which meets in top secret locations.

The non-competitive group is a part of the national Clandestine Cake Club and met for its first time on Monday (July 13).

Keswick Cake Club was set up by Dani Hope, of Bassenthwaite, who wanted to brush up on her own skills - after a some 'huge baking disasters' in the past.

"A friend in Manchester told me about it and I liked the idea of it so I set it up as there wasn't one round here," said the Lake District Hotels marketing director. "I'm not very good at baking so this is a good way of sharing tips and ideas, and try each others' cakes.

"It's a way to build up a community or friends using with a hobby."

Free and available for anybody wanting to join, the only catch is you have to bake a sweet treat that matches the monthly theme - and keep schtum about the location of the meeting.

The Clandestine Cake Club was established in 2011 and now has 200 branches across the globe.

Members book on to events through the website and it’s all free except for the ingredients you buy for the cake.

Peter Sidwell, local chef and presenter of ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery said: "Any opportunity to get together socially and enjoy one another's hard work in the kitchen is a good thing.

"I have judged many Clandestine cake competitions for the founding members so I've seen what a great standard there is out there."

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