I want you Cherry Cola Bundt Cake [Clandestine Cake Club recap]

Since the Clandestine Cake Club book has been published in February I have heard lots and lots about this secret cake club on all the social media sites and other blogs. So, finally I got around to finding one in my area! Just as I joined up a new event was posted and I emailed my host right away! This month’s theme, for the Reading CCC, was Bake Me a … Song.

This was a very good theme and I had a hard time deciding on a song/rhyme. I thought of a cookies and cream cake for the rhyme/song “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” Or a coconut and lime cake for that song that goes “…put the lime in the coconut and mix it all together…”

 I settled on “I Want You” by Savage Garden and made a Cherry Cola Bundt Cake. I maybe should have used "Lola" by the Kinks. Doesn't matter I'd have made the same cake! 

I had a really good night eating cake and meeting some lovely new ladies who also made some wonderful cakes! I was stuffed! Every cake was absolutely gorgeous! I know because I tried each one! Don't judge! 

Here is a list of the cakes that were made:

Louise - 'Milkshake' by Kelis. Cake: Strawberry Milkshake Cake
Rebecca G - Sweet & Salty' by Covenant. Cake: Sweet & Salty Cake
Lisa - I want you 'Cherry Cola' by Savage Garden. Cake: Cherry Cola Cake
Jen P - Peaches by Presidents of the United States Cake: Peach Cake
Fiona & Rebecca - Running up that Hill by Kate Bush. Cake: Chocolate Sponge
Jenny - Enter Sandman by Metallica Cake: Honey Cake with Honey icing & honeycomb topping
Marilena - Lemon Tree by Oasis. Cake: Lemon Cake
Katy - Lady Marmalade by Labelle. Cake: Chocolate Orange Cake
Bethan - Oranges and Lemons Nursery Rhyme. Cake: Orange and Lemon Cake

All the lovely cakes!!
And if you’d like to have a go at my bundt cake that will make you want to sing “oh I want you I don’t know if I need you, but ooo I’m dying to find out…” (sorry it had too...)! Enjoy!!

I Want You Cherry Cola Bundt Cake
adapted from Rootbeer Bundt Cake in Baked New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito

2 cups cherry coke
1 cup cocoa powder
114g butter, (I used salted as it was in my fridge if you use unsalted add a full tsp of salt)
1 ¼ granulated sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 cups plain flour (all purpose flour)
1 ¼ baking powder (soda)
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs

Pre-heat oven 170C/325F grease your bundt tin in you’re preferred way. I always spray with a non-stick spray and then lightly dust with flour then tap out all the loose flour. I have never had a problem getting my cakes out.
Melt the butter over a medium heat with the cherry cola and cocoa powder. Once melted add the sugars and whisk until dissolved. Take off the heat and while cooling dry whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Lightly beat the eggs together before whisking them into the cooled butter mixture. Lastly gently fold the flour into the mixture - it will be slightly lumpy. Don’t over mix otherwise it could be tough. Pour batter into your prepared bundt tin, if you don’t prepare it will stick no if’s and’s or but’s. Bake for 35-40 minutes, mine needed the full 40! Rotate half way through. Use a skewer or toothpick or sharp knife and insert in the cake to test that it is done. Once it’s done let it cool completely before attempting to loosen it from the tin. I left mine for at least an hour before turning it out.

Cherry Cola Icing
2 cups icing sugar
3 tbsp Cherry Cola
1-3 tbsp cherry juice
1-4 drops pink coloring (optional)

Whisk the icing sugar and the 3 tbsp until it’s a paste then add a tbsp at a time of the cherry juice until you get a pouring constancy. If you want it pinker add a couple drops of pink food coloring at a time until it’s the shade of pink you want!

notes: Clandestine Cake Club official site find a group near you!; CCC book Amazon UK & USA (kindle) and The Book People; Baked official site; Baked New Frontiers in Baking Amazon UK & USA; I want you by Savage Garden: Sweet like a chica cherry cola...


  1. That is one stunning cake and a fun theme too. I've just found you from Jen's post about your CCC meeting. Eating so many slices of cake is tough, but someone's got to do it. I should know, we had our CCC meeting yesterday and I'm still feeling stuffed now.

    1. Thank you! I think the theme was very clever! It is tough trying to eat so much cake! I enjoyed trying though! :0)


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