The latest Olympic sport? Cake-baking

Olympic themed cakes   ..Karen and her cake
Olympic themed cakes ..Karen and her cake
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ThE famed Olympic logo inspires the world – but it wasn’t allowed to fan the flames of creativity for a group of Sheffield baking addicts.

Members of underground baking movement the Clandestine Cake Club met at the weekend for a slice of Olympic action.

But their cake-athon bake was hampered by the clamp-down ordered by Olympics officials on unofficial use of the iconic five rings logo.

“We’d read stories of florists and bakers being threatened for breaking trademark laws so we issued instructions to avoid any use of the logo; we wanted to keep thing sweet,” says baking addict Karen Perkins, who set up the Sheffield branch of the 2010 national club four months ago.

“We were very disappointed; the rings theme would have looked stunning, but instead we went back to Olympic roots with a Grecian ambrosia and honey theme – the food of the gods of Olympia and nourishing stuff for athletes,” explains life and career coach Karen, of Millhouses.

Once a month local Clandestine fanatics arrive at a location kept secret from them until the last minute with their edible interpretation of the latest theme.

“We’ve had a great response with up to 20 male and female baking addicts from all walks of life turning up, It’s non-competitive – there are no prizes. The joy is in rising to the challenge, producing something fantastic, then trading slices and cookery tips,” says Karen, whose finest effort was a vampire-themed cake with a grave stone which opened to reveal a crush of raspberry blood.

Eight bakers arrived for the cake-athon at Ecclesall gym Underground Fitness. Their toils included a Banana Olympic Torch cake (according to Trading Standards, the torch isn’t trademarked!)