EVENT – Going Underground, 7th November 2012

The Edinburgh Cake Ladies are going underground…..

Going Underground

The Edinburgh Cake Ladies are Going Underground.

For one amazing night, we will be holding a meeting in The Real Mary King’s Close, one of Edinburgh’s leading tourist attractions.

The staff at Mary King’s Close handled a visit from David Hasselhoff this summer, but can they handle the Edinburgh Cake Ladies paying a visit? Can they cope with the sugar?

Since Mary King’s Close is rumoured to have one or two ‘ghostly’ characters, our baking theme will be Spooky Bakes.

Mary King’s Close is said to be haunted – photo Gary Doak

Mr Chesney, the last resident in the close is often said to be lurking underground in an angry mood. Perhaps if we leave him some cake, he’ll become a happy ghost…..

Annie, a wee girl who was abadoned by her family during the plague was said to be a sad and sorrowful ghost until she was left a doll as a present in the 1990s. We’re hoping that leaving her a few slices of cake will help keep her happy.

The event will be held completely underground, so it is not suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia. A full healthy and safety briefing will be given by the Mary King’s Close staff prior to us heading underground and the staff will also be on hand during the evening.

Theme – spooky bakes

This month you can make something sweet or savoury, as long as it is spooky in looks or name. You could also use leftover Halloween paraphernalia to decorate your chosen bake(s).

The extra twist this month is that only Alison and Fiona, the organisers of this event, will know who is baking what in advance. Attendees will find out what’s awaiting them when they arrive…….


The meeting will start at the slightly later time of 7pm due to operational reasons of the venue.

Those that are successful in gaining a place at this sought-after cake event, will be sent further details about the meeting and what to bring on the evening to help the setting up process run smoothly.

Mary King’s Close

Donations to charity

The majority of our cake events are free to attend. Due to the logistics of Mary King’s Close cafe and  where we are holding the meeting (down several flights of stairs) – it is not practical to use the cafe on the evening as we would normally do.

The venue is very kindly supplying all tea/coffee and water to those attending.

In exchange for the drinks, we suggested that people made a donation on the evening to our chosen charity – It’s Good 2 Give.

We are very honoured that Lynne McNicoll, the founder of It’s Good 2 Give will be joining in the underground fun.


Staff in costume and character will welcome us to the close and show us around the venue in small groups throughout the evening.

There will be a group photo taken in Mary King’s Close itself at some point in the evening.


We have enrolled the fantastic magician, Elliot Bibby to also perform at this event. Elliot is a supporter of It’s Good 2 Give and was recently a finalist in Britain’s Got Variety.

A talented magician

Although he’s threatened to make our cakes disappear, we have every confidence that he’ll bring them back so we can eat them!

How to apply for a place

You can apply for a place NOW at this exclusive event. Ladies and gents welcome.

Send us an email by 6pm Thursday 25th October

Please email what you plan to bake. Places are not allocated on what you are baking. If there are duplicates, you will be emailed and asked for a second choice, or if there is an unhealthy ratio of savoury to sweet (we are a cake club after all).

Please do not tell anyone else what you are making to keep the surprise for the evening.

You can email us now at – edinburghcakeladies (at) gmail (dot) com

There are 20 places available for this event. If the number of people requesting a place exceeds 20, a waiting list will be created.

Staff from Mary King’s Close will choose the names from a hat after the closing date.


We understand that this event is special and that those applying may have children who would kill for a place to eat cake, witness magic and hang out in a haunted street. If you have a child who would like to come, please specify this in your email. A child does not count to the total number of attendees – we have allowed for a few attending.


The twitter hashtag for this event is #undergroundcake

Thank you places

As a thank you to Sue who kindly hosted our last meeting at Cafe Musa, she will automatically be granted a place at this event, as will Katey and Victoria who organised it. These places are included in the 20 available.

Thank you to Mary King’s Close

We would like so say a very big thank you to all the staff at Mary King’s Close that are making this event possible. It perhaps has something to do with the fact that the general manager Craig Miller, is very fond of cake himself. Thank you!

You can follow Mary King’s Close on twitter @MaryKingsClose and like them on Facebook

We highly recommend a visit to this tourist attraction, it’s a great activity all year round and is suitable for anyone aged 5 and over.

Opening times and prices can be found here.

For one night only, cake will lie beneath….


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