Around this time last year, we alerted you to the Chinatown Cake Club, an underground bakery run by former Macao Trading Co. pastry chef Victoria Howe in her minuscule C-town walk-up. Now, months after the mailing list went dark, Howe e-mails to officially say that she's disbanded the club, for now : " ... my apartment got really hot, summer ended, I gave up my lease, and moved to an isolated boating community where my kitchen consists of a hot plate and a percolator," she writes.
However, fans of Howe's elaborate confections (see a sample past menu here) needn't fret. Though the club is currently "hibernating," you can order a copy of the 'zine-style cookbook, Chinatown Cake Club: A Secret Bakery's Recipebook for Cakes & Other Confections, for $12 through Heraklia Press. With these recipes on the loose, we're taking bets about which hood will launch a cake club next.