Shake and Bake
"Friends, shakers, bakers, lend me your ears;
I come to blueberry Caesar, not to raise him;
The evil that pies do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their crusts,
So let it not be with ours!
Let our pies steam for ages, let not our muffins grow stale with time, and let
our cakes be delicious in the hearts and stomachs of men forever!"
Shake and Bake is a student group created for a single purpose: to combine the joys of Shakespeare with the joys of baking pies. Simply put, the group meets weekly in the Dakin Kitchen (Thursdays from 7-9pm) to bake punny pies, like Othelloreo and Apples You Like It, while reading the canon of the Bard aloud.
The Play's The Thing
The year of 2012-2013 is the Shake and Bake's FIFTH year as a student group, and therefore, we will be starting from scratch to complete EVERY SINGLE Shakespeare play by the end of this four year cycle, as you can see from the list below. Plays to look forward to this semester include: Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV Part I, and many many more!
When Shall We Three Meet Again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain, we will be meeting, unless otherwise specified for special events, in the Dakin Kitchen on Thursday Nights from 7-9pm. Anyone is welcome, no matter what level experience or dedication, and meetings are never mandatory.
A Play Toward? I Will Be an Auditor; An Actor Too Perhaps, If I See Cause
Shake and Bake does not require specific levels of participation; you can come for the Shake, or the Bake, or both, and may participate as much or as little as you are comfortable with in all activities. We will never force you to read aloud, though we may ask you to whip a meringue.
Reasons to join Shake and Bake:
-You like Shakespeare
-You like pie
-You are hoping to find friends with which to discuss Shakespeare and/or Pie
-You like to bake, or would like to learn
-You have always wanted to read the entire Complete Works, but just can't go it alone
-You are a performer who needs practice with cold-reading skills
-You enjoy acting out bloody and frequent deaths
-You need to practice ridiculous accents
-You are just plain curious about how MacDeath by Chocolate tastes.
You Find Where Light In Darkness Lies
The easiest way to get involved in Shake and Bake is to attend our weekly meetings. Most information about club happenings is relayed via our listserv email address. To get on the Shake and Bake Listserv, you can go to  and type in your email address (this also works for unsubscribing, should you decide you have interest in neither Shakespeare, nor pie). You can also contact Traci at firstname.lastname@example.org. With that, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, our three signers are always available to talk. Our contact information is somewhere on the top right of this page.
But We In It Shall Be Remembered - We Few, We Happy Few
Shake and Bake started in the Fall of 2008, when a man named Joshua Parr had the courage to sit on the wall in front of FPH and ask "Do you like Shakespeare? Do you like pie?" Soon after a meeting was assembled, prompted by the urgent electronic message: "Do you like Shakespeare? Do you like pie? Does MacDeath by Chocolate sound both delicious and intellectually stimulating to you? In the Shakespeare Pie club we will be baking pies named after Shakespeare's plays (Othelloreo and Midsummer Night's Cream to name a couple) while reading, discussing and acting out Shakespeare. No experience is needed (I've never even acted before) and all are welcome to join. If all goes extremely well we may even put on a play by the end of the year and serve pie to the audience."
A legacy was created. People flocked from far and wide to see those masterful enough to combine Shakespeare and Pie. The reason we have become so popular is because, strangely enough, it seems nobody has ever thought to combine two amazing things before. We're like the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of Student Groups. In fact, soon after our inception, an article about the club ran in the Boston Globe (thanks to the journalistic excellence of a fellow Hampshire student).
The excerpt that ran in the Boston Globe can be found here (As you can see, it was a rather grim news day. The blurb in question is headed "Students flock to club for the Bard, pie.")
The entire article from the Hampshire webpage can be found here
The club subsisted in the Fall of 2008 thanks to some generous donations from various other campus organizations, and was officially recognized as a student group by FiCom in the Spring of 2009.
A blog has been created to post hilarious pictures of Shakespeare, pies and everything in between, as well as updates on plays we're going to read, events, etc. This beautiful blog can be found here.
Plays we have read since Fall 2012 (Cycle II):
All's Well That Ends Well (1602)
- Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
- As You Like It (1599)
Comedy of Errors (1589) Coriolanus (1607) Cymbeline (1609)
- Hamlet (1600)
Henry IV, Part I (1597) Henry IV, Part II (1597) Henry V (1598)
- Henry VI, Part I (1591)
- Henry VI, Part II (1590)
- Henry VI, Part III (1590)
- Henry VIII (1612)
Julius Caesar (1599) King John (1596) King Lear (1605) Love's Labour's Lost (1594) Macbeth (1605)
- Measure for Measure (1604)
Merchant of Venice (1596) Merry Wives of Windsor (1600)
- Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
Much Ado about Nothing (1598) Othello (1604) Pericles (1608)
- Richard II (1595)
Richard III (1592)
- Romeo and Juliet (1594)
Taming of the Shrew (1593) Tempest(1611) Timon of Athens(1607) Titus Andronicus (1593)
- Troilus and Cressida (1601)
- Twelfth Night (1599)
Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594) Winter's Tale (1610)
Be Not Afraid of Culinary Greatness
- Midsummer Night's Cream Pies: Mocha Cream Pie, Nutmeg-Maple Cream Pie
- MacDeath by Chocolate (Chocolate Pudding Pie) : Non-Vegan and Vegan
- Apples You Like It (Apple Pie)
- Peach Pear Cobbler (vegan)
- Chocolate Coconut Bards (Black-Bottom Coconut Bars)
- Plum Cake (vegan)
- Anto-Key Lime Pie
- Cleo-Peach-Ra (Peach Pie) : Classic and Fancy (Peach and Crème Fraîche Pie)
- Peanut Butter Cup Blondies
- Caramel Walnut Upside Down Cake
- Carrot Cake (w/ Cream Cheese Frosting)
- Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles (vegan)
- Berry Cobbler w/ Coconut Walnut Topping
- Peanut Butter Pie w/ Cookie Crust
- Nantucket Cranberry Pie
- Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Brownies w/ Raspberry Goat Cheese Swirl
- Raspberry Crisp
- And some picures!: Blueberry Caesar, Apples You Like It, Blueberry Cake
(These items will be stored in the Dakin kitchen when we find a safe place for them).
1 cake pan
1 cookie sheet
2 oven mitts
3 cutting boards
A set of mixing bowls
A set of measuring spoons/cups
paper cups, plates and plastic cutlery
3 copies of the complete works of Shakespeare.
Exit, Pursued By A Bear.