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 focused around the joys of baking and the masterful works of William Shakespeare. During weekly meetings (held in the Dakin Kitchen Thursdays 7pm-9pm) we will combine the best of both worlds, some of use engaging in the artful craft of baking play relevant or puny pies, while others take on bard’s pros and verses themselves. Each week will give members the opportunity to switch between the two if they so choose. Our overall goal is to create a safe and fun space where students can come together and revel in their love of culinary treats and classical Shakespearean Literature.
The Play's The Thing
On our menu this semester, we begin this season with the ever popular Much Ado About Nothing matched by the lesser known but just as striking tragedy of Troilius and Cressida. This bittersweet combo will help you sink your teeth into Shakespeare. While cold reading and performing the texts, we shall bake a wondrous Much Ado About Nutella Pie and Cressida's Minced Date pie (vegan). You need not bring the mustard or the pancakes, merely yourself and the desire to enjoy both Shakespeare and Pies!
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. Baking is optional but let us know if you would like to roll out a pie crust or learn what blind baking is. If you want to act, simply grab a book. If you wish to chill, simply hang and embrace Shakespeare's happening before you as it might've happened in the taverns of of his time, with spontaneity and the aroma of food. 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
-Its Thursday and you realize you've never tried a vegan pie or a Nutella crust
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 email@example.com. 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 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.
Past signers include: Josh (F08-S12), Lily, Neal (F12-F13), Zach (F12-S14), Traci (F12-S15), Tasya(S13-F14), Christian (S14-F16)
All the Works!
- 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
These items are stored in the cabinet labeled "Shake & Bake" in the Dakin Kitchen. The cabinet is shut with a combination lock and can only be opened by the signers. 1 cake pan
1 cookie sheet
1 oven mitt
Paper cups, plates and plastic cutlery
3 cutting boards
A set of mixing bowls
A set of measuring spoons/cups
Several copies of the complete works of Shakespeare
Several copies of individual plays
Exit, Pursued By A Bear.