The bestselling, hugely popular Hummingbird Bakery offers a wonderful collection of easy and delicious cupcakes, layer cakes, pies and cookies to suit all occasions.
The Hummingbird Bakery has brought their mouth-watering yet easy-to-make cupcakes to kitchens everywhere and this time they show readers how to bake delicious cakes and other sweet delights for those days of the year that are just meant for indulgence - such as birthdays, Easter, Valentine's and Christmas - as well as those times when you just deserve a little treat.
This book takes you through the year to offer simple baking recipes suited to your favourite seasonal events or celebrations, plus inspired recipes that will encourage you into the kitchen even if there is no special occasion!
‘Cake Days’ not only includes the Hummingbird favourites that so many people have come to love, but many brand new ideas such as cocktail and fizzy pop cupcakes, flower-infused cupcakes and even coffee- and tea-flavoured cupcakes. Whether you fancy a classic Red Velvet, want to enjoy an Earl Grey cupcake with your cup of tea, or bake Lemonade cupcakes for a party, the Hummingbird Bakers will how you how easy it is to make fun and delicious cakes. In addition readers will find the Hummingbird's new whoopie pies, easy tray bakes, classic layer cakes, fruit pies and plenty of scrumptious cookies.
With a photograph for every recipe, plus tips and friendly advice, The Hummingbird Bakery's new cookbook is an essential and enjoyable addition to every kitchen.
From the Author
Q&A with Tarek Malouf:
1. What was the idea behind the naming of ‘The Hummingbird Bakery’?
The name just popped into my head one day. I love hummingbirds; colourful, agile birds that feast on sweet nectar. When the logo was designed, it all came together and seemed the perfect choice!
2. The new book The Hummingbird Bakery: Cake Days is filled with lots of delicious recipes. Where do you get your inspiration from to continue to develop new flavours and ideas for baking?
The Hummingbird Bakery team’s inspiration comes from everywhere and everyone! We all work closely to develop new flavours and discuss ideas. Sometimes certain flavours begin as suggestions, other times, from seeing something in day-to-day life. Our product development team then turns the ideas into reality.
3. What is the most outlandish flavour or design of cake anyone has requested?
We stick closely to our core flavours, so we don’t really do outlandish flavours! Our cake design style tends to be elegant and simple, less is more. We have had some requests for naughty messages on cakes throughout the years, probably best to leave those to your imagination!
4. When you have time, what’s your favourite thing to bake?
My friends and I recently made a soufflé from Julia Childs’ book, and it turned out beautifully! I don’t get to bake very often nowadays; I’m more about the eating!
5. What was your motivation to open the first Hummingbird Bakery?
There were no places in London to buy proper American desserts and cakes when I first got the idea. I thought that people would appreciate buying cupcakes, cakes and other goodies that had been freshly baked on site and individually hand decorated. It was certainly something that I wanted to be eating! So, I just jumped in and started work on opening my shop on Portobello Road.