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The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days [Hardcover]

Tarek Malouf
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Book Description

17 Mar 2011

The bestselling, hugely popular Hummingbird Bakery is back with a wonderful new collection of easy and delicious cupcakes, layer cakes, pies and cookies to suit all occasions in this beautiful book.

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 beautifully designed, lavishly photographed 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: Recipes to Make Everyday Special’ 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.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007374793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007374793
  • ASIN: 0007374798
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 19.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tarek Malouf grew up in London and attended The American School in London's St John's Wood. It was there that he was introduced to, and grew to love, American desserts and cupcakes. After attending university in London and Los Angeles, he worked for ABC News (American Broadcasting) in their London bureau for several years. In 2002 he decided to leave journalism and started planning The Hummingbird Bakery. The Bakery has branches in Portobello Road in Notting Hill, Old Brompton Road in South Kensington, and Wardour Street in Soho. The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook is his first book. Visit The Hummingbird Bakery website at

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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.

About the Author

Tarek Malouf was born in London and studied at London and Los Angeles universities, where he discovered American desserts. After working for ABC News in the UK and enjoying American desserts on trips to the USA, he decided to set up The Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello Road. The Bakery's home-cooked cupcakes, pies, brownies and other high-quality American desserts were a huge success and the Bakery now has branches in South Kensington and Soho. Visit the website at

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy yummy Hummy! 20 Mar 2011
By Cookie
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Having been impressed by the Hummingbird Bakery produce before, I knew I had to pre-order this book to have a go myself. Having gotten the book a few days ago, I've been examining it lots, and even baking a few recipes, and I must say, this book is seriously yummy! I can't wait to be able to taste more of these delicious recipes!

As for the recipes, there are lots of cupcakes (as expected) quite a few cakes and cheesecakes, plenty of loafs, bars and cookies, and several whoopie pies. As a nice surprise, there are also a few savoury muffin recipes. Some of their recipes have really intriguing combinations - how about a Beetroot and Chocolate Cupcake? Or maybe a Chocolate Guinness Cake? Or a Courgette, Walnut and Cinnamon Layer Cake? I'll definately will be trying these, just to try how these combinations work out.

The recipes are not overly complicated, and as for levels some are pretty simple, and some increase in difficulty demanding several steps. Almost all of the ingredients are easily found in well-stocked supermarkets and if not, they can be substituted with something very similar (e.g. you can easily make a buttermilk substitute yourself). There are also some baking tips at the back for those with not that much experience.

The only annoying thing I found with the book was the lay-out. The book is divided into holiday/special occasion -sections (e.g. Halloween, Mothers Day, Christmas...), and each sections has cupcakes, cakes, whoopie pies, loafs, savoury muffins etc. This makes it more difficult to find what you want to bake, and if you are looking for example different cupcakes you'd have to flip through the whole book to locate all the recipes.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Hummingbird! 25 Mar 2011
Like many other reviewers I pre-ordered this book, as I am a big fan of the first Hummingbird Cookbook and the Bakery itself. I have made many recipes from the previous book, particularly the chocolate cupcakes, which are always unbelievable and have gained me many a compliment! Also, they seem to keep really well, if you have to make a couple of days ahead.

I made my first recipe from the new book yesterday, the caramel cupcakes, which have gone down a treat at home and at work. The sponge is unbelievably light and moist, which I find to be true with all Hummingbird cupcakes, and the frosting delicious but super sweet! I also made the apricot crucnchies. The recipe suggests leaving the sultanas and apricots in the juice for 5 minutes. I, ahem, went out for a walk with my dog, so half an hour later, the fruit had absorbed all the juice which I think might have effected my results, which despite tasting superb, lacked the crunch described in the name. My fault though, and actually my apricot flapjack (this name represents mine!) is delicious anyway, so not a problem.

Recipes in this cookbook often suggest just mixing until combined and warn not to over mix, I would suggest you follow this advice, especially when using a kitchen aid or similar rather than a electric mixer, as it can be easy to leave the mixer running too long. In my experience cupcakes don't have the lovely light, moist texture I've come to expect if overly mixed.

I am looking forward to trying out further recipes, particularly the whoopie pies, intrigued to see how they turn out in comparison to
the ones I have made from 'Whoopie Pies' (Billingsley and Treadwell) and those I have tried in store.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Flicking through the book initially I wanted to cook absolutely everything in it - and there's the right amount of cakes, loaves, cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, and cheescakes here - but looking through it again I think there's some problems with it.

It's split into these chapters:

*Valentine's Day
*Spring Weekend Bakes
*Mother's & Father's Day
*Summer Afternoon Tea
*Birthdays and Celebrations
*Rainy day treats
*Halloween & Bonfire Night

But better if, like the first book, this book was split into chapters on the types of recipes themselves. It's a bit easier finding what you need, as another reviewer says. I don't think dividing it into events and occasions is that useful for most people.

Chapters on baking essentials (most of which are for beginners), are at the back of the book along with decorating ideas and a list of suppliers.

I'm not keen on the overlap between this and the other book. There's three identical recipes, all cupcakes - vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet, plus six other recipes that have obviously been slightly tweaked from the first book - lemon cupcakes/lemonade cupcakes, ginger cake/gingerbread cake, blueberry cake/blueberry and soured cream cake, pecan pie/chocolate and pecan pie, carrot cake/carrot and ginger cake, and lemon and poppy seed cake/lemon poppy seed loaf. More originality please next time and less laziness.

As most of the seven show-stopping cakes here are layered you'll need three or four sandwich tins to make them and so they require an awful lot of fat and sugar. They're pretty hardcore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days
This book has some excellent recipes, slightly different from the everyday baking making it a good recipe book for special occasions.
Published 12 days ago by S. J. Holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars mis-print
Unfortunately, there's a printing error in the index plus omissions. I hope recipes are faultless, otherwise oops! it'll be bird food.
Published 1 month ago by Sheila Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Cake days
My daughter is enjoying trying out all these cake recipes. Guidance is practical and does not depend on being able to think in the abstract. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Magpie
5.0 out of 5 stars great cake book
As you would expect from Hummingbird Bakery. Fabulous cakes that turn out like they are meant to every time. Only problem is deciding what to make.
Published 1 month ago by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY
Arrived very quickly. Great recipes, easy to follow instuctions and beautiful photos. May have a weight problem in the near future.
Published 1 month ago by A. Durler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it !
What a fab cake baking book. love the recipes and my family love the results. I'm baking cakes every week now, so yummy
Published 2 months ago by Alison Pilcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recipes
I gave in and bought this book after borrowing my daughter's copy and not wanting to give it back. The recipes are not hard to follow, but some are quite complex and fiddly, so the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SueS
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
great recipes in there even for a novice. Easy to understand recipes that anyone can follow in my opinion and great pictures too
Published 2 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
In love this book, can't wait to bake lemonade and cola cupcakes using soda stream syrups... Brilliant ideas. I will definitely be buying more hummingbird bakery books.
Published 3 months ago by Kate B
5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended
This book was recomended by my 11yr old granddaughter she makes loverly cakes from this book so hopefully will i
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