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The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,547 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The chefs from the Hummingbird Bakery share their recipes for a delicious range of 60 bakes, from deliciously light cupcakes with buttercream frosting to moist chocolate and zesty lemon meringue pie.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Ryland Peters & Small
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Caroline
I know this cookbook gets rave reviews, but I was disappointed, and didn't end up using it, because it seemed like almost every recipe was loaded with sugar and butter. I'm not necessarily a low-fat cook, but it's expensive to bake that way, and I do avoid excessive sugar.
Ali
not impressed with these recipes at all. cupcakes are simple to make usually, and I have made some great cakes in my time. the sponge was extremely crumbly with the cakes I made, and I followed the recipes to the exact measurements and did everything as it says in the book, complete rubbish!
Also I made gingerbread men, and it didn't make a dough at all, it was like thick cake batter, so I added a little more flour to bind it more, only to find the following day when I cut the men out, these so...more
Emily
Lovely book looks wise, but the recipes are not great & don't always turn out well.
Ana
I am hiding this book away from me. Even thought the pictures are great, the final result after trying the recipes is poor.
The quantities are wrong and even the preparation method is incomplet.
Trine
This is one of my favourite cookbooks. The brownie recipe is a staple in my repertoire now, and I've only ever had the cupcakes turn out well. I haven't yet tried any of the pies or more fancy cakes, mostly for lack of proper baking equipment (and my fear of pie crusts). I plan to try out all the recipes in the book though!
Joolz
Bought this for my daughter but have made nearly all recipes at some point or another! The red velvet cupcakes are to die for, and i made a selection of the cupcakes for my 40th birthday party. Just divine!
Mimi
Bought this because it was recommended. Extremely disappointed!!! Followed the Lemon Cake recipe to the letter and it was a disaster. Bubbled over in the oven all over the oven floor but I continued on and then it refused to come out of the tin and just broke up. I rechecked the recipe and made no mistakes. The book must be wrong. I have made lemon cake before to a way less complicated recipe and they always turned out more than fine. I just threw the whole thing in the bin. Wasted my time and m...more
Lydia
The chocolate and hazelnut (i.e. Nutella) cupcakes alone justify five stars.
Scott
Jul 07, 2012 Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: food
Finally! a moist chocolate cupcake!
Laala Alghata
Do you guys count cookbooks as a book read? I mean, I read the entire thing, so it counts, right? Anyway. I’m not going to go into an enormous amount of detail, but it’s an excellent dessert book. I love all the recipes, they seem simple enough to make and I’ve had the cupcakes and brownies at the Hummingbird Bakery before, so I know the results are delicious. I’ll include the first recipe in the book for anyone who wants to give it a go:

Vanilla Cupcakes

120g plain flour
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tea...more
Libby
Usually 'celebrity' endorsed products turn me off. Sorry Paris I don't want to smell/dress/ be like you. However, when I saw Gwyneth Paltrow's gushing recommendation of the hummingbird bakery, I was intrigued. Gwyneth Paltrow, who ( if the tabloids are to be believed) lives off a teaspoon of flaxseeds a day, eats cake? And not just any cake, cakes with lots of BUTTER and SUGAR and CREAM. There is even a pecan pie where you have to have dark corn syrup flown in from America ( where the fat people...more
Sandy
Still working through the recipes. So far, the lemon cupcake was quite dry. Needs for testing.
Melanie Garrett
This book had the endorsement of two trusted sources before I even opened the cover. The first was my friend Laurel, who is an outstanding cook, and who sent me this for my birthday. The second was the fact that right on the sleeve, Gwyneth Paltrow, who not only knows a thing or two about great food, but tends to also know the chef who invented it, raves about it.

In the past, my attempts at Red Velvet cake have produced rather disappointingly pink results. But as you can see from the photo on m...more
Carol-Lynn
Lavender cupcake and frosting recipe! Can't wait to try it. Hope it is as good as it sounds.
Karen
Picked it up for €15 last week. (Dutch 2010 edition without the mistakes I hear people mention in the editions before May 2009) This weekend's try-out: chocolate cupcakes with mint buttercream. Rave reviews from guests and kids. Even I liked them. Since then I read a lot of not-so-good reviews.
Used the exact recipe/ingredients, even cooking time was good. I had less batter then expected. Need to test bake more before I can say anything. So far I loved the easy recipe and that it turned out just...more
Zelly B.
A great book with several different recipes for things more than the delicious cupcakes the Hummingbird Bakery is known for.

Of course, there are also the classic famous Hummingbird Bakery recipes like their red velvet cupcakes included too - in case you're in search for the things that made them what they are today.

I definitely recommend this book for your cookbook collection. The food photography is something to drool over.
Julie Miles
This quickly became one of my favourite recipe go to books when I fancy something a little different either for myself or to make as a gift for someone as some of the recipes are completely different to anything I've seen before. It is filled with gorgeous pictures and wonderful recipes. I highly recommend trying your hand at the banana cinnamon muffins and the peanut butter cookies. You won't be disappointed.
Jo
I just like looking at the pictures..... might have to try one or two. But my husband complains that I am trying to give him a heart attack.

Made a version of a tea-cake - instead of the blueberries I used mango cause that was all I had..... it must have worked as it disappeared in less than 3 hrs.
Julia Fandechicklit
One of my favourite cookbooks of all time! Excellent baking recipes: the cookies (oat and raison, and chocolate chip) are delicious, so are some of these cakes. I made the Banana bread yesterday evening and the result is amazing! Highly recommended to anyone who loves baking!
Jennie
Seriously not impressed. There are better baking books out there. The frosting on the cakes and cupcakes looks grainy and disgusting. I think they were going for "rustic" in some of the photos, but the finished products look sloppy instead.
Really, nothing special.
Kay
As soon as you get your hands on this cookbook, try the raspberry cheesecake brownie...delicious!

Also, have since tried the strawberry cheesecake cupcake, Chocolate Hazelnut cupcake and a lemon cupcake...every single one was awesome...better than the bakery!
Christiane
I haven't tried the recipes yet but there are a few (lemon cupcakes, blueberry cake, traditional brownies) that I can't wait to try. The photographs are so beautiful, little food works of art. This would be a great gift for someone who loves sweets!
Gillian
My partner makes the most delicious banana bread in the world from this book but it seems to be another one where the recipes weren't tested thoroughly for quantities first. Oh and the green tea cupcakes were...not so good. Cute book though.
Kim
Some pretty good recipes in here, including the very delicious lemon loaf cake. Cupcakes are not bad either. The method and the ingredient quantities appear odd, but I've had good results. I know that this is not universally the case.
Png
Jan 21, 2013 Png rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Png by: goodreads
Shelves: cookbooks
Delicious-looking illustrations of classic desserts. Very tempted to make Double Chocolate Cookies. Being an intermediate baker, I'm more inclined to make fancier recipes but for traditional sweets, this is a good recommendation.
Bunnyk
I've already made one of the recipes from this book - did the Lemon Bars last night, they were VERY popular at work! Glad I saved some at home for Pete, else he'd've not got a look in! I might try freezing one for me.
Rachel
Jan 06, 2010 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cake lovers
Recommended to Rachel by: Lynne Woodcock
Shelves: cooking, non-fiction
This is full of beautiful recipies from the beginner to the expert- a must have for cake lovers. Full of beautiful full page photos and enticing recipies, I am going to enjoy piling on the pounds eating my creations!
Laura Mccarthy
i LOVE THIS BOOK. The Vanilla cupcakes are divine take minutes to whip up and they are a firm fave in my house. So much so I visited the bakery in Soho on a recent trip to london. amazing
Sarah
Great value, over 100 recipes from the London cupcake bakery to the stars! Scrumptious photography.

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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 Baker...more
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