Hope the Monday blues didn’t get to you today, but if they did, here’s a cupcake and a mighty good one at that. Chancing upon The Hummingbird Bakery in London was by no surprise a mistake. My parents being fans of antiques led the way to Portobello Market at Notting Hill in London, a great place for trinkets and basically people’s old stuff. I’m not a fan of either and was a bit bored until the next thing I know, I was standing in front of The Hummingbird Bakery.
I went pretty starstruck since my sister has the books and has made delicious and I MEAN delicious creations from it and my wonderful boyfriend said that his ridiculously yummy red velvet cupcakes was based off a recipie from The Hummingbird Bakery. So I was pretty much in line to get a cupcake by the end of that sentence.
The Hummingbird Bakery takes the style of American cakes and desserts. That’s why they’re so familiar! I mean, you think you’ve had a good cupcake. Girl, you think again. These remind me of my schooling days when my American friend’s moms would bring cupcakes for bake sales. These cupcakes were sent from heaven, they would be so soft and fluffy, like a delicious soft cloud. The Notting Hill branch which was the one I landed on was actually the first Hummingbird Bakery shop! But let them explain:
Tarek Malouf, the company founder, developed the concept for The Hummingbird Bakery in response to what he saw as a lack of any places in London to enjoy the taste of the truly authentic American-style baking. His vision for the bakery and love of American baking transpired to be something that many within London, from across the UK and globally came to share. Today the bakery sells an average of 22,000 cupcakes per week and has become a highly celebrated and iconic High Street brand. – The Hummingbird Bakery
I even got a shot of one of the pastry chefs in the kitchen. Why hello there.
With my parents not big on me eating sweets, I could only pick one. I decided on the Black Bottom cupcake and I don’t regret it. I’ve had far too many red velvet cupcakes these past few days to really appreciate but everyone has said that Hummingbird makes the best. Yet, I wanted something different. It’s so cute that they put it in a take-away box!
The black bottom cupcake has a rich and luxurious dark chocolate sponge cake baked with a cheesecake centre and topped with cream cheese frosting. When the person behind the counter explained to me what it was, I really couldn’t resist. Why yes, I’ll take one.
There was cheesecake in my cupcake! How often do you get to say that? It was spectacular from the first to last bite. It’s very rich though (and soft) so I think I could only eat one. I just love how moist the cake is though which is so rare with other cupcake shops. They just aren’t to par. It’s really about freshness though, you get hard cupcakes when you don’t bake em’ fresh. But these ones, oh my, they are the best. Actually, my boyfriend makes the best cupcakes but that’s for another day ;)
Even my mom got one after taking a bite of my cupcake. That’s so rare as she doesn’t like sweets too much and she’s very critical about food but she throughly enjoyed it. I think I’m critical but in my head. If food is not good, I just don’t anything but if its delicious, then I’ll tell the whole world! So Imma telling you, if you’re in London, you gotta get one.
The Hummingbird Bakery has shops all over london including Soho, South Kensington, Notting Hill, Islington and Spitalfields and rumor has it they’re opening their first international branch in Dubai soon. Check out more about them on their website!
Hope you liked this post! I’m off to Prague tomorrow morning with the family, pretty excited! It’s my first time in the Czech Republic :D