THE HUMMINGBIRD BAKERY
Soho | South Kensington | Notting Hill | Spitalfields | Islington
Cupcakes, who doesn’t love them. They are like cute mini cakes with so many flavour combinations and decoration styles. These delightful treats have become very popular and can now be found in most bakeries around London. My favourite is The Hummingbird Baker. This lovely little place is an American style bakery which first opened its doors to Notting Hill (2004). Fast forward 12 years and they now have 6 branches around London.
All their branches are pretty small and decorated in their signature colours pink and purple velvet. Is that even a colour? But that’s what comes to mind when I see it. They offer a nice selection of classic cakes and cupcakes such as vanilla, chocolate and carrot but also some indulgent options like Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and Oreo.
This was the first time I had come across Red Velvet so I was excited to try it. If you haven’t tried Hummingbird Bakery’s Red Velvet cupcake then what are you doing with your life? I have since tried red velvet from different bakeries but nothing beats Hummingbird. Usually the best thing about a cupcake is the frosting. Once that’s gone you’re stuck with a dry sponge. This is not the case with Hummingbirds red velvet.
The sponge is a perfect shade of red, not too bright (Ahem…Tesco Red Velvet I’m looking at you) and not too dark, borderlining on a chocolate sponge. The cream cheese frosting is super indulgent, not too sweet but I do think one cupcake is enough to keep you satisfied. Until your next craving kicks in then you get to experience the euphoria all over again. Thats right I just used euphoria to describe a cupcake xD
I have the ‘Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes and Muffins’ recipe book so I have tried my hand at making these. Obviously mine do not compare but they were not bad considering it was my first ever attempt at Red Velvet. The ingredients required are pretty basic and what you would expect for a good red velvet. The process however is slightly different to what you would traditionally find for a red velvet.
Normally you’d sift and fold together the dry ingredients so your flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt. This would then be added to the wet ingredients in batches alternating with the buttermilk (A key ingredient for Red Velvet and baking in general) Hummingbird’s method requires you to mix together the cocoa, red food colouring and vanilla extract to make a thick dark paste. This is then added to the butter followed by the buttermilk and dry ingredients.
I was sceptical at first when trying Hummingbirds ‘paste’ method but it came out pretty well. The only noticeable difference I saw between this and the normal method was the colour of the sponge. Hummingbird’s method resulted in a bright red sponge whereas the other cupcakes were darker more cocoa-y (Is that a word…you get what I mean right).
Sponges aside my cream cheese frosting needs working on. Either my kitchen was too warm at the time or I over whipped my frosting. By the time I was ready to pipe the frosting had started to run. As you can see from the pictures I tried to go for the round swirl but ended up with a flat swirl. At least they tasted good and pictured well 🙂
The Angel Branch has now become my go to bakery as it’s on my commute to work. I have tried a few more items from this bakery but nothing compares to the Red velvet. They have started a pretty cool deal called ‘Treat a Friend Friday’. Every Friday you are able to pop into any store and buy 2 cupcakes for the price of 1, just state ‘Treat a Friend Friday’ at the till.
So if you are looking for a good Red velvet or generous slice of Cake (or two… ) then visit The Hummingbird Bakery.
Tried and loved
- Red velvet Cupcake
- Vanilla Cupcake
- Rainbow Cake
- Bounty Cupcake
- Nutella Cupcake
Yet to/Want to try
- Whoopie Pie
- Black bottom Cupcake