Last week I was sent to the Soho branch of the Hummingbird Bakery to view their Christmas produce and to collect a box of Christmas cupcakes that they very kindly had ready and waiting for me. Much to my embarrassment, however, I turned up and asked for the manager as instructed and managed to get his name wrong and consequently asked for the wrong person. This was despite having his name sent to me in an email, and despite making a note of it, and despite trawling through the streets of Soho saying it over and over again in my head. Fortunately they still gave me the cupcakes and very kindly overlooked my monumentally moronic error.
Anyway, a bit of background information never goes amiss, so here goes. The Hummingbird Bakery is an American-style bakery founded in 2004 with four bakeries in Notting Hill, South Kensington, Soho and Spitalfields. I for one had never been to The Hummingbird Bakery before. I have encountered their cookbooks (The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days) on various people’s shelves, but had never had the pleasure of eating their cakes.
I tend to indulge in cheese, or a steak with triple cooked chips…
This is because, for all my indulgence, cupcakes don’t often get a look in. I tend to indulge in cheese, or a steak with triple cooked chips, or other savoury stuff. Nevertheless, cupcakes have become something of a craze of late, probably because people love sweet stuff, and they love pretty stuff too, so it’s hardly surprising that people go wild for cupcakes.
And pretty and sweet was exactly what the Hummingbird Bakery Christmas cupcakes were. They have various Christmas cupcakes including Candy Cane, Eggnog, Gingerbread, Raspberry Trifle, Cranberry and White Chocolate and Christmas Pudding. They also have Christmas Miniature Delights (a box of mini cupcakes), a Candy Cane Cake and an 8” Christmas Vanilla Layer Cake.
…I don’t mind Christmas pudding, but it’s not that great…
I made every effort to try every single cupcake they gave me, and believe I scored a selection of plain sponge and Christmas Pudding sponge. I was hesitant about the Christmas Pudding sponge – I don’t mind Christmas pudding, but it’s not that great – but it actually turned out to be pretty delicious. It was spongy with a festive spice to it. I was obviously won over by the festive décor and sparkles – I’m only human after all – so if you can’t be bothered to bake and decorate your own cakes then maybe go and buy some from the Hummingbird Bakery.
Image courtesy of the Hummingbird Bakery