"Tarek Malouf came up with the idea for the Hummingbird Bakery in 2002 when he spent Thanksgiving in North Carolina. After indulging in cupcakes, banana cream pie, and apple pie, he wondered why he'd never seen a bakery in London which excelled in treats like this. So, in 2004, he opened the first Hummingbird Bakery in Portobello Road."
- The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
|The Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello Road|
I first discovered the Hummingbird Bakery during a trip to London with my family in the summer of 2011. I went to the South Kensington shop twice in the week that I was in town. Their cupcakes were some of the best cupcakes that I'd ever eaten -- and believe me, I've eaten a lot of cupcakes.
Unlike most cupcakes that have spongy, airy, and slightly sticky textures, Hummingbird Bakery's cupcakes have a denser and more substantial crumb while managing to remain moist and delicious:
Hummingbird Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes
(photo from the Hummingbird Bakery's website)
While the bakery claims to produce classic American baked goods, I think that a more accurate description of their products is that they're British interpretations of American baked goods.
This is a very good thing.
Just try out the bakery's recipe for vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting for starters and let me know what you think. All you need is one stick of butter, a handful of flour and sugar, and one egg.
I promise you won't be disappointed.
For more information, check out the Hummingbird Bakery's website here and one of my earlier posts about the bakery here.
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