Cake Days by The Hummingbird Bakery
Genre: Non-Fiction, Baking
Rating: 5 out of 5
The second delectable baking book from cupcake king Tarek Malouf, The Hummingbird Bakery – Cake Days brings together all of his latest mouth-watering recipes. Beautifully designed and packed with lavish photographs, this hardback is pretty in pink and almost looks good enough to eat! Highly recommended following the astonishing success of the previous cookbook from The Hummingbird Bakery, this well-explained guide brings gorgeous treats to your fingertips, such as various cupcakes, loaves, layer cakes, whoopee pies, fruit pies and cookies. With some exciting and novel new cupcake combinations, this is one baking book that is not to be missed!
I’ve never reviewed a cookery book before but I felt I had to comment on this book! I received this as a gift from a lovely colleague and I have loved making the cupcakes in it! This book is by The Hummingbird Bakery – they have 4 bakeries in London, of which I really want to visit!
The book is beautifully presented, with gorgeous pictures of the cakes/puddings. The BookPeople brought this to work and everyone cooed over the pictures. The book is hardback, so durable for your kitchen and the pictures are high quality.
They have a lovely selection of recipes and all of them look delicious! The instructions are very easy to follow. They are simple and clear – for example, when you mix butter and castor sugar it explains what the mix should look like once completely mixed. I use a food processor to mix and although they suggest using a whisk I have found the food processor to be fine. I would say that there always seems to be a lot of frosting left over – maybe I don’t put enough on, although they do seem to have plenty on each cake – so I have started to half the mixture. However, this might not be a problem for you!
I have enjoyed making the cupcakes in this book. I have made a variety: caramel, walnut and apple, gingerbread, sticky toffee, banoffee and vanilla. Here are an example of some of them:
These have all tasted wonderful and they have gone down a treat in the office! I have also made Whoopie Pies, although finding Marshmallow Fluff was tough! This is a great recipe book, well worth getting your hands on! I think everyone would be able to follow the recipes and the cupcakes they produce are just wonderful. This easily gets top marks from me!