Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

“The Hummingbird Bakery is a sweet tooth’s delight. The cupcakes are legendary and our special occasions are always chock full of Hummingbird goodies.” Gwyneth Paltrow

Tarek Malouf opened the first Hummingbird Bakery in 2004 on Portobello Road in London’s Notting Hill District and this is their first cookbook. The Hummingbird Bakery is the number one destination for cake-loving Londoners and it has also attracted a glamorous celebrity clientele who enjoy the retro charm of their sweet treats. The bakery is famous for its cupcakes, of which they sell more than 20,000 every week. Everything is freshly baked on site using only the finest ingredients.

In this beautifully photographed book are simple, unfussy recipes for cupcakes, muffins, brownies and bars, ring, layer and loaf cakes, cookies, pies and cheesecakes. Who can resist an adorable Vanilla Cupcake topped with a decadent swirl of candy-colored buttercream frosting and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands or a gooey Chocolate and Banana Cupcake?

Carrot Cake and New York Cheesecake are both favorites at Hummingbird, and the eponymous Hummingbird Cake is a sweet, sticky triumph of banana and pineapple, layered with cream cheese frosting. There are open pies, pies with tops, delicate pies and no-holds-barred pies – options abound! There are also recipes for brownies and bars, popular with children and adults alike, plus classic American-style muffins. And finally there’s a wealth of cookies to delight any cookie fiend. Dive in and experience the sweet delights of The Hummingbird Bakery.

Tarek Malouf grew up in London and attended The American School in St John’s Wood. It was there he was introduced to, and grew to love, American desserts and cupcakes. After college in London and Los Angeles, he worked for ABC News (American Broadcasting) in their London Bureau for several years. In 2002 he decided to leave journalism and start the Hummingbird Bakery The Bakery has branches in Portobello Road in Notting Hill and Chelsea, with a new branch to open in Soho soon. Visit the website at


Webgrrl74 said...

I soooooo want to get this book!
Have been to the Hummingbird Bakery and loved it! :)

Sarah said...

You can buy the book from