Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Hummingbird Bakery, London.

To set the record straight, cupcakes are an American thing. The term was first used in a cookbook written in the early 19th century. The British version of this is a fairy cake. The name cupcake was coined to describe it's size, the size of a teacup (although nowadays cupcakes can get rather big). For that same reason, it is also named fairy cakes by the British (the size of a cake for a group of fairies; tiny).

The Hummingbird Bakery was started because they wanted to give the Londoners an alternative to the supermarket cakes and french patisseries. They specialise in the American styled cakes and sweet treats like brownies, pecan pies, and pumpkin pies. They are popular for their red velvet cupcakes. Red velvet cupcakes are made of flour, cocoa powder and red colouring, topped with usually a white frosting. Unfortunately, we are not able to get our hands on their lovely cupcakes and treats here in Singapore, but the good news is that they do have a cookbook which helps poor folks like us whip up some of these diminutive treats at home for our own selfish consumption or maybe to share with some very lucky friends.

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