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Review | The Hummingbird Bakery: Life is Sweet


How amazing does this book look?! Not just the amazing cakes *drools* but just look at the beautiful front cover, it’s a total coffee table book, isn’t it?

I’ve actually never bought a Hummingbird Bakery book before so I was really excited to have a look through this when it arrived. I was definitely not disappointed, the recipes look absolutely amazing!


Red velvet brownies, blueberry cream cheese pie, buttermilk ice cream, peanut butter and marshmallow cookies, coconut dream bars, pink champagne cupcakes…

From Britain’s favourite bakery, 100 original recipes to surprise and delight. With show-stopping layer cakes and cupcakes, indulgent ice creams, simple cookies and speedy pancakes, the Hummingbird Bakery’s inspiring new book will truly make life that little bit sweeter.


The book is written by Tarek Malouk, who opened the first Hummingbird Bakery on London’s Portobello Road in 2004. Whilst working in America, Tarek realised that the indulgent, high quality cakes and bakes loved by Americans was almost non-existent in the UK and so he decided it was time to bring these treats to the British public. I for one am so glad that he did!

The book is broken down into sections; Cakes, Cupcakes, Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies & Candies, Traybakes, Pancakes, Ice Cream, Puddings and Bread & Savouries, so it is really easy to find your way around the book and pick a recipe.


With over 100 recipes, there really is something for everyone in this book.  Whether you’re a bit of a novice just like me or a baking expert, the recipes range from easy to much more technical.

I like that there are some unusual recipes in the book that take you surprise as you’re flicking through, such as; Tomato Soup Cupcakes, Vinegar Pie and Earl Grey Tea Pie! I’m looking forward to trying some of these out and seeing what they actually taste like.


My favourite recipes so far and ones I can’t wait to try are: Tunnel of Fudge Cake, Pink Champagne Cupcakes, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake, Strawberry Chiffon Pie, Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cookies, Red Velvet Brownies, Cinnamon Pancake Cake, Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Brownie Pudding and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Loaf. Are you noticing a theme here? Is anyone else a big peanut butter fan?

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I’m planning to attempt a couple of recipes from the book over the next couple of days. I’ll be sure to let you know how they turn out. I’m leaning towards the Tunnel of Fudge Cake and the Vanilla-filled Chocolate Cookies, what do you think?

For more information on the book click here.

Thanks for reading.

This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

Cuddle Fairy


  1. June 29, 2016 / 9:58 am

    This book looks fantastic. I am literally drooling over the post. It is cakes and cookies like these that stop me losing weight lol. Might have to get hubby to buy this for me. Great review x

    • June 29, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Thanks for reading. I’ve just made 2 recipes from the book today and they are delicious! x

  2. June 29, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    The Hummingbird Bakery is amazing. I’ve loved their recipes for ages! #BloggerClubUK

    • June 29, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Great isn’t it. I’ve made 2 recipes from the book today and they are delicious! x

  3. Helen
    June 29, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Oh my goodness the recipes in this book look incredible! I love the Hummingbird Bakery in London, so would love to give their recipes a go at home too 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

    Helen x

    • June 29, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      I’ve never visited their shop, but would love to! x

  4. June 29, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Love the Hummingbird Bakery – I want baked goods now… #bloggerclubUK

    • June 29, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Haha sorry, I’m making everyone want cake aren’t I. Thanks for reading x

    • June 30, 2016 / 9:03 am

      They all look amazing! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

  5. June 30, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I think it looks & sounds amazing! I’m drooling all over the keyboard right now. What a fabulous cook book. I can do with all the help I can get when it comes to baking! Thanks so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK x

    • June 30, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Me too but I’ve now baked two recipes from here and both have turned out brilliantly! x

  6. June 30, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I have never heard of this book but the recipes look delicious X #bloggersuk

    • June 30, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      They look amazing don’t they 🙂 x

  7. July 6, 2016 / 8:09 am

    I was given their original book years ago and it sat on the shelf forgotten until yesterday, when I made their chocolate cupcakes with my son. They’re amazing! No idea why I didn’t use it before. This looks like more of the same kind of gorgeousness! Yum #bloggerclubuk

    • July 6, 2016 / 10:00 am

      I want to make everything in it, so much deliciousness! x

  8. July 6, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    LOVE the turtle cookies! So creative 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

    • July 7, 2016 / 1:13 pm

      They look great don’t they! x

  9. November 7, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    Yummy these sound awesome. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Simon