Thursday, 19 April 2012

Afternoon Tea at the Hummingbird Bakery

It may come as no surprise to you that I am a HUGE fan of cake. Whether that be a delicate little cupcake, a giant doorstep slab of sponge cake, or brownies, pies and iced buns - it all makes me one very happy lady.

Given my love of cake, I have long been a fan of the Hummingbird Bakery. Their recipe for Key Lime Pie is absolutely delicious, while their cupcakes and frostings are just as yummy. So, on a recent trip to London with Teresa and our hubbies, I leapt at the chance to eat at one of their cafes.

As soon as we arrived at the bakery in South Kensington, I was excited. Its small, friendly interior made it seem just like any other local cafe - only with bigger and better cakes! Just take a look at what awaited us:

Three-layer Vanilla Cake 
Three-layer Red Velvet Cake
Vanilla Cupcakes
It was hard to choose what to order - did I go for one of the luxurious looking cakes (the Red Velvet cake in particular was making me drool), or one of the famous vanilla cupcakes?

In the end, we all picked something different so that we could sample a bit of everything - vanilla cake, pastel green cupcake, raspberry cheesecake brownie, chocolate cake. It was like a feast from my dreams!

My absolutely favourite was the vanilla cake and cupcake. The sponges were beautifully airy and moreish, while the frosting was light, sweet and creamy - perfect washed down with a cup of tea. I could have happily eaten more but, to my disappointment, my stomach wouldn't allow for it as they were incredibly filling.

The raspberry cheesecake brownie was absolutely divine, but I would have loved it to have just a bit more zing to it (slightly more raspberry, perhaps). I definitely want to have a go at baking it though! The combinations were perfect and made my mouth water - chocolate brownie with chunks of dark chocolate, topped with a luscious cheesecake, followed by a layer of raspberry cream.

The chocolate cake was everything which you'd expect from a chocolate cake. Rich, decadent, fudgy and ever-so-slightly gooey. It is a chocolate lover's dream, except possibly too rich to eat on your own!

While the Hummingbird Bakery wasn't the cheapest to eat at (some of the cakes were around £5 per slice), I would recommend it to any fellow cake lover! The cakes are so utterly beautiful and light to eat that you can't help but leave the bakery with a huge smile on your face. It makes for the perfect weekend treat!