Sunday, 20 March 2011

Hummingbird bakery cake days

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On Friday the new Hummingbird Bakery book arrived through my letterbox and I was so excited to make some cakes from it. Yes, there are lots of cupcakes in it, but there are also many more layer cake, loaf cake, muffin and tray bake recipes to try. Oh and cheesecakes, so many delicious cheesecake recipes! Scott is very eager for me to make the chocolate lime cheesecake. It was my Grandad's birthday so it gave me the perfect excuse to make a layer cake AND cupcakes. I chose the maple & pecan cake and the beetroot chocolate cupcakes. I've made a beetroot chocolate cake before and it was delicious but this recipe had an added teaspoon of cinnamon which just brought out the flavour of the beetroot perfectly. So moist and delicious! I loved the maple & pecan layer cake too although some people said it was too sweet and not flavourful enough. Perhaps a teaspoon of vanilla extract next time will improve it. My only niggle with the recipes is that the quantities for the cupcake recipes seem slightly OTT. It says the recipes make 12-16 cupcakes but I ended up with 18 rather large cupcakes. The icing was even more off! I iced the 18 cupcakes (very generously) and still had enough left to ice about 8 more I bet. It seemed very wasteful to me to waste so much. Next time I may just halve the recipe and skimp slightly on the icing on the cupcakes (better for the waistline and your teeth). Have you bought the new Hummingbird Recipe book yet or tried any recipes out of it?

Oh and yesterday I did a guest post for the amazing collaborative blog, Where are my knees? 5 of my fave bloggers have got together in a bid to motivate and inspire each other to lose weight, tone up and generally get healthier. I was honoured to be asked to be their first guest poster about running and how to start it. The response has been hugely flattering too! It motivated me on a very hard 6k run this morning and now I am aching slightly but I know it's all worth it.

39 comments:

  1. I loooove chocolate beetroot cake, adding cinnamon sounds like something I'll have to try.

    I want this book but it's a shame about the quantities :/

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  2. I want, want, want this book!! Hmmm it is my bday this weekend, will have to drop a few hints to Gary lol!! Your cake & cupcakes look lovely, hope your Grandad enjoyed them :)

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  3. I need to get this book! I love the first one, & this one looks amazing too! :) x

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  4. Ohh that book looks so good! Your cakes look delicious.. they should be the photos for the recipe book!
    I'll have to check it out :)

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  5. Oh my god Helen, they look amazing! I don't even like nuts but the layer cake looks divine. I'm also tempted to make those beetroot cupcakes too, obviously I'll only have one ;)
    Thanks so much for your post too - I'm glad everyone is loving the blog so far! xx

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  6. YUMMY!! I literally just blogged about this too haha! I made the caramel cupcakes today and had enough mix to make 24 their quantities are crazy!! They were delish though.

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  7. Your cakes look so professional, I would have thought the photos came from the book if I hadn't seen your update on twitter earlier. They look amazing! My cakes always taste nice but look a complete mess, I just throw lots of edible glitter on them and hope for the best.
    The guest post is fab and I'm excited to see everyone reach their goals
    xx

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  8. oh, those look deeeelicious! the book looks fantastic!

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  9. Thanks for being our first guest blogger Helen and thank you for the link love. I bought this book last week for a whole £6 in Sainsburys, amazing value. I am having to resist from baking from it yet though as I can't bake and not try xx

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  10. Maple and pear! So delicious!

    I really admire your commitment to the running Helen! This time last year I was training for the Belfast marathon, at my peak I could run 8km. Then things got in the way and I had to pull out of the marathon and couldn't complete training. But it's great that you're powering along! I really must get back into it myself some time soon. I miss my gym membership! :)

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  11. So tempted by this book. It's been staring at me in various shops for days but I am determined to be deciplined enough to wait for payday. The cakes looks absolutely beautiful though, can't wait to try them! X

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  12. Ooooh, mine also plopped through my letter box on Friday! I haven't used it yet, that may change today ;)

    That carrot cake looks amazing!!

    Katie xox

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  13. YUMMM, these all look so good! Off to check out your guest post.

    Leia

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  14. I was looking at this book yesterday and now wish I had bought it!

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  15. Your baking always looks so amazing! Didn't they have similar problems with some of the recipes in the first book? I would have thought some testing before publication would have sorted quantity errors out.

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  16. Those cakes look lovely! I've had similar problems with the icing quantity in the 1st book, think I will be ordering this new one soon though :)

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  17. I didn't know they had a new one out - I love the first one so this'll def go on my wishlist! I've always found their quantities a bit generous, but they are the best recipes - I'm a baking goddess since I bought that book! :)

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  18. Apologies if you've answered this before but I was just wondering how long you've been baking for?

    These look just perfect! <3 x

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  19. I'm drooling! They look delicious.

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  20. Oooh beetroot?! Sounds interesting! I really need to get back in the baking game.

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  21. I can't believe that the quantities were so off! These cakes look lovely though, they always look so professional :)

    Maria xxx

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  22. yummy thats all i can say x

    http://lolitasfashionideas.blogspot.com/

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  23. Yummy! Makes me want to back some red velvet cupcakes. xoxo

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  24. Oh yum! After drooling over the cake on Twitter it looks even better on the inside. Also, how do you cut such perfect slices?! The cupcakes look fab too. Someone I used to work with used to use beetroot in chocolate cakes too and they always tasted so much better. I still haven't tried any Hummingbird recipes since a vanilla cupcake disaster, I so need to get back on that horse!

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  25. Those cakes look divine! It sounds like it's a good book to get even with the wasteful large quantities.

    Hope your grandad had a great day and enjoyed the cakes.

    X x

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  26. Looks yummy! In the book, are the measurements in metric? x

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  27. These cakes look so professional! I love the idea of the beetroot cake but at the same time it sounds like a very strange combination! xx

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  28. my mouth is watering. the end

    :)

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  29. They look gorgeous :) I find that a lot of cupcake recipes over estimate the quantity- especially with icing. I often end up leaving the excess in the fridge to use later, only to discover that it's been picked at by various family members! I'd love to get a copy of this book though- some of the recipes sound divine :)

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  30. Hummingbird cupcakes/icing is for american size cupcakes so the measurements will make more if using UK size cupcake cases

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  31. mmm mmmm


    Helen, X
    http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  32. Oh, YUM. I haven't bought this book yet but I am dyyyying to. You have just made me want it even more. You have also made me want cake. Damn you, Helen!

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  33. i love the hummingbird books. These cakes look delicious! x

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  34. The quantities are MASSIVELY off - if you compare the vanilla cupcake recipes from this book and the first, for example, the one in this book has DOUBLE the quantities of the first, yet both claim to make 12! (or 12-16)

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  35. Your sweets look delicious AND beautiful! I'll definitely check out that book, thanks for sharing it!
    Ale

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  36. I just found your blog and love it! Yesterday I received The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days and can't wait to get baking!

    Feel free to visit my blog :)

    http://thegoddesskitchen.blogspot.com/

    Maria
    x

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  37. I have just got this book for my birthday! Looking forward to making the daquiri cupcakes!

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