Last night The Blonde and The Brunette had the pleasure of attending a private evening at the ultra-popular Hummingbird Bakery.
Held at their newest branch in Spitalfields Market, their award-winning, luscious desserts are not for the faint-hearted; that’s why they left The Man at home. In fact the Chief Product Developer herself confirmed that the normal Hummingbird customer tends to fall into one distinct category – the downright obsessed. The Blonde counts herself as one of those. Averaging up to three cupcakes a week and having sampled various competitors across London, Hummingbird continues to reign supreme.
Given the cult bakery’s notoriously strict no-public-backstage policy, it was with great pleasure and a sneaky feeling of illicit behaviour (incidentally The Brunette’s favourite feeling) that the girls were treated to a tour of the steel works where the calorific magic happens. On that note, The Blonde made the error of asking approximately how many calories were saturated in one cupcake. A casual 600. For anyone who has ever wondered.
With twelve of their best-selling red velvet cupcakes to play with, The Blonde and The Brunette got stuck into an over-sized tupperware box of their infamous cream cheese icing. While The Brunette delved straight in with her hands, declaring the experience to be like something out of Willy Wonka, The Blonde slowly encountered what can only be described as a state of sugar-induced euphoria.
Now for technical stuff – each cupcake is given an ice-cream scoop of icing (every Hummingbird customer should have the same experience) and they have perfected the sponge-to-icing ratio for an optimum sugar hit. The icing is then shaped gracefully to form a cone shaped mound, before a skilled hand movement with the spatula knife leaves a pretty swirl. The Brunette was surprisingly adept at this part. “All in the wrist action” apparently. A gentle sprinkle of red velvet crumbs adds the finishing touch.
Sheer bliss. Each cupcake is made fresh that day. Overstock is binned or goes to charity. And they’re just a lovely bunch of cake-wielding genuises. So while it was more rolling pins than rock ‘n roll, The Blonde and The Brunette still declared themselves suitably high by the end and skipped home happily, cupcakes in hand.
The Hummingbird Bakery branches are in Soho, Portobello, South Kensington and Spitalfields Market.
For more information, visit their website here.
You can follow the Hummingbird Bakery on Twitter here.