The Hummingbird Bakery are most famous for their cupcakes, but this recipe book has a lot more to offer than just perfectly fluffy cupcake recipes; an incredibly tasty selection of American style classic cakes and deserts. This is one of my favourite recipe books of all time and is in my opinion the best Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, despite it's two thicker successors.
What makes this book a lot handier than the other two more recent books by Hummingbird is that the recipes are grouped into categories: cupcakes, muffins, pies, brownies, cakes, cookies and cheesecakes. This makes navigating through the book and finding what you want a lot easier. The other major perk of this book is that the majority of the recipes include common ingredients that the average home baker will be likely to have in their pantry. The two more recent books have many recipes using ingredients that are either hard to come by, or that are just unrealistically expensive. Ok so they are wonderfully unique and exciting but in reality will only be baked on rare occasions.
The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook includes staple cookie recipes such as double chocolate cookies and oat and raisin cookies which I go back to again and again, as they make for the most perfectly "crunchy on the outside gooey on the inside" cookies. It also contains some fantastic and impressive larger cakes like their lemon and poppy seed cake and the famous Hummingbird cake which is the most deliciously moist layer cake made with pineapple, bananas, pecans and a cream cheese icing.
Now, it does make me giggle how although this recipe book contains some of the most sickly sweet and fattening recipes I have seen (which I am definitely NOT criticizing), they do make an effort to include a couple of token "healthy cakes". What surprised me is that their carrot and courgette muffin is an actual real favourite of all of my skinny friends and family members.
I have had this book for years now and I still haven't tried everything in it, because I can't stop baking my favourite ones. They are totally addictive, especially the blueberry cake with cream cheese icing. If I have learnt one thing from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, it is that life is so much better with cream cheese icing on it.