Have you ever eaten a dessert with so many wonderful flavours your taste buds have gone into overdrive? I doubt it, no matter how much you try to convince yourself you have. British desserts are yummy and mildly satisfying, but they don’t tend to have that oomph, leaving you craving a fix 24/7.
All that comes to mind when you think of Britain and desserts are Eccles cakes, scones, banoffee pie and bread and butter pudding. It’s not really much to work with, unless you have a serious sweet tooth and your knowledge of desserts is neverending. Bakeries like Greggs are nice, but they aren’t exactly exclusive; it’s a chain that everybody knows about. I’m almost 100 per cent sure that everyone who lives in England has bought something from Greggs at least once in their lifetime.
London is filled with bakeries from all cultures and countries, both homemade and factory-made. However, there is only one place at the moment that has caught my eye. For those of you who know about the The Hummingbird Bakery, you are the lucky few that have had the pleasure of heaven touching your lips.
London keeps secrets from those of us who live outside zone three. You only find out about The Hummingbird through a friend of a friend of a friend. Even though the bakeries are colourful and practically begging us to come in, like typical Londoners we walk in a hurry from A to B ignoring everything in sight. It’s time we slowed down and observed our surroundings before everything we might love disappears before we even knew it existed.
The Hummingbird is an American-style bakery that sells cupcakes, whoopie pies, cakes and lots more. After indulging in one of its red velvet cupcakes, I was hooked for life and have now become its freelance promoter without its knowledge. I have been introducing everyone and anyone to its scrumptious recipes, which have you acting like a butter cream fiend.
Its cupcakes are so delicious that my friends and I had them transported from London all the way to High Wycombe. It took us 10 phone calls and begging to friends to bring them to us, but every hour and penny spent was worth the wait. One bite of these impossible-made-possible treats means you are forever a part of the secret fat food society. If you want a sugar-induced coma, I think you’ve found the right place.
The Hummingbird Bakery
155a Wardour Street
Tel: 020 7851 1795
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