When I opened my copy of The Hummingbird Bakery‘s new Home Sweet Home cookbook, I was absolutely delighted to see my all-time favourite cupcake, Eton Mess Cupcake, was in there! The problem with Daily Specials you love is that once the time elapses, it’s almost impossible to find them again. As a result, I am incredibly excited that this cookbook contains some really good cupcakes. This will be more of a glowing review than normal!
Monday: Cinder Toffee Cupcakes
Beardy Boyfriend has suggested that this is a thinly-veiled reworking of their Crunchie Bar cupcake from their Chocolate Bar selection – having tasted them, I am inclined to agree with him! Accordingly, the cupcake is a basic chocolate, but the frosting contains pieces of cinder toffee mixed into the chocolate icing. If you’re a a Crunchie Bar fan, then I would recommend this cupcake. It’s also a nice little toffee fix for toffee fans out there.
Tuesday: Salted Caramel Cupcake
This cupcake led to a serious dispute between myself and Beardy Boyfriend. I personally, am very partial to a strong mixture of sweet and salty in salted caramel cupcakes – I like to be able to taste the saltiness. Beardy Boyfriend, on the other hand, only likes a hint of salt. I was happier with the cupcake than he was, which I think speaks for itself. The cupcake has a chocolate sponge with a caramel center and a salty caramel icing. As a salted caramel fan, I loved it, but it might not be for you if you prefer only a hint of salt.
Wednesday: Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes
Another cupcake taken from the Chocolate Bar range – this is the Bounty Bar cupcake. Now, I happen to love the mix of coconut and chocolate (although I do wish they had added a bit of toasted coconut to the chocolate sponge!) and as I noted previously, if you enjoy Bounty bars, you’ll like this cupcake.) If you’re not a coconut or chocolate fan, then obviously, this is not the cupcake for you!
Thursday: Grasshopper Cupcake
This cupcake is also one of my all-time favourites. Based on the lovely minty marshmallow Grasshopper Pie, it’s a chocolate cupcake with a lovely creme de menthe flavoured centre and a white chocolate frosting. I’m a big fan of both white chocolate and mint, so I thought this was a wonderful and delicious cupcake! There was also a nice layer of crushed Oreos on top. I would definitely, definitely recommend a delicious grasshopper cupcake.
Friday: Cookies and Cream Cupcake
I happen to be a massive Oreo fan. So I was really excited about the Cookies and Cream cupcake. Probably the best thing about this cupcake, for me, was that unlike a lot of cupcakes, there were actually Oreo bits in the cake (which set off very well against both the chocolate cupcake and the vanilla frosting). If you like Oreos, you’ll like this cupcake!
Saturday: Eton Mess Cupcake
As I’ve said, this is my favourite Daily Special that the Hummingbird has done. It’s based on the traditional Eton Mess dessert, which consists of strawberries, cream and merengue. Accordingly, the vanilla cake has a strawberry and custard filling and the cream icing (which I’ve never seen with another cake) is topped with pieces of strawberry and merengue. The one cautionary tale is that due to the cream topping, this is definitely a cupcake to be eaten on the same day.
Sunday: Key Lime Cupcakes
Beardy BFF is a particular fan of key lime, so she bravely offered to taste test this for me. She noted that she had been a bit disappointed that it hadn’t been adapted into a mini key lime cheesecake or a mini pie, as she found the cupcake to miss a bit of the nice notes of the key lime pie. She did note that it was nicely tart, with lovely custard and a hint of biscuit base, but wish they had gone for a pie!
Overall, this was a particular successful collection (probably because it’s based on previously loved cupcakes), so if any of these look appealing, you should definitely head down to the Hummingbird (or grab a copy of their new cookbook and give it a go yourself!)
The Home Sweet Home collection is available in the Hummingbird Bakery until the 30th of April.