Something to bake: Hummingbird Bakery Hazelnut Praline Muffins

As the evenings get darker, I go back to baking. Cakes, preferably. Well, let's be honest. Chocolate cakes. I find it odd to remember that I used to find baking stressful. In case you're new here, I used to be so inept in the kitchen that we barely ate cake at all, and just made do … Continue reading Something to bake: Hummingbird Bakery Hazelnut Praline Muffins

Boy with balloons

We started Henry's unbirthday by giving him a haircut that broke my heart. Unbirthday because his birthday is actually tomorrow. But we held a little family tea party for him on Saturday evening. He has no clue what a birthday is, but he knew he had new hair, and people kept giving him exciting things, … Continue reading Boy with balloons

Cakery Bakery: Boston cream cupcakes

I always have the best of intentions when I start to bake. Well, no. Sometimes I have the best of intentions. Yesterday I did. I should bake something practical, I thought. I've got those frozen raspberries I need to use up (Failed Henry Experiment No. 736). Or, maybe something healthy. Something with oats in? Oats … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Boston cream cupcakes

Christmas Cakery Bakery: the Hummingbird Bakery’s sweet and salty chocolate cake

Whoa, wait, hang on a minute. Christmas is in how many days? I haven't done a thing. Well, we have a Christmas tree, though it's getting more undressed by the day (saucy). And I have half a knitted garland for my living room. But no presents and no prep. I need to get a grip. … Continue reading Christmas Cakery Bakery: the Hummingbird Bakery’s sweet and salty chocolate cake

The Great Cakery Bakery Pumpkin Quest: Hummingbird Bakery pumpkin cheesecake

There's a nip in the air today. An icy draught has been blowing up from the bottom of the stairs, freezing our feet, and it smells like woodsmoke. Little boys like nothing better than running around and yelling on autumn days like this, so we'll be off to the park in a few minutes. Just … Continue reading The Great Cakery Bakery Pumpkin Quest: Hummingbird Bakery pumpkin cheesecake

Cakery Bakery: Hummingbird Bakery Chocolate and Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

If you knew how hard I had to try not to call this entry 'Making Whoopie', you'd give me a medal. I am completely in love with the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book. It's not just that absolutely everything in there looks wonderful. It's the way the recipes are written, the helpfulness and friendliness of … Continue reading Cakery Bakery: Hummingbird Bakery Chocolate and Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies