My Home Made Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes

Since the cupcake mania is not going anywhere soon and the cupcake business is booming, i was wondering how hard it can be to bake a good cupcake my self… i got my hands on the Hummingbird Bakery cook book… i decided to make my first cupcakes using their recipes… did you know the Hummingbird Bakery is actually owned by a Lebanese guy Tareq Malouf? I wish i could move to london and bake qers 3qaili and make a name out of it like he did but well… moving on…

I used the Vanilla Frosting (with drops of color) on top of my chocolate cupcakes and chocolate frosting on top of my vanilla cupcakes… see how pretty they look -in the book of course-

If you have some butter, milk, flour, vanilla, sugar, and one single egg… you can make a huge batch of mini and large cupcakes and decorate them… they won’t cost you more than 5 KD (and the ingredients can be reused) and they take 40 minutes to finish -including washing up time- and 20 minutes to decorate… yes only one hour!!! Plus you know how clean they are and how fresh your ingredients were!

In my case i used the Ma6a7en white flour, Lurpak  butter, Mara3i Vital low fat milk, and Organic Eggs and they turned out amazing -taste wise- and halaga -decoration wise-… Insha2 allah next time i might use Yeo Valley milk and butter -british- with some french organic eggs and note the outcome and im planning to use a piping bag to decorate – i was too impatient to try them this time-

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29 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lama on January 24, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    I loved the Pix … 🙂

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  2. You got the frosting down right! The cupcakes look amazing! Bil3afiaaa!!

    I need to start baking again..so many recipes to try!

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  3. Posted by cookie monster on January 24, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    danderma, ur one of the very few people whose recipes i read and actually go and try them myself and they turn out yummy 🙂
    can we have the recipe for these cupcakes and thr frosting and how u made them step by step like u usually show us?
    thanks 🙂

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  4. mashalah mashalah 🙂 looks yammy waay mashalah 3aleech if u started your own bis ana awal wa7da ra7 ashtree mnich 🙂

    ambeeh kil refejate 3ndhom the same book 🙂 o mkhtbeen

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    • Posted by danderma on January 24, 2010 at 6:47 PM

      Bs nagesne azeed 3la el cupcake businesses one moo :p b3dain my friends get the privilige of tasting them for free hon :* next time ill let you know if i make some and you can help out by taking half of them 😀

      B3dain laish ma tekhtabain weyahom?!

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  5. looks yummy xx

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  6. Mmmmm they look so good ! Shawagtene I’m gona start using the cookbook ;P What baking cups did u use? paper wela silicone?

    And they’re not halaga- they’re so homey and cute

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    • Posted by danderma on January 24, 2010 at 6:45 PM

      Oh hon thank you :* they don’t look messed up?

      I used paper cups inside a cupcake tin i have bought from Ikea, for both the small and large ones… the book was saying something about the difference between muffin cups o cupcake cups (i think muffin cups are bigger) but i used normal cupcake cups keifhom…

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  7. They look amazing and delicious ! 3alaich bel 3afyah..
    Where did you get the things to decorate with ??

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    • Posted by danderma on January 24, 2010 at 6:43 PM

      Thanx hon allah ye3afeech 😀
      Hmmm some min dubai, some min il khafji (yes seriously), o some min UK but not a lot
      Dean and Deluca offer some colored sugar sprinkles but thats about it
      i am going to check Tavola in Shuwaikh as well to see if they stock anything

      3ndena ga7a6 decoration bel q8 lel asaf 😦

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  8. What an adorable cake! I’m so impressed.

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  9. WOW tislam eedich! I want 😀

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  10. I was so excited when I got this book and immediately started baking. So far nothing worked, I tried the cup cakes are too light you feel like you’re eating air. The quantities are inaccurate, the cooking times are completely random and the results are just not good. I consider myself quite a good baker and have never had so many problems before, even with the most complex recipes I followed them to the letter and still nothing works! Fabulous pictures but disappointing recipes.

    No disrespect to Mr. Malouf, but I was left thinking yet again, about why he decided to publish a book about recipes from the bakery, if he was not going to be honest about measurements?

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    • Posted by danderma on January 25, 2010 at 2:54 PM

      Hmmm you see i used actualy cupcake cases and they call for something with muffin cases… i had my over preheated at 170C and not one degree more, and used very little cupcake mix in each cup… they recipe said to bake them for 20-25 minutes but i noticed that the mini cupcakes were done in 10 minutes and the big ones were done in 15!

      Plus im using a tiny organic egg? It is definitely smaller than the eggs used in UK or USA… but the cupcakes turned out fine… they very much resemble their signature cupcakes albiet i teeensy bit dry but i think that was because i over cooked them by mistake?

      I have only tried the vanilla cupcake recipe though with the basic vanilla frosting… and i tweaked the chocolate ones in terms of adding a little bit more flour/cocoa than stated… i did not try any other recipes but i had my eyes on the raspberry brownie cheesecake? Have you tried that one?

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  11. Posted by Chirp on January 25, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    They look really good! 3awaaaaaafiiii ;*

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  12. mashalaaaah shakilha eshaweg !!

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