My sister-in-law bought the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for me for Christmas. First off, I love cookbooks. I can't actually get enough of them. I also love cupcakes. Who doesn't, really? Since receiving the cookbook, I've made 8 types of cupcakes, 2 cakes, 1 loaf, 1 cheesecake, 1 pie, 2 brownies, 2 muffins, and about 6 types of frosting. I've also found inspiration for my own recipes.
What I love about these cupcakes is this: They are light and really easy to make. They don't have incredibly complicated instructions and are very easily adaptable for someone like me - who doesn't eat egg. I've only had about 2 recipes that I really didn't like and only one complaint about another recipe.
I didn't like the Mississippi mud cake -- I think that is because the recipe is mainly egg and using a substitute doesn't cut it. I like my teeth too much to eat that ever again. The other was the banana cupcakes. Other people liked them, but I think that it tasted like banana bread -- and not the amazing banana bread in this cookbook, but a mediocre one in another book. Adding frosting was just weird.
The frosted brownie recipe looks amazing, but isn't. It doesn't rise, which I put down to the fact that it has no baking powder. Egg substitute would easily make that rise. It was really a shame. I used a truly delicious brownie adaptation from a book and my brain for the raspberry cheesecake brownie base. Lovely. I could kiss whoever came up with this delight! I probably won't though. I'll just lick the raspberry toping off of my face and say "hummingbird bakery" in hushed tones. So, so yummy.
The savoury muffins are also really nice. I particularly love the spinach and cheese. My husband had a particularly wimpy palette, so I've changed the cayenne for paprika. Still lovely. Still good any time of day. I highly recommend this book!