“Hot Chocolate Cupcakes” from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days

Maureen: Do you know what the problem with this cookbook is? The quantities are too small. If this were an American book, they would have a yield of at least two dozen cupcakes. That makes sense. If you’re going to make it, you might as well get a decent batch out of it. Then you can eat some and have plenty leftover to give to friends, have the next day, whatever.

Leceia: Do I really need to remind you of the obesity problem in the U.S.? Do you think their cookbooks have anything to do with that?

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“Hot Chocolate Cupcakes” from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days

“Apple Streusel Cake” from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days

Maureen: After a fantastic barbeque of beef tagliata (thanks Nigella!) with asparagus, aubergine, peppers and halloumi, it’s time for dessert. Tonight it’s apple struesel cake.

Andrew (11) and Nicholas (7): Hooray! Cake!!

Alice (Visiting grandmother): Has your mom ever made you a cake you haven’t liked?

Andrew: Yes! The prune cake!

Andrew and Nicholas: Yuck! Awful! Worst Ever! Disgusting!

Tim: There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and there’s no such thing as a microwave cake.

Andrew: It was truly disgusting. It was the worst thing ever!

Maureen: Moving on from the microwave cake, which we can agree was a crime against gastrononmy. What do we think about this one?

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“Apple Streusel Cake” from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days

Vanilla Cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days.

Tom: So, what did we all think of the cupcakes?

Jenny: They were so lovely after all those hot-cross buns. I’ve been living on hot-cross buns for two days.

Kirstin: So Miles has been asking me why it is called Good Friday?

Jenny: It’s really Bad Friday. It’s really bad and sad. It’s the saddest day of the year.

Kirstin: Was Jesus precipitating his trip to the cross? Did he know what he was doing when he went to The Temple?

Jenny: Of course he did.

Kirstin: I thought these cupcakes were moister than Nigella’s recipe. And I downloaded the app to learn to do the frosting (thank you Kathryn for the tip!). But I couldn’t do her swirl. I watched it five or six times, and I tried, but the swirl was not happening.

Tom: Her icing was stiffer. I think you need stiffer icing to do the swirl.

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Vanilla Cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days.

“Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pie” from “Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days”

I apologise but there is no dialogue for this recipe. The reason is quite simple. We were having too good a time for me to start writing it all down. It’s also possible that while we were eating this dessert the conversation stayed from the quality of the pie to more important topics, such as the leap of faith required to rely on the public bus system in the Lake District.

We all loved the pie, though, but you should know that the crowd consisted of a majority of Americans– three native born Americans, four boys with dual American-British citizenship and the small minority of one native born British person. The boys ate it all, quickly and enthusiastically. I do think the chocolate-peanut butter combination, which is the root of the beauty of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup– might be an acquired taste, and one that is particularly American.

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“Chicken Tikka Masala” from I Love Curry and “Mojito Mini Cupcakes” from Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days

Tom: So, what did you all think of the curry? Those were clean plates!

Kate: Completely mopped up. Yup. We were demanding more sauce. You need to triple the quantity of that sauce.

Liam: It doesn’t need rice. The naan bread was great.

Mick: I preferred eating the curry with the bread, rather than using weapons.

Kate: It had a gentle but intense heat that crept up on you. It didn’t overwhelm you, but left you wanting more!

Liam: I second that.

Kate: You just want another hit.

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“Chicken Tikka Masala” from I Love Curry and “Mojito Mini Cupcakes” from Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days

“Malted chocolate cupcakes” from Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days”

Cook Kirstin: I am serving these cakes as the pirate treasure at the end of our adventure. Do you like them Pirate Ella and Captain Miles?

Captain Miles: Yes, I do.

Pirate Ella: Arrrr. I like them, I do.

Captain Miles: Arrr…. they’re so so yummy.

Cook Kirstin: What do you like about them and should I make them again? I really love that they are so very moist.

Captain Miles: I like the maltesers.

Pirate Ella: I like the icing because it’s super chocolatey.

Captain Miles and Pirate Ella (in unison): We love these! Make them again please, Pirate Mummy!

Cook Kirstin: Shiver me timbers, I will. And get that parrot away from the crumbs please.

“Malted chocolate cupcakes” from Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days”

“Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake” from “The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days”

Lee: People don’t like my comments, because I overdo it.

Tom: We love your comments Lee! Look, a cheesecake! With no handprint in it! Do you remember the time you thought you would help Kirstin when she made a cheesecake and by taking it out of the oven and then managed to leave a handprint in the cheese part?

Lee: I do, I do. You guys will never let me forget it. See this is a naked cheesecake. Who drank my wine?

Tom: You did.

Lee: Did I? Oh. How could I do that? It’s like losing my passport, isn’t it?

Ella (whispering): Please do not talk about fish or clocks, because they are the answers to our riddles.

Lee: Mothers’ Day has been postponed, like Castro postponed Christmas! Because this mother was not available. But like a phoenix, she rises from the fire, and she’s here today!

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“Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake” from “The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days”