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All about your stand mixer

All about your stand mixer

If you bake with a stand mixer at home, you might be a little unsure of what all the various attachments are for and how best to use this essential...
Kneading bread dough

Kneading bread dough

Baking your own bread at home is easy and starts with a simple dough. Kneading is the process that brings the dough together, develops the strands ...
How to use a Piping Bag FAQs

How to use a Piping Bag FAQs

Brush up your techniques for writing and piping on cupcakes with some of your most frequently-asked cake decorating questions.   Watch our video gu...
What’s the difference between plain flour and self-raising flour?

What’s the difference between plain flour and self-raising flour?

  Adding a little flour power to your baking is an essential part of making delicious sponges, cookies and pastries. There are many different flou...
Spooky Halloween cupcake tips

Spooky Halloween cupcake tips

  If you missed our Facebook Live tutorial on how to make the most ghoulish Halloween sponges around, you can still watch our video and gather a fe...
Top baking tips for National Cupcake Week

Top baking tips for National Cupcake Week

From 18th September – 24th September it is National Cupcake Week. But of course at The Hummingbird Bakery, we live every week like it’s cupcake wee...
Sugar in baking FAQs

Sugar in baking FAQs

Where would our bakes be without a little of the sweet stuff? Sugar is an essential ingredient in cakes and desserts, so we thought we’d answer you...
Buttercream Frosting and Cream Cheese Frosting FAQs

Buttercream Frosting and Cream Cheese Frosting FAQs

Want to make better buttercream and creamier cream cheese frosting for topping cupcakes and smothering over layer cakes? You’ve come to the right p...
Basic Cake Decorating Equipment

Basic Cake Decorating Equipment

There’s nothing quite as delightful as a well-dressed cake. If you’re thinking about giving your bakes a little extra magic with hand decorations, ...
What is Red Velvet Cake?

What is Red Velvet Cake?

We are obsessed with it and certainly have enjoyed our fair share of it at The Hummingbird Bakery, but what exactly is our bestselling Red Velvet f...
Butter, margarine and oil: a baker's guide

Butter, margarine and oil: a baker's guide

Bake a cake without butter, margarine or oil? Fat chance! These and other fats are essential for creating a moist, fluffy crumb in your sponge and ...
Baking with chocolate

Baking with chocolate

The Aztecs prized it, the Europeans fell in love with it and now chocolate is one of the world’s best-loved treats. Here’s how to get the best out ...