Black and White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Birthdays, a time of year that I love… especially when it’s not mine. I think I may actually be the only person on Earth to prefer other people’s birthdays to my own, but that’s just how it is. There is one specific problem when it comes to my birthdays: I’m the baker, thus I make … Continue reading

Cookies & Cream…. And Cake

 I’ve waited a really long time to make the Cookies and Cream cake from the Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home recipe book.  Apparently I have very few friends who have a sweet enough tooth to handle this dynamic duo.  Thankfully, my friend from work had a birthday coming up, and has a seriously sweet tooth … Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Jam Pinwheel Cookies

I’ve never really understood the whole peanut butter and jelly thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for weird and wonderful food couplings (apple and cheese, jam and cheese, Coca-Cola and French bread are a few examples), but this American pair seemed just a bit too much for me. So when I was asked to … Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

It’s been a while since I baked any cookies and I spotted this recipe in the new Hummingbird Bakery recipe book and couldn’t say no. I mean who can say no to peanut butter and chocolate?! I got down to baking one evening with the intention of taking them to work the next day.  I … Continue reading

Peach Cobbler

 My brother came to visit this week and on his way to mine, informed me  that there’d better be a tasty dessert awaiting his arrival or there would be trouble.  Trouble, when it comes to my older brother, takes the form of a lot of punches (in a very loving brotherly fashion). It seems no … Continue reading

Banana and Cinnamon Muffins

 These are my second attempt at muffins and I decided to go with a Hummingbird recipe, as they are famously American and are meant to be amazing with muffins.  The Banana and Cinnamon muffins in the first Hummingbird Recipe book simply sounded too good not to attempt so I got all the ingredients and started … Continue reading

Last Minute Lemon and Poppyseed Ring Cake

During Easter, I went a bit anti-Easter related baked goods.  I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m kind of tired of all the Easter eggs, bunnies, and bird nests.  We’ve all had our fair share of chocolatey goodness and enough is enough. So when I was told that we had guests coming for cake … Continue reading

Maple and Walnut Streusel Cake

Right. I got my brand-spanking new beautiful Hummingbird Bakery Recipe book, which meant: a lot of jumping up and down, countless hours spent pouring over the pictures trying to decide what to bake first; and five seconds of baking time to spill something on it.  I guess the sign of a good recipe book is … Continue reading

The Easiest Cheesecake … Ever

 That’s right people – this is officially the easiest one I’ve made yet. I made this for yet another dinner party and we had lots to do.  Luckily there’s literally no baking involved in this recipe, which makes a welcome change … especially when both ovens were already packed with food being roasted. The base … Continue reading

Peppermint Tea Cupcakes

I have had my eye on these cupcakes for a really long time but I always end up drinking my supply peppermint tea and completely forgetting to bake anything! This time I was determined to follow through and bought a whole new stash of teabags for the occasion. However, In true Diary of a Bake-A-Holic … Continue reading