With bakeries on practically every other block in many of the London neighborhoods, I had been eagerly anticipating my first visit to one. On my stroll home Thursday to my temporary Kensington flat, I finally leaped into one of these cutesy bakeries to give it a good look around. My eyes immediately jumped to the long line of colorfully displayed cupcakes, narrowing in on the tag inscribed with one of my all-time favorite duos, “Carrot Cake.”
With three golden pounds left in my pocket, I was sold. Ring me up please handsome Italian cashier.
Walking out of Hummingbird Bakery with some spare change (35 pence to be exact), a wooden fork, and a sparkling, sweet snow frosted cupcake in my hand, I was a happy customer.
I became even happier once I took my first bite of that carrot cake cupcake. Moist and sweet with faint hints of nutmeg, the cake was everything I had hoped for. And while the smooth, cream cheese icing aroused a slight nostalgia of Philly, there was absolutely no other place I wanted to be in that moment than in Kensington eating that London-made cupcake.
In addition to its Kensington location, Hummingbird Bakery has two other shops located in Soho and Notting Hill, meaning I’ll probably wind up at one of the three for a second visit. As a baker with a huge sweet tooth, I’d love to experience almost every bakery within London. However, I have a feeling that with the various other cakes, cupcakes, and brownies that Hummingbird Bakery offers, I’ll probably soon be eating from a wooden fork once again.