Dessert heaven

Look what I was lucky enough to find under the Christmas tree last week! The cookbook of the superstar London bakery that’s famous for being Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite place to buy brownies and cupcakes. The bakery opened on Portobello Road in 2004, selling American-style treats such as cheesecake brownies, pecan pie, marshmallow cupcakes and peanut butter cookies. The treats look amazing enough on their own but combined with gorgeous styling and photography, the result is soooo PRETTY! Here are some goodies I can’t wait to make…

Raspberry cheesecake brownies.

Vanilla cupcakes.

Marshmallow cupcakes (!)

Chocolate brownies.

Lavender cupcakes.

Peanut butter cookies!

This cookbook is from Ariel bookshop in Paddington, but you can buy it online here.


  1. musketnuss
    Posted January 2, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    This looks awesome – I want it!!
    Could you possibly tell me if the measures are given in cups? We weigh in grammes here and I still don’t have any measuring cups. (So if they are, and I would buy the book someday in the future, I’d order measuring cups with it. 😉 )
    Thanks and thanks for sharing!

  2. Posted January 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    those humming bird brownies are adorable!

  3. prettyprettyyumyum
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Hi Musketnuss! Well, guess what, the measurements are in……………………. GRAMS ! So you should be OK! I assume there’s just one version of the book 🙂

    San Smith, isn’t it the cutest idea! I guess you just need some stencils and you can do it with any cute animal shape.

  4. Posted January 3, 2010 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Oh, I shouldn’t be looking at this when I am sooo hungry >< Those desserts look really yummy. Ugh, I want to eat haha^^

  5. Posted January 3, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    this book is gorgeous! the other girl called e has it and it looks so beautiful. yum yum

  6. prettyprettyyumyum
    Posted January 4, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Sara Mari, oops sorry about that! Hehe ^_^ But me too, I need to get baking and make some of them!!

    A girl called e, ooooooh cool! I wonder which recipes she’s tried out . . . !

  7. Posted January 5, 2010 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    what gorgeous styling – i love the shots of the marshmallow cupcake (!!!) and peanut butter cookie
    it’s nearly enough to make this lazy non-baker want to bake x.

  8. Lyndsey
    Posted January 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I have this book and love it. The pictures are beautiful.

    The raspberry cheesecake brownies are amazing and people are always asking me to make them for them! They’re darn easy too.

    You can buy it here for five measly pounds! Bargain.

    The weight is in grammes by the way!

  9. Jade
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    The hummingbird bakery is amazing. I went there in October 2009,it was Saturday morning and the Portobello road markets were really busy- the line to get in was way down the street and I had to wait 20 minutes. I had the red velvet cupcake which was decorated with buttercream frosting and had a beautiful marzipan rose on top.

  10. prettyprettyyumyum
    Posted January 16, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    VJ, i know, how cute is the marshmallow cupcake!!!

    Lyndsey, ooooh thanks for the tips!! i’m glad to hear the raspberry brownies are as amazing as they look!

    Jade, wow that’s so cool. I would love to visit the bakery!

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