I was recently invited to visit the newly opened Hummingbird Bakery which is located on the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall. I visited the Hummingbird Bakery in South Kensington when I was in the UK earlier this year so was keen to see how it’s Dubai shop would compare.
Initial impressions were good, the shop has a good location and the shop front is bright and welcoming. A significant part of the shop is a counter display of beautiful looking cakes and other baked goods in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so it’s visually appealing. The interior of the shop is also decorated with cupcakes which are arranged as window decoration which adds a novelty factor to the shop.
We took a seat in the intimate seating area, there is only seating for about twenty people, as the owners anticipate that majority of visitors will be for takeaway orders which appears to be the case when I’ve walked past the shop since opening.
Attending as a small group of foodies from Fooderati Arabia, we were provided with a tasting plate containing 3 different cupcakes. We also requested a Whoopie Pie and a Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie to sample as these had caught our eye as we perused the goodies on offer.
First we tried the signature cup cake from Hummingbird, the Black Bottom Cupcake which consisted of a rich moist sponge bottom topped with vanilla butter cream topping – it was good and will definitely be of appeal to the chocolate lovers out there. Our second cupcake was a Red Velvet cupcake – with a beautiful light red velvet sponge and a rich butter cream topping this was a great cupcake and definitely something for the red velvet fans. My favourite of the three was a more simple but beautiful to look at Vanilla cupcake – light most vanilla sponge topped with a delicate coloured pastel coloured vanilla frosting this was my favorite of the cupcakes.
Moving onto the Whoopee Pie – there was a choice of Red Velvet or Brownie – we tasted the Red Velvet Whoopee Pie which consisted of two disks of Red Velvet Sponge sandwiched together with a cream cheese and marshmallow. I have to admit to having never sampled a Whoopee Pie before, so not knowing what to expect I had expected a light sponge – this was not the case as the cake is more dense and certainly more filling than the light cupcakes. I enjoyed the taste of this cupcake but found the texture of little too heavy for my taste.
Finally, we sampled the Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie which for me was the highlight of our tasting. Consisting of a rich chocolate brownie topped with a layer of raspberry cheesecake mousse this was a winner – the richness of the brownie was beautifully offset by the slightly tart, creamy, light yet indulgent raspberry cheesecake on top of the brownie – I will definitely be back for another taste of that one.
As a takeout treat – I took home a piece of carrot cake which looked similar to those served at the Lime Tree. I was interested to see how it compared since I’m a big fan of Lime Tree carrot cake and haven’t found many that can live up to the Lime Tree’s one. I was not disappointed, the sponge was suitably light and most and had the same depth of flavour and carrot cake texture that I like. The main difference was that the Hummingbird Bakery cake is covered in a rich butter cream frosting compared to a more cream cheese frosting at the Lime Tree. Another great find – so I now have two favourite cakes to return to the Hummingbird Bakery for.
There are plenty of other cakes and baked goods on offer at the Hummingbird Bakery including some rather indulgent looking rich chocolate brownies and a very rich looking chocolate cake which will certainly appeal to the chocolate fans out there.
In terms of selection, it’s not as large as available in the UK, I’m told that this will increase over time as the owner is passionate about the quality of the goods on offer, even shipping in some ingredients which were unavailable in Dubai.
You can find out more about the Hummingbird Bakery by visiting their Website, Facebook Page or following them on Twitter you can also call them : 800-HBIRD; 971-4-3882023; 971-4-3882025