Life is Sweet is the 4th installment of cookbooks for the Hummingbird Bakery. Those of you that live in the US may not be familiar with this bakery. It was one of the first American style bakeries in the UK opening on the famous Portobello Road back in 2004. Their first cookbook was sold in the US. I do recall seeing it at Barnes & Noble before.

This installment has 100 American style recipes with chapters on cakes, cupcakes, layer cakes, cookies, pies, tray bakes, pancakes, ice cream, puddings and bread. The book is pretty thorough identifying which recipes are easy and which ones require more advanced skills. There are plenty of appetizing photographs to accompany each recipe.

7Up Pound Cake

If you’re familiar with American baking many of the recipes and bakes will be familiar. There are several recipes that I’ve made and blogged about such as red velvet brownies, honey cornbread and beignets. As well as recipes that are pretty standard across pretty much any American blog like butter cake, pancakes and graham crackers.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies

The lesser known American bakes are the most interesting in the book. Appalachian stack cake, Alabama Little Layer Cake and Ozark Pudding Cake. I made three recipes from the book so far. Tunnel of Fudge Cake, Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies and 7Up Cake. I’ve only attempted easy recipes to date. I have my eye on some of the layer cakes. Maybe once I get a baby sitter I’ll have some time to make one!

The tunnel of fudge cake was super rich, the peanut butter marshmallow cookies were perfectly chewy and the 7UP Pound Cake was fun and citrusy.

I received a copy to review

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I don’t own the first Back in the Day cook book by the Day’s but after reading and baking from their latest offering, Back in the Day: Made with Love, I wish I had made the investment. The new offering goes beyond desserts and includes breakfast pastries, breads, pizzas, and condiments.

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A few months ago I chose Leftovers by British author Stella Newman as the choice for book club. I was really excited to read another one her novels. I hope to get book club back soon. I want to wait and see how I cope with the baby first!

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I’ve got a short and sweet book review today. Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is a fun British romance novel. The characters are a little different than the other foodie romance novels that I’ve read recently. The main character, Faye, is a middle aged woman who leads a very boring life and is married to a man with pretty much zero passion.

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big sky pie

I’ve got two books today that bring us back to Montana and the Big Sky Pie Shop. I already reviewed the second novel in the series earlier in the year. Today, I have books one and four in the series. I missed out on number three it seems!

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I had reservations about another cookbook dedicated completely to brownies. I love my Fat Witch cookbook but of course being a baker that does not discriminate I just had to give a few recipes from Extreme Brownies a whirl!

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