Monday, March 24, 2014

A Hummingbird Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week.  As a bird watcher, one of the species I look forward to seeing return again in late spring is the hummingbird.
They have lots of blooms to choose from for nectar, such as this butterfly bush.
I also supply a feeder of sugar water which is popular before there are enough flowers to visit.  One cup of boiled water to 1/4 cup sugar.  No need for red food colouring, and advisable not to add it as the red feeder itself will attract the hummers.
Earl Grey Vanilla tea is steeping in the teapot.
It would appear I forgot to take a close up of the teacup, so here it is from another post.  Royal Albert 'Noonday',  dressed in green roses.
We can use a spring tulip sugar cube or two in our tea that I decorated.
This little hummingbird is a hand carved wooden one by a local artisan.
And in the yellow carnations is a plastic one with gold wings.
Would you care for a piece of hummingbird cake?
The latest Tea Time magazine has a recipe for Hummingbird Cupcakes but since I prefer baking six inch double layer cakes for hubby and I, this recipe fit my pans perfectly.  I made my own recipe of cream cheese frosting and decided to sprinkle coconut over it.  
I highly recommend the recipe as the flavour of the cake is delicious.  We both like the spice cardamom and I was happy to find it as one of the ingredients.
Thanks for visiting and you can find me linking at these weekly tea parties:

43 comments:

  1. Now I haven't had Hummingbird Cake in a while but your post sure has me craving it! And your pictures of hummingbirds are amazing! You are clearly much quicker on your toes (with the camera) than I am. I've seen a few hummingbirds in my yard but never even came close to capturing a photo of one!

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  2. I have never heard of humming bird cake looks YUMMY ! I am so looking forward to the Hummers and the Oriels return . Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

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  3. Hummingbirds are fascinating to watch, aren't they Judith? Your cake looks delicious! I have made hummingbird cake, but not with cardamom. What a wonderful addition! I wish I could share some tea and cake with you. xo

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  4. Boy I can't wait to see hummimgbirds again! You have some good shots of them feeding! Pretty teacup and teapot! That hummigbird cake sounds and looks delicious! Those yellow carnations are pretty- lovely color of yellow!

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  5. Judith, you have captured the hummers so well! I'm sure it's going to be a while before I see them around here. Your cake sounds delicious. I have never made it nor tasted it. Something new to try! That is a pretty teacup and of course I love the Cream Lace teapot as I too have one. The plates are sweet too. Thanks for joining me for Tea Time and enjoy your week.

    Blessings n hugs,
    Sandi

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  6. Hi Judith. I dearly love the little guys, quarrelsome as they are! I just saw one yesterday...first of the year here. I havs neved figured out why they call it Hummingbird Cake, but it looks delicious! Great photography and love your tea table! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  7. We can't wait to see the hummingbirds back in the garden. The hummingbird cake looks really good and your carved hummingbird is adorable.

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  8. We can't wait to see the hummingbirds back in the garden. The hummingbird cake looks really good and your carved hummingbird is adorable.

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  9. Your decorated sugar cubes are amazing! I like cardamon, it's good in banana bread, and basically good in anything that would call for cinnamon. Beautiful photos too!

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  10. Hi Judith, you've probably wondered where I've been but for some reason I wasn't receiving your posts in my list and I noticed that your 'address' has changed so I have corrected that now. I wonder how many I've missed. I will check after. I've not had hummingbird cake before but it looks delicious. Your table looks lovely with the hummingbird theme. It will be a while until they make an appearance here but I will be very happy to see them. I hope you have a lovely week. Pam

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  11. You have a lovely collection of hummingbirds! That cake sounds delicious, I'll have to try it. Do you promise that if we make the cake the hummers will come? lol (I think it's going to be "a while" before they return to these parts...

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  12. This cake looks delicious. I love the little hummingbirds. Haven't seen any this year yet, too cold.
    Sherry

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  13. Judith,
    Hummingbird cake sounds delicious for this time of year. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    Judith

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  14. Judith, what a lovely post.

    That super close up shot of the green hummingbird is amazing!

    Your cake sounds so delicious. I am drooling. And I am on this strict horrible low low carb diet right now I want it even MORE.

    Hugs.

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  15. WOW! I want to come take tea AT YOUR PLACE!! So pretty, so elegant! I love cake w/th coconut on it. That tea cup and saucer are so delicate and pretty! Love! Will you show us how to decorate the sugar cubes? I purchase and use the cubes...love those, but have never seen decorated ones....so pretty!! Fun! PS....I am eagerly awaiting the return of the hummingbirds to Charleston too! We just became hummingbird watchers this past summer and what fun it was!! Enjoyed them so much!

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  16. Hummingbirds I think are favorites among most gardeners. I get only the occasional one but love it when I see one. A Hummingbird cake recipe is making it's rounds on facebook. Bet it's the same one.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  17. Hopefully, after we return from vacation, our scout will come, telling the others to join in at our feeders! Lovely setting and yummy cake, Judith!...:)JP

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  18. Beautiful post! I enjoy hummingbirds also. The red birds are visiting us at this time. I made a hummingbird bird cake once,yours sure looks yummy. The light green teacup is so pretty!

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  19. Thank You for dropping by for a chat and a sip.I also feed hummingbirds and am enchanted by them.Your hummingbird cake was a pleasant surprise for Me.Your 6 inch cakes are perfect too.Lovely party and Your home so inviting -Thank You,Denise

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  20. Judith, I enjoyed your hummingbird post. I haven't had hummingbird cake in ages ... my granny used to make this recipe. Good food for man and a recipe for the hummers, too. I love green and love your RA Noonday. Happy Tea Day!

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  21. You have the loveliest tea things! I'm intrigued by those decorated sugar cubes, and the cakes and goodies look delicious. I've never had Hummingbird Cake!

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  22. Hello Judith,
    Your tea time is lovely! I enjoyed your hummingbird post so much : )
    I am really wanting a bite of your delicious cake...mmmmm. I would love it too, as I am a fan of cardamon.
    Happy Spring!
    Terri

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  23. I enjoyed your hummingbird post. I too am looking forward to the return of the little hummers. We have a couple of feeding stations that cater to them.

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  24. What a beautiful tea, Judith! Your shots of the hummers are fantastic!!! A very pretty teacup and I like the hummingbird touches. The cake sounds good, too.
    Hugs, Beth

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  25. Wish I was there to have tea and your yummy looking cake with you. I have tried to get hummingbirds to visit after seeing a friend in TX have them, and no luck. I planted bushes, have tons of flowers, and the feeder, but nothing. I keep it clean, but still no luck. I love the pics you were able to caputure of them!

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  26. Marvelous darling! Judith, your hummingbird collection is sweet and your picture in flight such a delight. I'll have to visit that tea time magazine and collect the hummingbird cake recipe. Thank you for the lovely afternoon

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  27. What beautiful pictures of those hummingbirds! I just put up a feeder last year, and love those little birds, although we won't see them for a while. I was told about the homemade, red dye free recipe, so easy. Your sugar cubes are beautiful, and the hummingbird cake looks yummy. I love cardamom. thank you to the commenter who mentioned subbing it for cinnamon, I'll have to try that! Have a lovely day Judith!

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  28. Oh, I am so impressed with your hummingbird photos. I don't have a feeder, but we see them occasionally here at our rhododendrons and azaleas. I think I have a hummingbird cake recipe, but I have never tried it. I really should, I can see...

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  29. Looks really good! A nice theme and it all is pretty. Love your teapot. Delicious cake … pretty sugar cubes. Can I come?

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  30. Hummingbirds - too lovely! We had them when I lived in Albuquerque and New England - I've only seen a few here in South Jersey - though I know they are around. My yard needs to be much more friendly for them to frequent here. May try a feeder this year with some of the flowers we're planning. The cake looks delish - will check out that recipe. Wonder if it transfers to GF easily? Such a colorful and welcome teatime as we look forward - ever forward, to spring.
    So glad you linked in with All Things Bright and Beautiful this month! Hope to have you back with more loveliness next month!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  31. At this point I'm just happy to see the robins have returned! Now the neighbourhood is suddenly alive with singing robins which is really nice. We get hummingbirds to our butterfly bush too. I've never used a hummingbird feeder, but perhaps I'll give it a try. Happy Tuesday to you! Wendy x
    PS your cake looks delicious with the coconut sprinkles :)

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  32. At this point I'm just happy to see the robins have returned! Now the neighbourhood is suddenly alive with singing robins which is really nice. We get hummingbirds to our butterfly bush too. I've never used a hummingbird feeder, but perhaps I'll give it a try. Happy Tuesday to you! Wendy x
    PS your cake looks delicious with the coconut sprinkles :)

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  33. Love the cute hummingbird. And the cake looks delicious. Another great recipe to save! Enjoy your week!

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  34. What a beautiful table you have with the hummingbird theme. I made a Hummingbird Cake once but I can't recall which recipe I used. Your looks delicious!

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  35. Oh Judith,
    It is all so very beautiful. I am also a bird lover and your hummingbird pics are amazing. Your hummingbird cake looks out of this world and so does your spice cake. I love your sugar cubes, white teapot and gorgeous teacup today. Also, your furniture is just my taste.... I think your dining room chairs resemble my cherry wood Queen Anne set. Your home is very beautiful. Thank you for visiting me and leaving such kind words! Have a wonderful week! Karen

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  36. Popping over from Kathryn Ross's linky party! Love it all. Your teapot and teacup are beautiful and I LOVE hummingbird cake! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  37. A hummingbird tea sounds delightful! Thanks for the fun my friend! Hugs!

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  38. Hello, Judith! This is so charming and creative. I especially love the decorated sugar cubes. Our hummers stay throughout the winter which I probably already told you several times. :) They are the sweetest birds but also pretty tough when they have to be.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend. G

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  39. Hello, Judith! This is so charming and creative. I especially love the decorated sugar cubes. Our hummers stay throughout the winter which I probably already told you several times. :) They are the sweetest birds but also pretty tough when they have to be.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend. G

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  40. Greetings Judith: I'm stopping by from Kathryn's new link-up. So happy to meet another kindred spirit. I, too, love tea as well as birds. You've reminded me to fill my hummingbird feeders...and reminded me of the delicious hummingbird cake my mother used to make. Blessings to you and your beautiful blog.
    GG

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  41. Gosh! I don't even know what cardamon tastes like. Should probably remedy that. (I can't believe how many posts I've missed.)

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  42. Judith I have been thinking about the hummers too...I have never had that cake. It sounds and looks delicious.

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  43. What a lovely table dear Judith, the setting is lovely. The cake looks crumptious and I would love the récipe the way you baked it and dressed it, lol! Mybe you can send me by mail. Thanks in advance. I love hummingbird cake and yours is already fool proof!
    Have a nice week.
    FABBY

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