Words: Madeline Bowker
I’m going to confess that one of the great joys of cycling, for me, is the justification for replacing the calories worked off by pedalling up endless hills (I sometimes dream of living in the Netherlands). Richard (or Grand Poobah as we sometimes call him…though not to his face) thought I could start earning my keep by sharing some of my favourite recipes for cycling treats. So, this is the first in what may be a series of recipes: some are things I like to take to eat on a ride, some are more in the way of a reward when I get home – if Grand Poobah and the kids haven’t scoffed the lot whilst I’m out.
This first recipe is for Hummingbird Cake, which comes from an ancient Australian Women’s Weekly recipe book which I have. I’m not making any claims about being a nutritionist – I’m far more interested in how good something tastes – but this cake is full of all sorts of things which should be good as cycling fuel. The cake is deliciously moist and tasty by itself, but the cream cheese icing is scrumptious and definitely takes it to another level. So you could pack up some cake without the icing and take it on a ride (you could take it with the icing on, but it might be a bit messy), but I prefer to put the icing on and have it as a reward when I get back. It will keep for a few days in an airtight container apparently – it has never made it that long in our house. Particularly good with a cup of tea!
Cream Cheese Icing