a photo of brandenburg gate in berlin germany


You might notice that this post is a few days late. It’s because I just got back from my vacation to Germany! It was a *true* vacation—I hardly touched my laptop and phone (aside from using it to navigate the vast, sprawling city of Berlin).

And Berlin was lovely! I’d gone once before as a recent college graduate way back in 2009. If I’m being honest, I don’t remember much of that trip. I’d gone with a good friend of mine from college, tagging along with a group of his friends from his home back in London. I’d treated it very much like a last hurrah of my “youth” before the realities of graduating had set in. Think: staying out at rooftop bars until 5AM, drinking from a communal bucket of sangria with strangers from the hostel, and frequenting beach-themed bars in abandoned, graffitied buildings. I was curious to see what a “grown-up” version of Berlin would look like, almost 13 years later.

Berlin obviously had changed a lot since then, but elements of it still remained very much the same. The city’s nightlife and bar scene is unbeatable. It’s still full of lush beer gardens and outdoor drinking spaces adorned with fire pits and string lights, as well as wacky themed bars (we found a tiki bar filled with literal sand on the floor, and another one with a “Space Meduza” theme that was hosting a pro-Ukraine party).

It truly felt like a different world from my much quieter hometown of Portland, which is exactly what I needed after 2+ years of being marooned at home.

But I’m back, and excited for the summer. It’s also my birthday month! I am ready to throw a mini shindig and bake myself a birthday cake (lol, before you feel sorry for me, I love this tradition—I get to customize my own birthday cake to my needs and wants without worrying about others’ preferences and dietary restrictions!). This year, I’m thinking of maybe updating this Milk Bar birthday cake from 2012, or going with something more classic like My Best Yellow Cake With Chocolate Frosting?

In Case You Missed It: New Recipes and Posts on Hummingbird High

Last month, I continued to experiment on TikTok with mixed results. I had fun creating videos for the app, but I’m not going to lie—I still prefer writing good ol’ fashioned blog posts! I think I’m definitely going to scale down the TikTok and switch back to old school recipes instead. TikTok is too stressful, lol.

New Recipes

Continuing My Obsession With Chocolate Chip Cookies on TikTok

TikTok Quick and Easy Baking Tips

A Deep-Dive Into Snickerdoodles on TikTok

In April, I did “deep-dives” into how to bake chocolate chip cookies and pie on TikTok. I continued that theme in May with a deep-dive into snickerdoodles:

Below are pictures of the two most popular recipes from the month—Chocoflan and Vietnamese Egg Coffee—to inspire you:

Photo of chocoflan bundt cake on a white plate.
spoon dipping into custard layer of vietnamese egg coffee

Food For Thought

This past month, I also spent a LOT of time thinking and reading about food beyond the baking recipes you see on this blog. Here are the ideas and issues that resonated with me:

Recipes and Resources To Save

Here are the recipes and resources I saved for myself in the last month:

Finally, On A Lighthearted Note

That’s all for now, folks. I hope you all are staying safe and healthy! Please let me know how you’re doing in the comments below, and feel free to share the ideas and issues that are floating around in your heads, too.


Michelle holding Weeknight Baking cookbook covering her face.

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Weeknight Baking:
Recipes to Fit your Schedule

Over the past several years of running Hummingbird High, I kept a crucial aspect of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extremely demanding job in the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I finally reveal the secrets to baking delicious desserts on a tight schedule.