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Readers’ Favorite Recipes From 2023

The following recipes are YOUR favorites from the year—that is, the most viewed recipes from the ones I made this year. I was excited to see the list; I love all the recipes you loved too (especially the White Texas Sheet Cake).

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Ube Brownies Recipe

(4.96 stars) 46 reviews
These ube brownies are perfectly chewy and fudgy, with a vibrant purple color and delicious flavor thanks to ube halaya jam and extract! And just like your favorite chocolate brownie recipes, these ube brownies have a paper thin sugar top that crinkles when sliced.
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White Texas Sheet Cake Recipe For 9 x 13 Inch Pan

(5 stars) 21 reviews
This white Texas sheet cake recipe is made with a sour cream almond cake base, topped with almond butter frosting and sliced almonds! The recipe is a small batch version of traditional Texas sheet cake and made in a 9 x 13 inch pan.
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Pistachio Pudding Muffins Recipe

(4.60 stars) 10 reviews
These pistachio pudding muffins have a secret ingredient to make them extra fluffy and moist: instant pistachio pudding mix! When fresh the muffins have a large crispy top that make them look like they come from a professional bakery.
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Although the previous list shows the most popular recipes I developed in 2023, plenty of older Hummingbird High recipes that I developed and published in previous years remained popular as well. Here were the top three most popular recipes on the site overall—y’all really love cookies!

snickerdoodle recipe without cream of tartar

Snickerdoodle Recipe Without Cream of Tartar

(4.99 stars) 178 reviews
This snickerdoodle recipe makes snickerdoodles that are soft and chewy in the middle, yet crispy and lightly puffed around the edges. The best part? Unlike most traditional snickerdoodle recipes, this recipe does NOT use cream of tartar. The recipe uses baking powder instead! As a result, it's likely that you already have all the ingredients you need to make these cookies at home!
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ube crinkle cookies

Ube Crinkle Cookies Recipe

(4.95 stars) 201 reviews
Ube crinkle cookies are a beautiful, Filipino-American twist on the classic crinkle cookie! Ube is a purple yam frequently used in Southeast Asian desserts. It is naturally purple in color, with a subtle flavor that tastes like both pistachio and vanilla. These ube crinkle cookies get their vibrant color and flavor from both ube halaya jam and ube extract!
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lavender earl grey cookies

Lavender Earl Grey Cookies Recipe

(4.91 stars) 171 reviews
These lavender Earl Grey cookies are chewy, buttery sugar cookies infused with the floral flavors of both Earl Grey tea and dried lavender petals. The recipe is from my friend Amy Ho's new book, Blooms and Baking!
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Your Favorites On Instagram

These were the most liked recipes on @hummingbirdhigh, with some of the Reels reaching over FIVE MILLION views. Wild!

Ube Brownies

Grab the recipe for these Chewy and Fudgy Purple Brownies!

Copycat Levain Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Grab the recipe for these Copycat Levain Bakery Blueberry Muffins!

Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Tiramisu

I don’t have a specific recipe on how to make this sakura tiramisu; however, I do have a guide for classic tiramisu recipe with tips and tricks on how to make the recipe your own. That includes a customization for sakura tiramisu. Definitely check it out!

Your Favorites On TikTok

I didn’t spend as much time on TikTok as I did last year. I think my big lesson is that TikTok isn’t really worth my time—I love watching TikTok videos, but making videos for the platform is like playing the lottery.

That being said, I did have some big wins. It turns out TikTok really likes unique flavored tiramisus! All my most watched videos were of tiramisu recipes. The top 3 most watched are below, but catch the full playlist over on TikTok. There’s some really fun ones (like this Hong Kong milk tea tiramisu!) that didn’t make the list!

Chai Tiramisu

@hummingbirdhigh tastes like your favorite #chai #latte and a cloud #tiramisu #bakingrecipe ♬ New Abundance – Omar Enfedaque

Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Tiramisu

@hummingbirdhigh because i am so incredibly jealous of all the #sakura flavored drinks and desserts at starbucks japan #cherryblossom #tiramisu #baking #bakingrecipe ♬ Beautiful – Soft boy

Thai Iced Tea Tiramisu

@hummingbirdhigh episode 4 of all things #tiramisu: #thaitea tiramisu!!! #baking #bakingrecipe ♬ Daydreams – Gentle State

Again, I don’t have specific recipes for each tiramisu above—I made them exclusively for TikTok. However, I do have a recipe for a classic tiramisu with lots of tips, tricks, and techniques on how to customize it to make the different tea variations!

My Favorite Recipes of 2023

My favorite recipes of 2023 including the Pistachio Pudding Layer Cake for Hummingbird High‘s 12th birthday (!!!), my Easy Classic Tiramisu recipe + guide for customizing it that I kept talking above, and this severely slept-on and underrated Creamy and Colorful Ube Cheesecake Bars.

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Pistachio Pudding Layer Cake

(5 stars) 7 reviews
This 3 layer pistachio pudding cake with cream cheese frosting is incredibly soft, moist, and fluffy because of instant pistachio pudding mix in the batter!
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Easy and Classic Tiramisu Recipe

(5 stars) 5 reviews
This no bake tiramisu recipe is the classic Italian dessert made with espresso soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone pudding.
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Ube Cheesecake Bars Recipe

(5 stars) 12 reviews
These creamy and colorful ube cheesecake bars are made with two types of cheesecake fillings swirled together: tangy sour cream cheesecake and ube flavored cheesecake!
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Other 2023 Highlights

@hummingbirdhigh i gained 5lbs in a week #tokyo #japan #tokyoeats ♬ 可愛くてごめん (feat. かぴ) – HoneyWorks
  • 2023 was a BIG year for travel. I really wanted to make up all the time I’d lost during the pandemic. Erlend and I went on a delayed honeymoon to Tokyo in January/February, I did a Girl’s Trip with my mom to Taipei in April, went to Iceland with Erlend in May, went to both Houston and the San Francisco Bay Area for weddings and funerals in June, and visited family in Manila in July/August. Whew! Seeing it written down like that makes me realize how nutty it actually was. But I wanted to do a lot of travel because…

  • I started grad school in the fall! I very offhandedly mentioned doing so in my Pistachio Pudding Layer Cake post. If I’m being honest, I would say it’s a bit of a bust so far. It’s been a very big adjustment to go from creating content full-time/running my own business to being a student again. Not to mention I’m about a decade older than everybody in my cohort. But this is a long story for another time. And hopefully, by this time next year, I’ll be able to sit down with y’all and give you the tea—assuming I’ve survived the program (insert maniacal laugh).

Previous Hummingbird High Year-In-Reviews

Okay, that’s all for now, folks! I’ll see y’all in January. Yes, I’ll still be here, despite being in school again—I plan on posting at least one new recipe a month!

In the meantime, if you’re curious about other popular recipes and highlights from previous years, check out the year-in-review archives:

Have a wonderful New Year!

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.