Michelle Lopez

A few summers ago, I had the best cupcake of my life at London's famous Hummingbird Bakery. My blog Hummingbird High is my attempt to capture that same magical experience, as I bake through the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and other delicious and similarly inspiring recipes.

My Blogs

Strawberry Oat Scones (Whole Grain and Refined-Sugar Free)

Ahh, the photo above CRACKS me up. It was taken just after I had put down my camera in frustration, willing to make these strawberry oat scones more photogenic. I stepped out of the room to take a break, frustrated by the day's ever-changing light, and when I came back, there it was — a single ray of light from the window was shining upon these strawberry oat scones, as if God himself was giving these pastries his blessing ....more

Strawberry Crème Brûlée

The summer after I graduated college, I had zero savings and was thrust suddenly into the scary post-undergrad world of unemployment and lots of idle time. I spent much of those initial first few months scouring Craigslist hopelessly for a job and finding ways to make my meager checking account last as long as it could.One way I decided to pinch pennies was in meals. It happened to be strawberry season, and entire mounds of strawberries were going for less than $10 dollars a flat ....more

Rhubarb and White Chocolate Blondies

Recently, I celebrated my 27th birthday. I wrote about how 27 was the age that marked me as comfortably in my late 20s, and how I was okay with that because it meant that it was an age where it was okay for me to be a grown-up.But it's funny, that whole being a grown-up thing. What does that actually mean? ...more

Yellow Saffron Butter Cake with Chocolate Cardamom Fudge Frosting

It's my party, I can do what I want.It's my party, I can say what I want.It's my party, I can love who I want, I can kiss who I want, I can sing what I want. I've never been a big birthday person. The last official party I threw for myself was in eighth grade, in which my friends and I went to a water park AND a movie, and that strikes me as overly ambitious now (SIDE NOTE: thanks Mom! ...more

Rhubarb Curd with Pie Crust Crumble and Vanilla Meringues

Can I tell you guys a secret?One that you promise to never, ever judge me for, no matter what?Okay, I trust you.Are you ready?Here it is:I... don't think I like pie very much.Gasp....more

Sour Cream Donuts (with Two Types of Crazy Toppings and Glazes!)

This past weekend was initially just going to be a wash. Work has been crazy hectic lately, so I've been using the weekends to recover. And by recover, what I really mean is watch an insane amount of Netflix and spend hours on Pinterest and Tumblr ....more

Double Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt (and a Giveaway!)

Some time over this past winter, an old college friend of mine reached out. "I love your blog," she said. "But do you ever bake anything without chocolate? ...more

Strawberry Basil Coconut Cream Puffs

If you’re a close reader of my blog, you’ll know that I sometimes get fixated on certain books and ingredients. Like that time I baked through the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, and most of Momofuku Milk Bar and The Brown Betty Bakery Cookbook. Or, last summer, when I spent the entire month of May and June making all the rhubarb and strawberry desserts that I could think of ....more

Strawberry Eton Mess

Now that the sticker shock has faded and the hassle of finding a contractor has been solved, I’m getting pretty excited about my upcoming kitchen renovation! I had a lot of fun this past weekend figuring out cosmetic details like cabinet colors (dove gray on the bottom cabinets, pearl white up top), recessed lights versus light fixtures (can lights everywhere except over the kitchen sink) and picking out a new sink (this double bowl farmers sink from Ikea with this crazy faucet... weee!!!) ....more

Rhubarb and Rose Hand Pies

When Erlend and I moved into my new house at the end of last summer, we were excited. Although we loved our one bedroom attic apartment, we were looking forward to more space in the house and a yard. Our very own yard! ...more