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red velvet cupcakes + eight years of hummingbird high

This red velvet cupcake recipe is adapted from my new cookbook, Weeknight Baking, and is made modern with a hint of cocoa powder and orange zest?jump to the recipe! The red velvet cupcakes are then decorated with a fancy orange blossom-flavored Swiss meringue buttercream frosting in celebration of my blog's eight birthday. Cheers!

Happy EIGHT birthday to Hummingbird High! It's hard for me to imagine that, eight years ago, I randomly popped open my laptop and created this space from scratch. Since then, a LOT has happened. I've lived in eight different apartments/houses (including one of my own!), moved to Portland, San Francisco, New York, and back to Portland again, and held three different jobs in both finance and tech before quitting to blog full-time and write a cookbook (that came out last week!).
But I'm not going to lie?I procrastinated writing this post. It was not for lack of things to say; my initial plan was to have this post complete my #tenyearchallenge series and focus on me and Erlend's relationship (our unofficial TEN YEAR anniversary was last month). But then I started reading anniversary posts from previous years, and got particularly hung up on this post (featuring a really delightful-looking ube layer cake!) from last year and the year before (with a really pretty hummingbird cake, too).

In those posts, you can see my anxiety about the longevity of Hummingbird High. Although I still very much love this space, I find myself thinkin...
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