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10 Mouthwatering Cupcake Recipes To Brighten Your Day

10 Mouthwatering Cupcake Recipes To Brighten Your Day

Everyone loves a good cupcake, but what makes it irresistibly amazing? Here at Lifehack, we love to treat our readers well so we’ve put together 10 of the most mouthwatering cupcake recipes to brighten your day, and even added a few easy-to-follow recipes for those who aren’t naturals in the kitchen. Please note: if you’re reading this at work, grab a tissue before reading because none of your colleagues want to see you drooling on your keyboard, now do they?

If you’re ready…

1. Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

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    Not everyone loves chocolate, and some prefer a sweeter, fruitier taste like these Strawberry Cupcakes. They also look divine. I’m imaging these in the summer with afternoon tea or a glass (or two) of prosecco. Another bonus about this recipe is it’s pretty easy to make, by just adding some ingredients to an existing cake mix!

    2. Rocky Road Cupcakes With A Nutella Center

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      Calling all chocolate lovers: this is the cupcake for you! Not only does the decoration look delicious and put together, there’s even a Nutella center, a win-win for us! The creator, Lauren, is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and makes many delicious cupcakes. Check out her Instagram on @itslittlelauren. Be warned though, you will want to go to the shop and buy the ingredients after checking out this recipe!

      3. Juicy Lucy Burger Cupcakes

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        This recipe’s a little different than the traditional cupcake image. A hipster twist on this cupcake is ideal for burger lovers or even when you just want to try out something different, and add a great conversation starter to your next get-together.

        4. Red Velvet Cupcakes

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          We couldn’t do a cupcake post without including red velvet cupcakes, could we? Although these are ideal for Valentine’s Day, red velvet has a huge fan following year-round. And for those of you who aren’t good at following instructions, there’s a lovely step-by-step video to make this sheer awesome-ness.

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          5. Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

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            Peanut Butter and Avocado (not together!) seem to be the new “it” thing right now, so for all you peanut butter fans – we’ve got your back. This cupcake not only features peanut butter icing but also the infamous Reese’s peanut butter cups. The recipe has easy-to-follow pictures, as well.

            6. Mint Oreo Cupcakes

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              This recipe is fresh not only because of the decoration but also the fact that these marvelous cupcakes are DOUBLE stuffed, which is pretty cool. Try this refreshing treat on a warm day, or for a special occasion.

              7. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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                These cupcakes are constructed slightly different from other cupcakes – it’s made in an ice cream cone! Not only is this recipe fairly simple, it also makes for a great treat at kid’s birthday parties – or just for eating in general, really…

                8. Rainbow Cupcakes

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                  So we’ve added a drop of chocolate, a tint of addiction, and now a splash of color – these rainbow cupcakes are not only bright on the top but even the inside is filled with different colors! These cupcakes are very kitsch and perfect for those with extravagant style, or trying to impress others with your creativity.

                  9. Cookie Monster Cupcakes

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                    Trying to win someone over? Food and humour are the key to a person’s heart. These fun cookie monster cupcakes are bound to make anyone’s day. Try this lovely quirky idea to brighten someone else’s mood, or your own!

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                    10. Marshmallow Snowman Cupcakes

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                      The nights are getting darker earlier, and the weather colder… winter is coming. As it’s already October, I felt it was only right to have this last recipe be Christmas-themed. So maybe add this page to your favorites bar, and when it nears to Christmas you can get these on the table and stick on a good old Christmas film!

                      Featured photo credit: Etsy via etsy.com

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                      Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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