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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 November 19, 2019

                      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                      Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                      If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                      1. Create a Daily Plan

                      Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                      2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                      Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                      3. Use a Calendar

                      Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                      I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                      Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                      4. Use an Organizer

                      An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                      These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                      5. Know Your Deadlines

                      When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                      But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                      6. Learn to Say “No”

                      Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                      Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                      7. Target to Be Early

                      When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                      For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                      Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                      8. Time Box Your Activities

                      This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                      You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                      9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                      Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                      10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                      Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                      You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                      11. Focus

                      Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                      Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                      Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                      12. Block out Distractions

                      What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                      I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                      When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                      Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                      13. Track Your Time Spent

                      When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                      You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                      14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                      You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                      Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                      15. Prioritize

                      Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                      Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      16. Delegate

                      If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                      When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                      17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                      For related work, batch them together.

                      For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                      1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                      2. coaching
                      3. workshop development
                      4. business development
                      5. administrative

                      I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                      18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                      What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                      One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                      While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                      19. Cut off When You Need To

                      The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                      Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                      20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                      Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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