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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 September 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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