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15 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Cake Recipes

15 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Cake Recipes

1. Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

sundae

    Yeah, you read that correctly. A cake that is also an ice cream sundae. This is absolutely the best of both worlds when it comes to desserts. Need I say more?

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    2. Double Chocolate Tiramisu

    tiramisu

      One of my favorite desserts, made all the better by doubling the chocolate content. Martha knows best!

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      3. Giant Fairy Bread Cake

      fairy

        I absolutely adore this cake. Not only does it look delicious, but it’s an awesome take on a childhood party favorite. In addition, it’s visually gorgeous.Recipe Source

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        4. Vegan Chocolate and Avocado Cake

        avocado

          Just hear me out on this one. Avocado gets a bad wrap. For some reason, it’s primarily associated with savory food, particularly of the Mexican variety. While I’m a huge fan of these uses, I promise you that it is also an amazing addition to sweeter food too. I personally use it in my morning smoothies and I’ve even made avocado ice cream with a strawberry coulis on more than one occasion. It’s delicious. So be brave and open your mind to something new and tasty. You won’t be disappointed!Recipe Source

          5. Coffee and Donuts Cake

          coffeedonuts

            Coffee and donuts. Made into a cake. Did you ever hear of anything sweeter?Recipe Source

            6. Key Lime Cheesecake

            keylime

              You may have noticed a slight pattern when it comes to my cake choices. I love anything with an element of duality, and this one is no different. The combination of key lime pie and cheesecake is perfection, in my opinion.Recipe Source

              7. Red Velvet Cake

              redvelvet

                There’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned red velvet cake, and this one is particularly incredible.Recipe Source

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                8. Cappuccino Pavlova

                cappuccino

                  Being Australian, including a pavlova on this list is obligatory. However, Nigella has recreated it with a delicious caffeine-soaked twist.Recipe Source

                  9. Maple Bacon Cheesecake

                  maplebacon

                    Some people may say that the whole bacon trend has been blown way out of proportion. I absolutely disagree. Maple syrup and bacon on a cake? Hell, yes. All bacon, all the time.

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                    10. Overloaded Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

                    cookie

                      A cake that combines cookies, caramel and marshmallows. I’m pretty sure that’s the definition of mind-blowing.Recipe Source

                      11. Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

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                      cream

                        Cookies-and-cream is one of my favorite flavors in the world, which is why I love the idea of these cupcakes. Plus, you get a bonus cookie on top!

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                        12. Mojito Cupcakes

                        mojito

                          Can’t decide between dessert and cocktail hour? Now, you don’t have to!

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                          13. Chocolate-Raspberry Bavarian Torte

                          torte

                            Not only is this cake delectable, its presentation is astonishing.

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                            14. Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

                            carbomb

                              Admittedly, this is the second alcohol-related recipe on this list. This does not mean that I have a problem. I’m simply celebrating my Irish heritage with Jameson, Baileys, and chocolate.

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                              15. Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Icing

                              banana cake

                                This is about as close as you can get to a banoffee pie in cake form. Much like bacon, some say that salted caramel has been getting too much press lately. Those people are wrong. So very, very wrong.

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                                Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                                Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                Conclusion

                                While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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