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SIMS 4 Carrot Cake Cupcakes


Yields 16 cupcakes

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups shredded organic carrots
  • Green & orange royal icing in decorating bags fitted with #5 tips
Frosting
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Cupcake pan & liners
  • Hand grater
  • Small cutting mat & knife
  • Peeler
  • Electric mixer
  • Small offset spatula
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #2A tip

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. n a large bowl, combine flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, eggs, honey and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.
  5. Gently fold carrots into the batter.
  6. Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for 18 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool before decorating.
Frosting
  1. Combine all of the frosting ingredients (except powdered sugar) in a large bowl and beat well with an electric mixer.
  2. Beat in half of the powdered sugar and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the second half and then beat and scrape again.
  3. Scoop frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a #2A tip.

Time to decorate!

  1. Frost the tops of the cupcakes and then refrigerate for about 5 minutes.
  2. Use green royal icing to pipe a carrot stem.
  3. With orange icing, pipe a carrot shape below the stem.
  4. TaDa! Unlock your baking skills with these yummy SIMS 4 Carrot Cupcakes!

xxcuriouserandcuriouserxx  asked:

Hey do you have any tips for someone starting out as a fan fiction writer?

I don’t know if those will be relevant or helpful at all, but here we go:


  • Write for yourself.

This will always be my number one advice.

When you write, you put a piece of yourself out there. And yourself cannot please everyone. There’s a reason why I say I write because I can’t afford a therapist and it’s right there. You write for yourself first and foremost, because you enjoy it, because it allows you to escape, or to express something. Writing is incredibly personal, so don’t let others influence you too much.

Don’t write for the hits, the kudos or the comments. Write for yourself.

  • Learn how to write a summary.

Ok. That’s highly hypocritical of me because writing a summary is my ultimate weakness. I’m terrible at them. What I usually do is pick out a few sentences that are enough to pique the reader’s interest without revealing too much of the intrigue.

Don’t write “I’m terrible at summaries, the story is better” or something like that. Don’t ask for kudos and comments in your summary. It puts people off.

  • Check, double-check and triple-check.

There is no best way to make me click on the back button than a story full of grammatical mistakes. English is a rich enough language that you can try to play with it and bound the rules a little, but knowing the difference between “you’re” and “your” is a must, even for the most unconventional writers.

Same for the tense: it’s either past tense or present tense, not both.

Dialogue must be clear. Two rules: your reader needs to know who said what to whom and only one speaker by paragraph.

If you’re not sure about something, don’t be afraid to ask and if you can’t ask, Google is your friend. And use a spell checker.

If you can get yourself a beta, it’s even better!

Your writing will never be 100% mistake-proof but there are some mistakes more easily forgivable than others.

  • Respect the original characters.

In fanfiction, you are working with characters who already exist beyond yourself. They already have existent traits that make them who they are and that are a big part of why people love them so much. Of course, you can play with them, you can add a few of your own, but try to stay true to the original character.

People read fanfiction because of the original work, rarely because they stumbled onto it hazardously. They are here for the characters. They will stick around if you write them respectfully.

And please, do not change canon queer characters’ sexuality. 

  • Tag properly.

If there’s a major character death, tag Major Character Death. If there’s anything whatsoever that could trigger someone, fucking tag it.

Otherwise, you are very free in your choice of tags (my tags are all over the place, let’s be real) but try to at least use some that would catch a potential reader’s attention.

Don’t spoil your story in the tags, though.

  • Have a plot.

Have at least a few scenes and the main intrigue outlined before you start writing.

It’s always better to begin with the end in mind. It makes for a more compelling and coherent plot.

  • Choose a point of view and stick to it.

There is nothing more confusing than a scene written with two, or more, different points of view.

If you choose to go with one character’s POV, stick to it until the end of the scene and don’t switch randomly unless your new point of view brings something to the plot, a new perspective or an insight into a character’s mindset. Even then, do not change back. Finish the scene with that character, not the first one.

  • Do your research.

For the love of Magnus Babe, if you’re writing about a sensitive subject or something you know nothing about, if you’re writing smut (especially gay sex) for the first time, if your character gets badly injured and you’re not a damn doctor yourself, even if you’re writing about a country you’ve never been to: do your research.

  • If writer’s block hits, take a break.

It will happen. It’s frustrating and we all hate it, but it will happen.

Don’t try to force yourself to write then. Take a break. Go for a walk. Listen to some music. Re-read something else you’ve written or something by someone else that you really loved. Write something random, about your day, about something entirely different from the story you’re working on. Eat something you love. Just keep your mind off of it for a while.

If inspiration doesn’t come back, skip that paragraph and go back to it later.

  • Interact with your readers.

Reply to comments, DMs, asks on tumblr, etc. Whether you have 2, 20, 200 or 17000, acknowledge your readers. They’re the reason why we do what we do, and we owe them a lot.

  • Try to update regularly.

This is a complicated one, and I’m the first one to forget about that rule.

The chance that I have is that I now have an audience that follows me from story to story and that is willing to bare with my fucked-up updating schedule. 

You won’t have that chance when you’re just starting, so a good way to secure an audience and keep them interested in your story is to update regularly. It’s hard, but if you’ve got a few chapters written in advance before you start posting, it’s manageable.

  • Just start writing

Don’t overthink it.

Don’t try to come up with the most complicated plot. Just write what you want to write. If you’re willing to write it, there’s a high chance someone will be willing to read it.

What people find compelling and interesting doesn’t necessarily mean new and 100% original. We all love some good old prompts even though we’ve read different versions of it a hundred times before.

Just write whatever you want to write, and see where it goes from there.


Writing is hard. It takes practice and patience. There is something incredibly rewarding about writing fanfiction, though. The interaction with your readers is immediate and receiving a positive comment makes all the hard work worth it.

So, practice. Have patience. Hold on in there, and most importantly: have fun!

I hope this was helpful :).

Making picture-perfect swirl-topped cupcakes might seem like something you should leave to the pros. But F&W Test Kitchen frosting maestro Justin Chapple has an easy shortcut. All you need is two colors of frosting, plastic wrap and a pastry bag—no artistic skills needed. Watch this week’s episode of Mad Genius Tips to learn how to make the most beautiful cupcakes ever.

Let Them Eat Cake: 5 Trends We Love



1. Cupcakes

Instead of ordering an unnecessarily large cake, order cupcakes that every guest will enjoy! You can even personalize them to make your guests feel even more special to celebrate the big day with you.

2. Cake Pops

Like cupcakes, cake pops are a wonderful way to give a small treat to each guest. They can be decorated easily. Our favorite tip: put a candle on each one, so every person can make a wish for the happy couple. There’s never a thing called too much luck!

3. Macaroons

Who doesn’t love this bite sized dessert? They come in countless colors and flavors and less messy! Why get icing everywhere when you don’t have to?

4. Mini-Cakes

Similar to cupcakes and cake pops, we love the versatility and personalization possible with these mini creations. Unlike their siblings, they invoke the same timelessness and classic wedding cake symbol, just smaller! Instead of one flavor, mix and match varieties! Chocolate, anyone?

5. Sprinkle Cake

Why not pretend life is one giant ice cream parlor? We love how sprinkles create a retro vibe, which is perfect for any bride looking to throw a vintage themed wedding! Girls just wanna have fun—a saying we live by everyday!


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Samoa Cookie Cupcakes


Yields 1 dozen

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cake flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup caramel sauce
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Hand mixer
  • Whisk
  • 12 purple silicon cupcake liners
Decoration
  • Cutting board & knife
  • Samoa cookies
  • Melted chocolate in decorating bag
  • #829 tip

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt until evenly combined.
  3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in and egg and vanilla and beat well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. On low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  6. Gently fold in shredded coconut.
  7. Line a cupcake tray and fill two-thirds full with batter. Bake for about 14 to 16 minutes.
Frosting
  1. Beat butter until smooth. Add caramel and mix until well combined.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  3. Add in vanilla and salt and then beat in cream until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Time to decorate!

  1. Cut each Samoa cookie in half.
  2. Scoop frosting in decorating bag fitted with a #829 tip.
  3. Once cupcakes are completely cool, pipe two swirls of frosting on top of each.
  4. Drizzle melted chocolate and top with a half of a Samoa cookie.

March Book Photo Challenge I Day 9. I Book Haul

Someone borrowed and lost my Sarah Waters collection and, since she is speaking at my university this week, I have replaced them. Re-reading these books, I love them more than ever. It will be amazing if she signs them!

jenasaurous  asked:

“I like when you ramble. You get really passionate.” with daisuga and Suga talking about baking to Daichi and then he suddenly gets really into it and Daichi is just staring at Suga like he's lovestruck <3 I just rlly love baking and Suga (*´꒳`*)

Sugawara is handsome. 

He has a sharp jaw, just soft enough in the right places. His nose is shaped very nicely. His skin is a smooth, dark color, the mole under his eye and his long, long eyelashes, grant the illusion of innocent beauty. Daichi is in love. 

“–And, I lost the star tip, and I was so stressed! God, Daichi, I was making those cupcakes with the star tip, lord help me. So I went and–” 

Suga’s lips, too. God, Daichi wants to kiss them all the time. They’re plump and pink– slightly chapped, but…Nice. Warm. Their kisses are nice. 

“–The lady at the craft supply store was so scared! I swear, I looked like a madman–” 

And his eyes when he talks like this; about a hobby, about homework, or about a show he likes. 

“–Even listening to me!” 

Daichi blinks. Suga pouts, blowing air out of his mouth. “You’re not even listening to me! Daichi, what the hell? Don’t you love me?” 

Daichi chuckles, hearing the teasing lilt of his boyfriend’s voice. “I’m sorry. I like when you ramble. You get really passionate. I can’t help but stare…” 

“Oh.” Suga seems actually genuinely surprised at Daichi’s reply, and his tan cheeks redden. Daichi finds this especially handsome. 

“I love you a lot.” 

Suga smiles softly. “…I- I love you too…” 

Resting his chin on the table, looking up to Suga with smiling eyes, he says, “Please continue. I’m listening this time.” 

He really isn’t listening, still, but Suga doesn’t seem to mind anymore. 

Tagalong Cookie Cupcakes


Yields 2 dozen

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablesooons vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons heavy cream
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Hand mixer
  • Whisk
  • Cupcake Tray
  • 24 red silicon cupcake liners
Decoration
  • Cutting board & knife
  • Tagalong cookies
  • Decorating bag fitted with #809 tip

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk in both sugars until evenly combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, and vanilla. Whisk in the sour cream and oil.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the sour cream mixture. Stir until well combined (do not over mix).
  5. Gently fold peanut butter chips into the batter.
  6. Line a cupcake tray and fill two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
Frosting
  1. Beat butter until smooth and then mix in peanut butter.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Scrap down sides as needed.
  3. Add in vanilla and salt and then beat in cream until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Time to decorate!

  1. Cut each Tagalong cookie in half.
  2. Scoop frosting in decorating bag fitted with a #829 tip.
  3. Once cupcakes are completely cool, pipe two swirls of frosting on top of each.
  4. Top with a half of a Tagalong cookie.
Cute-cake

Imagine a pocket-sized you shoving a mini cupcake into a tipped-over mug. You run over to the handle of the ceramic cup and pull it with all the strength you can muster up so that it stands upright again. Seokjin, who is watching you from the sidelines, observes your figure as you use your entire body to move the mug towards him. Once it’s where you want it, you bring yourself to the front of the cup and move to the side, gesturing your arms towards the cup as if you just presented a ten-course meal to him. Seokjin peeks into the cup and notices the mini cupcake inside. All he does is raise his eyebrows before he asks, “What is this supposed to be?”

A smile that could light up the entire sky appears on your face, and you reply, “I made you a cupcake? You know? A cake in a cup?”

Seokjin really wants to correct you; he wants to say that a cupcake doesn’t have to be in an ACTUAL cup and that you’ve essentially given him a cupcake in a cup, but he’s too kind. And he doesn’t want to wipe that beautiful smile off your face. Instead, he picks up the mini cupcake and breaks a piece off. He hands it to your grinning figure, and you happily accept it. After pressing the pieces together, you both stuff the pieces in your mouths and hum in happiness.

anonymous asked:

Hullo. I want to start a book blog but I do not know how. What are the things I have to have? Have to know? Is there a particular format when writing a review or is it a free for all? I'd really appreciate your answer. Thanks :)

Hi!

I’m not really an expert but I’m going to try to help you as much as I can. I’m assuming you want to blog here on Tumblr.

I think the most important thing you need to have before making a book blog is you have to have the passion for it. Book blogging is not an easy thing to do but having the passion for it makes it so much easier. It’s also a continuing process of learning so don’t worry if you don’t know everything right away. When I started my blog I basically knew nothing about book blogging. I just wanted to talk about books a lot and know more about books. I learned everything I know from reading other book blogs and conversing with other book bloggers. It’s really important to know that you are going to be passionate about book blogging and books because it will also help set you apart from other book bloggers.

So if you are sure you want to become a book blogger, here are the things you will need to have and have to know:

  1. A unique blog name & blog url. They don’t need to be the same but it’s better if it goes together. Google you’re chosen blog name/url so you can check if someone already owns that name/url.

    Note: Tumblr isn’t the only blogging site out there. Pick a blogging site where you are comfortable and know your targeted audience

  2. A Theme. Your blog needs to be very organised so it will look neat, because you want your blog visitors to be able to read your blog properly. Pick a theme that will be easy on the eyes and at the same time reflects your personality.

  3. Book Reviews. Review formats are free for all just make sure to include the title and author name. The most important thing in a book review is you wholly express your opinion on a book. Make an exact and detailed point why you liked it or why you didn’t like it. Be honest. It can be short and it can also be very long, it totally depends on you. You can even add gifs if you want, but don’t be too obnoxious. Like I said, it totally depends on you because you also want your personality to show in your reviews.

    Tumblr Tip: When posting book reviews, post it as a photo post because it not only looks neat on your blog, it will also look neat on your your follower’s dash. [How to add a “read more” on a photo post]

  4. Blog posts. Book reviews isn’t the only thing that makes a book blog. Blog post ideas:

    A. Write ups
    B. Photos of your books
    C. Memes/Challenges
    D. Fanmixes 
    E. Discussion posts
    F. Fan arts/edits
    G. Reblogs
    H. Book news.

    Tumblr Tip: Books-cupcakes has a great Book Photo Challenge

  5. ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT & NEVER EVER PLAGIARIZE !!!

  6. BE YOURSELF.

I hope this helps and if you have any other questions, shoot me an ask and I will try to help as much as I can.

-Eunice