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The History of Cupcakes

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Cupcakes originated in America

The first time any body spoke of a cupcake was traced back  to 1796, when an American recipe mentioned “a cake to be baked in small cups”. It was ground-breaking because of time saved in the kitchen. Instead of weighing out ingredients when baking, ingredients were now measured.

‘Cup cake’ or ‘cupcake’ referred to two different motivations for the name. According to the Food Timeline Web, food historians still has to pinpoint where the name of the cupcake originated.  Before muffin pans were available, the cakes were baked in small pottery cups, ramekins or molds and the name came from the cups they were baked in. Another theory is that the ingredients used to make the cupcakes, were measured out by the cup.

Once the use of volume measurements was recognized in home kitchens, it became known as ‘number cakes’ or ‘1234 cakes’ or ‘quarter cakes’, because of the four ingredients used: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, and four eggs. But the name that stuck, “cupcake” now refers to any small cake that is about to the size of a teacup. What the true history of the cupcakes are, really doesn’t matter to lovers of this delicious and beautiful little delicacy.

Why cupcakes were loved

Cupcakes were easy and convenient and quick to make. It baked much quicker than large cakes. When hearth ovens were used, it took a long time to bake a cake, and it would often be burned. When Muffin tins, also called gem pans, came into use at the turn of the 20th century, that is what people used for cupcakes.

Cupcakes has since become a pop culture trend in the food world. Many bakeries only do cupcakes. Chocolate and vanilla remains standard favorites, but many fancy flavors were also born. Loads of cookbooks, blogs, and magazines are devoted to cupcakes.

Decorating Cupcakes

These days anything goes as far as frosting for Cupcakes go. Not only frosting but also a variety of other cake decorations. They may also be filled with frosting or pastry cream, using a spoon or knife to create a small hole in the top of the cupcake. Commercial bakeries may use a syringe to inject fillings. Toppings, as plain or as elaborate as the occasion.

Why not enjoy an extravagant cupcake today?

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Ref.: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupcake