Ahhh, the wonderful cupcake. Who doesn’t love them? But did you know that cupcakes were initially called “number cakes?”. They were called number cakes because the ingredients were measured by weight, and each ingredient was given a number. Pretty cool fact, no?
Our beautiful cupcakes have been a popular sweet treat since the 18th Century. Although it has yet to be discovered who made the first one. However, it is firmly believed that they originated in lovely England and were brought to the North Americas by the early settlers.
Hmm, one more thing to note is that the original cupcake in America……..shhh! Don’t tell anyone…..there was no frosting or icing!
Amelia Simmons’s recipe for cupcakes, using the title “a light cake to be baked in small cups,” was published in her book American Cookery in 1976. Here is the full recipe in case you are interested.
As you can see, the recipe was just a simple cake with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and rosewater, no leavening agent, and no milk or vanilla extract. More importantly, again, no frosting or icing! They were just simply dusted with powdered sugar before serving.
Let’s think about it……..they are small, easy to grab, and very very tasty! So why wouldn’t we love them? Silly question, if you ask me! However, on a more practical note, let’s think about it more…..
Here are 10 reasons we have come up with.
Some of the most common flavors of cupcakes include:
While traditional flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry are always popular, some bakers and pastry chefs have come up with unique and unusual cupcake flavors. Here are a few examples:
There are several ways to make cupcakes healthier: