We All Love Cupcakes!

Everyone loves cupcakes!

It may seem that the widespread popularity of cupcakes is a recent trend but the history of this treat is quite interesting.
The History Of Cupcakes

The first known reference to cupcakes is dated 1796.  Cupcakes were included in the first American cookbook.  The book, titled American Cookery, was written by Amelia Simmons.  Cupcake recipes were later included in a cookbook by Eliza Leslie, published in 1828.

Mass-produced cupcakes began in 1919.  This chocolate cupcake was sold by the Hostess company.  A customer could buy two cupcakes for five cents.  The Hostess company soon began offering cupcakes in other flavors, with flavored icings.  However, there were no fillings in Hostess cupcakes until 1950.

Duncan Hines was the first company to offer packaged cake mixes.  This gave homemakers in the 1950s the opportunity to make cupcakes in their own kitchens.  The Duncan Hines brand expanded to include a wide variety of flavors.

New York City’s Magnolia Bakery is credited with the concept of expensive, designer cupcakes.  Available in a variety of gourmet flavors, the cupcakes sold by the Magnolia Bakery in 1996 cost more than three dollars each.

Giant-sized cupcakes were developed in 2003 by a bakery named Crumbs.  In 2009, Baked By Melissa created bite-sized cupcakes.  In 2005, one of Magnolia Bakery’s customers took the idea to Beverly Hills and opened the Sprinkles Cupcakes bakery.  Sprinkles cupcakes are available in many flavors, and do not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Heavy pottery cups were originally used to bake cupcakes.  Today, ovenproof cups and muffin tins are used.  Some metal tins have non-stick surfaces, while others are meant to be used with paper liners.  Cupcakes can also be made in pans of silicone rubber or stoneware.

Types Of Cupcakes

While the original cupcakes were plain, cupcakes can now be found in a wide variety of flavors and frostings, filled and unfilled, decorated and undecorated.  There are also numerous versions of cupcakes.

One popular variant is the “cake in a mug” cupcake.  A person can create one individual cupcake by mixing the ingredients in a mug.  The cupcake is cooked in a microwave oven.

A second variant is a butterfly cake.  Its top is cut to resemble wings.  A butterfly cake is often filled with jam, whipped cream, or buttercream frosting.

A third type is the cake ball.  They are round, with chocolate frosting.   The usual method of making cake balls is mixing frosting with crumbled cake.

The Popularity Of Cupcakes In England

There has been a significant increase in homemade cupcakes, home baking shops, and bakeries in recent years.  Some of its popularity is due to cupcakes appearing on television programs.

The popularity of cupcakes combines the joy of childhood favorites with newer, more modern approaches.  People love to enjoy the treats they had when they were children, and also enjoy trying something new.

Both fairy cakes and traditional cupcakes are popular in England.  Children’s birthday parties and family treats are only two occasions for cupcakes.  People of all ages love this popular dessert.

The most popular flavors are chocolate, vanilla, French vanilla, carrot cake, and red velvet.  Some of the most popular cupcake frostings include cream cheese, chocolate cream cheese, salted caramel, and strawberry.

From the original cupcakes made with few ingredients to the filled, frosted cupcakes most people prefer today, the cupcake has been a special treat that has been enjoyed for generations.  As long as there are adults and children who like sweet desserts, cupcakes will continue to be one of the favorites.  There are so many different flavors and types from which to choose that everyone can have the cupcake he likes the most.