Cupcakes: How the hell are they so famous?


May 15, 2013 by Shweta D'souza

You must have always wondered the existence and fame of the tasty miniature cake, but do you really have your facts right?

  • The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.
 Recipe posted in the Idaho Daily Statesman 1913

Recipe posted in the Idaho Daily Statesman 1913
  • In the beginning, cupcakes were sometimes called “number” cakes, because they were easy to remember by the measurements of ingredients it took to create them: One cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of soda. Clearly, cupcakes today have expanded to a wide variety of ingredients, measurements, shapes, and decorations – but this was one of the first recipes for making what we know today as cupcakes
  • Cupcakes were convenient because they cooked much quicker than larger cakes. When baking was down in hearth ovens, it would take a long time to bake a cake, and the final product would often be burned. Muffin tins, also called gem pans, were popular around the turn of the 20th century, so people started created cupcakes in tins. While today we use muffin tins to bake cupcakes, these pans used to be called gem pans. However, cupcakes were originally baked in teacups and ramekins before the invention of the multi-cup pans.
Red Velvet cupcake in Ramekins

Red Velvet cupcake in Ramekins

  • Cupcakes have gained so much popularity in the past decade that they often replace cakes at weddings and other special events. Can’t get enough about cupcakes? You can even tune-in to the The Food Network and watch their “Cupcake Wars” TV show.

Cupcake Wars’ Winner Season 6

  • If we´re discussing facts about cupcakes, then we have to look at the record for cupcakes-eating. Apparently it´s 29 in 30 seconds. If this is true – and their texture would make them easy to consume quickly – the cupcake eating champion must have felt rather unwell afterwards…

So don’t feel ashamed to not share a cupcake, because that miniature cake was made to owned only by you!


6 thoughts on “Cupcakes: How the hell are they so famous?

  1. Nat's news says:

    29 cupcakes in 30 seconds!? I couldn’t do that, but I’d defo enjoy trying!!

  2. Cup Cakes are very versatile and thats probably why they’re the new craze. You can make practically anything with them lol Nice article.

  3. happyhippiehome says:

    I think they are popular because they are smaller. Perfect serving size, more decorating ideas. I do love me a cupcake.

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