History Of Cupcakes? We all love our cupcakes and would never past on an opportunity to enjoy one of those delicacies. They have different names in varying countries; in England, they are Fairy Cakes, in Australia, Patty Cake, or in Hiberno-English as Bun. Cupcakes are seen as small cakes, which include almost the same ingredients as most cakes but just baked in smaller pans or pockets. They may also have decorations to add sprinkles, fruits, or candy. But where did cupcakes originate?
The Detailed History Of Cupcakes
The Root of Cupcakes
Based on history, the first recorded baking of a cupcake occurred in 1796 when the instructions (in a recipe) were given to baking a “light cake in small cups”. Amelia Simmons, an American Cook, wrote this recipe. Though it wasn’t given the name we now know as cupcake until around 1828 in a cookbook by Eliza Leslie, it had the same guide in preparation. History has it that the cakes were baked in small separate tins such as ramekins, pottery cups, and molds. They were given the name of the containers they were baked in at the time and, most times, varied in size. English tradition has most cupcakes being smaller than the average cupcakes in the US and has fewer toppings than most of those we see today.
There was also another method of preparing “cupcake,” which saw the ingredients measured by cups instead of being weighed. This procedure was the reason why it got its name in those regions. The ingredients were measured in standard-sized cups and could also bake in oven cups. However, more persons used the custom tins to bake as loves and layers. These cupcakes had four ingredients, and after many persons got to baking, they called them “1234 cakes or quarter cakes”. The main ingredients at the time were one cup of flour, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, and four eggs. They came out as plain yellow cakes, which were rather cost-effective because of the general ingredients used.
Baking A Cupcake
One of the first steps to baking a cupcake is to gather all the ingredients and tools which you will use. The ingredients and tools you collect are all based on a particular recipe you may have chosen. Interesting enough, all cupcakes have a general list of ingredients that must be used to get the perfect results you are looking for to include eggs, flour, sugar, and butter. You may add other ingredients as you choose to add flavors such as raisins, nuts, berries, and chocolate chips.
Cupcakes take a shorter time to bake than average size cakes because of their size and what they are generally baked in. Also, the layer place in each muffin tin rises during the baking process because of the carbon dioxide mixed with the ingredients. It, however, falls a little after leaving the oven because of the leavening gases. These days, most cupcakes are decorated with frosting and other edible decorations. These ingredients are a form of making the cupcakes attractive and add additional flavor to the base taste. Most bakers often use a spoon or spatula to pierce a hole in the top center of the cupcake order to add a filling or can be combined with a syringe. Based on the occasion it is made for, they may even be a little elaborate.
History of Cupcakes : Baking Pans
In recent times, there have been so many upgrades in the way people bake cupcakes compared to how they used to be. Even now, many bakers still use small coffee mugs, teacups, or other small oven-proof dishes to make their cupcakes to give it an original and traditional feel. Now, they have a single tray with many cupcake “holes” or cake cups that are filled with the mixture and placed in the oven. The current baking pans are of silicone rubber, stoneware, other oven-proof material. The tray cups that measure around 3 inches let the cupcake baked with a “fluff” and rising to mostly give a soft taste.
Also, many persons use a flat tray to make their cakes but not before being lined by thin “paper cups” that contain the mixture. These liners can be easily removed from the baked product and are, of course, safe to be associated with your edible cakes. Also, the paper liners are there as many people see it as sanitary since the cupcakes may be passed from one hand to another before consumption. The liners also come in various sizes. You may also substitute the paper liners for aluminum foil, which you bake on the flat baking tray.
Cupcakes are a perfect addition to any dessert serving at home or your special event. The cupcakes of different sizes and flavors also sell well during cake sales. Many persons prefer to go for these smaller cakes as they are much lighter and have fewer ingredients. As you bake, accessorize it with decorations to make it as tantalizing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. You will get to take your own place in the history of cupcakes.