Tuesday, April 1, 2008

who put the "cup" in cupcake?

Where does it come from? the cupcake that is...who is responsible for creating this pint size indulgence that sends me to the moon?! Well I did my research and this is what I found out.

A cupcake is so named because it is a small cake the size of a teacup. In Britain it is commonly referred to as a fairy cake. In previous centuries, before muffin tins were widely available, the little cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds. The USA term may have originally been related to the American measuring system, based upon the cup.

There are also theories that the name comes from the amount of ingredients used to make the cake (a cupful of flour, a cupful of butter, cupful of sugar etc.).

Culinary evidence confirms the practice of naming cakes for their measurements dates (at least) to the 18th century. In the days when many people couldn't read, this simple system made it easy to remember recipes. Pound cake and cupcakes are foods that fall into this genre. In fact... They were composed of the same basic ingredients in a 1234 cake.

1234 Cake

While there are several variations for this recipe, the basic components are listed below:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
4 eggs

Beat, mix, and bake.
(*Ahhh...simplicity at its finest.)