Published at Wednesday, September 12th 2018. by Georgette Chang in Cupcakes.
What's in a name? Well, for cupcakes, a lot! Cupcakes date back to the 19th Century where they were commonly known as "number cakes." These bite-sized cakes were accounted for according to the number of cups required for the necessary ingredients. Another theory for the origin of the cupcake name is the vessel in which the cakes were baked. Ramekins, tin or small clay cups were said to have contained the essential ingredients for cupcakes upon their initiation. Oddly enough, bakers today still choose to bake these fun treats in the same containers.
Speaking of mess, which one of the two would be easier to serve? In this, I am certain cupcakes are hands down, the winner. There is no need to have someone cut and serve, no waiting for all the pieces to be cut, no need to worry about cutting the right size or number of pieces, also no need for dessert plates & forks. Cupcakes make it easy for your guests to serve themselves. They could even be placed individually at everyone's seat, making cupcakes a great wedding or party favor for your guests. Still, some prefer a smaller center cake or cupcake display at each table. This idea can be a money-saver, because it eliminates the need for a floral centerpiece on each table. Cupcakes are also easier to divvy up and send home with family and friends; that is if there are any left!
Cupcakes are generally frosted as are most cakes, with vanilla, chocolate, orange-flavored, or any other flavor that compliments the small cake underneath. Cupcakes can also sport various toppings, like rainbow or chocolate sprinkles, coconut, miniature chocolate chips, candies, pieces of gumdrops or even can be glazed. You can decorate the tops with faces, create tiny animals or flowers, make them into butterflies or simply place a nut in the centre.
Eating a cupcake can make you feel young again and with the variety of flavors and frostings that have progressed over the decades, there isn't an appetite or yen that can't be solved with a tasty cupcake.
You can even have filled cupcakes. Doesn't a chocolate cupcake filled with sweet vanilla crème sound fantastic? How about a cupcake with a chocolate 'kiss' treat or a caramel in the centre?
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