Cupcake Lore

Cupcakes have a big following these days. 
Here's some lore behind their allure...

 time to make the cupcakes...

The first primordial mention of the idea of a '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 Simms:

"A light Cake to bake in small cups. Half a pound sugar, half a pound butter, rubbed into two pounds flour, one glass wine, one do. [glass] Rosewater, two do.[glass] Emptins, a nutmeg, cinnamon and currants."

No one can decide if the name is accurately traced to the fact that the tiny cakes were baked in small cups, or if it was because the ingredients were measured out in cups and easy to remember;
One cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of soda. 

Either way the cupcake sailed easily into the culture, and is here for the long haul. I think at one point the Romans forgot how to make cement, but somehow I don't think cupcakes are in the same danger! 

This Thursday we're celebrating Back in the Day Bakery and their new book from 5-7pm with of course, lots of cupcakes!!

Hope to see y'all there!!

1 comment:

Curtains in My Tree said...

eat a cupcake for me , I will be thinking about all of you tomorrow and dreaming of being at The Paris Market with Cheryl & Griff Day

and shopping The Paris Market of course