julia kettley. cupcake. June 17th , 2017.
A Little Cupcake History: 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. Further down the line, cupcakes were referred to as "1234 cakes" or "quarter cakes" due to the four ingredients that were required for the recipe. Butter, sugar, flour, and eggs were the essential ingredients for these plain yellow cakes; a lighter and less expensive counterpart to the pound cake. By the 21st century, cupcakes have grown synonymous with birthday celebrations, particularly that of children. The small and personal size of these sweet cakes makes them perfect for children, possessing a dessert that fits perfectly into the palm of one’s hand. However, it wasn’t long before the adult scene caught onto this viral demand for a personalized cake. After a hit HBO series popularized a Manhattan "cupcakery," niche-driven cupcake joints popped up all across the globe. These treats went from simple and youth-oriented to gourmet and age-unspecified in a hot minute.
I love cupcakes. There’s something special about a cupcake, isn’t there? Well, the great news is that cupcakes aren’t just for kid’s parties and bake sales anymore. Cupcakes have become an adult sensation! yes, that’s right. Grownups from 20 to 95 can openly indulge in their love of cupcakes. According to news reports, there are lots of us cupcake lovers out there. From coast to coast in the United States, millions of adults are reveling in their cupcake fixation by lining up in droves to pay anywhere from $1.75 to $4 a piece for their little slice of cupcake heaven. As with many things in pop culture, this new cupcake craze has its roots in Hollywood. A few years ago, popular television characters were seen enjoying cupcake treats at a certain cupcake bakery in Manhattan. Of course, all the drooling cupcake lovers out there said to themselves in unison: "Whaa . . .? You mean there’s a place that I can go and buy nothing but cupcakes?
Another popular cupcake shop on the West coast is Sprinkles, located in Beverly Hills. Celebrities can be seen basking in cupcake glory just like the rest of us. Oprah, a very famous cupcake lover, has even given away free cupcakes as a treat to her audience. At some weddings, couples and their guests are enjoying a wedding cupcake tree instead of a traditional wedding cake. A cupcake tree features many decorative cupcakes - like a flower cupcake - sitting prettily on a cupcake stand or each delicate cake is placed into an individual cupcake box. If you don’t happen to live close to a cupcake shop, you can always indulge in some delicious cupcake eating at home. Why not get some friends together and throw a cupcake party? Cupcake decorating is fun and each of you can use your imagination to create your own cupcake decorating idea. Of course, every good cupcake decorating party has to include cupcake sprinkles, but you can also use marshmallows, cookies, candy bits, maraschino cherries, decorative frosting bags and tips and, of course, lots of creamy frosting. You too can take cupcake decoration to new heights of sugary sweet temptation. Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe When you do get to visit a cupcake shop, you’ll often find that this incredibly rich cupcake with the cream cheese frosting is among the most popular. Cupcake 1 1/2 cup sugar - 1/2 cup shortening - 1 cup buttermilk - 1 teaspoon vanilla - 2 eggs - 1 teaspoon vinegar - 2 tablespoons baking soda - 2 oz. red food coloring - 2 tablespoons cocoa powder - 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour - 1 teaspoon salt, Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a medium sized bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening. In a glass measuring cup, add the vinegar to the baking soda and let it dissolve.....Add the following ingredients to the shortening mixture: buttermilk, vanilla, eggs, vinegar and baking soda mixture. In a small bowl, mix together the red food coloring with the cocoa powder; add this to the shortening batter. Slowly mix in the cake flour and salt. Mix in the cream cheese filling (if desired) to create a marble effect. Pour into muffin cups and bake for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cream Cheese Filling and Frosting - 1/3 cup sugar - 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened - 1 egg - 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Swirl 2/3 cup of the cream cheese filling into the red velvet cake batter. Reserve the rest for the topping (you can always use another flavor of frosting for the tops).
Fresh fruit is always a good topping for cupcakes. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, sliced pineapple, orange slices are all good choices, but you can virtually use any fruit. Just make sure that if you are using a fruit like an apple or banana that you coat it in lemon juice so that discoloration does not occur to ruin the effect. Sprinkles always create sparkling effects and beautiful results. You can buy multi-colored candy sprinkles or sprinkles in one-tone colors. You can use chocolate sprinkles or silver and gold dragees. There are also new products on the market that you can use to beautify your cupcakes, like edible glitter, sugar pearls in all colors or candy rocks (they look like rocks or pebbles and turn into chocolate in your mouth). If you are creative and wish to make unique stunning cupcakes, there are thousands of ways you can top your cupcakes. Cupcake toppings can really add a lot of personality to your cupcakes and can really play up the theme of the event you are using them for. Even if you are just making cupcakes for your own family, try surprising them with fun creative cupcake toppings.
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