Macia Imber. cupcake. January 19th , 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.
Cupcakes are great, but many are wondering how this little birthday and school room treat has come to create such a fuss. Not only are cupcake centric eateries springing up across the country, from home-style Magnolia Bakery on the East Coast to Sprinkles in Beverly Hills, but these once quaint cakes are being served everywhere - even at black tie events! It’s no secret that Hollywood’s played a part, featuring cupcake shops in popular television shows, but the glory really goes to these miniature cakes. Take flavor and colors for example. One dessert doesn’t have to mean one flavor and look. A single batch of cupcakes can offer a rainbow of flavors and tinted icings, from lemon to hazelnut, from pretty pastels to vibrant tangerine and hot pink. Cupcakes are doing for many store-front bakeries what 31 Flavors did for ice-cream parlors.
If you think you can only have gourmet-quality cupcakes by heading to the bakery and paying gourmet prices, think again. Real people designed those gourmet recipes, and real people bake perfect cupcakes every day. If you’d like to boost your cupcake-baking prowess, read on for a guide on baking cupcakes so good, people will think you’re hiding a pastry chef in your pantry. Always use the freshest and highest quality ingredients. You can only create amazing cupcakes if you start with amazing, fresh, high quality ingredients. use the right flour. For most cupcakes, all-purpose flour will do, but you can also use pastry or cake flour to make your cupcakes light and tender. Whole wheat flour is heavy and grainy and will give you a healthier, but less than desirable cupcake.
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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