Just about every event with friends and family will feature cupcakes. Weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, baby showers, gender-reveal parties, bridal showers, work parties, or any other type of celebration will showcase miniature cakes that are beautiful, scrumptious, and arguably addictive.
So who was the genius who is credited for the innovative treat? Amelia Simmons, back in 1796 described the baked good as, “a light cake to bake in small cups.” She wrote the first known cookbook titled, “American Cookery,” and now there are only four copies of the original book in existence.
The name is derived from little cakes that were baked in pottery cups (or “teacup” size). There was also the term “cup cake” that described a cake measured by a standardized cup rather than a cake that weighed its ingredients. Pound cakes are a great example of the original “weighted cake,” because bakers would literally use a pound of sugar, butter, flour, and eggs.
Later on, cakes were measured by volume instead, and were widely known to be lighter, less rich, and less expensive than the traditional pound cake. “Cup cakes” actually revolutionized baking because many households treasure their measuring cups and measuring spoons!
Let’s all say a big thanks to our girl, Amelia, for giving us the gift of cupcakes that we all love and cherish! The Little Baker appreciates the hard work of the fist bakers, and we try our best to provide extensive choices varying from design, to flavor, to the basic-core ingredients (gluten-free). We always appreciate a new challenge and are willing to do whatever it takes to satisfy our cupcake-loving customers!
PS: Don’t forget to try our new Pumpkin Cupcakes for Fall!