Curiosities about cupcakes
1. The first mention of cupcake dates back to 1796, Amelia Simmons wrote in American Cookery a recipe entry for "a light cake for baking in small cups."
2. The earliest documentation of the term cupcake was found in "Seventy-Five Receipts for Cakes, Pastries, and Sweets" in 1828 in Eliza Leslie's recipe book for Recipes.
3. In the early 1800s, two different uses for the name cup cake or cupcake were used.
4. In previous centuries, cakes were often baked in individual ceramic mugs, earthenware, and took their name from the cups in which they were baked.
5. English fairy cakes are traditionally smaller and rarely covered in elaborate frosting, Americans are usually larger and covered.
6. It was very typical in domestic kitchens, recipes 1234 cakes or quarters, so called because they are made of four ingredients: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour and four eggs.
7. The names of these two main kinds of cakes were intended to indicate the method to the baker; "Cup cake" uses a measure of volume, and "pound cake" uses a measure of weight.
8. A standard cupcake uses the same basic ingredients as standard-size cakes: butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.
9. Almost any recipe that is suitable for a layer cake can be used to bake cupcakes.
10. The cake dough used for cupcakes can be flavored or can have other ingredients, such as raisins, berries, nuts or chocolate chips or any other ingredient you like.
11. Because their small size is more efficient at conducting heat, cakes bake much faster than a normal layered cake.
12. During baking, the volume of the improved dough increases due to the production of carbon dioxide, then decreases on cooling due to the release of yeast gases.
13. Cupcakes can be covered with icing or other cake decorations like fondant. They can be filled with icing, fruit or pastry cream.
14. For bakers who make a small amount of stuffed cupcakes, this is usually accomplished using a spoon or knife to scoop out a small hole at the top of the cupcake. Today there are special utensils to make the hole and be able to fill them.
15. Another method is to simply insert the pastry bag into the center of the cupcake. In commercial bakeries, the filling can be injected with a syringe. Cupcakes can be made with elaborate decorations for special occasions .
16. Originally, cupcakes were baked in heavy ceramic or clay cups. Some bakers still use individual molds, small coffee cups, large tea cups, or other small ovenproof ceramic dishes for baking cupcakes.
17. At the beginning of the 21st century, a trend for cupcake shops, which are specialized bakeries that sell little or nothing except cupcakes, were found in the United States, playing on the nostalgic feeling caused by cakes. Although today in the rest of the world there are more and more stores of this type.
18. In New York City, cupcake shops like Magnolia Bakery gained publicity in their appearances on popular television shows like HBO's Sex and the City.
19. Crumbs Bake Shop, a publicly traded company manages the largest chain of cupcake shops in the US It peaked in 2011.
20. Georgetown Cupcake was the first cupcakery to open in Washington, D.C. The cupcake shop gained wide publicity after the 2010 premiere of TLC's DC Cupcakes, a six-part reality show about the store and its owners, sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis.
21. Based in Beverly Hills, California, Sprinkles Cupcakes is owned by Candace Nelson, who is also a star judge on Cupcake Wars's Food Network, and her husband, Charles Nelson. Sprinkles is the first cupcake store to debut a cupcake ATM, which could hold up to 350 cupcakes at once.
22. In the United States, an average of 2 and 3 cupcakes are consumed per person per week. Some sources say they consume 1 daily.
23. The largest cupcake in the world was made on October 3, 2009 for a benefit concert in Miami and weighed 596.47 k.
24. The smallest cupcake in the world was made in the United Kingdom for National Cupcake Week and was 1.5 cm high and 3 cm wide.
25. The 3 most consumed flavors in the world are: Vanilla or Chocolate, Red Velvet and Carrot Cake.
26. Cupcakes are present in 13% of American weddings. Most of these brides say it is because they can have so many flavors when cupcakes are served, unlike the default classic wedding cake where one flavor takes the day.
27. In Australia, cupcakes are called patty cakes.
28. Winston Churchill started the act of icing cupcakes. They were covered in lard before then.
29. There is a record for eating the most cupcakes, and it’s 29 cupcakes in 30 seconds. That’s about one second for each cupcake.
30. 15th of December is national cupcake day. 18th of October is national chocolate cupcake day. 9th of November is vanilla cupcake favor day.
31. The World's Most Expensive Cupcake is a red velvet cupcake, priced at $55,000, included an eight carat engagement ring in the center.
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