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The Sweet History Of The Cupcake

March 13, 2013 | By More

This is a guest post by Melanie Abdilla, Founder of CutiePie Cupcakes & Co., Cupcakes Inspired by the Tastes of Your Favourite Classic Desserts.

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The ‘Cupcake Craze’ is taking North America by storm. It seems that with each day that passes the very existence of the infamous indulgence gains more and more attention. The truth is really that Cupcakes have held a special place in our hearts right from the start! Going as far back as arguably the 18th or early 19th century, cupcakes have always been a sweet treat to be savored. The general idea of the ‘cupcake’ as an individually portioned cake has remained the same over the years but the designs, flavours and even the name of the classic treat have evolved to morph into what we know today as the modern ‘Cupcake’.

Cupcakes’ rise to fame originally came about for the time that they saved in the kitchen. Originally named, ‘Cup Cakes’ after the individual clay cups and ramekins they were baked in, would cook in a fraction of the time of larger cakes. These tasty treats further saved time as their simple recipe used cups to measure ingredients rather than the previously tedious method of weighting the ingredients. These simple recipes called for easy measurements such as 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 4 eggs, earning them the names ‘Number Cakes’ and ‘1, 2, 3, 4 Cakes’. ‘Fairy Cakes’ and ‘Patty Cakes’ were also widely used names for the notorious dessert.

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Unlike the numerous names associated with the ‘Cupcake’ the flavour of the early dessert was much less extravagant, limited to only a simple yellow cake, less rich and less dense than pound cake. This was a far cry to the variety of exotic falvour combinations available on the modern cupcake market. It wasn’t until the arrival of ‘Queen Cakes’ that additional flavour and flare were added as the newly vamped recipes incorporated fruits and nuts such as currants, lemon zest and almond.

Today, the nature of the cupcake remains the same but the difference can be found in the detail. Now encompassing every falvour, style and design imaginable, the state of the cupcake is a far cry from the limited choices of the past. Flavours find inspiration everywhere, including flavours that have survived generations of sweet-tooths, capturing and combining these with one of the World’s favourite desserts, the Cupcake!

The Cupcake has lasted and continued to evolve in ways never imagined, proving that Cupcakes, as they always have, always will continue to find their way into our hearts to the delight of Fellow Cupcake Lovers everywhere.

We are excited to see where this ‘Cupcake Evolution’ takes us!

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About CutiePie Cupcakes & Co.

Established in 2009, CutiePie’s was founded with one purpose; to create happiness one bite at a time. Our cupcake creations take the beloved flavours of classic desserts and fuse them into modern, mini cupcakes. With an everexpanding menu of over 32 flavours, there is something for everyone. Taking pride in offering a top quality gourmet product, each adorable cupcake holds a sophisticated flavour and is never too sweet. Every batch is baked specifically for each client, allowing the highest level of freshness. CutiePies caters all types of events, weddings, corporate, showers, birthdays, meetings or even just because. Our mission is to create treats that your guests will not only enjoy but will remember!

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