770 Million Cupcakes

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day -October 18. In the US 770 Million Cupcakes were consumed in 2012.

Rich and dripping of frosting, one sweet serving always brings a smile.

Cupcakes have also been known by a variety of names…

  • In Britain -Fairy Cakes,
  • Australian – English called Patty Cakes,
  • Elsewhere – Cup Cakes (different from Cupcakes (one-word).

Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when there was a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” written in American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons. The earliest known documentation of the term cupcake was in 1828 in Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook.

Cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups. Today, some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large teacups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes.

Off to get a cupcake have a great day!

Chris Edwards Napa 10/18/17

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