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A cupcake (also British English: fairy American cupcake, they are traditionally

cake; Hiberno-English: bun; Australian smaller and are rarely topped with
English: fairy cake or patty cake) is a elaborate icing.
small cake designed to serve one person, The other kind of "cup cake" referred to a
which may be baked in a small thin paper cake whose ingredients were measured by
volume, using a standard-sized cup,
or aluminum cup. As with larger
instead of being weighed. Recipes whose
cakes, icing and other cake
ingredients were measured using a
decorations such as fruit and candy may standard-sized cup could also be baked in
be applied. cups; however, they were more commonly
baked in tins as layers or loaves. In later
History years, when the use of volume
measurements was firmly established in
The earliest extant description of what is
home kitchens, these recipes became known
now often called a cupcake was in 1796,
as 1234 cakes or quarter cakes, so called
when a recipe for "a light cake to bake in
because they are made up of four
small cups" was written in American
ingredients: one cup of butter, two cups of
Cookery by Amelia Simmons. The earliest
sugar, three cups of flour, and four
extant documentation of the
eggs. They are plain yellow cakes,
term cupcake itself was in "Seventy-five
somewhat less rich and less expensive
Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and
than pound cake, due to using about half
Sweetmeats" in 1828 in Eliza
as much butter and eggs compared to
Leslie's Receipts cookbook.
pound cake.
In the early 19th century, there were two
The names of these two major classes of
different uses for the term cup
cakes were intended to signal the method
cake or cupcake. In previous centuries,
to the baker; "cup cake" uses a volume
before muffin tins were widely available,
measurement, and "pound cake" uses a
the cakes were often baked in individual
weight measurement.
pottery cups, ramekins, or molds and took
their name from the cups they were baked Cupcake Recipes
in. This is the use of the name that has
remained, and the name of "cupcake" is A standard cupcake uses the same basic
now given to any small, round cake that ingredients as standard-sized
is about the size of a teacup. While English cakes: butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.
fairy cakes vary in size more than Nearly any recipe that is suitable for
a layer cake can be used to bake cupcakes. the oil as Tiramisu or Cappuccino.g. The recipe often takes fewer than recent variant of cupcake. During the cake are often baking. some bakers place social media websites. and cut in flavored or have other ingredients stirred half. or pastry cream. such flour and other ingredients . The mixed with frosting.[15] These are gained popularity on many internet typically formed from crumbled cake cooking forums and mailing lists. whipped in. Gourmet five minutes to prepare. spread into the hole. the volume of the batter initially decorated using icing to form various increases due to the production of carbon patterns.[13] They cupcakes. The wings of faster than a normal layered cake. Another . In recent in the mixture heats up. by mixing vegetable oil (usually olive based around a variety of flavor oil or sunflower oil) into a mixture of themes. cupcakes bake much resemble butterfly wings. round like a chocolate truffle. The cake rises cupcakes are large and filled cupcakes. The baker uses a glass jar instead of muffin tins or Cupcakes may be topped with frosting or cupcake liners. graduations. it creates air years there has been an upcropping of pockets in the mixture which allows the stores that sell only gourmet cupcakes cake to quickly rise. or holidays. then decreases upon cooling due to  Elaborately frosted cupcakes may be the release of leavening gases. other cake decorations. as a basket of flowers or a turtle. berries. such finished product. that  A cake in a mug is a variant that is coated in chocolate. rather than being technique uses a mug as its cooking baked as a sphere. jam) is chocolate chips. the two cut Because their small size is more efficient halves are stuck into the butter cream to for heat conduction. Finally.[16] become popularised in recent years by  As an alternative to a plate of the presence of numerous videos on individual cakes. butter cream.[17]  A cake in a jar is another way of making cupcakes. this is usually accomplished by can be made from any flavor of cake. This variant has in metropolitan areas. or cream or other sweet filling (e. using a spoon or knife to scoop a small The top of the fairy cake is cut off or hole in the top of the cupcake. Then.The cake batter used for cupcakes may be carved out with a spoon. nuts. made for special occasions such as baby showers. each claiming to standard cupcakes into a pattern and detail the fastest method to create the frost them to create a large design.[9][10][11][12] also called fairy bakers making a small number of filled cake for its fairy-like "wings". They may be filled  A butterfly cake is a variant of with frosting. vessel and can be done in a microwave  A gourmet cupcake is a somewhat oven. such as raisins. fruit.[14] Variants  A cake ball is an individual portion of cake. For cupcake.

bakeries. the filling may be injected using .method is to just insert the pastry bag in a syringe. In commercial may be made for special occasions. Elaborately decorated cupcakes the middle of the cupcake.