Cupcake. Monday , February 05th , 2018 - 12:00:15 PM
Prior to the introduction of the cupcake to the kitchens of America, cakes were made by weighing the ingredients. Cupcakes were made by measuring the ingredients for the first time. It has been suggested that this is perhaps where the term "cup cake" originated, since everything was measured in cups. Other origins of the name have also been offered, such as the fact they are baked in a cup but at one time, cupcakes were also called "number cakes". This name originated from the recipe, whereby it required "...once cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs..." At one time, recipes called for cupcakes to be "...baked into little tins."
Until the turn of the 20th century, cupcake pans were virtually unheard of forcing bakers to use more formidable cups for baking, unless they wanted to bake their small cakes into loaf form. Using hearth ovens, which needed longer cooking times for larger cakes, caused bakers to seek other ways to bake their cake and still have time to eat it. With the advent of the cupcake, not only were bakers able to achieve shorter cooking times, they were also able to change the way they prepared them once the baking part was finished. No longer did bakers need to create larger, heavier cakes. With the production of the cupcake, people could slake their desire for something small and sweet.
The perfect cupcake...in your mind you visualize it. It is moist, it is straight out of the oven and it fills the air with heavenly scents that one cannot help but submit too. It is your favorite flavor, whether it is a vanilla, white, chocolate, or other tantalizing cake base. It is decorated with your favorite toppings: flavored icing, sprinkles; the works. It peels easy from the wrapper, but leaves a light lining of cupcake remnants on it to later be licked away. The frosting is generously applied. It covers the entire top of the cupcake a few times over. The frosting is sweet, but light. It is a decoration, but it also adds to the overall quality of the cupcake. It is not hardened or clumpy. It is smooth, sweet and easily licked off or eaten with the cupcake itself. Light sprinkles delicately adorn it as well. Giving it a simply crunchy sweet texture, one that just perfect offsets the smooth, batter of the cake base of the treat.
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