Cupcake. Tuesday , February 06th , 2018 - 10:58:19 AM
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.
’A cake is a piece of art which a cupcake could never be ’, this comment challengingly cropped up in a blog the other day. Is that really so? Art ’s boundaries are nicely democratic and so, are subject to individual definition. It can be argued that a cupcake can easily be as much of an art as any cake. True enough. If you are a decorator worth your salt, the chances are, you might one day create a cupcake, that is 10 times ’artier ’ than the guy next door ’s cake. In practice, though, I surprise myself in agreeing with the above sweeping generalisation after all. Cake is bigger, so one can get more detailed with it, make more of a story out of it. Besides, there ’s only one cake as opposed to 100 + cupcakes. In theory, it is possible to make them into hundreds of mini wedding cakes. But in practice they ’ll be less ’edible ’ and quite unaffordable. That said, if you do want to take your cupcake order beyond the commercial level, and are prepared to pay extra, it ’s worth mentioning it to a stylish cupcake maker and they might just surprise you!
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."
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