Chocolate Cupcake Day was established to celebrate that most perfect form of the Cupcake, the Chocolate Cupcake. Cupcakes are called by many names throughout the world, our personal favorite would have to be the term “Fairy Cake” from the British. The origin of the cupcake seems to go back as far as 1796, where cakes cooked in small cups were first mentioned, and the actual term cupcake was first seen in Eliza Leslie’s cookbook.
- Cupcake liners do more than make it easy to remove them from the pan. Traditionally, sides of tins are greased for easy removal, but also floured because the batter needs to have something to cling to. A cupcake liner takes care of both.
- On August 15, 2009 GourmetGiftBaskets.com broke the world record for largest cupcake ever made. The cupcake was 1,224 pounds, 4 foot tall by 10 foot wide, and had 2 million calories.
- The first mention of a cupcake recipe goes as far back as 1796. Amelia Simmons wrote a recipe in “American Cookery” which referenced, “a cake to be baked in small cups”.
- However, it wasn’t until 1828 that the actual word cupcake was used by Eliza Leslie in her cookbook “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats”.
- Cupcakes were actually originally called “Number Cakes” or “1234 Cakes” because it was an easy way to remember portions…One cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of soda.
- Originally, cupcakes were not frosted, and usually were usually just flavored with spices or dried fruit.
- Cupcakes gained popularity in 1919 when Hostess became mass producing them. But they weren’t the cream filled, frosted kind we all know until the 1950’s.
- Cupcakes popularity jumped in the early 2000’s when NYC shops like Magnolia Bakery were featured on Sex and the City.
- Pat “Deepdish” Bertoletti of Chicago was crowned champion, when he ate 72 cupcakes in under six minutes, setting a world record at the second annual World Cupcake Eating Championship sanctioned by Major League Eating in April 2012.
- On August 15, 2009 GourmetGiftBaskets.com broke the world record for largest cupcake ever made. The cupcake was 1,224 pounds, 4 foot tall by 10 foot wide, and had 2 million calories
- The first “cupcake only” bakery is Sprinkles Cupcakes, opened in 2005. They make over 25,000 cupcakes a day from 11 locations.
- According to Google, “cupcake recipes” are the fastest growing recipe search.
- Approximately, 770,000,000 cupcakes is eaten in the United State per year.
- Chocolate is the most popular cupcake flavor. It is followed by vanilla, strawberry and red velvet.
- In the early 19th century, there were two different uses for the name cup cake or cupcake.
- the name of “cupcake” is now given to any small cake that is about the size of a teacup.
- The other kind of “cup cake” referred to a cake whose ingredients were measured by volume, using a standard-sized cup, instead of being weighed.