Fun Facts about Cupcakes

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Who doesn’t enjoy cupcakes? Cupcakes have a specialness about them – they are festive and just a little frivolous.

Most people have a favourite – chocolate and vanilla cupcakes are timeless. They have become more than just a teatime treat cupcakes have become part of popular culture.

Cupcakes are easy to bake, but little tips and tricks will help you make the best batches.These small, pretty bed goods seem uniquely suited to our modern sensibilities. They’re portion-controlled, portable, easy to make in batches, open to lots of decorating strategies, tasty and can be inexpensive to make.

A Few Tips for Better Cupcakes

Use room-temperature butter: Cut it into pieces and let sit one hour, or microwave in five-second intervals.

Measure flour by spooning it into a measuring cup and then leveling it with a knife. Do not pack the flour.

Check the expiration dates on your baking soda and baking powder. To test for freshness, add a pinch to vinegar; it should bubble.

Use an ice cream scoop to divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Each cup should be no more than two-thirds full.

Let cupcakes cool five minutes in the pans, then remove to a rack. If they’re left in the pans, they may dry out.


Cupcake Trivia

  • The term ‘cupcake’ was originally used in the late 19th century for cakes made from ingredients measured by the cupful – how the recipe was measured: 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour, and 4 eggs.
  • Early cupcakes were baked in teacups or ramekins (small clay pots) before the invention of the multi-cup pans we use today. Hence, a cup of cake.
  • The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a light cake to bake in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.
  • Amelia Simmons invented the cupcake. And if that wasn’t enough for the history books, when she first published her cookbook in 1796, she cemented herself as the author of what is now recognized as the first American cookbook.
  • Approximately 800 million cupcakes are eaten in the United State per year.
  • The Hostess Cupcake with its signature frosting squiggle, was arguably the first mass-produced cupcake in 1919. But they weren’t the cream filled or frosted.
  • In New York City, cupcake shops like Magnolia Bakery gained publicity in their appearances on popular television shows like HBO’s Sex and the City.
  • The largest cupcake weighs 1,176.6 kg and was achieved by Georgetown Cupcake (USA) at Georgetown Cupcake’s national shipping headquarters in Sterling, Virginia, USA, on 2 November 2011.
  • The record for eating the most cupcakes in the shortest time is 29 cupcakes in 30 seconds. The first “cupcake only” bakery is Sprinkles Cupcakes, opened in 2005.
  • The world’s most expensive cupcake is the Rox Diamond cupcake. It was created to honor the annual Glam in the City event in Scotland. The cupcake, a pretty pink treat, is dripping with tiny diamonds and is worth over $150,000.
  • In the 2012 in the USA, Sprinkles Bakery, the world’s first cupcake-only bakery from Beverly Hills, developed a hole-in-a-wall ATM that dispenses cupcakes 24 hours a day. It holds up to 600 fresh cupcakes at a time!
  • The largest cupcake mosaic measures 138.56 square meters (1,491.44 sq ft) and was made by THE SPAR GROUP (PTY) LTD (South Africa), in Durban, South Africa, on 5 September 2015. The mosaic consisted of 33,660 cupcakes and was created as a tribute to the Springboks for the Rugby World Cup 2015 as well as raising funds during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
  • So now you know plenty of useless facts about cupcakes, how about one last tip?
  • Baked goods should usually be stored in airtight containers to give them the longest shelf life and keep things from becoming stale. Airtight containers will keep cookies crisp and chewy and keep cakes moist and fresh tasting much longer than simply leaving them out on the counter.

At Household Plastic we have an extensive baking section with baking trays muffin pans, papers and everything you need to bake perfect cupcakes. We also stock a large range of airtight containers to keep your baking fresh.

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