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History of Cupcakes

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Cupcakes are a fan favourite in the world, but did you know that the history of cupcakes goes back to the early 1900s? In this article, we will explain who invented cupcakes, where they originated from, and more. Please keep reading to learn every thing about cupcake history.

Who invented the cupcake?

Amelia Simmons invented the cupcake in 1796 when he wrote a recipe called “a light cake to bake in small cups” in her book named “American Cookery”.

In fact, the first official use of the phrase “cupcake” was an 1828 reference made in Eliza Leslie’s cookbook.

Where did cupcakes originate from?

Cupcakes were first invented in America by a woman called “Amelia Simmons”.

However, cakes in other forms have been around since ancient times.

What were cupcakes called in the past?

Back in the day, they were called “Number Cakes” or “1234 Cakes”. This was because the recipes back then were simply 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 4 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and 1 spoonful of baking soda.

In simpler words, it started to become popular in 1919 when the company Hostess began mass-producing them. Undoubtedly, they gained more popularity in the early 2000s when NYC shops like Magnolia Bakery were featured on “Sex and the City”.
The first shop that was solely for just cupcakes was Sprinkles Cupcakes. Sprinkles cupcake has been open since 2005; and now stands at over 25,000 cupcakes per day, from 11 different locations!

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What was the first cupcake flavour?

The first cupcake flavour was a light cake that was baked in a small cup. In 1919, Hostess introduced its very first snack cake (AKA Hostess Cupcake). They were finally decorated with frosting in the 1920s. The most popular cupcake frostings at the time were either Chocolate or Vanilla Frosting.

How many cupcakes are eaten each year?

National cupcake consumption increased 52% between 2010 and 2011, and U.S. consumers ate over 770 million cupcakes last year! What a number!

Each year, December 15th is known as National Cupcake Day.

History of Persian cupcakes

The history of Persian cupcakes goes back to an ancient city called “Yazd” in central Iran. Yazdi cakes were originally in flower shape aluminium cups. The main flavour of a Yazdi cake is Cardamom; however, some recipes have rose water, which is totally optional. Unlike the other new types of cupcakes, “Yazdi cakes” are quite low in sugar, healthier, and have an amazing flavour as well as an authentic aroma.

Today Persian Vanilla Cupcake is one of the most common cupcake flavours all around the world. In the past, cupcakes without frosting were more common. Before frostings entered the game, fruits, nuts and spices were common. Chocolate is another world-class flavour, especially for a child’s favourite.

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Cupcakes in Adelaide

Cupcakes are quite a fan favourite in Adelaide. There are well over 10 different cupcake shops around our city; however, sadly only a few of them offer cupcake delivery in Adelaide. With just a quick google search of “cupcakes near me” or “cupcake delivery Adelaide”, you will have all the options around the city and their locations and most importantly their ratings. A shop’s rating is very important, as it shows you other people’s experience and helps you decide.

If you want to get the taste of a natural authentic box of Persian cupcakes, be sure to check out my assorted cupcakes and grab yourself a delicious combination.

Hopefully, this article has made you feel a little more confident about the history of cupcakes and how it all started! Don’t forget that if you do have any more questions, that’s what the comment section below is for!

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