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A Brief and Elegant History of the Cupcake

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The cupcake is a delicious treat with a rich history. Though its exact origins are unknown, we do know that recipes for teacakes similar to modern cupcakes were published as early as 1796. Read more here.

What is Your favorite cupcake? Cupcakes have existed since the beginning of time?! Just joking the earliest documented cupcake is 1796. Find out more in this article.

The cupcake is a beloved treat that has been around for centuries. Though its exact origins are unknown, we do know that the first known recipe for "cupcakes" was published in 1796. These early cupcakes were more like what we would now call "teacakes," and they were made without butter or eggs. It wasn't until 1828 that a recipe for cupcakes made with butter and eggs was published.

Wedding-Favor-Mini-Bell-Jar-Fluted-BaseImage above: Miniature Bell Jar

The earliest known mention of the word "cupcake" was in 1884, in an advertisement in the Boston Evening Transcript. The cupcake as we know it began to rise in popularity in the United States during the early 1900s. This can be attributed to several factors, including an increase in available baking ingredients (such as baking powder and standardized cake flour) and an interest in simple recipes that yielded smaller cakes that could be cooked more quickly than large cakes.

Cupcake Tote Party Favor Box (Set of 12)Image: Cupcake Tote Party Favor Box

Cupcakes really took off during World War II, when rationing made it difficult to bake large cakes. They also became popular at potlucks and church socials, as they were easy to transport and didn't require plates or forks for serving. Today, there are endless variations on the cupcake, from classic chocolate and vanilla to more creative flavors like lavender honey and key lime pie.

Gold Mr. & Mrs. Cupcake Wrap
Image (above): Cupcake Wrapper in Gold

New Cupcake Flavors to tantalize your taste buds!
Here at the Cupcake Blog, we are always trying out new and exciting flavors to keep your taste buds tantalized! This week, we've got three delicious new flavors for you to try at home. So whether you're a fan of classic vanilla, or you like to live on the wild side with flavors like strawberry champagne, we've got something for everyone!

Flavor 1 - Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Our take on a classic flavor, these cupcakes are perfect for those who like to keep things simple. The light and fluffy vanilla cake is paired with a rich and creamy chocolate buttercream frosting, making for a delicious treat that will have you coming back for more.

Flavor 2 - Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes
These fun and festive cupcakes are perfect for any celebration! The delicate champagne cake is infused with fresh strawberries, and topped with a light and airy strawberry champagne buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are sure to put a smile on your face!

Flavor 3 - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
For the peanut butter lovers out there, these cupcakes are sure to hit the spot. The moist chocolate cake is filled with a creamy peanut butter filling, and topped with a milk chocolate ganache frosting. These cupcakes are rich and decadent, and will leave you wanting more.

We hope you enjoy these new flavors as much as we do! Be sure to head over to our website to check out our full selection of flavors, and don't forget to follow us on social media for updates on new flavors, recipes, and more!The cupcake is a delicious treat with a rich history.

Though its exact origins are unknown, we do know that recipes for teacakes similar to modern cupcakes were published as early as 1796. The word "cupcake" first appeared in print in 1884, and by the early 1900s, cupcakes were becoming increasingly popular in the United States due to their simplicity and quick cooking time. Today, there are endless flavors of cupcakes to enjoy!


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