Everyone knows what they are. We’ve all had one once in our life. They come in a variety of colors. Most of us have decorated one or two at some point and they really are perfect for any occasion. You know what we’re talking about, cupcakes of course! But as you sit there, enjoying your cupcake of choice (with or without sprinkles!), have you ever wondered how cupcakes came about? Who was the first person to come up with the brilliant idea of shrinking an entire cake into an individualized cup? Well, read no further! We have your answer.
Let’s take a trip back to Hartford, Connecticut in the year 1796, when the first ever American cookbook, American Cookery, was published. The full title of this book was, American Cookery, or the art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables, and the best modes of making pastes, puff, pies, tarts, custards and preserves, and all kinds of cakes, from imperial plum to plain cake: Adapted to this country, and all grades of life. In between “soft cakes in little pans” and “Shrewsbury cake” lays the recipe for the first ever cupcake, or “a light cake to bake in small cups.”
Amelia Simmons was all about large quantities of whatever she was making, so her cupcake recipe called for “half a pound sugar, half a pound butter, rubbed into two pounds flour, one glass wine, one do. [glass] Rosewater, two do. [glass] Emptins, a nutmeg, cinnamon and currants.” Pretty cool, huh? Now you can impress your friends and family about your new cupcake history!
To impress even more, the word “cupcake” was first seen in 1828 in Eliza Leslie’s, Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats – a recipe relating a little more to today’s modern cupcake, but probably not as delicious!
On Facebook? In celebration of #NationalCupcakeLoversDay, we are giving away a few boxes of our very own Vanilla Cupcake Mix! Here’s what you have to do to win:
- Visit us on Facebook
- “Like” our National Cupcake Lovers Day post – it will be posted June 13th, 2017 at 10:00am (ET).
- Comment the post with your favorite type of cupcake!
The first three (3) people to complete all three (3) steps will win their very own Stonewall Kitchen Vanilla Cupcake Mix. Good luck!