Macia Imber. cupcake. March 04th , 2017.
I love cupcakes. There’s something special about a cupcake, isn’t there? Well, the great news is that cupcakes aren’t just for kid’s parties and bake sales anymore. Cupcakes have become an adult sensation! yes, that’s right. Grownups from 20 to 95 can openly indulge in their love of cupcakes. According to news reports, there are lots of us cupcake lovers out there. From coast to coast in the United States, millions of adults are reveling in their cupcake fixation by lining up in droves to pay anywhere from $1.75 to $4 a piece for their little slice of cupcake heaven. As with many things in pop culture, this new cupcake craze has its roots in Hollywood. A few years ago, popular television characters were seen enjoying cupcake treats at a certain cupcake bakery in Manhattan. Of course, all the drooling cupcake lovers out there said to themselves in unison: "Whaa . . .? You mean there’s a place that I can go and buy nothing but cupcakes?
Fresh fruit is always a good topping for cupcakes. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, sliced pineapple, orange slices are all good choices, but you can virtually use any fruit. Just make sure that if you are using a fruit like an apple or banana that you coat it in lemon juice so that discoloration does not occur to ruin the effect. Sprinkles always create sparkling effects and beautiful results. You can buy multi-colored candy sprinkles or sprinkles in one-tone colors. You can use chocolate sprinkles or silver and gold dragees. There are also new products on the market that you can use to beautify your cupcakes, like edible glitter, sugar pearls in all colors or candy rocks (they look like rocks or pebbles and turn into chocolate in your mouth). If you are creative and wish to make unique stunning cupcakes, there are thousands of ways you can top your cupcakes. Cupcake toppings can really add a lot of personality to your cupcakes and can really play up the theme of the event you are using them for. Even if you are just making cupcakes for your own family, try surprising them with fun creative cupcake toppings.
If you are good with a pastry bag, you can create many different designs with just the icing alone. The swirl of icing on top of each delicious can be modified to create flowers or leaves, or any other item from your imagination. The icing can be tinted in so many colorful ways, including varied colors of the rainbow all on one cupcake. Although cupcakes normally have a frosting of some kind, other cupcakes can have just a glaze and still be tasteful and appealing. Consider a zesty lemon glaze on a vanilla cupcake with a lemon cream centre. Add a bit of slivered candied lemon to decorate and you have a truly scrumptious beautiful cupcake. You can also try a caramel glaze that would be very tasty. You can use just about anything you can dream up to top your cupcakes and make them unique and attractive. The baking or bulk food stores carry many ideas. They have little shaped candies that can add color, whimsy and a bit of crunch to your cupcake toppings. You can add chopped nuts, cut up chocolate candy bars or slivered candied peel to add a little more flavor to your cupcakes. You can mold your own figures or designs from modeling chocolate to create fanciful cupcakes, or you can use marzipan in various shaped designs. Try using cookie cutters for shaping your cupcake cut-outs.
A Little Cupcake History: What’s in a name? Well, for cupcakes, a lot! Cupcakes date back to the 19th Century where they were commonly known as "number cakes." These bite-sized cakes were accounted for according to the number of cups required for the necessary ingredients. Another theory for the origin of the cupcake name is the vessel in which the cakes were baked. Ramekins, tin or small clay cups were said to have contained the essential ingredients for cupcakes upon their initiation. Oddly enough, bakers today still choose to bake these fun treats in the same containers. Further down the line, cupcakes were referred to as "1234 cakes" or "quarter cakes" due to the four ingredients that were required for the recipe. Butter, sugar, flour, and eggs were the essential ingredients for these plain yellow cakes; a lighter and less expensive counterpart to the pound cake. By the 21st century, cupcakes have grown synonymous with birthday celebrations, particularly that of children. The small and personal size of these sweet cakes makes them perfect for children, possessing a dessert that fits perfectly into the palm of one’s hand. However, it wasn’t long before the adult scene caught onto this viral demand for a personalized cake. After a hit HBO series popularized a Manhattan "cupcakery," niche-driven cupcake joints popped up all across the globe. These treats went from simple and youth-oriented to gourmet and age-unspecified in a hot minute.
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