Macia Imber. cupcake. March 07th , 2017.
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.
Party guest see a cupcake, and think "portion control. It is a small cupcake, as opposed to a large slice of cake. Therefore, when one is offered a piece of cake, the "small request" can be eliminated. One doesn’t have to verbally single themselves out, requesting a "small piece". The "small piece" request always comes off as if you are trying not to indulge. It’s a party, everyone is indulging. The expression is very worn out, old and tired. Three cheers for the cupcake.
Baking in an oven requires more work. Imagine having to turn the muffin around every now and then just to make the cupcakes cook perfectly. In cupcake makers though, you do not have to go through that kind of hassle as they are built to cook cupcakes. They already have the right heat settings for making cupcakes, so you do not have to worry about turning the batter and such.
A better baking experience. Just think of it this way: since cupcake makers specialize on creating cupcakes, it will naturally create better cupcakes than ovens, which is used for baking in general. According to reviews peppered all over the internet, cupcake makers cook cupcakes more evenly. There are more incidences of burnt and uneven cupcakes cooked in ovens than in a cupcake maker.
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