"Pie or cake?" is often a question regarding what our favorite dessert is. When asked, I will always answer, "pie." Nevertheless, every so often memories will induce a craving for those tender melt-in-your-mouth crumbs covered with a whipped creamy sweet frosting. I just want that bite, or maybe two bites, and that is where the cupcake comes in.
There is something magical about the frosting, the size and the whimsy of a cupcake. There's a reason why the British and the Australians refer to a cupcake as a "fairy cake" or a "patty cake."
The first mention of these little cakes can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of "a cake to be baked in small cups" was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. The earliest documentation of the term "cupcake" was also in a cookbook, dated back to 1828.
These whimsical little fairy cakes are meant for one person, and are as pretty as they are delicious. These small delights are affordable, and can make your day brighter as a gift to yourself or for that someone special. If you give a gift of a cupcake, go ahead and treat yourself, too. And don't forget to have your cake placed in a bakery box and wrapped up with a pretty bow. People will be envious and wondering what bit of magic is in that beautiful little pastry box.