1. Welcome to the CivilWarTalk, a forum for questions and discussions about the American Civil War! Become a member today for full access to all of our resources, it's fast, simple, and absolutely free!
Dismiss Notice
Join and Become a Patron at CivilWarTalk!
Support this site with a monthly or yearly subscription! Active Patrons get to browse the site Ad free!
START BY JOINING NOW!

History History of the Cupcake

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by Anna Elizabeth Henry, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    Anna Elizabeth Henry 2nd Lieutenant Silver Patron

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2015
    Messages:
    2,903
    Location:
    New York, New York
    While watching a period TV show (circa 1915) where the school children held a bake sale with cupcakes, my history radar went up. I questioned whether or not it was period correct as I just didn't picture people in the early 20th century cranking out cupcakes to raise money. Turns out the first known recipe to call it a "cup cake" is found in the 1828 Seventy-five receipts for pastry, cakes, & sweets by Eliza Leslie, A Lady of Philadelphia.

    The original recipe -
    upload_2017-3-20_16-6-55.png

    You'll notice you have to bake the individual cup cakes in 'small tins' as no muffin tins were available in the era. Actually, that's how cupcakes received their name as they were baked in small round pottery cups or ramekins. However, the very first mention of the cupcake can be traced all the way back to 1796, when a recipe in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons made mention of a of "a light cake to bake in small cups".
    The light cake in small cups recipe -

    Half a pound sugar, half a pound butter, rubbed into two pounds flour,
    one glass wine, one do rose water, two do. emptins, a nutmeg, cinnamon
    and currants.

    That's the entire recipe, I assume Ms. Simmons figured bakers in the era would know what to do with the ingredients.

    Of course in the 21st century cupcakes really took off in popularity with bakeries cropping up serving mainly various flavors and styles of just cupcakes. A famous local bakery in NYC, The Magnolia Bakeshop was made famous in Sex in the City. The Food Network has a series called Cupcake Wars, where bakers compete to showcase their most outlandish cupcake creations.

    My favorite cupcake recipe is the Martha Stewart's Red Velvet Cupcakes. Please share your favorite recipes and memories of cupcakes.


     
    DBF, kholland, amweiner and 3 others like this.

  2. (Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)
  3. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Messages:
    23,860
    Location:
    Kentucky
    Interesting. Love all kinds of cupcakes.
     
    Anna Elizabeth Henry likes this.
  4. DaveBrt

    DaveBrt First Sergeant

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Messages:
    1,334
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    If you are a "Fixer Upper" fan and make the trek to Waco, Tx. to the silos, be sure to have one of JoAnna's cupcakes from the Bakery. As they say, "check it out!"

    They are REALLY good.
     
    donna and Anna Elizabeth Henry like this.
  5. amweiner

    amweiner Sergeant Major Trivia Game Winner

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2017
    Messages:
    2,183
    Location:
    Monterey, CA
    You had me at half-pounds of sugar and butter. The remaining ingredients can be anything else.
     
    DBF and Anna Elizabeth Henry like this.
  6. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Messages:
    23,860
    Location:
    Kentucky
    We are Fixer Upper fans. I bet her cupcakes are delicious.
     

(Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)

Share This Page


(Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)