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 - 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.