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The History of Cupcakes

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Becca Masch

on 9 January 2014

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Transcript of The History of Cupcakes

The Evolution of the Cupcake
Psychology of cupcakes...
First Activity
Choose your cupcake:

Vanilla squared, Chocolate squared, carrot, peanut butter fudge, lemon berry, red velvet, mocha, salted caramel, or coconut.


Money Aspect
Where did they start?
Why were they invented?
In the 19th century, recipes were passed down through generations of the family by memory
Living came from those
Cups were easier to remember than pounds which cakes were made in
Someone created the cake just from the cup measurements instead of the lbs.
Essential Question:

With the recent drop in the economy, the cupcake is the treat which does not cost much
People are tired of being conscious of how much money they spend and the inexpensive cupcake is the perfect solution
Where do cupcakes originate, why do people like them, and how did the baking equipment evolve?
Design and experience
The design of the cupcakes is aesthetically pleasing which attracts more customers
People want experience more than "stuff" and the cupcakes provide delicious flavor and a sugar rush after
The first fairy cake or 1234 cake was documented in Eliza Leslie's Cookbook in 1828
cake came about from the cup measurements
Baking Supplies
Regardless of the type of cupcake being baked, the equipment needed to make the cupcake is the same.
When cupcakes first became popular in the 19th century, hearth ovens were still being used for baking. People used earthenware cups that could withstand the high temperature. At the end of the 19th century, temperature controlled ovens became available and baking the cupcake became much easier.

Gem pans, or muffin tins were common in households and in the 20th century, people started using them to bake cupcakes. Pans made especially for cupcakes developed later in the 20th century. These included pans that made heart and star shaped cupcakes.
In the 19th century, cupcakes were lined with paper but only so that the cupcake would not stick to its mold. Modern decorative paper linings did not surface until after World War I.
Evolution of baking the Cupcake
Fun Fact
The world's largest cupcake weighs 1224 lbs and is 1,000,000 calories
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