The cakes were commonly baked in individual clay cups, ramekins, or moulds in prior centuries, when muffin tins were generally accessible, and acquired their name from the cups they were made in. This is the only use of the name that has survived, and “cupcake” is now a generic term for any small, round cakes roughly the size of a teacup.
A cupcake is a miniature cake often frosted and baked in a cup-shaped foil or paper container. Cupcakes appear to be well adapted to our contemporary tastes. They’re portion-controlled, portable, quick to prepare in batches, versatile in decoration, tasty, and can be made on a budget. Amelia Simmons published a recipe for “a light cake to bake in small cups” in American Cookery in 1796, which is the first existing description of a cupcake.
The name “cupcake” was first documented in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook in 1828, in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats.” Cupcake or cupcake had two separate meanings in the early nineteenth century.
The other type of “cup cakes” was a cake whose ingredients were measured by volume rather than weight, using a standard-sized cup. Recipes that used a standard-sized cup to measure ingredients might have been baked in cups, but they were more typically baked in pans as layers or loaves.
The cupcake was invented in the United States in the nineteenth century, and it was revolutionary in terms of saving time in the kitchen. When it came to baking, there was a shift from weighing to measuring ingredients.
cupcakes were first made in hefty clay cups. Individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, giant teacups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes are still used by some bakers for baking cupcakes.
According to Lovecraft, Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft’s most renowned fictional creature, was created due to an overabundance of cupcakes. He’d barricaded himself in his basement with a dozen of them and devoured them until he hallucinated about ultimate evil due to the sugar rush.