Up to a few years ago, cupcakes used to be the sugary confection of choice at children’s birthday parties, but for a while now it has been making an appearance at adult dinner parties, weddings and on the menu’s at fine dining restaurants. The latest craze on the cupcake scene is Cupcake Stiletto’s or High Heel Cupcakes. It is taking cupcakes to a whole new level – the floor!
My latest (and very popular!) offering is a Cupcake Couture Class that involves turning a pair of cupcakes into edible couture with the help of butter icing, biscuits and a variety of edible decorating items such as sprinkles, sweets, etc. This class can be booked as a “Ek het dit self gemaak/I made it myself!” cooking party or private event for girls 8 years and older. And of course for adults too! This is an excellent way to have fun while learning something new with family, friends or colleagues. Please contact me for more details.
According to The Big Book of Cupcakes by Betty Crocker, no one knows for sure when the first cupcake was made or when the first cupcake recipe appeared in a recipe book. There is even some confusion about how cupcakes got their name. In the early 19th century, there were two different uses for the name cupcake. In previous centuries, before muffin tins were widely available, cupcakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins or molds and took their name from the cups they were baked in. This is the use of the name that has remained, and the name of “cupcake” is now given to any small cake that is about the size of a teacup. There are also those that believe that the word might have been derived from the way in which ingredients were measured, i.e. 1 cup flour, 2 cups sugar, etc. Wikipedia’s formal definition: A cupcake (“kolwyntjie” in Afrikaans) is a small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a paper or aluminum cup. As with larger cakes, frosting and other cake decorations, such as sprinkles, are common on cupcakes.
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