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Cupcakes : the perfect treat for cake lovers

Updated on May 2, 2012

The popularity of cupcakes does not seem to be slowing down. Since 2009, cupcakes have been going through a revival in popularity. Maybe it’s because people crave cake and think that cupcakes are smaller and therefore have less calories than a regular cake. Cupcakes are smaller, more portable, and they give you just enough cake to satisfy any craving you might have. Some theories also suggest that cupcakes remind us of our childhood and of happier days. It has also been suggested that the reason cupcakes are so popular is that everyone wants to be an individual and each can have the cake they want without having to give in to what the majority wants.

Whatever the reason, cupcakes are here to stay.

Cupcakes all ready to be eaten
Cupcakes all ready to be eaten | Source

History of cupcakes

Cupcakes were first mentioned in 1796 in the cookbook, American Cookery, but were not known as cupcakes yet. That name was first used in 1826. Cupcakes got their name because they were originally baked in pottery cups and were the size of tea cups.Some also called them cupcakes due to recipes calling for a cup of each ingredient

Not your grandmother's cupcakes

Cupcakes today are not your grandmother’s cupcakes; there are so many types and ideas out there to satisfy everyone. People have opened very successful businesses that just sell cupcakes of all sorts.

Cupcake stores seem to be sprouting up everywhere. Three of the most successful are Original Cupcakes, The Cupcake Shoppe, and Sprinkles.

Original Cupcakes is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to cupcakes, they bake full-sized cakes to order including wedding cakes. They have a great variety of flavors including: Dulchelious, which features chocolate cake with a caramel cream cheese icing, a dollop of caramel and the top is sprinkled with praline; and Blue Hawaii which features coconut cake with blue vanilla butter cream and is sprinkled with coconut. The store also has a blog and a Facebook page.

The Cupcake Shoppe is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Everything is baked daily and is guaranteed fresh. They also will make wedding and other special events cakes on request. Two of the Cupcake Shoppe's flavors are: Yonge 'n' Eligible, which is a vanilla or chocolate cake topped with vanilla butter cream; and, the Curious George which is vanilla or chocolate cake with a banana buttercream frosting.

Sprinkles Bakery calls themselves the original cupcake store. The main store is located in Beverly Hills, California but there are other locations in Dallas, New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and several other US locations. Cupcakes can be ordered online for pickup or local delivery. They have several flavors including: Black and White, dark Belgian chocolate with vanilla icing; vegan red velvet; gluten-free red velvet; and peanut butter chip with is a peanut butter cake with peanut butter icing.

Alternative to a big cake

Many people, instead of having a large, expensive wedding cake, decide to have a cupcake tower in which all the guests can easily grab a cake. Cupcakes are also good for Mother’s Day gifts, or Valentine’s Day gifts, or even Christmas gifts. Most people love cupcakes if they like cake. Of course, there are diabetic, vegan and non-gluten alternative recipes. You are sure to find something to please everyone. And for those who really do not like cupcakes, you can always give them a cupcake inspired gift like an apron or a hat.

Cupcake recipes

Cupcakes are easy to make at home and there are lots of cool cupcake pans that will help you create some amazing original recipes. Check out the videos below for some great recipes.

Ideas and Comments

I hope you enjoyed this little foray into the world of cupcakes. If you have any ideas for cupcakes or any recipes, please share them with us in the comments capsule below.


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    LucianaReeid 2 years ago

    Looks very delicious im drooling right now :D

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    shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

    I bought stuff to make cupcakes!

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    shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

    I love cake, all kinds of cake. And of course, cupcakes offer the variety of many, many cakes! If I was not worried about my health, I would eat nothing but cake... Thus, this was a very difficult and, frankly, painful hub for me to read. This hub reminded me that there is a huge hole in my soul that only a delicious cupcake can fill. lol

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    Felix J Hernandez 5 years ago from All over the USA

    mail me some of those. jk

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    mrsjaneyp 6 years ago

    ive never had a cupcake.

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    WillSteinmetz 6 years ago

    I love cakes. I want all my gifts to be cakes.

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    allUneed2know 6 years ago

    they look sooo good... I've always loved cupcakes but I never really knew anything abut them... this hub is really interesting for cupcake lovers :D

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    Nomason 6 years ago from Nigeria


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    Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

    Useful and great information for me but really look tempting for me because am a cake lover.

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    Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This was a very useful hub for me - I live near Vancouver but have never heard of Original Cupcakes. I'm going to have to visit them very soon - those flavors sound delicious!

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    Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

    Nice videos in there that is making my mouth watery

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    speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    Nice videos there on how to prepare cupcakes, I guess one of these fine days I will treat my partner with a cupcake. sounds romantic..:)

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    takhana 6 years ago from Wales

    I can't wait to try rainbow cupcakes :) x

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    steve douglas 6 years ago

    now i will have to brush my teeth more after eating that lot :)

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    Kathy 6 years ago from New Jersey , USA

    Omg this is awesome :) I love cupcakes :)

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    Priscilla Chan 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

    Great hub with a little bit of history about cupcakes. Yummy!

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    katrinasui 6 years ago

    I love cupcakes. the videos are amazing.

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    Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

    I love, love, love cup cakes! This article was informative and guess what I will be doing tomorrow---baking chocolate cup cakes!

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    travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

    Love em UW! I had no idea that the concept of cupcakes has been around for so long. They are really popular in Australia and New Zealand and when some shops opened up selling cupcakes there were queues around the block.

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    chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

    Cupcakes are the new 'say it with flowers.' I love the videos. Great stuff! Thanks.

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    Susan Keeping 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for commenting. They are very tempting aren't they?

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    LiamBean 6 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Arrg. Too tempting.