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Giant Cupcake

Updated on April 28, 2013
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Bronwen is interested in food, diet and creating recipes, as she has prepared family meals and organised church and home functions.

The Finished Giant Cupcake
The Finished Giant Cupcake | Source

Cupcakes and Other Small Cakes

Cupcakes are very popular at the moment, there are shops that specialize in making them and some of the cupcakes they produce are real works of art that look far too good to eat. When we were children our family did not know the word 'cupcake.'

  • Cupcakes: Today cupcakes are usually dainty little cakes that are beautifully decorated, expensive and need to be nibbled slowly and delicately as they could actually be almost consumed in one large bite.
  • Small Cakes: These were known as either as patty cakes or fairy cakes because they were so small.
  • Butterfly Cakes: On special occasions we had butterfly cakes and they were our favourites. They were fairy cakes that rose in the centre like a mini-volcano when cooked. The top was cut off, a little jam and whipped cream put on top, making sure that some of the jam showed as well. Then the removed top was cut in half and the two halves placed on the cream so that they looked like butterfly wings. The final touch was a light dusting with icing sugar.


What is a Cupcake?

The word cupcake has had different meanings through the years, although so far as I can find, they are not a really old type of cake. I have not found any small cakes as we know them in Mrs. Beaton's Cookery Book, which was published in the mid-eighteen hundreds. A number of my older recipe books did not have any small cakes at all, they were all large and some recipes gave the number of slices the mixture would produce. Perhaps that was because the older type of raising agent was yeast; any smaller edibles seem to have been buns, muffins and crumpets.

What is a Cupcake?

  • A Cake Baked in a Cup-shaped Container: My dictionary tells me that a cupcake is a small iced cake baked in a cup-shaped container.
  • A Cake Baked in a Metal Tray: The containers we used were metal trays with a dozen specially shaped hollows in each to hold the cake batter.
  • A Cake Baked in a Paper Patty Pan: Patty pan cases were purchased and came either in plain white, coloured or patterned. They also came in different sizes.
  • A Cake Baked in Real Cup: One reference claims that small cakes were first baked in cups in 1796. It did not say what rising agent was used.
  • A Cake Made From a Recipe That Measured by the Cup: Some large cakes are called cupcakes as the ingredients are measured by volume rather than weight, using a cup for the purpose. Similarly with pound cakes, where the ingredients were measured by the pound or a fraction thereof.

Paper Patty Pans
Paper Patty Pans | Source

Raising Agents

Raising agents: Self-raising flour was developed by Henry Jones in 1845. This is an interesting ingredient that needs to be examined carefully. Some of the information I discovered make me think that the age-old use of yeast was not such a bad one after all, even if it required a little patience.

Self-raising Flour: It is quick and easy to use ready-mixed self-raising flour and that is what I used in the recipe below, but I might be having second thoughts now I've looked into it. The alternative would be to purchase it from a health-food store or make my own.

Make Your Own Self-raising Flour: This is not difficult and only takes a few minutes. At least you know what additives are in it then.

  1. Sift together 1 cup plain unbleached flour, ½ teaspoon cream of tartar and ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate soda. Cream of tartar is made from the residue that collects on the inside of wine barrels after grape fermentation. I have not read of any harmful side-effects.
  2. Sift together 1 cup plain unbleached flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder (US: baking soda).
  3. Older recipes used phosphate or tartrate. Too much phosphate can make the cake taste bitter.

The drawback of some home-made self-raising flour is that once the flour is added to the cake-mix it needs to be worked quickly as it will begin to rise at room temperature and then not rise so well in the oven. It's fine if you work fairly quickly and use refrigerated milk.

On looking at my packet of supermarket self-raising flour, I found that it included the following Raising Agents:

  • 339: sodium phosphates
  • 341: calcium phosphates
  • 450: potassium pyrophosphate or sodium pyrophosphate
  • 500: sodium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate

NOTES

Baking Powder: Baking powder (or US baking soda) frequently has an aluminium additive to slow the rising until the cake is in the oven. It has been suggested that aluminium has the potential to increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease. However, aluminium free baking powder can be purchased from health food stores.

Phosphate: A necessary mineral that combines with calcium to form the hard structure of teeth and bones and this should be good. However our kidneys control the level of phosphate in the blood to keep it balanced. If the kidneys are not working properly the phosphate level can build up, causing itchiness, lumps of calcium and phosphate in the bones, joints and blood vessels resulting in brittle bones and painful joints.

Phosphate is commonly used in soda (fizzy) drinks, supermarket cakes, processed foods such as hot dogs, fish fingers and processed cheese. While our bodies need phosphate, a high intake may lead to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Giant Cupcake

One of my Grandsons is studying at University, plays Australian Rules football and keeps himself by coaching football at his old high school. With such an active life-style, he often comes home very hungry and the following recipe can be mixed up in a soup 'cup' and cooked in that same cup in the microwave oven in about five minutes. He can even make it himself.

His Giant Cupcake is eaten in about the same length of time!

Note: This Giant Cupcake is light and delicious, but it's a large quantity for less active people. When I make it, half is eaten as a cake and the other half reserved for the next day. Then I serve it as a dessert with fruit and custard, cream or ice-cream. Simple and versatile.

Assemble the Ingredients
Assemble the Ingredients | Source

Rate This Quick Recipe

5 stars from 2 ratings of Giant Cupcake

Cook Time

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: One giant snack for a hungry teenager

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tables (4 desserts) cocoa
  • 2 tables (4 desserts) choc chips, heaped
  • 3 tables sugar
  • 3 tables oil
  • 4 tables self-raising flour
  • ¾ cup milk
Mix all the Ingredients Together in the Cup
Mix all the Ingredients Together in the Cup | Source

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in the soup cup and stir together well.
  2. Place cup in microwave oven and cook for two minutes.
  3. Enjoy!
If the Giant Cupcake is Too Big, Save Some for Another Time
If the Giant Cupcake is Too Big, Save Some for Another Time | Source

Final Note of Interest and Warning!

Too much flour in the air, if ignited by a spark, can explode!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thelma Alberts: I wonder if you've tried yet. I hope it works for you and that you enjoy it. Sorry for my slow reply - I was away and when I came back my computer would not send emails. I hope you have a great day, too.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love making cupcakes, but I have not made a giant one. I try this one. Thanks for sharing this recipe and the informations you included. Voted up and pinned to my cupcakes board. Have a great day!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      RTalloni: That's true! Thank you for your comments; they really are something, although a little to big for me at one sitting these days.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      The best thing about this is that you get to have your grandson "come home"!

      That aside, the cupcake looks pretty good and I enjoyed reading the other information you provided. Thanks for a neat hub all round.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vellur: So do I, although I'm sure I shouldn't! Thank you for your vote and it's good to hear from you.

      PurvisBobbi44: I hope you do. It will save you money, but it's lots bigger than once from the bakery, so it may not save your waist-line unless you're very strong-minded!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      You have made my morning---what a great hub. I now know everything about cupcakes. And now I am hungry ---I will try your recipe very soon.

      I am a cupcake fan---it is not too much---and after you eat the one cupcake you purchased at the bakery---there is no temptation left--- as there is with a cake staring at you from the cake stand or plate.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great!! Delicious!! I love cup cakes. This recipe is great. Voted up.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      PaoloJpm: It's a pleasure to share. I hope you enjoy it when you make one. It is yummy, although probably not so good for the waistline!

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Yummy!! I'll be checking this soon again for making a real one for myself! pure chocolate cupcakes would be great! nice hub thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: It is delicious - and moist. Sometimes cakes made in the microwave can be a bit dry, but this one seems to work. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too.

      Bronwen

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmmm oh a truly delicious looking cake!!I save the recipe and it will not take me long to try my hand at this one Blossom.Thanks again for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      The Stages Of ME: Thanks. Hope you enjoy!

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      The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

      Yum ~ we are surely going to try this in our house ~ thanks :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      pstraubie48: Thank you. You could probably use the same mixture for the big one and just put a little into a tiny cup for your baby grandson. Have fun and I hope he likes it.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      The cupcake in a cup is aptly named. It is so cute. Now of course I have to give this a try. I will also have to make a tiny version as my baby grandson likes the tiny ones best.

      thanks for sharing. So cute.

      Shared :) ps

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      ignugent17: It is delicious. Thank you.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Interesting recipe. It looks very delicious. :-)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dim Flaxenwick: It's interesting how language and the use of words change over the years, isn't it? Hope you have fun trying the recipe. Are you still on that island? It sounds so romantic!

      stars439: God bless you, that's great. I hope Becky enjoys it, although it might be a bit big for her for one sitting.

      old albion: Thank you, Graham. I hope you have fun making it - and that it meets your expectations, too.

      Vacation Trip: It's a pleasure to share. Thank you for reading and vote.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Yummy Gaint Cupcake. I love eating cup cakes and the pic of your cup cake is making me feel hungry. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Blossom. What a lovely heartwarming hub. We shall try out your recipe. I can taste it now. Lovely!

      Graham.

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      You're recipe is wonderful, and it is going in "My favorites," so that I can try it for Becky. Becky drinks hot chocolate in a soup cup every morning. This might even be , and easier way , for Becky to enjoy cake with more independence. She likes to do things on her own. God Bless You Cherished Heart. Thank You.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Great article.

      I also remember fairy cakes being what people now call "cup cakes".

      Yours, now.......that is a REAL cup cake . What a cup!!!!!!!

      I must try it..

      Take care.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: Ha! Can you eat it all in one sitting, though? Enjoy!

      Lizam1: They were fairy cakes in Australia, too. Thanks for suggesting a date. Hope the cupcake satisfies your daughter.

      Gladys Familaran: Do try, it's lovely.

      faythef: How true. Once it's there, the temptation is too great.

      Faith Reaper: Bless you. It's just right for chocoholics.

      My Cook Book: Thank you, it really is.

      Mhatter99: It's simple and not much washing up afterwards, either.

      shiningirisheyes: It's a bit bigger than most cupcakes, though. Beware!

      PegCole17: The history is always interesting and as for the warning - now we know why flour fights are not such a good idea!

      MsDora: Oh, yes. Very beneficial - except for the waist-line.

      prettynutjob30: In my Grandma's day (that's a while back!) they had to make their own and after finding out this information it sounds like a good idea.

      Ceres Schwarz: Thank you. And it was delicious. Definitely none left now.

      caseymel: Thank you, I hope you have great success.

      kidscrafts: It's fun researching little tidbits of information. Especially when they are useful things to know.

      The Dirt Farmer: Butterfly cakes were so popular when we were kids and I still love them.

      Angela Blair: They're fun. Thanks for your comments.

      suzettenaples: It's a pleasure to share both recipes and useful information.

      Annie Miller: Yes, it makes a delicious dessert and there's never anything left over!

      aviannovice: Glad you like it. Hope it works with the gluten free flour. It is really chocolatey, but I guess it could be made with lots of other flavours, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I like your cupcake. That should be the size of all of them. I now have a use for my gluten free flour. Yahoo! Awesome and up in the food department.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Love this idea and a great way to make dessert for 2 without too much going stale.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an interesting hub. I did not know all this about flour - especially that it could explode with a spark. Your hub is so informative and I love the recipe. These one cup cakes are becoming so popular these days. I have heard of them but never had a recipe for one. Yours is simple and easy to make and chocolate!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. Voted up!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an interesting hub. I did not know all this about flour - especially that it could explode with a spark. Your hub is so informative and I love the recipe. These one cup cakes are becoming so popular these days. I have heard of them but never had a recipe for one. Yours is simple and easy to make and chocolate!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. Voted up!

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      Sounds delightful -- and delicious! What a clever idea and thanks for sharing. Best/Sis

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      Had never heard of a butterfly cake before. Sounds delightful! Pinned & shared.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very nice and simple recipe.... and I love your presentation in the big cup! It's just lovely!

      Thank you for the information about the aluminium free baking powder! Great thing to know!

      Thanks also about the risk of too much flour in the air, if ignited by a spark, can explode! I didn't know that!

      Thank you for sharing!

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      I have always wanted to try making a cake or cupcake in a mug. Great recipe!

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Great hub. It's great that this is more than just a recipe hub about the giant cupcake. You also gave information on cupcakes and even how to make your own self-raising flour. Your images were also lovely. And the giant cupcake looks delicious.

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great recipe hub, voted up, more and shared, I never thought to make my own self-rising flour before but it looks pretty easy.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Does anyone else think of Blossom as a HP Martha Stewart? Thanks for this addition to all the great suggestions you have already given? The benefits of a giant cupcake are immediately obvious!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      How interesting you've made this beautiful creation. I had no idea of the history of "fairy" cakes and this recipe sounds so easy and quick. Loved the pictures and the warning at the end was quite a surprise.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      How ingenious!! Bake your personal cupcake in a soup cup! Great job with this one, my friend! Very original concept.

      Voting up and sharing

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Is it really this easy?! Thanks

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      This looks tasty! I love cup cakes and the pics you have added making my mouth water.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      That looks so great, especially being chocolate and giant!

      Love it! Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Oooooo...I love the cake in a cup idea..perfect for the times when you don't need a whole cake...and I never need a whole cake cause I would eat it all....

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      Gladys Familaran 4 years ago

      mouth-watering. I have to try this! Bookmarked for future use. :)

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      very cute idea. My daughter sometimes has a cupcake craving and this is a perfect solution when we don't feel like cooking a batch! I also remember growing up with fairy cakes in England but I seem to remember cup cakes when I watched American TV such as I Love Lucy. Not scientifically I suspect they date back to the 40's.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      a gaint cupcake.. yeah I can do this one blossoms..:)