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Everyone loves delicious cupcakes.  They’re perfect little individual treats for any special occasion, from school carnivals, to wedding receptions, to birthday parties!  And so many scrumptious flavors to chose from!  Rich chocolate, classic vanilla, zesty lemon, delectable peanut butter cup, and so many more.  Not to mention all of the different possible flavor combinations of frosting, tasty candy toppings, or decorative accents.

Honestly, is there any event, celebration, or special occasion that wouldn’t be made all better with the addition of yummy, fresh-baked cupcakes?

The history of the cupcake dates all the way back to 1796, so the experts say.  The first mention of the cupcake appeared in a book called American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.  The inclusion of what is considered the very first published cupcake recipe helped make the book a classic, but it was also very popular in the original Thirteen Colonies for its wealth of cooking tips, techniques, and recipes that brought together English cooking methods and regional ingredients found in the American Northwest.

To date, the cupcake has enjoyed over 200 years of popularity.  In Great Britain, the cupcake is sometimes known as “fairy cake.”  In Australia, locals often call it “patty cake.”  Here in the United States, we simply know them as “cupcakes” and the mere mention of the word gets children and adults wide-eyed and hungry.  The standard cupcake recipe uses four main ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs and flour.  But, as we know, the modern cupcake recipe includes so many wonderful flavor additions–from chocolate chips to nuts, caramel to sea salt, lemon curd to strawberry filling.

It seems like cupcake shops have been popping up all over the country lately.  This is no surprise to those who love sweet treats.  Beautifully decorated cupcakes are a delicious centerpiece on any dessert table.  Cupcakes have long been a favorite treat and have really evolved over the years.  They’ve also become more than just a tasty dessert, they’re often integrated into the theme of a special event or party as well.  Cupcakes have found their place at the table for every type of occasion, from informal family gatherings to extravagant social events.  Cupcakes can be frosted in school colors for special school events, or they can be beautifully decorated to be served at elegant wedding receptions, bridal showers, or baby showers.  From mini-cupcakes, to classic cupcakes, to gourmet cupcakes, there’s perfect cupcake for every occasion.

Here in the U.S., cupcakes are never more popular than at birthday parties.  Cupcakes are an especially fun and festive addition to kids’ birthday parties, although adults of all ages enjoy cupcakes at their own birthday gatherings.  For kids’ birthday parties, in particular, birthday cupcakes can be topped with fun candy sprinkles and delicious decorative chocolate candies.  They can also be frosted in colorful frosting to coordinate with any birthday party theme.  And, best of all, cupcakes are incredibly easy to serve–which can be very helpful to the parents hosting a kid’s birthday party.

There’s no doubt that Americans have had a long-standing love affair with the cupcake.  Although it’s certain that cupcakes will continue to evolve–incorporating all kinds of new and exciting flavors and ingredients–you can bet that cupcakes will hold an honored place at the table for many years to come.

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