National Cupcake Day means that it’s a free-for-all day to enjoy your cupcake, completely guilt-free! On this special day, bakeries and confectioneries will be racing to make as many cupcakes as possible because there will be a crowd indeed. As a matter of fact, if you love baking, you should try baking cupcakes at home for your loved ones as well.
Since the 1700s, people have been enjoying these decadent and tiny sweet cakes. The ingredients and recipe are fairly simple, so it’s also perfect for beginners at baking. Even better, you can customise the cupcakes to any flavour, filling and toppings that you prefer.
Types of Cupcake
It is one of the most flexible desserts, as you can make it with any combination of fillings and toppings. These cupcakes are also slowly trending to replace birthday cakes instead. This is because the topping can be decorated with cream, letters and even cute cartoons. Moreover, cupcakes are easier to consume individually without the requirements of cutting it into separate slices.
In this present day, more and more of cupcakes flavour have been invented to suit the diners’ palate. And amazingly, each and every one of the flavours and usually paired with cute decorations. Thus, cupcakes can be both pleasing to the eyes and taste buds.
What first started with a plain cupcake, has now evolved into various flavours. Listed below are some of the trending cupcake flavours.
Red Velvet Cupcake
S’ mores Cupcake
Salted Caramel Cupcake
Peanut Butter Cupcake
Key Lime Cupcake
History of Cupcake
The first cupcake ever recorded was in 1796, in the recipe book, American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. This book mentioned a light cake that was baked in small cups. The cupcake originated from the United States, and any small teacup-sized cake was called a cupcake in that era.
The original cupcake is traditionally small and has no toppings and icings. People enjoy eating cupcake as it is during that time. Cupcakes were also known as 1234 cakes as it is only made with four ingredients.
The traditional cupcake only needed one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour and four eggs. The cupcake was just a plain yellow cake that is affordable for people of the lower class. This is because the ingredients for cupcakes are largely available and at low cost.
Benefits of Cupcake
The beautifully-decorated cupcakes have several health benefits. Despite its size, it is the ingredients and balance of nutrients that matter. Here are several benefits of cupcakes to our body;
Regulate the digestive system
The toppings on top of the cupcakes are often flavoured with fruits and nuts. The fruits used can be fresh fruits or preserved ones. Full of nutrients and vitamins, even the decoration of the cupcake is a good source of fibre.
Fibre helps to promote gut health and aids our digestive process. Besides, fruits also help to relieve bowel irritation.
Good source of energy
Depending on the ingredients in the cupcake, the high amounts of carbohydrates help to provide a source of energy to our body. We need carbohydrates for healthy muscle function, brain function and energy for our daily activities.
Strengthen the immune system and muscle growth
Milk and eggs are the primary ingredients in a cupcake. These ingredients provide protein that helps to maintain and build muscles. In fact, some protein also aids in strengthening the immune system and protects our body from infections.
How to Celebrate National Cupcake Day
National Cupcake Day is best enjoyed with your family. Spend some times with your loved ones by making a dozen cupcakes and share it with people around you. If you need more time baking, then order some delivery for some mains and drinks using foodpanda.
You can even order some cupcakes to celebrate this day if you don’t have the time to bake from scratch. Here are some of the famous cupcake cafés for you to celebrate this happy day.
1. Lyndora Café
2. Muffy Dessert
3. Bisou Bake Shop
For those that want to try their hand at cupcake making, we have a recipe for you below:
For strawberry cupcake
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- ½ tsp of salt
- ½ cup of unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp soft strawberry extract
- Sour cream
For the strawberry frosting
- 1 cup of unsalted butter
- Confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tsp of strawberry extract
- Heavy cream
For the cupcake
- Preheat the oven to 177°C.
- Line a dozen muffin cups in the pan using cupcake liners.
- Mix the flour, baking powder and salt all together.
- Beat the butter and sugar until it becomes lighter and fluffy.
- Add two eggs and the strawberry extract inside the mixture and stir it.
- Add sour cream and mix it until it is well-combined.
- Slowly add the remaining of the ingredients and mix them all.
- Scoop the batter and put it onto the cupcake liners.
- Bake the cupcakes for about 20 minutes with 350F.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for some times.
- Remove all the cupcake from the pan and transfer it into a more suitable rack to cool off the cupcake.
For the frosting
- Using a mixer, beat the butter until it becomes smooth.
- Add in the confectioners’ sugar and strawberry extract and mix them until they become well-combined.
- Slowly add in the heavy cream and mix it for some times until the frosting becomes smooth and well-combined.
- The frosting is now ready to be used to frost the cooled cupcakes.
Now, a dozen strawberry cupcakes are ready to be served and enjoyed with your loved ones. Celebrate National Cupcake Day with your homies by spending some times in the kitchen, making the best tray of cupcakes of your life.
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