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Cakes and Cupcakes
Clip Art of a Tier of Cupcakes
© Dixie Allan

Cupcakes have been popular for a long long time due to their bite sized nature and ease of transportation. There are two theories about where the name 'cupcake' came from. The first comes from the amount of ingredients used to make the cake (a cupful of flour, a cupful of butter, cupful of sugar etc.) The second theory is that the small cakes were originally baked in earthenware teacups or other small clay baking pans.

The tradition of naming cakes for their measurements dates back to the 18th century. In the days when many people couldn't read, this made it easy to remember recipes. Modern day cupcakes are most likely to have evolved from "1,2,3,4 cakes" which had the ingredients of 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour and 4 eggs.

One of the earliest records of cupcakes comes from the Fanny Merritt Farmer’s Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. In this book the cook is instructed to bake individual cakes in tin cups. Paper liners were not used until just after World War I when the James River Corporation manufactured cupcake liners on machines that a few years before were making artillery shells. Commercial cupcakes reached the market some time before World War II.

Today cupcakes are enjoyed by people all over the globe and each culture has added its own unique culinary twist to the popular dessert.

A different cake or cupcake is on each page. Below is a list of what you will find on each page.

Page 2 - A Birthday Cake with Candles
Page 3 - Another Birthday Cake
Page 4 - Chocolate Bundt Cake
Page 5 - Chocolate Cake with Strawberries
Page 6 - Chocolate Cupcake
Page 7 - Cupcake with Sprinkles
Page 8 - Halloween Cupcakes
Page 9 - Piece of Cake on a Plate
Page 10 - Plate of Cupcakes
Page 11 - Pound Cake
Page 12 - Red Velvet Cake
Page 13 - Tiered Tray of Cupcakes
Page 14 - Wedding Cake

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