Today’s a sweet holiday if you’re a party of one. October 18 is National Chocolate Cupcake Day!
Cupcakes are miniature cakes designed to serve one person. In other words, they’re a marvel of modern baking! They are baked in thin paper cups or an aluminum muffin pan. Cupcakes were first mentioned in 1796 in Amelia Simmons’ American Cookery cookbook; one recipe called for “a cake to be baked in small cups.” They were originally baked in individual ramekins or molds, such as tea cups, from where they took their name. In England, they were (and still are) called fairy cakes due to their diminutive size (they tend to be smaller than American cupcakes). Australians refer to them as patty cakes. Cupcakes have been popular for decades, but in the past few years have become especially trendy thanks to Americans’ thirst for nostalgia, and their appearance on the popular television show Sex And The City. Which I’ve never seen, because I’m a guy, even though it’s got the word “sex” in the title. I’ll just trust that cupcakes played a role and move right along.
To celebrate, we picked up some two-bite miniature chocolate cupcakes from WinCo. They made a perfect after dinner palate cleanser!