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How to celebrate National Cupcake Day

  • By Jeffrey Cullen-Dean
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  • Dec. 10, 2019 - 4:17 PM

How to celebrate National Cupcake Day

Photo by David Trawin

National cupcake day is observed annually on Dec. 15.

The origins of the national food day are unknown. According to , the first references to the day are found in media articles in 2008. The beginnings of cupcakes, however, are a little bit more well-known.

A dessert that matches the description of a cupcake can be found in “American Cookery,” by Amelia Simmons, the first cookbook written by an American, in 1796.

In the book, the dessert is referred to as “a light cake to bake in small cups.” It’s possible the original recipe for cupcakes was a modified version of English fairy cakes, a similar but smaller dessert.

The first known reference to the word “cupcake” appeared in the book “Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats,” by Eliza Leslie in 1828.

Cupcakes earned their name through two versions of the dessert’s recipes.

The first version is because of the ingredients required for the recipe, which would also be called 1-2-3-4 cakes. The recipe required one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour and four eggs.

The second version of the recipe called for the dessert to be made in small cups, which worked like pottery molds, which predated muffin tins.