Fun with cupcakes

Cupcakes evolved from muffins and gained the name "measure" cakes or "cup" cakes because of the practice of measuring the ingredients using a standard-sized cup - a cupful of flour, a cupful of butter, cupful of sugar etc... Then these cakes were baked in tea cups.

Cupcake celebration : bake me I'm yours
Lindy Smith.
Newton Abbot : David & Charles, 2010.
Indulge in this desirable and creative collection of delights to suit every party occasion, from birthdays and Christmas to Mother?s Day and weddings ? the list is endless. Each beautiful design is ideal for a party with a difference. Includes a range of recipes and techniques to ensure unique and professional results.
A zombie ate my cupcake! : 25 deliciously weird cupcake recipes
Lily Vanilli ; starring Paul Parker.
London : Cico, 2010.
Cupcakes are getting their revenge! After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the sweet, cupcakes are biting back. Here, Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from anywhere, insects,roadkill, or zombies and recreate it in cake, but always with a delicious result. This book is an introduction to making cakes that look weird, ugly, and even grotesque, but that taste divine! There are amazing materials for making edible sculptures and hundreds of things you can do with natural ingredients. Give guests a shock with revoltingly realistic Marzipan Beetles, or add a crunch to your desserts with Morbid Meringue Bones, dipped in raspberry blood sauce. Try out a black cherry Dracula's Bite red velvet cupcake with cream cheese, eat your way through heavenly Fallen Angel Cakes, or go for indulgent and truly dark chocolate Devil's Delight Cupcakes. If Ozzy Osbourne made cupcakes, these are the ones he'd want to eat. Cupcakes continue to be immensely popular.Cupcake is currently the most searched-for recipe term. Commissioned to design a death-themed cake for London Fashion Week, the macabre and bizarre continue to influence this upcoming baker who has recently been profiled in The Sunday Times, Evening Standard magazine, and Metro. Illustrated throughout with a trendy gothic horror theme.
What's new, cupcake? : [ingeniously simple designs for every occasion]
Karen Tack and Alan Richardson ; text and photographs by Alan Richardson ; recipes and food styling by Karen Tack.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
The endlessly imaginative duo who turned cupcaking into a national pastime is back, with utterly new, eye-popping creations anyone can make. Full-color photos throughout.

Cupcakes can be made using an old family recipe or a store-bought cake mix. And to make them special, you can use fancy printed muffin tin liners or even bake cupcakes in an edible container, an ice cream cone.

Be creative

Frosting - use different colors
Sprinkles - let them fall where they land
Sugars - dip into sugar
Edible flowers - violets and nastursiums
Fresh friut - Berries and whipped cream
Texture - chopped nuts or toasted coconut
Filled - Fill with flavored whipped cream

Decoration ideas

When the cupcakes are baked in ice cream cones, the batter rises up over the top to look like ice cream! There's no paper cup to throw away, so they are great for outdoor fun like picnics.

Cupcakes are not just for bake sales and childen's parties. Nowadays you can find cupcakes on any table from a holiday dinner party to a wedding reception.

Who wouldn't enjoy their own little individual tasty dessert, a cupcake. These miniature cakes have soft interiors, tapered sides, and sweet frosting crowns decorated with sprinkles, nuts or cherries.

So bake up your favorite batch, decorate them your favorite way, and remember there will be no dessert dishes to clean up afterward.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff