Cupcakes

No one knows who had the brilliant idea to bake individual-size cakes, which have been around since the early 19th century. But it was at the beginning of the 21st century that cupcakes rose from a common pastry in common flavors (chocolate, vanilla, maybe gingerbread or banana) to a food trend so powerful that many bakeries opened for the sole purpose of making and selling them. Beyond familiar varieties, modern cupcake shops sell such elevated palate-seducers as cappuccino cupcakes, salted caramel cupcakes, mint julep cupcakes, blueberry cobbler cupcakes, and bananas Foster cupcakes. The primary differences between a cupcake and a muffin are that muffins are significantly heavier and are not frosted. Also, cupcakes do not have broad tops.

Restaurants With This Dish

Taste of Aloha

ARBUTUS, MD

Sally Bell’s

RICHMOND, VA

Happy Cafe

COLUMBIA, SC

Boston cream pie donut
Lyndell’s Bakery

SOMERVILLE, MA

Whiskey Alley

AIKEN, SC

Baked and Wired

WASHINGTON, DC

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