On the offside chance you haven't seen any in your city yet, cupcakes are *IN* these days. Actually, they've been getting more and more popular over the past few years, so much so that: bakeries are designing and baking "signature" cupcakes; cupcake-dedicated bakeries and cafes are popping up all over the place; brides are now choosing "cupcake wedding cakes" instead of the huge sheet and tiered cakes; you can order cupcakes on the internet; you'll find cupcake biscotti and cupcakes in a jar; there are probably as many new and different flavors as there are cupcakes (Think Sweet Potato, Banana Split, Nectarine, Snickerdoodle, Fat Elvis, etc) and there is a company the makes cupcakes for canines (YES!!), calling them dogcakes. (By the way, have you heard of frosting shots?)
The Curious Gourmet Cupcake Cafe (above) recently opened in downtown Franklin, and I got a chance to stop in last weekend when we attended the Jazz Festival. They offer different flavors daily (Peanut Butter Cup, Strawberry Shortcake, Pretty Pretty Princess, Italian Cream, Red Velvet, and more!), but always have Vanilla Bean, Devil's Food and Dulce de Leche. Since I don't eat stuff made with sugar (That leaves out sooooo many great desserts. . . .and calories!), I didn't try them. One of my friends bought a dozen for her adult daughter's birthday, and she said that the Red Velvet was delicious. You can read more about Curious Gourmet by clicking here. The cupcakes run $3.25 each, although a dozen will cost you $36.
HISTORY OF THE CUPCAKE: The humble cupcake has been around since the 19th Century. The original ones were quite a bit smaller and not as decorated as the current cupcakes. Originally, they were called number cakes because of the ingredients: one cup each of butter and milk, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one teaspoon of baking soda. The origin of the name "cupcake" is disputed. Some say it is because they were baked in cups, while other say it is because the ingredients were measured by cups.
It's believed that the "new" cupcake craze started in 2000 when a cupcake was the featured dessert on Sex and the City. Whatever started the craze, it's still going strong. Now, if someone would come up with a sugar-free cupcake that tastes as good as the "real" thing.
What is your favorite cupcake flavor?