Are you curious about cupcakes? Check out these fun facts about cupcakes!
We all know that cupcakes are delicious! But what makes them so amazing? Let’s see what else there is to know about these miniature-sized cakes.
Well, for starters, cupcakes have been around for a really long time! The first mention of a cupcake was in a recipe book that dates back to 1796. The book spoke of “a cake to be baked in small cups” and that, we think, was just the beginning of the infamous cupcake.
Back then, it was also common for cakes to be made in teacups leaving bakers with small cups of cake! For that reason, the name cupcake makes sense. Wow!
Let’s learn some more fun and fabulous cupcake facts!
Teaching Tip: Color these fun cupcake coloring pages while you read the facts below!
Delicious Cupcake Facts for Kids
Cupcakes Were Once Called Number Cakes
The term ‘cupcake’ was originally used as a way to remember the amount of ingredients to make a cake.
Each ingredient is measured by the cupful: 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour, and 4 eggs. This 1,2,3,4 recipe is why cupcakes were also once called number cakes. How interesting!
Different Countries Have Different Names for Cupcakes
It’s true that cupcakes are a delightful treat all over the world. However, they may go by a different name depending on where you are.
The people of Britain call cupcakes fairy cakes. While the concept is similar (tiny little cakes), cupcakes in Britain have the tops removed and then cut in half. Once the two halves are put back on top of the cupcake, the cupcake looks like it has fairy wings. Hence the name, fairy cakes.
Similarly, fairy cakes can be called butterfly cakes too because of the winged appearance of the top. How neat! Australians call cupcakes patty cakes. Do you remember the clapping rhyme? “Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man, bake me a cake, as fast as you can….”
The Largest Cupcake was Made in 2009
The world’s largest cupcake was created in the summer of ‘09. It weighed 1,224 pounds and was 4 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Now, that is one giant cupcake!
Cupcakes Have their own national holiday
While cupcakes are great on any day of the year, there are three dates in particular that celebrate this tasty treat.
October 18th is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.
Honor the vanilla cupcake on November 9th, as it is National Vanilla Cupcake Day.
Finally, we celebrate all cupcake flavors on National Cupcake Day, which is on December 15th every year! Yummy!
Fun Cupcake Facts
Cupcakes are a pretty tasty treat that have been around for many years. There are an abundance of reasons why cupcakes are amazing and these fun facts make them that much more delightful. Don’t you think? Cupcakes are available in lots of different flavors and a variety of sizes too. From sweet to savory, small to large, these delicious cakes are a popular sweet treat all over the world!
What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?