Did you know that the earliest reference to a cupcake dates back to the year 1796? It was a recipe that called for “a cake to be baked in small cups” printed in the first known cookbook written by an American and simply titled American Cookery. However, it was not until 1828 when the term “cupcake” was used in another cookbook. A cupcake, as everyone knows, is a small version of a cake that is meant to be enjoyed by an individual. It’s also known as a fairy cake in Britain, although it can be quite smaller than the average cupcake.
We’ve all been eating cupcakes all our lives, but when I was growing up they were mostly the homemade kind. Here in the metropolis, the first store that was set up solely dedicated to specialty cupcakes was Cupcakes by Sonja in Serendra. Established almost 8 years ago in September 2006, it has now expanded to 11 shops all over the metro. It’s always a delight to step inside the cute little shop in Serendra and instantly get a sugar rush just by looking at and smelling its sweet creations. I was among its first customers in its original store and have tried nearly all the cupcake varieties, but my favorite remains: the Berries ‘N Cream cupcake.
Nowadays, there are so many cupcake brands available and, of course, I want to try them all. I’ve featured quite a few cupcakes here in my blog and on my facebook page, such as those from Vanilla Cupcake Bakery, Sophie’s Mom, The Royal Touch and Slice. But given my insatiable appetite for sweets, I’m forever lusting for cakes and cupcakes. I once bought half-a-dozen cupcakes from GIGI Coffee & Cupcakes in Shangri-la Plaza. Gigi Gaerlan, the maker of these cupcakes, is also known as the creator of the custaroon, a hybrid of custard and macaroon. Her cupcakes are reasonably-priced and extremely moist, so I was very happy with them, particularly the Green Tea cupcake.
Singapore’s famous cupcakery, Twelve Cupcakes, has made its way to our shores. The concept is anchored on 12 standard flavors, then there are a few various special flavors available everyday. I’ve tasted a lot of cupcakes and I mean A LOT, so I didn’t have high expectations for these babies because I know that Filipinos can whip up exceptionally yummy and lovely cupcakes. So I was pleasantly surprised when I took a bite of the Strawberry Vanilla cupcake — so delicately soft and not-too-sweet. My daughter Bea fell in love with the Red Velvet cupcake. In fact, when we were in Hong Kong a few months back, she requested me to buy one for her again.
Life is short. Eat more cupcakes!