Cupcakes, or Fairy Cakes as they are referred to in the United Kingdom, date back to the early 19th century, when they were baked in separate cups, and served as individual desserts. The dessert was regarded as an easy to make treat, because the ingredients were simple to remember: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of soda. The ratio of ingredients was the reason cupcakes were often referred to as “number cakes.”
Cupcakes are a suitable dessert for any cooking skill level, as they take less preparation and less time to cook as larger cakes. Classic chocolate and vanilla are still the most preferred flavor of cupcake, but other flavors have gained in popularity, including: carrot, coffee, German chocolate, red velvet, strawberry, and yellow cake.