Saturday, 16 October 2010

History of Cupcake, Eliza Leslie

Eliza Leslie (1787 – 1858)

When talking about cupcake, the lovely little cakes should float in your brain. If rewind back to the 19th century, you will discover the meaning this name was totally different. Cupcake - a revolutionary breakthrough, was named by Eliza Leslie. It is hard to imagine, even measuring cup still not invented in this era, and every families were using a scale to weight the ingredients. Eliza omitted this regular measuring method, and replaced by just one tea cup. This cutting edge idea made cake baking become more time saving and handy.

Eilza is a American author of cookbooks and etiquette books. Since America was burgeoning after independence, the middle class started caring about cuisine and etiquette. By Eilza's humorous writing style and knowledge in cooking and social manners, her books became very popular and she is one of the celebrated woman author in the century.

Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats.
By a Lady of Phildelphia
First edition was published in 1828.

With the world's first cupcake recipe in detail.

Cup Cake
  • Five eggs
  • Two large teacupful of molasses
  • The same of brown sugar, rolled fine
  • The same of fresh butter
  • One cup of rich milk
  • Five cups of flour, sifted
  • Half a cup of powdered allspice and cloves
  • Half a cup of ginger
Cut up the butter in the milk, and warm them slightly. Warm also the molasses, and stir it into the milk and butter: then stir in, gradually, the sugar, and sit it away to get cool.

Beat the eggs very light, and stir them into the mixture alternately with flour. Add the ginger and other spice, and stir the whole very hard.

Butter small tins, nearly fill them with the mixture and bake the cakes in moderate oven.

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