Wow, there's a giddy feeling in the air at the Oakeley Arms this week! And that's because it's National Cupcake Week! And those of you who know us well, know we love a good cupcake!
We might think that cupcakes are a modern fashion, but these little parcels of joy date as far back as 1796, when American cook Amelia Simmons first mentioned a "cake to be cooked in small cups" in her book American Cookery.
In America, the name "cupcake" also comes from the measurements used to bake them - ingerdients are measured in "cups" rather than by weight. Small cakes were often called 1234 cakes because they were made up of 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour and 4 eggs.
Cupcakes were hugely popular in the 1960s, and in the UK were called Fairy Cakes because of their miniature size. They fell out of favour in the 70s and 80s until recently, when they have been enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. There are books, television programmes, shops and even whole weeks dedicated to the delicious art of cupcake baking!
So, why not celebrate National Cupcake Week! You could bake a batch of your favourite variety, or try something wild and different (what about Beetroot and Vanilla or Chilli Chocolate?).
Never baked a cupcake before? Worry not, you can find tips for the perfect cupcake here.
And if you can't really be bothered with the whole mixing, baking and perfecting, then why not pop down to the Oakeley Arms and just enjoy the eating! We have a daily selection of cupcakes available that are made fresh every day in our kitchen by our fabulous and talented chefs. Treat yourself today!
National Cupcake Week starts on the 17th September. Find out more information here.