After winning a contest for an adorable cupcake calendar from CB, I just now realized it had a cute definition of what a cupcake is, on the back.
Cupcakes have been around since the late 18th century. The term “cupcake” is mentioned in E. Leslie’s Receipts of 1828. The name is said to come from the amount of ingredients used to make them – a cup of flour, cup of butter, cup of sugar and also because they were originally baked in tea cups or cup shaped molds.
So technically, a cupcake IS a cupcake without frosting. It’s not the frosting or topping that makes it a “cupcake”. It’s the ingredients.. and how it is baked.