Life is sweet

This week we are celebrating National Cupcake Week, a great excuse to indulge in all things sweet. The first mention of the cupcake has been traced back to 1796 in a recipe notation of “a light cake to bake in small cups”, written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. The cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, which is thought to be where they get their name from.

The other potential source of the name comes from the time saving move of using cups to measure out ingredients rather than having to weigh them. Irrespective of where the name first came from, the main advantage of these cakes over larger ones was the reduced cooking time. The first cupcakes were simple concoctions involving seasonal fruit or dried fruits but without any kind of icing or decoration with vanilla or chocolate icing only being used for the first time in the 1950’s.

If you’d like to take a couple of cupcakes home with you to enjoy with a cuppa in front of the telly then Campbell’s Bakery stock a wide range of cupcakes all year round. The range of flavours and decorations vary and according to the season. Look out for the Highland Coo cupcakes to coincide with the Drover’s Tryst in October and spooky Halloween ones towards the end of the month. Tower Bakery stock a small range of traditional Scottish baked goods and can bake pretty much anything you want, to order. Crunch Munch have a small range of cupcakes and a much larger one of other sweet treats to tempt you with!

If you prefer to eat your cake whilst out and about, Crieff has lots of cafés to chose from. Red Squirrel Café, The Loft, Café Rhubarb and The Crieff Food Co. offer an extensive range of cakes to chose from. If you’ve been walking in the park then The Pavilion Café is the perfect place to warm up with a cuppa and some cake.

According to the Guinness World Records, the largest cupcake weighed 2,594 pounds, or 1,176.6 Kg and was baked by Georgetown Cupcake in Virginia in November 2011 – so much for reduced cooking time, I imagine that would have taken quite some time to bake!

With the October break just around the corner you may feel inspired to get your little ones baking cupcakes at home with you. The Co-OpMcNees and JL Gills stock everything you’ll need to bake the most delicious cakes.

Fruit, chocolate or carrot, iced or not, which is your favourite?