Organised by British Baker Magazine, National Cupcake Week 2017 takes place from 18th to 24th September. The magazine launched this special week in 2009 to celebrate the much-loved cupcake.
National Cupcake Week promotes and encourages bakers and foodies to enjoy these glorious sweet bundles of joy, by either making their own or supporting stores that sell them.
The History of the Cupcake
The first reference to a cupcake dates to 1796, when a recipe appeared in the American Cookery publication by Amelia Simmons. It referred to ‘a light cake to bake in small cups’. The term ‘cupcake’ was introduced in 1828 in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts Cookbook.
Before muffin tins were widely available, cupcakes were baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins or small pots. They therefore took their name from the cups they were baked in. The name remained and is now given to any small cake that is, approximately, the size of a teacup.
A standard cupcake uses the same ingredients as standard-sized cakes. These being eggs, butter, flour and sugar. The cake batter can be flavoured and have other ingredients added, such as chocolate chips, fruit and nuts. Once baked, cupcakes can be topped with icing, fruit and/or cream.
If you want to make your own cupcakes during National Cupcake Week, this basic vanilla cupcake recipe ensures a delicious treat for you, your family and friends.
110g/4oz Soft Butter
110g/4oz Caster Sugar
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
110g/4oz Self-Raising Flour
1-2 tbsp Milk
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a 12-hole cupcake or muffin tin with paper cases.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs and add in the vanilla extract.
Next, fold in the flour using a metal spoon. Gradually add in the milk and stir.
Spoon the mixture into the cases in the cupcake/muffin tin, so each is half full.
Bake for 10–15 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool.
Decorate with your choice of icing, fruit, cream or other accessories!
Have Your Cake and Eat It!
Peterborough One’s stores have an array of cakey crafts, mouth-watering reading material and sweet treat related goodies to help you celebrate National Cupcake Week. The Works, in particular, is a treasure trove of feasting finds!
Peggy Porschen Cupcakes Book
This book features over 25 of Peggy Porschen’s most delectable cupcake recipes. It is an essential selection of original and specially developed recipes from the most creative of contemporary cake designers. Recipes include timeless classics such as Sticky Toffee and Vanilla Chiffon and the award-winning Chocolate Heaven.
Cupcakes From The Primrose Bakery
In this book, Martha and Lisa from The Primrose Bakery concentrate on the basics of cupcakes with separate chapters on how to make sponges, how to ice a cupcake correctly and how to create cupcakes for special occasions. From Halloween inspired pumpkin cupcakes with spiced cream cheese icing, to lavish white amaretto cupcakes decorated with sweet pea flowers, ‘Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery’ shows you how to make scrumptious cupcakes with a sophisticated twist.
Haribo Little Cupcakes
Perfect for little and big kids, Haribo Little Cupcakes are fruit and biscuit flavoured sweet foam gums in blueberry, cherry, lemon, orange, strawberry and varieties. The perfect sweets for National Cupcake Week!
Cupcake Eraser Top Pencils
Add some style to your stationery with these adorable Cupcake Pencils with Eraser Toppers. These pretty pencils feature a polka dot design with a cartoon cupcake eraser. A tasty edition to any pencil case.
Café Van Hage
If you’re not a keen baker, but still enjoy indulging in a cupcake or two, head to the Café Van Hage in Peterborough One. The café is situated on the left-hand side of the garden centre and provides the perfect location to relax and rejuvenate after a hard day’s shopping.
The café stocks a variety of delicious cupcakes, gateaux and indulgent desserts carefully prepared in-house by their own expert chefs.
Whether you decide to bake your own cupcakes or indulge in a pre-made treat, Peterborough One has everything you need to celebrate National Cupcake Week in style!