Devised by British Baker Magazine nine years ago, National Cupcake Week takes place from 17th to 23rd September this year.

National Cupcake Week promotes and encourages bakers and foodies to enjoy these sweet treats, by either making their own or supporting bakeries, patisseries and shops that sell them.

Last year, bakers and cupcake lovers across the country produced a cacophony of iced delights, including Irn Bru flavoured cupcakes, edible cupcake bouquets and other exciting and unusual offerings! This year, we look forward to more taste sensations.

Cupcake History

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.

Vegan Cupcake Recipe

Increasing numbers are now choosing to follow vegetarian and vegan diets, which – while healthy – can limit your options when it comes to cupcakes and other sweet treats.

But, don’t fret, with this vegan mouth-watering cupcake recipe, you won’t feel like you’re missing out!


(Makes 18 cupcakes)

1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

300ml Almond or Coconut Milk

250g Plain Flour

200g Caster Sugar

½ tsp Salt

2 tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Baking Soda

120ml Coconut Oil (Melted)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line and grease two bun tins with 18 paper cases.
  2. Put the vinegar and almond/coconut milk into a bowl and leave it to curdle for approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Then, in another bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a third bowl, whisk together the milk mixture, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.
  6. Spoon the mixture evenly into the bun cases.
  7. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until slightly golden and until the tops spring back when gently pressed. Cool and then ice (with an icing of your choice).

Have Your Cake and Eat It!

Peterborough One’s stores have an array of cakey crafts, tasty 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!

If you’re not a keen baker, but still enjoy indulging in a cupcake or two, head to Café Van Hage in Peterborough One. The café 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.

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