What light through yon oven window bakes?
Tis the fairycake, and by the morrow shall be gone!
~~Shakespeare's first draft, a long time ago
Okay okay, I may be taking a few liberties there, but I am almost 97% sure that A Midsummer's Night Dream, at least, was based on the Bard's dream one night of this crazy fantastic cupcake. Or as some cupcake historians (cupcaketologists, I believe they are called) claim, 'twas known as the "fairy cake" in England. Or, the "pattycake" in Australia. Either way, these bits of deliciousness have been around since at least the late 1800's.
The "cupcake" as we Coon bottom peeps refer to it, (when we're not referring to it as "carb-induced euphoria") may have derived its name from the wee ramekins used for baking (a/k/a "cups"), back before we got smart and created the infamous baker's dozen (the twelve one, not the thirteen one) line of bakeware.
Other cupcaketologists believe the name refers to the measurements for all of the ingredients being so similar (a cuppa this, a cuppa that, a little heat, and badda bing, you got a cupcake).
Whatever, I call them heaven. Cupcakes are my absolute favorite dessert in the history of Rootopia. Little bits of portion-controlled confectionery bliss, often with crazy flavor surprises inside and decorated fantasy-to-the-hilt outside! What could be better?
Well, what could be better is a whole batch of virtual cupcakes supplied over on Saucy's Blogspot , you must go! And if you do, do yourself a flavor and click on her "Just Cupcakes" posts on the left sidebar (keep scrolling, it's there!). She's done things with cupcakes that will melt your Wiltons!
Saucy excels at many things, but she is undisputed Queen of Cupcakes, in my silicon bakeware book.
This here particular batch posted for your viewing pleasure was named "When Smurfette Bakes" by the hungry boys in my household (who could barely contain themselves while I attempted this pitiful couple of shots).
Viva La Cupcake!