Cupcakes have always been popular. A favorite with kids, a basic and simple definition for a ‘cup cake’ is a cake baked in a cup. Before the advent of cupcake tins cupcakes were baked in small ramekins, pots, and even tea cups.
There is the idea that original cupcakes had nothing at all to do with how they were baked. It was the recipe that was revolutionary: At about the beginning of the 1900’s, cooks began to measure in cups rather than by weight as had been the custom.