Many people associate cupcakes with the popularity of the “home made” culture in the 1950’s and 60’s. However the first appearance of the cupcake can be traced back as far as 1796, when a recipe notation of "a cake to be baked in small cups" was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simms. The earliest documentation of the term cupcake was published in “Seventy-five Recipes for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in 1828 in Eliza Leslie's Recipes cookbook.
The cupcake culture evolved in the United States in the 19th century, and it was revolutionary because of the amount of time it saved in the kitchen. There was a shift from weighing out ingredients to measuring out ingredients, when baking.
In the 2000’s, cupcakes have become a pop culture trend in the culinary world. In New York City, Cupcake shops like Magnolia Backery gained valuable publicity by appearing on popular TV shows like “Sex and the City”
Over the past few years cupcake bakeries have opened all over the world. There are cookbooks, blogs, magazines, workshops for children and adults, all specifically dedicated to cupcakes.
According to Google's 2011 Year-End Zeitgeist, Cupcakes were one of the most popular Food and Drink search terms of the year. As it has done every year since 2001, Google analyzed the billions of the terms that we users typed into its search box in 2011, filtered out spam and constructed "lists that best reflects the spirit of the times."
In January 2013, Smithers-Oasis launched the OASIS® Flower Cupcake, available in several sizes and colors.