How to Cut Cake, According to Science

Who invented the cupcake?

Cobbling together a history of cupcakes was about as challenging as eating one without getting frosting all over my face, as the origin story of America's Favorite Handheld Dessert is a murky one. Speaking to Scientific American, food historian Andrew Smith said cupcakes first popped up in an American cookbook a couple years prior in 1826, although earlier recipes dated back to the 1850s in England. Meanwhile, Krystina Cupcake Castella, author of "Crazy About Cupcakes" writes that the word first appeared in print in 1828 in Eliza Leslie's "75 Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats." Leslie was a Victorian-era Betty Crocker who may have picked up the cupcake "receipt" in England where she grew up...

The Great Cupcake Depression

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal broke some terrifying news: "The icing is coming off America's cupcake craze." Cue ominous thunder clap sound effect!