Today we’re craving chocolate cupcakes, patty cakes, and fairy cakes. For some reason, we have a nursery rhyme stuck in our heads.We’re also trying to recall if DA (for Dessert Advisor) stands for anything on the periodic table of elements. Accompany us as we find logic in all this cupcake chaos.
We start with the old nursery rhyme: “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Pat it and prick it, and mark it with B, Put it in the oven for Baby and me.” Most people can admit that as children, they recited it while playing versions of hand-clapping games with schoolyard companions. It’s a fine way to practice motor skills while reminding the grown-ups to make us little patty cakes. Now we are the adults with finely tuned eating motor skills, and we’re proud to say we don’t have to look far to find our favourite chocolate cupcakes nearby.
But what are some of the more recent cupcake options available these days?
We often decorate cupcakes with frosting and various candies. These days, it’s even commonplace to fill cupcakes with frosting, fruit preserves, or custard creams. This can be done by hollowing them out using spoons.However, other times we can use a syringe to inject gooey options, filling the cupcake to the point of explosion. The world of cupcakes continues to evolve. It’s no wonder specialty cupcake shops have opened up in almost every town! These days they’re a must-have when it comes to baby showers and graduations. Some even replace wedding cakes with elaborate versions of fairy cakes.
If you’ve ever wondered if cupcakes and muffins differ, they do. We explain how here in our Blueberries and the Difference Between a Muffin and a Cupcake post. But if you’re a cupcake purist, you may already know this information. You may even know about the Austrian scientist, Ida Freund, the UK’s first female university chemistry lecturer.
For those of you who don’t know, Ida Freud is famous for teaching young women. Pushing for women’s right to vote, she was an all-round feminist figure. She not only published two popular chemistry textbooks but took learning to another level with her sets of periodic table cupcakes. Yes. A delicious teaching aid complete with atomic number icing! Her contribution to science and desserts is still recognized today. A popular way to celebrate chemistry is through schoolyard bake sales and other events aimed at promoting public engagement with science.
Fairy cakes, patty cakes, or plain chocolate cupcakes…yum. Whatever you call them, reach out and bite one today and feel the wonders of chemistry in your mouth.