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In recent years, a gastronomic term that usually creates confusion has become popular: cupcake . It is a small individual cake whose baking is done in a mold with a paper .

Cupcakes are very similar to muffin and the muffins . A cupcake (name that comes from the pastry Madeleine Palmer ) is a small bun or cake of flavor sweet, while a muffin is an elaboration that can be sweet or salty.

Beyond the similarities, there are differences between these three products . The preparation of cupcakes requires whisking butter (butter) and sugar, while the muffins do not carry butter, but oil. The mass of the muffins, meanwhile, does not require beating.

A cupcake, on the other hand, can be stuffed and take pieces of chocolate or fruit . The muffins, however, do not have pieces, and as for the muffins, they are not filled. Another exclusive feature of cupcakes is that they are always decorated.

In addition to all of the above, we cannot forget to underline the existence of a long list of varieties or different versions of cupcakes, such as, for example, ice cream cupcakes or so-called gourmet cupcakes. The latter are characterized because they not only have a larger size than usual but also because they are always stuffed and because they have very specific and different flavors such as tiramisu.

When it comes to making perfect cupcakes and an unparalleled flavor you have to take into account a series of tips such as:
-The flour used must be low in protein and must be sifted.
-The yeast used must be powdered.
-Vanilla extract is one of the articles that contributes to give a more special flavor to cupcakes.
-The ideal is to bake them at a temperature that is between 170º and 175º C and they usually need to be inside the oven for about 22 minutes.
-In the case that you want to color and decorate them, the ideal is to bet on paste dyes.

The literal translation of cupcake, an English concept, is “Cup cake” or "Cup cake" . This is because, originally, there were no specific molds and these individual cakes were made in cups or in containers Similar.

At XXI century , the popularity of cupcakes spread worldwide thanks to TV shows that began to show them frequently. It is currently possible to find stores dedicated exclusively to these products in numerous countries .

Numerous programs specialized in cupcakes have appeared on the small screen. Examples of this are spaces such as "Cupcake Wars", "DC Cupcakes", "Cupcakes Maniacs" and even special programs on this food that have been carried out in channels such as Canal Cocina, among others. Not to mention that there are specific YouTube channels focused on its preparation.

Because of the rapidity of their baking and the possibility of decorating them in multiple ways, cupcakes also became a food chosen in events such as birthday and wedding .

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