These days cupcakes are the in thing. They’re everywhere—in tea shops, at school fetes, they have their own TV show (Cupcake Wars) and they dress up nicely and appear at weddings in lieu of the traditional tier cake.
According to A History of Food in 100 Recipes by William Sitwell, in 1828 Eliza Leslie wrote a cook book called Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats. This book contains the first printed recipe for a cupcake.
So where did they get their name? It’s thought the name cupcake comes from both the cup-shaped molds that Ms Leslie baked them in plus the fact bakers used cups to measure the ingredients.
Mr. Sitwell writes that cupcakes are popular because they’re individual servings—we get to eat our own cake—and the decorations vary from cake to cake, making us feel as if we’re getting a treat. I tend to agree with him. There’s nothing that says special like choosing and eating your own beautifully decorated cupcake.
Charlotte Dixon, my heroine in One Night of Misbehavior does a lot of baking, and she uses cupcakes as a way to express her artistic side.
“Here they are. Which ones would you like?” She’d gone with a steampunk theme after reading Gran an excellent steampunk romance, written by an Australian author. Small fondant cogs and top hats decorated some of the cakes. Others bore fob watches while she’d frosted another with a vampire in a billowing black cloak.
“You did the decorations?” Ash asked after inspecting the cakes.
“Yes. I…yes.” There was no need to tell him the task had filled the hours she’d normally spend looking after Gran.
Cupcakes are cute, and a talented baker can do almost anything decoration wise. Some cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat. Here’s a link to my Pinterest Cupcake board. (http://pinterest.com/shelleymunro/cupcakes/) I’ve pinned some very pretty ones while others are plain fun and original.
I love making cupcakes, although I don’t make them often because I end up eating them too! I haven’t met a cupcake I didn’t like, but my favorites are red velvet, chocolate or lemon flavors.
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One Night of Misbehavior by Shelley Munro
He wears his scars on the outside. She keeps hers safe inside.
Charlotte Dixon ignores her stepmother’s edict and, in an act of disobedience, attends one of the social events of the year—a masquerade costume ball. Charlotte’s naughtiness escalates when she dances and smooches with a sexy mystery man. The night of anonymous passion that follows makes her yearn for a different life, but the next day she’s back to her dull routine of household management.
Advertising tycoon, Ash Marlborough is about to set a private investigator on the trail of his nameless princess when she waltzes right into his place of work. Charlotte is shocked to meet her masked man in the flesh, and even more perturbed when he asks her out on a date. Despite craving another night of sexy loving, she doesn’t have time for a man, not when she wants to reinvent herself and grasp a new, improved life with both hands. But Ash knows what he wants, and he’s determined to win the heart of his princess. Let the dance of seduction commence.
Warning: Contains a conniving stepmother, selfish stepsisters, a grandmother with fairy godmother tendencies and a sexy masked man who is willing to face them all for the love of a good woman.
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Shelley Munro is tall and curvaceous with blue eyes and a smile that turns masculine heads everywhere she goes. She’s a university tutor and an explorer/treasure hunter during her vacations. Skilled with weapons and combat, she is currently in talks with a producer about a television series based on her world adventures.
Shelley is also a writer blessed with a VERY vivid imagination and lives with her very own hero in New Zealand. She writes mainly erotic romance in the contemporary, paranormal and historical genres for publishers Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. You can learn more about Shelley and her books at http://www.shelleymunro.com.
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Shelley-Munro/e/B001JOWGNK