“Life is short, eat dessert first.”
Since the launch of our two Brand Castle Searches, we’ve been craving desserts here at Edison Nation HQ! Brand Castle’s product line includes a variety of baking kits, particularly for cake pops, cookies and cupcakes.
To inspire your next great baking invention idea, we’ve tapped our inner sweet tooth to compile some of the coolest, most creative and delicious cake pop, cookie and cupcake designs, and provide you with a little bit of history around these treats to boot!
Cake pops increased in popularity in the last five years or so and are relatively easy to make.
Once a cake has been baked, it is crumbled into pieces and these crumbs are mixed into a bowl of frosting or melted chocolate. The resulting mixture is shaped into balls, cubes or other shapes. Each ball is then attached to a lollipop stick. Once the mixture solidifies, it can be decorated with frosting or melted chocolate and sprinkles.
Cake pops have come a long way from traditional round designs…including some of these favorites for the upcoming fall and winter holidays!
Unlike the recent popularity of cake pops, decorated cookies have a much longer history.
Decorated cookies can be traced back to medieval Germany where Lebkuchen (a traditional German baked Christmas treat, similar to gingerbread) was crafted into fancy shapes and decorated with sugar. The story of “Hansel and Gretel” published with Grimm’s Fairy Tales in 1812, inspired the German gingerbread cookie Christmas Cards. Also during the 17th century, Dutch and German settlers introduced cookie cutters, decorative molds and festive holiday cookie decorations to the US.
Today, you can find cookies in all shapes and sizes from tacos and donuts, to leaves and even cactus!
Last but not least, the cupcake…
The cupcake 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 when baking to measuring out ingredients. While food historians have yet to pinpoint exactly where the name of the cupcake originated, there are two theories: first, that the cakes were originally cooked in cups and second, that the ingredients used to make the cupcakes were measured out by the cup.
In the beginning, cupcakes were sometimes called “number” cakes, because they were easy to remember by the measurements of ingredients it took to create them: One cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of soda.
Today, cupcakes have expanded to a wide variety of ingredients, measurements, shapes, and decorations…
From mimicking food…
To highlighting seasons…
To celebrating holidays…
Hungry? Inspired? Both?
Submit your ideas to our Brand Castle searches before September 12!
Also published on Medium.