History of Cupcakes Taste-and-Rate Program
Since their creation, cupcakes have become a pop culture trend in the culinary world. In the early 21st century, a trend for cupcake shops, known as cupcakeries, which are specialized bakeries that sell little or nothing except cupcakes, developed in the United States, playing off the sense of nostalgia evoked by the cakes. There are dozens of upscale bakeries in New York City. Shops like Magnolia Bakery gained publicity in their appearance on popular television shows like Sex and the City.
On the tour, you will taste and rate your way through some of the city's best cupcakes, ranking them on presentation, frosting quality/style, and moistness/crumb density. Learn about trends in the cupcake world, visit a commercial kitchen, and learn about the cupcake's unlikely origins. Your guide’s credentials speak for themselves – she taught the first food history course ever offered at The New School here in NYC, and has written all about cupcakes’ history and culture for the Oxford Encyclopedia Companion to Sugar and Sweets.
The tour will end at a bakery to allow time for shopping.