Are cakes cupcakes or cupcakes are cakes? This could be confusing to some, but there is a reason why all have a common denominator, ‘cake’. One fact shared in common is that they are both sweet, are as a result of combining some ingredients, and they both experience heat while baking. Not assuming that everyone can differentiate the two, some differences are collected to bring out a clear image of what is what.
One visible difference is their sizes, a cake is like a bigger version of a cupcake. Cupcakes, just as the name suggests, are equal to the size of a cup or even smaller. One cake can be enough for a group of people but a cupcake is enough for one person alone. Being bigger, cakes are often baked using large pans as compared to cupcakes which are baked in several small tins.
The sizes of these two will determine the time it takes to prepare them completely. Cupcakes that are smaller take a shorter time to bake, normally between 15 and 20 minutes. Cakes are bigger which should take longer to bake, between 30 and 50 minutes. However, the time taken depends on the size of cakes and cupcakes. Different sizes of each are available, but they will fall under the provided baking time. Using a cake’s baking time on the cupcakes will result in a burnt black result that cannot be consumed. Baking a cake’s using a cupcake’s time will lead to a half cooked outcome.
Serving cupcakes is easier and less messy with their individual cups, in a large group of people. One cupcake is given to an individual, no need for sharing, and can be carried home. A cake needs to be cut into pieces to put on plates to share, which could be messier as well as require many tools to be served. Eating a cake requires a plate and fork or spoon, while cupcakes are ready to be consumed from their papers without necessarily using forks.
People have different flavor preferences, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and more. It becomes difficult to satisfy their desires with a cake that contains one or two flavors. As a result, people have no option but to either consume the available cake flavor or not to eat it at all. With cupcakes, this can be accomplished by dividing them. One tray can have chocolate, while the other can hold vanilla cupcakes. Therefore, the consumers choose what they like more and enjoy them.
Ingredients used to bake cakes and cupcakes are the same, the difference is in their sizes, the way they are eaten, baking time, a well as the number of consumers. Both are sweet, used in different occasions, a person should understand the environment before choosing a cake or a cupcake. Like in cases of children’s birthday parties, more cupcakes should be prepared, for almost all of them enjoy cupcakes more, and to ensure that every member is given their piece to avoid a huge mess caused by partying children.