A cupcake is a small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminum cup. As with larger cakes, frosting and other cake decorations such as fruit and candy may be applied. 

              The term “cupcake”, however, belongs to a 19th century American author named Eliza Leslie, who used it in her cookbook. Back in those days, most recipes were developed in home kitchens and passed down through the generations, so it's really hard to get to the bottom of it.