The name of the person who invented cupcakes is not known, but the first reference to cupcakes was made in 1796. Exactly when and where the cupcake originated are also unknown.
The mention of cupcakes in 1796 was found in a cookbook. A recipe is listed in the book that mentions cakes baked in cups.
Early versions of cupcakes did not have frosting and were sweet small cakes. Cupcakes were once baked in small pottery containers, and some were decorated.
Small cakes, or cupcakes as they are now known, were cooked most often at home. The first commercially packaged cupcakes were released during WWI.