In earlier times cup cakes were made in heavy pottery cups. Even in present day also these are made in pottery cups or coffee mugs by some bakers. There was a time when muffin cups were not available and people used pottery cups to bake the cup cakes. So inherently the name derives from of being baked in a cup size mold. Because of the fanciful description and design of the cake it is known as fairy cake too. The other main difference is that these are made by measuring the volume unlike the normal desserts which are measured as per weight. Usually these are baked in tins or loaves. The cupcakes baked in kitchen are also known as quarter cakes.
The materials used in making the cup cakes are butter, sugar, flour and eggs. One can prepare these cakes at home and they would taste even greater. You can also buy these from your favorite bakery. Those who are allergic to eggs can avoid using eggs in the cakes and can use gel from edible agar to make the cake. One can also use different materials which are edible to decorate the cup cakes.
Even if you are not a professional cook, you can bake cup cakes at your home. You can add chocolate flavor to make chocolate cup-cake and also you can add grated small pieces of coconuts to give it a taste of original coconut. There are different variants of these cakes depending on the size and the ingredients used in the cup cakes. Another type of it is the butterfly cake. It is called so because it has wings like projections. Another type is a cake ball and forms a portion of the cake. Mixture of crumbled cake mixed with frosting makes this type of cake.
You can add carrot pieces and cashew to make the taste of the cake exotic. Once you have made cupcakes you can send it to your friends and relatives. Sprinkles are decorations on the cup cakes which simulate the decorations on a large cake. You can put the cakes in a decorated small box and then send it to your friends. However you should use good packaging material so that the cupcakes are not wasted while they are transported. You can also put a level of handle with care on the box carrying the cupcakes.