It might seem to us like cupcakes have been around forever, but as with any food recipe it has its own unique creation story. As cupcakes is our namesake at Ava’s Cupcakes, we thought it fitting to share this sweet piece of history. Therefore, our latest blog dives into the history of cupcakes!

History of Cupcakes – When Did This Sweet Treat Begin?

What is now known as a cupcake all began with the first ever cupcake recipe called “A Light Cake to Bake in Small Cups” by Amelia Simmons. It appeared in the first American cookbook written by Simmons called American Cookery.

This original cupcake recipe includes much of the common ingredients today, such as:

  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Flour

However, it also includes an assortment of less common ingredients we would find in today’s cupcakes. Those include:

  • Wine
  • Rose Water
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Currants
  • Emptins (basically hops)

After this original cupcake recipe, it took a couple decades for the term cupcake to actually appear. The first documented use of the term cupcake was used in 1828. It appeared in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook, Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats.

Important Dates in the History of Cupcakes

Below are some quick dates to know in the history of cupcakes.

  • 1871: Second ever cupcake recipe published with more ‘familiar’ cupcake ingredients.
  • 1919: Hostess introduces ‘The Cupcake’, it’s first snack cake.
  • 1920’s: Cupcakes are iced for the first time (in only vanilla or chocolate icing).
  • 1940’s: Malted icing is available for cupcakes.
  • 1947: D.R. “Doc” Rice is assigned with redesigning cupcakes and creates a look similar to today’s cupcakes.

From Then to Now: Cupcakes Today

Today cupcakes are so popular there is even a show dedicated to bakers fighting to see who makes the best. What show are we talking about? Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, of course! The delectable contest show currently boasts 1.6 million viewers. Cupcake Wars is important in the history of Ava’s Cupcakes as well since our owner, Michelle Spell, won on that very show! You can thank that show for birthing our cupcake flavors of Banana Guava, Apple Pie, and Chocolate Truffle.

Ava’s Signature Flavors History

If you’ve visited our stores or website, then you probably have noticed we have 12 signature flavors. Since this is a history of cupcakes blog, we wanted to share a little history on our signature flavors and how they came to be.

The Signature flavors became the Signature 12 after our doors were open for 12 months. While there was no connection between the 12 months and the 12 flavors, it just happened to be the 12 most sought-after flavors. Additionally, people would always ask, which flavors do you recommend? It became obvious very quickly that most people love variety. Plus, they seemed to love the idea of a sampler pack filled with our best sellers. Since 2012, those 12 flavors have made up our Signature Sampler!

History Lesson Is Done & It’s Time to Pick Up Ava’s Cupcakes Today!

Now that your mouth is watering from reading all about cupcakes, are you ready to actual enjoy some of the best? Then, stop in at our Clemmons or Winston-Salem locations and pick up your favorites today!

You can find or contact our stores at:


  • Address: 1483 River Ridge Dr, Clemmons, NC 27012
  • Phone: (336) 283-9021


  • Address: 1539 Hanes Mall Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
  • Phone: (336) 999-7178

For those not living or visiting the Piedmont Triad in North Carolina, we ship our one-of-a-kind cakecups anywhere in the continental U.S. Visit our e-store to view and order those as well as some other shippable sweet treats.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our latest menu updates, contests, and specials.

As you can guess by our name cupcakes is our game! From classic flavors like Chocolate to more unique like Banana Guava we have something for everyone. So, if you are on the hunt for ‘the best cupcakes near me’, then look no further than Ava’s Cupcakes!

Numerous Amazing Flavors

Many people might not know this, but we have three categories of cupcakes at Ava’s. Those are:

  1. Signature Flavors
  2. Seasonal Flavors
  3. Features

Signature Flavors

These are our staple twelve flavors. They are available all year long! Our signature flavors are:

  • Apple Pie – Cupcake Wars Winner!
  • Ava’s Carrot
  • Ava’s Chocolate
  • Banana Guava – Cupcake Wars Winner!
  • Chocolate Salted Caramel
  • Classic Chocolate with Vanilla
  • Classic Vanilla
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Lemon Drop
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Red Velvet
  • Vanilla with Chocolate

Seasonal Flavors

As you can probably guess our seasonal flavors are based on the season they are served. For September, those seasonal flavors are:

  • Chocolate Samoa
  • Cinnamon Bun
  • Confetti
  • Cookie Dough
  • Pumpkin Cannoli
  • S’mores
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Crème Brûlée


Last, but certainly not least, are our featured flavors. These change every single month to spice up the menu! For September, our featured cupcakes are:

  • Blueberry Cobbler
  • Caramel Apple
  • Strawberries & Cream
  • Strawberry Lemonade

September Cupcakes

About Ava’s & Owner, Michelle Spell

This award-winning bakery started with its first location in Rockaway, NJ by Michelle Spell. Since then, they have relocated to North Carolina and have two locations in NC. One is in Clemmons and the other in Winston-Salem.

Spell brings more than two decades of culinary experience to her bakery. To her Ava’s Cupcakes is more than just dessert, as guests truly become a part of the family.

Everything at Ava’s Cupcakes is 100% scratch-made. Their baked good selections include: cakes, cupcakes (gluten-free and vegan options are available), cookies, hand pies, macarons, bite-sized cheesecakes, and cannoli’s.

Names after her daughter, Ava, the business has thrived and been featured in major publications and programs, such as, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Spell is also the winner of a past Cupcakes Wars series.

Michelle Spell - Ava's Cupcakes

Look No Further For Cupcakes Near Me – Choose Ava’s!

If you are ready to enjoy the best cupcakes near me, then you need to visit Ava’s! Click here to see all the details about our Clemmons location and here to see all things Winston-Salem! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for contests, specials, and more!