Should cupcakes have frosting?

  • August 11th, 2010
  • Cupcakes
  • 5 Comments
  • Chicago Cupcake Crawl

I got into a debate with my fellow cupcake researchers about whether or not frosting was a requirement for cupcakes. The bakery we were at had a gluten-free option, but the cupcake didn’t have frosting on top. In fact, it had nothing. My first thought was to include it in the guide, but then I wondered if it really met the definition.

Admittedly, some places have alternate toppings on their cupcakes. More has a lemon cupcake that’s topped with meringue, and Sprinkles has a cinnamon sugar cupcake that’s sans frosting. Are these technically cupcakes? Or are they just tasty dessert impostors?

My feeling is frosting is a must, but I agreed to settle it here. What do you think? Is frosting a requirement for your cupcake?

  1. bookchick12 left a comment on August 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    @ChicagoBites Yes, otherwise it is a muffin.

  2. emptychampagne left a comment on August 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    @ChicagoBites its just a naked muffin with out frosting. a delicious delicious naked muffin maybe, but it needs something on top.

  3. knottheoretic left a comment on August 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    @ChicagoBites cupcake – frosting = muffin !!!

  4. ChicagoBites left a comment on August 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    @bookchick12 @emptychampagne @knottheoretic @paigeworthy @aworth say cupcakes w/out frosting r muffins,what do you say? http://www.chicagocupcakecrawl.com/cupca

  5. aworth left a comment on August 12, 2010 at 3:43 am

    RT @ChicagoBites: @bookchick12 @emptychampagne @knottheoretic @paigeworthy @aworth say cupcakes w/out frosting r muffins,what do you say …

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