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National Vanilla Cupcake Day!

Today we celebrate vanilla cupcakes. This day is observed annually on November 10th.

Cupcake is a small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminum cup and usually decorated with frosting made with a cream cheese-based or sugar icing, and some cupcakes are top with fruit or candies.

The first mention of a dessert with the qualities of a cupcake was in American Cookery in 1796, and the first time the term “cupcake” was used was in 1828. In previous centuries before muffin tins were widely available the cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds and took their name from the cups they were baked in

A standard cupcake uses the same basic ingredients as standard-sized cakes which included butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.  Vanilla cupcake is a popular flavor aside from chocolate cupcake and today is a day for the popular vanilla variety of these treats!

Nowadays, cupcakes is popularly served in parties that are convenient to serve for every individual especially to children as a single-serve cake.  So, today celebrate this day by making some vanilla cupcake and go crazy creating your frosting and decoration.  Share on social media using #VanillaCupcakeDay.

1903 Mary Anderson patents windshield wiper

The patent office awards U.S. Patent No. 743,801 to a Birmingham, Alabama woman named Mary Anderson for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice or sleet from the window.” When she received her patent, Anderson tried to sell it to a Canadian manufacturing firm, but the company refused: The device had no practical value, it said, and so was not worth any money. Though mechanical windshield wipers were standard equipment in passenger cars by around 1913, Anderson never profited from the invention.

As the story goes, on a freezing, wet winter day around the turn of the century, Mary Anderson was riding a streetcar on a visit to New York City when she noticed that the driver could hardly see through his sleet-encrusted front windshield. Although the trolley’s front window was designed for bad-weather visibility—it was split into parts so that the driver could open it, moving the snow- or rain-covered section out of his line of vision—in fact, the multi-pane windshield system worked very poorly. It exposed the driver’s uncovered face (not to mention all the passengers sitting in the front of the trolley) to the inclement weather and did not improve his ability to see where he was going in any case.

Anderson began to sketch her wiper device right there on the streetcar. After a number of false starts, she came up with a prototype that worked: a set of wiper arms that were made of wood and rubber and attached to a lever near the steering wheel of the drivers’ side.

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