cup·​cake | \ ˈkəp-ˌkāk How to pronounce cupcake (audio) \

Definition of cupcake

: a small cake baked in a cuplike mold

Examples of cupcake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Award person with the top score a tiny trophy or cupcake to celebrate their achievement. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Virtual Birthday Party Ideas for Your Big Day In Quarantine," 4 Jan. 2021 Top a cupcake with a ring, or ice the question onto your partner’s favorite cake. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "15 Best Proposal Ideas for a Fairy-Tale Engagement," 22 Jan. 2021 Mixon’s take on the Hostess cupcake was dark chocolate cake and ganache, complete with the white frosting squiggle. Beth D'addono,, "Trep's offers outdoor casual dining in Mid-City," 11 Jan. 2021 Kids Baking Championship Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman put the 10 kid bakers on teams and challenge them to create cupcake rainbows. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Bachelor’ on ABC; ‘Jeopardy!’," 3 Jan. 2021 The best muffins are the ones that veer into cupcake territory. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Sweet Breakfast With a Secret," 24 Dec. 2020 The unit’s nonstick coating makes cupcake removal easy, and it can even be stored vertically to minimize its footprint in small kitchens. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "25 best kitchen gifts to buy from Wayfair," 3 Nov. 2020 With cupcake in hand, one nurse turned to the the others. NBC News, "Caregivers at Michigan hospital celebrate holidays with patients," 25 Nov. 2020 As the nurses carried the cupcake and pushed past the door, into the negative pressure room, which prevents the air inside from circulating into other areas of the hospital. NBC News, "Caregivers at Michigan hospital celebrate holidays with patients," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cupcake

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cupcake was in 1828

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26 Feb 2021

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“Cupcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cupcake

: a very small cake that is baked in a pan shaped like a cup


cup·​cake | \ ˈkəp-ˌkāk How to pronounce cupcake (audio) \

Kids Definition of cupcake

: a small cake baked in a mold shaped like a cup

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