cup·​cake | \ˈkəp-ˌkāk \

Definition of cupcake 

: a small cake baked in a cuplike mold

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For a limited amount of time, the chain is selling Flamin’ Hot Cheetos cupcakes, Delish reports. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Sprinkles Is Selling Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Cupcakes," 27 July 2018 There’s also German chocolate cake by the slice ($5), red velvet cupcakes ($4 and huge), and macarons of many persuasions. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local on Newbury Street," 19 June 2018 Here's a glimpse at the rainbow and glitter sweets and drinks from restaurants, bars and bakeries, including colorful cupcakes, doughnuts, macarons and cocktails. Usa Today Eats, USA TODAY, "Celebrate Pride with rainbow treats and drinks," 15 June 2018 Claire runs a bakery called Violet, which is located in East London but sells American-style treats cupcakes, brownies, and other pastries. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship So Far," 31 May 2018 Scare your party guests into a chocolate coma with these decadent cupcakes. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 The cupcakes allegedly targeting students the suspects didn't like were marked to differentiate them from the rest, Owens said. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "4 arrested after cupcakes tainted with bodily fluids brought to Conn. school," 15 May 2018 These sweet pink cupcakes are bursting with flavor from ginger cream cheese frosting topped with poached rhubarb with cardamom. ELLE Decor, "13 Pretty (And Delicious!) Mother's Day Desserts," 11 Apr. 2016 On election night, Heritage turned its first floor over to a viewing party with an open bar, chicken wings and red, white and blue cupcakes. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of cupcake

1828, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of cupcake

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

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