cup·​cake ˈkəp-ˌkāk How to pronounce cupcake (audio)
: a small cake baked in a cuplike mold

Examples of cupcake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fill its trays with edible Halloween goodies (wrapped candies and cupcakes), candles, or gourds and pumpkins (real or fake). Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2023 As a million different versions of herself, Rodrigo sweetly bakes cupcakes as plates and knives are flung across the apartment, keys his car in her stride, and trashes car after car with only her mind. Vulture, 12 Sep. 2023 Choose from a number of cupcakes, cakes, cookies and brownies all made with clean, dog-friendly ingredients, such as carob, apple sauce, peanut butter and sweet potato. Lyndsay C. Green, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2023 Add chocolate chips, point sides in, to the sides of each cupcake for the bolts. Beth Branch, Country Living, 27 July 2023 Some of the menu items include rose blossom gourmet cupcakes, sea salt coconut oatmeal cookies and, of course, elaborate charcuterie boards. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2023 And with two cupcake opponents between now and Notre Dame, OSU’s quarterback question may linger longer than Day anticipated -- and certainly longer than fans would like. Jimmy Watkins, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 Cotton and clothing designer Cynthia Rowley had also created a dress out of cupcake paper for a Barbie doll. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 24 Aug. 2023 Her entree was through pastries, launching straight from high school into working at bakeries and a cupcake shop in Houston. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cupcake was in 1828

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“Cupcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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cup·​cake ˈkəp-ˌkāk How to pronounce cupcake (audio)
: a small cake baked in a cup-shaped mold

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