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A photograph of a cupcake with white frosting and multicoloured sprinkles.
A cupcake.


cup +‎ cake.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌpkeɪk/
  • (file)


cupcake (plural cupcakes)

  1. A small cake baked in a paper container shaped like a cup, often with icing on top.
  2. (slang) An attractive young woman.
    • 2006, Pynchon, Thomas, Against the Day, Vintage, published 2007, page 604:
      Whatever else this cupcake might be up to, she was no piker.
  3. (slang) A weak or effeminate man.
  4. Term of endearment.
    • 2010, Kimberly Cates, The Perfect Match:
      “Listen, cupcake,” Cash tried to soothe. “Sometimes when grownups get mad, they say things they don't mean. I'm sure your mother—”


See also[edit]

  • (small cake, term of endearment): muffin


  • German: Cupcake
  • Hebrew: קאפקייק(kápkeik)



cupcake (third-person singular simple present cupcakes, present participle cupcaking, simple past and past participle cupcaked)

  1. (slang, intransitive) To flirt; to talk or act amorously or intimately.
    • 2011, Deontra Woods, Blood, Sweat and Tears, page 102:
      I watched Brian as he drove off down the street. I turned and went back inside the studio and found Len at my desk. “I saw you and Brian cupcaking out there.”
    • 2013, Michelle Robinson, Right Before My Eyes II, page 100:
      But I figured Najah was cupcaking with Johan, Chelsea was eating something that didn't match while Greg rubbed her feet, and Kalena wasn't in a space to talk or listen.
    • 2014, Zaneeya S., Overcoming My Past, page 170:
      She said, “You're always Cupcaking.” I replied, “I'm not cupcaking. I'm enjoying my conversation so hush.” David and I would stay on the phone all night and talk. It was normal for us.
    • 2015, Mahalia Levey, Promiscuous Wolf:
      “Luck is cupcaking on Myanna.”
      His eyebrows shot up. “Cupcaking?”
      “Old man.” She giggled. “Crushing. Your boy has a big time crush on Myanna.”
    • 2018, Carlos Bayne, Napkin Nights: The Crunk Chronicles
      Let's review the tale of the tape: My best friend is being held hostage, I boosted his ride and mobile, then cupcaked with a heater-packing widow-maker.



Borrowed from English cupcake.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkʏp.keːk/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cup‧cake


cupcake m (plural cupcakes, diminutive cupcakeje n)

  1. a cupcake
    Synonym: muffin

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cupcake m (plural cupcakes)

  1. cupcake