cupcake etymology

English word cupcake comes from English cup, English cake

Detailed word origin of cupcake

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cup English (eng) (transitive) To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands.. (transitive) To hold something in cupped hands.. (transitive, engineering) To make concave or in the form of a cup.. (transitive, obsolete) To supply with cups of wine.. (transitive, surgery, archaic) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping. (Canada) A Canadian unit of measure equal to 8 [...]
cake English (eng) (transitive) Coat (something) with a crust of solid material.. To form into a cake, or mass. (slang) A trivially easy task or responsibility; from a piece of cake.. (slang) Money.. A block of any of various dense materials.. A rich, sweet dessert food, typically made of flour, sugar, and eggs and baked in an oven, and often covered in icing.. A small mass of baked dough, especially a thin [...]
cupcake English (eng) (slang, intransitive) To flirt; to talk or act amorously or intimately. (dated) Used as a term of endearment. (slang) A weak or effeminate man.. (slang) An attractive young woman.. A small cake baked in a paper container shaped like a cup, often with icing on top.