What does cupcake mean?

A young female who seeks favor with powerful men

A cupcake is a young female who seeks favor with powerful men. The female fawns over these powerful men, listening intently to every word of theirs, and almost worshipping their very being.

Cupcakes are typically younger women who get caught up with the allure of a man who has power in some way, whether it be money or respect from others. These young women are seen as rewards by powerful men, treats for their accomplishments in their respective fields. This idea of a treat is where the name "cupcake" comes from. The term gained exposure as part of the #MeToo social media movement that brought to light sexual harassment stories among women and men. The term is mentioned in the "Five Women" (March 2, 2018) podcast featured on This American Life.


"Look at all those cupcakes hanging on his every word."
"And he can't get enough of their attention."

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Last Updated: March 12, 2018

Cupcake definition

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