The term of endearment used for Stephanie Vanderkellen (Julia Duffy), a spoiled little rich girl who worked as a maid (to prove her independence to her parents) at a rural Vermont inn on the sitcom NEWHART/CBS/1982-90.


Her boyfriend Michael Harris (Peter Scolari), a local TV producer often called her “Cupcake” in between showering her with gifts that he couldn’t afford. On occasion she was also called “Muffin” or “Gumdrop.”

Once, Stephanie used her secret weapon (her adorable pouting lips) to intimidate a local business man (a baker) out of his personalized license plate which read “Cupcake.”

Michael’s infatuation for Stephanie led him to create an apartment shrine filled with her photographs. He called it “Cupcake Corner.” He even had a special holiday called “Cupcake Day” which fell between Valentine’s Day and Easter and afforded him the opportunity to give Stephanie even more gifts.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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