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Exclusive: New Star Trek Sequel Character Tidbit May 25, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Spoilers,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

Today I’m presenting a "Star Trek Universe Update" at Phoenix Comic Con. The panel will bring fans up to speed on everything Trek. Regular readers will probably have heard most of it, but I promised one new little Star Trek sequel character tidbit I picked up on recently. See below for that little spoiler.


The return of Cupcake

TrekMovie has learned (through sources) that actor Jason Matthew Smith is returning for the Star Trek sequel. He is reprising his role as "Cupcake." Smith had a few scenes in the 2009 Star Trek film, first encountering and getting into a fight with James T. Kirk at the Iowa bar, and later scene as a security officer on board the USS Enterprise (where he was ordered by Spock to apprehend Kirk when he beamed back on board the ship with Scotty). Kirk gave the character the nickname "cupcake" during the Iowa bar fight scene. 

Smith as ‘Cupcake’ in 2009’s “Star Trek

It isn’t known how big of a role Smith will have in the sequel, but TrekMovie knows that he is still assigned to security on board the USS Enterprise. And of course, like with all other spoilers, this news is still not officially confirmed by Paramount or anyone associated with the Star Trek sequel.

"Cupcake" has actually already been seen in the new movie universe after the events of the 2009 Star Trek movie. His character has been featured in the Star Trek comics and in fact he has been given a name in the comics (Mr. "Hendorff"). Apparently this name actually came from the Star Trek sequel and it is an example of how bits of the next movie (as promised) will be hinted at in the comics. 

"Cupcake" in Star Trek Ongoing Comic #8

UPDATE: astute fans have noted that "Hendorff" was the name of a USS Enterprise security officer from the original Star Trek series episode "The Apple." The original Hendorff was played by actor Mal Friedman. 

The original Hendorff from Star Trek’s "The Apple" (1967)

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1. ST fan - May 25, 2012

Hooray for Cupcake!!!!

2. TheSchlaack - May 25, 2012

AWESOME. I love all the little hints and tidbits.

3. rogerachong - May 25, 2012

I like cupcakes

4. somethoughts - May 25, 2012

Is that cobra? Lol die gi joeeessss

5. Azrael - May 25, 2012

Dang, I hoped Cupcake would end up being Ben Finney, ah well.

6. CJS - May 25, 2012

Why is cupcake sitting with Cobra Commander?
Dude is wearing a red shirt. “Bones, that Klingon ate my cupcake.”

7. Prometheus - May 25, 2012

Mr. Creampie

8. rm10019 - May 25, 2012

Good think Trek and GI Joe will be reunited for 2013! Love the tie ins to the movie. Really gives extra value to the comic series. Now where is that Animated Series Orci mentioned he has considered?

9. Valenti - May 25, 2012

Woot Cupcake!

10. Elias Javalis - May 25, 2012

Couldnt care less..Bring us some big news!

11. Nony - May 25, 2012


I am inordinately fond of poor Cupcake.

12. Remington Steele - May 25, 2012

He’s playing Khan

Come on, SOMEONE was gonna say it!

13. Captain Hackett - May 25, 2012

It is great to see them bring back Cupcake in the movie. :)

14. Charla - May 25, 2012

Yes but I wouldn’t get attached to said Cupcake, as he IS wearing a red shirt…. Nice knowing you Cupcake!! :P lol

15. pilotfred - May 25, 2012

cupcake will not be killed as he has a funny nickname or if he dose it will be a bit like Mr Leslie from the episode obsession dead in that episode however very much alive from the rest of the run

16. MJ - May 25, 2012

Bet they are friends in the new movie.

17. LizardGirl - May 25, 2012

I hope he mixes it up in the new movie!

18. kmart - May 25, 2012

Surprised nobody remembers Hendorf was one of the FOUR redshirts who gets killed in THE APPLE.

Believe he steps on an exploding rock, either that or he is hit by lightning, brained by a villager’s club or taken out by a poisonous flower.

19. kmart - May 25, 2012

And just for completists, the real & true Trek universe’s Hendorf’s father helped Kirk get into the academy.

Maybe there was a tall fence outside and he gave him a hand up.

20. Crusade2267 - May 25, 2012

“I missed you, Cupcake.” – GIR

21. essay - May 25, 2012

No way, in that red shirt, he makes it alive through the whole movie.

22. Poliander - May 25, 2012

I really hope he’s not just another red-shirt getting killed in action.

23. Azrael - May 25, 2012

It is interesting to note that Cupcake’s official name is the same as a dead TOS redshirt. Thanks for that tidbit kmart, I don’t like your stores, but you seem fine. ;)

24. rm10019 - May 25, 2012

This Hendorff should survive all the JJ films and be Kirks good luck charm.

25. PEB - May 25, 2012

he’s still a red shirt…i see death in his future

26. Azrael - May 25, 2012

@24. That would be a nice twist IMO.

27. Craiger - May 25, 2012

Just curious why did Kirk call him cupcake before the bar fight?

28. VZX - May 25, 2012

Relax, Cupcake, it was just a joke.

Actually, I think it’d be neat if he got red-shirted by an alien, exploding cupcake or something.

Can I use “red-shirt” as a verb?

29. Buzz Cagney - May 25, 2012

Red shirt. Cupcake is gona get splattered! Or Kirk is going to save his life thereby earning CC’s everlasting loyalty. It’ll be either of those cliches. And I’m quite happy with either of them :)

30. Khan was Framed! - May 25, 2012

I hope cupcake gets his brain splattered across a bulkhead aboard the Botany Bay.

These are the types of reprisals that are pointless.

I suppose Scotty’s scaly ewok friend will appear again, too.


Just give us Chapel, Rand & O’Reiley, no one cares about the characters introduced in ST’09.

31. Jefferies Tuber - May 25, 2012

It’ll be better if Hendorff redeems himself through valor and comes full circle with Kirk… than if they milk the Cupcake line and show Kirk bullying one of his security guards.

I really hope they de-douche Kirk in the new movie. It was necessary and proper in the first movie, fitting with Orci’s affection for PRIME DIRECTIVE, but it’s done now.

32. Jefferies Tuber - May 25, 2012

When I see the Cupcake line in the comics, I seriously question whether KO is writing the William Shatner stereotype… or James T. Kirk.

33. Shannon Nutt - May 25, 2012

This is the kind of thing they need to take advantage of in the movies…there’s no reason why there couldn’t be a brand-new member of the crew that we come to know and love. This is a new timeline, so why not show a little creativity and give us a new major crewmember?

34. Chain of Command - May 25, 2012

LOL. File this under: SO WHAT! LOL

35. Poliander - May 25, 2012

@33 Shannon Nutt

Good point. He has something like “a story”.

36. Sebastian S. - May 25, 2012

Mr Hendorf is also one of the many redshirts that bite it in “The Apple” (excuse the pun). Of course he wasn’t bald and bearded then.

Foreshadowing, perhaps? ;-)

37. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 25, 2012

AWW… “cupcake” will be there…”I like this ship”… LOL

;-) :-)

38. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 25, 2012

I bet 5,000 Quatlos that he get’s to be Killed. (He is a Red Shirt)

39. Dr. Cheis - May 25, 2012

I hope he ends up cleaning the floors.

40. Buzz Cagney - May 25, 2012

Shatner did a fine job presenting Have I Got News For You over here in Great Britain land. Lots of Trek references and Shat singing clues to questions! He even had a Captains chair to sit in.
Hopefully you all will get a chance to see it.

41. Marshall McMellon - May 25, 2012

Well, with a nickname like Cupcake, I’ll bet he gets sorted into Hufflepuff-

Oh, wait. Wrong movie. My bad.

42. Dunsel Report - May 25, 2012

And Aaron Paul as Mr. Adventure.

43. Phil - May 25, 2012

Well, Cupcake is a red shirt, so I’d venture a guess he goes out in a blaze of red-shirted glory….

And yeah, Kirk needs to man up in a hurry, a command officer in real life to berates his subordinates in the ‘cupcake’ fashion finds himself flying a desk in a hurry…or out of the service all together. Really not to sure CP has the gravitas to pull this off, no one is comparing him to Patrick Stewart just yet…..

44. Phil - May 25, 2012

Now there is a thought…how does Chris Pine’s Kirk compare to Treks other captains? I’m thinking Capt. Harriman or maybe Johnathan Archer…

45. captain spock - May 25, 2012

Its allways a red shirt that die in a trek movie olson died in st:11, ok hes a red shirt glad to see him back in st:12 ‘Welcome Back Cupcake”

46. porthoses bitch - May 25, 2012

As many of you know the GI Joesequel has been delayed from next month to march 2013…..which means ?. Joes will be the final trailer for trek 13…(in 3d)..actually I wouldnt be suprised to see paramount push this little fact…cross your fingers trek 09 was delayed almost six months..(when paramount decided it was a summer film……

47. Spockchick - May 25, 2012

I love Cupcake, and he better survive! ‘The Apple’ is my fave all-time episode. Poor Spock is struck by lightning, plant-stingers, exploding rocks and an extreme force-field. And many redshirts gave their lives. I hope AU Hendorf makes it to the end of the film.

48. Thomas - May 25, 2012

Just to further the Star Wars influence, maybe Cupcake Hendorff ends up being this franchise’s answer to Wedge Antilles, pretty much the only guy outside the main characters that survives the whole trilogy.

49. Peter Loader - May 25, 2012

Hendorff = hand off.

50. porthoses bitch - May 25, 2012

My guess Jason “cupcake” Smith will be appearing at Trek conventions for years to come………more power to him.

51. Poliander - May 25, 2012

Not all red-shirts get sorted out. Scotty is a red-shirt, too, and so is Nyota Uhura.

52. trekprincess - May 25, 2012

I watched Have I Got News For You it was really good. Shatner was great as always I am a bit disappointed that there isn’t anymore big news on the next Trek film

53. Bucky - May 25, 2012

There should be a bloodbath of redshirts on an away mission and the only one left standing, with an unconscious Khan Noonein Singh slung over his shoulder, is Cupcake.

54. Bucky - May 25, 2012

For the record, I’d way rather see Cupcake than Nurse Chapel in the movies. In fact, Chapel should be like “Marris” on “Frasier” or Wilson on “Home Improvement” or “Dr. Claw”, etc. Only see fleeting glimpses of her and passing mentions.

55. Harry Ballz - May 25, 2012

I, personally, like the cupcake character, same as I like the gal who told Dr. McCoy to sit his ass down on the shuttle. Characters like these help flesh out the movie, giving it some depth and scope.

56. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 25, 2012

So bullying a subordinate is what it means to “man up”, not be a douche?

Captain Kirk would not stoop to bully anyone. He may be forced to correct a subordinate crewmember’s mistake/behaviour, perhaps even sanction the person by temporarily demoting him. Perhaps “Cupcake” steps in to defend the actions of one of his junior officers…

Bullying is cowardly and not conducive to achieving good crew morale, confidence or loyalty to their superior officer. Captain Kirk clearly had the loyalty and confidence of his crew in the TOS series. He could not have done that by bullying. This Kirk should be no different, in fact there is no reason that he should be any different. Kirk is fundamentally a decent person.

Glad to read that there is a good chance that Cupcake will return to the sequel. No reason for him not to really, since he turned up on the Enterprise later on in the first Star Trek film. He might want to change his shirt though…:)

57. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 25, 2012

#54 – “and the only one left standing, with an unconscious Khan Noonein Singh slung over his shoulder, is Cupcake.”

with Kirk saying, “Well, Cupcake…er…Mr Hendorff, you really HAVE earned your pay for the week!”

(I think that Hendorff is either a German or Dutch name…)

Argh – Bucky – you dare to mention that wretched Khan name…:(
I dunno. What to do?…:)

58. Azrael - May 25, 2012

The panel with Kirk calling him Cupcake then correcting reminds me of when Picard let slip a “Mr. Broccoli” to Barclay.

59. Picard's Barber - May 25, 2012

If they do end up killing him off in the new movie, I hope they at least make it the most bad-ass red shirt death ever! Make it powerful. Make me care about the guy and then sad when he kicks the bucket. Red shirts in the series were always just throw away characters that were only there so the main crew didn’t have to die. They were fodder; no one really cared about them. Cupcake’s story should be fleshed out before death tears through his flesh. Make it so!

60. porthoses bitch - May 25, 2012

ST movie deaths……I think the strongest minor character death (and techniccaly a red shirt) Peter Preston in TWOK…..Mr Hawk in FC you knew the guy was cannon fodder the moment you saw him. (Hey, whos this guy ? And whys he getting a close up ?)

61. Phil - May 25, 2012

As far as red shirts go, it would not bother me to kill off Scotty or Uhura. As we are getting rehashed wrath of Khan, better them then Spock….

62. Anthony Thompson - May 25, 2012

Forget about Khan as the villain; it’s going to be Cupcake. I’d predicted a couple of years ago right here on these pages that the sequel would be titled: “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Cupcake”. I’m getting shivers up and down my spine just thinking about it! : )

And, Bob, I want my cut for the story credit. hehe.

63. Vultan - May 25, 2012

I thought Jedda’s death in TWOK was a bit disturbing (when Terrell vaporizes him) in the Genesis cave. That shriek he makes…

64. Phil - May 25, 2012

@56. Who, not to. Damn typo’s. And yeah, cilivial Kirk, flinging the insults, cadet Kirk, who figured jumping the security guys on the bridge was the best course of action when things weren’t going his way needs to man up. That behaviour as captain would mean his stint in command would be a short one….then again, the cadet to captain thread has been beat to death on these boards anyway…

65. Red Dead Ryan - May 25, 2012

Not a fan of Cupcake. I hope he gets killed in the sequel.

66. Garovorkin - May 25, 2012

I like the character , I hope they don’t kill him off.

67. Sebastian S. - May 25, 2012

ST needs more Cupcake…. he’s so sweet. ;-P

I agree with Harry Ballz’ observation above; it’s the minor characters who are given memorable bits that make the ST universe seem more fleshed out and ‘real.’ Like the USS Grissom helm officer in Star Trek 3 who, upon hearing that Captain Spock has been regenerated into a child gives a VERY memorable “WTF” eyebrow expression. I saw ST3 two or three times in theatres and that bit ALWAYS got a huge laugh. Ditto “Cupcake.”

Sometimes our day is full of memorable ‘bit players.’ A funny cab driver, a mean guy in line at the bank or a witty clerk at a store. These people can make our days very interesting sometimes. I’m glad that the new ST movies continue the tradition of memorable ‘small’ parts (like Cupcake, Gaila, and “Sit Down” shuttle officer, etc). A small role doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not memorable….


68. Red Dead Ryan - May 25, 2012

I wouldn’t mind seeing Gaila, again though. Maybe Winona Kirk, too.

69. Pensive's Wetness - May 25, 2012

Cobra Commander? hell, that could be the head/Cockpit of a Reseen Shadow Hawk…

70. Darkthunder - May 25, 2012

Not sure if “Cupcake” ever got a proper name in the movie, but wouldn’t it be fun if his real name/rank was Ensign Ricky? Bound to be a few redshirts dying in the next movie :P

71. Michael Hall - May 25, 2012

My guess is that “Cupcake,” very reasonably skeptical of Kirk’s ability to bridge the gap from black sheep cadet to flagship captain in one fell swoop, by movie’s end will either (a) come around or (b) do the honorable Redshirt Thing and die. Either way, *yawn* Sorry.

72. NCM - May 25, 2012

So Cupcake’s in the movie. Who the hell isn’t?! Well, maybe not Rand or Chapel, but.. ‘hey now, Cupcake.’ (Maybe he’ll steal Uhura from Spock). And I suppose he’ll need his own story arch, too ’cause surely, there’s got to be a story behind Cupcake–but who cares!? All this affection for cupcakes is far too sweet. Gagh!

73. TrekMovieMadeMeWonder* - May 25, 2012

I felt sorry for Cupcake.

74. Vultan - May 25, 2012


Yeah, the Grissom lady’s “WTF” moment is one of the best. Cracks me up every time I watch it.

And let’s not forget the punk rocker guy in Voyage Home. His hair, the dog collar, that song—I hate you too, buddy. ;)

75. Miles R. Seppelt - May 25, 2012

I bet the cupcake gets eaten in the new movie…reprising a similar fate for all redshirts.

76. John Bigbootee - May 25, 2012


Love the punk dude….listen to his music….”the only choice we’re given is HOW MANY MEGATONS!!!”


As for other bit characters, don’t forget the alien with whom McCoy was hitching a ride to the Mutara sector……”Place you name, price I name, otherwise deal, NO” :)

77. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 25, 2012

The punk rocker was Kirk Thatcher in STIV.
In fact it is him singing the song with the band Edge of Ettiqette.
He was also one of the producers of the movie, I believe.

Very memorable indeed I’d say.

I’d be happy to see any of the characters killed off as they don’t mean much to me.

Bring back real Trek!

@40 Buzz

I will have to see if I can download the Shats Have I got News For You header.
The real Kirk at work! LOL – none of this current mimicry!
Since moving to NZ I really miss Brit Shows like HIGNFY, QI, etc

@55 Harry

I would really love to read some of literary masterpieces.
Got a link or anything?

78. Vultan - May 25, 2012


“How can you be deaf with ears like that?!” :D

Check this out. Someone put the punk rocker’s song into Trek ’09:

A missed opportunity, I think.

79. shpock - May 25, 2012

At ease, gentlemen.

80. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 25, 2012

@78 Vults

Would have worked just as well as the Beastie Boys I reckon!

Nice link.


81. Sebastian S. - May 25, 2012

# 74


~ I love the punk! And Kirk Thatcher was actually a producer on the movie (he worked for ILM before that). And I love his full version of “I Hate You” (with ends with a great f-bomb!). ;-)

# 76

And the ST III alien smuggler in the bar was hilarious. One of the most MEMORABLE little roles in all of the TOS movies. He sounded like a cross between Yoda and Elmer Fudd… ;-D

82. Vultan - May 25, 2012


Yeah, and if they’d used it, it would’ve been a great irony: young Kirk loving it—Admiral Kirk asking the punk to “turn off that damn noise.”



“Genesis is planet forbidden!”

83. Charla - May 25, 2012

#55 Harry and # 67 Sebastian S. You both hit it spot on when talking about the importance of “small” roles in a movie making it more believable and life like. I hope, like some of the other posters here, that he does make it, but feel it is inevitable that he goes out like his predecessors.

#61 Phil – really? Scotty or Uhura? No way! Bite your tongue, sir! :p

#73 TrekMadeMeWonder- I did lol at your statement, because what in the movie made you feel sorry for Cupcake? I have to know this because for some strange reason, I almost did too. I don’t know why though. Maybe because he was a red shirt and the first time I seen the movie, I anticipated everyone wearing a red shirt as a possible dead man walking.

84. Mateo - May 25, 2012

I just wiki’d The Apple, and it looks like it could be the premise of the new movie! Okay…remember those photos of the orange/red-colored trees? And we know that Peter Weller is playing a “CEO type” (could be the company that owns a paradise planet controlled by a computer).

Just sayin’!

85. Bob Tompkins - May 25, 2012

Hendorff definitely had better hair in TOS, but a lot more character in ST2009.
I hope the redshirts don’t become as expendible as they were in TOS, although they are already off and running…

86. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 25, 2012

@81 Sebastian

Great minds think alike (check thread 77) ;)

Probably only in regard to the Kirk Thatcher info though. I do not think a lot of people on these threads “think alike” to my negative feelings to the latest Star Trek movies! ;)

I like being in the minority!

87. Harry Ballz - May 25, 2012

77. BsS

come to Chat where we can talk.

88. T'Cal - May 25, 2012

I’m guessing he is moved up to main crew and survives in this film and the next film will feature him.

Star Trek: The Undiscovered Cupcake
Star Trek: The Final Frosting
Star Trek: The Search for Cupcake
Star Trek: The Muffin Picture
Star Trek: First Cupcake

89. Bucky - May 25, 2012

somebody doing Trek spin-off work has to somehow put it together that Cupcake is a descendant of the punk rocker from Voyage Home.

90. Michael Hall - May 25, 2012

@ 82–

“Yeah, and if they’d used it, it would’ve been a great irony: young Kirk loving it—Admiral Kirk asking the punk to “turn off that damn noise.”

Nice point! Although, in reality, Admiral Kirk’s attitude towards punk rock in Trek IV was actually Nick Meyer’s.

91. Vultan - May 25, 2012


True. Having listened to his commentaries, Nick Meyer doesn’t strike me as a punk rock fan. More a Mozart type, I think.

92. Shilliam Watner (Click for the Spiderwoman) - May 25, 2012


I don’t have to tell you what that means. Somebody has probably already said that, but I never claimed to be original.

93. Toonloon - May 25, 2012

Olson is in it too.

94. Harry Ballz - May 26, 2012




I think not

95. DiscoSpock - May 26, 2012

53. Bucky “There should be a bloodbath of redshirts on an away mission and the only one left standing, with an unconscious Khan Noonein Singh slung over his shoulder, is Cupcake.”

Then when Kirk sees him, he says, “I guess I can’t call you Cupcake anymore…Tiger.” hahah…ugh…

And shouldn’t that be “unKhanscious”? :)

96. frederick - May 26, 2012

Redshirt “Cupcake” should be immune to the redshirt curse, since he -like Galaxy Quest’s Guy- has become the comic relief, and he’s no longer a random extra.

97. Sebastian S. - May 26, 2012

# 96.

“Maybe you’re the plucky comic relief….”

LOL! ;-D

98. Valenti - May 26, 2012

He’s too awesome to die like the rest of the redshirts.

99. Max - May 26, 2012

I like cupcakes.

100. Christopher Roberts - May 26, 2012

They call them muffins over here.

101. Bucky - May 26, 2012

@ 93 – what exactly is left of Olson, anyway? Is there just a framed photograph of him sitting in Engineering, “To Scotty, my biggest fan, hope you get off Delta Vega one day, Olson”

102. Jefferies Tuber - May 26, 2012

This thread needs some Cupcake-on-Kirk Action.

Eventually Spock confronts a red-faced Cupcake. Their shirtless battle ensues, but Spock gets the upper ‘hand’ and takes Cupcake from behind.

Finally a green bloody Spock returns to find Kirk… in the arms of Bandersnatch Cumberbund!

Come on, filmmakers. Too long without news and we’ll break out the slash fiction.

103. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 26, 2012

#100 – Interesting. I have a well-known NZ recipe book that had its first publication in 1955 and it has recipes for muffins and cupcakes. I made some chocolate cupcakes for my daughter’s 10th birthday last week. Nice they were too…

104. Christopher Roberts - May 26, 2012

103. Scotty should constantly misremember his nickname, for a laugh.

105. NCM - May 26, 2012

Muffins are cupcakes without icing. Add bran and even more sugar to make it palatable, and it’s (American) health food.

Jefferies Tuber, are you thinking someone will have cake and eat it, too, in the next film?

Hungry for NEWS!

106. Red Dead Ryan - May 26, 2012

Muffins and cupcakes are similar, but not the same. Different ingredients.

107. NCM - May 26, 2012

I was joking, but now I have to go look up muffin and cupcake recipes. Let’s see, I’m guessing I’m going to find some basic parallels: (highly processed) flour, butter/margarine, sugar, baking powder/soda, salt, milk?

RDR, I read your line again and it made me LOL. Here we are splitting hairs between muffins and cupcakes. I’m guessing you’re as hungry as I am for Trek NEWS!

108. Red Dead Ryan - May 26, 2012

Muffins are males and cupcakes are females! :-)

109. NCM - May 26, 2012

@108: So, Cupcake’s a female and you are the Muffin Man?:)

110. Shilliam Watner (Click for the Spiderwoman) - May 26, 2012

Wow, I come back here only to find things have degraded into a flame war between the cupcake faction and muffin faction :-)

I love this. It’s such a nice change from the angry crap that goes on here sometimes.

Muffins rule, folks. Cupcakes are for sissies, which is why it’s an insult in Trek09. Muffins have yummy ingredients and are dense and wonderful (much like me) but cupcakes are light and fluffy, and have to be disguised by icing to make them attractive. It’s a dishonest treat.

You’re not a real fan of Star Trek if you don’t prefer muffins over cupcakes.

111. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 27, 2012

I never disguise my cupcakes with icing. Icing makes them far too sweet. Perhaps I might put a dusting of icing sugar on them for looks but that’s about it.

Just about every recipe from this NZ cookbook for cakes, cupcakes and muffins include at least one egg. Cupcakes require two eggs to make about 18 medium size cupcakes. Ordinary cakes like chocolate have three eggs, while fruit cakes require five eggs. Of course, they also contain pure butter and sugar (I use raw cane sugar).

In this recipe book, as far as I can see, the only difference between a muffin and cupcake is the inclusion of wholemeal flour as well as standard plain flour. Less butter is required but that’s it.

112. Red Dead Ryan - May 27, 2012


Yup! :-)

Also, cupcakes tend to be more moist than muffins. Muffins, especially bran ones, often need to be buttered. Not so with cupcakes! :-)

113. NCM - May 27, 2012

Not a big fan of icing, but my preference for muffins doesn’t withstand a trip to a little bakery that really knows how to make cupcakes–not overly sweet. Perfection confections! The pictures don’t begin to do them justice:


RDR, are you suggesting you like to be buttered up, first?:)

114. Red Dead Ryan - May 27, 2012


Well, butter does make a lot of things easier to swallow!

115. Indranee - May 27, 2012

But the salient question stands: is Cupcake a redshirt or not? I hope not ‘cos I like the dude! Glad they’re bringing him back.

116. NCM - May 27, 2012

@114: I can’t keep it up… Enjoy yourself:)

117. Morgan - May 27, 2012

I wouldn’t mind if he became head of security. :D

118. Allenburch - May 28, 2012


Fantastic spoiler-bit. Thanks a bunch for the morsel !

119. AnonymousWasAWoman - May 29, 2012

“Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them. Cupcakes, on the other hand, should be swallowed whole by rock monsters. Because this is Star Trek, and that’s how we roll.”

– Oscar Wilde, horribly misquoted

120. Xplodin_Nacelle - May 31, 2012

It’d be cool if the off screen backstory on cupcake was that Kirk saw a girl he had a crush on, named Carol Marcus, call him that at the academy. – would make for a quick, fun, flashback sequence.

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