...misses a serve under the net WITHOUT even hitting the net. That's bad....so bad, that the originator of "cupcakes", Johnny Eddins declared that the guilty party is dutifully required to bring tasty treats for everyone
These absent minded serves are quite embarrassing, more so someone belts a big
"cupcaaaakes" immediately after. It sounds bad, but the tonality is light & playful, not like a hungry hippo demanding these modified tea cakes in his tummy. Further, cupcakes are not for 12 & unders learning how to serve...else we'd be scarfing down more cupcakes than water. No, this cupcake serve is only reserved for those who are older & more consistent at serving. In fact, it doesn't even happen that often. On occasion though, a normally consistent server gets distracted during the serve or toss (Ooh LOOK!....A butterfly) and then delivers something better suited to bowling. Cupcaking (also a verb) is such a poor mistake that it ranks up there with "Ole-ing" the ball; when players swing their platform at a ball and miss - similar to a toreador's red cape missing a charging bull (then the crowd shouts OLE!!!).
Now it'd be nice if kids actually brought cupcakes after every knuckle-headed miss. But really, it's evolved into a phrase that players blurt. That said, there are a few kids who do bring honor to the cupcake tradition and provide cupcakes for all. There are even a few future bankers that accrue missed serves throughout the season only to bring their account current on the final practice. The last practice has been known to play host to much cupcakes. It's crazy -- cupcakes cloud out the sky like a swarm of bees. Players' cupcake-eating-abilities have also been know to diminish due to excitement. Consequently, players tend to "ole" their mouth (see photos).