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Squash, Summer, Cupcake Hybrid

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Shaped like a cupcake with sweet flavor and soft skin.

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Shaped like a cupcake, delectable oblate 2-5” fruits parts perfectly calibrated flavor: somewhat sweet, somewhat savory. Go-to squash for roasting, slicing, grilling, boiling, and stuffing, ‘Cupcake’ combines patty-pan’s rich, sweet flavor and zucchini’s soft skin. Large, trailing plant yields dozens of round, green squash. This variety does it all.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

52 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

2-5 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-60 inches

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Container Vegetables - Squash & Zucchini
Container Vegetables - Squash & Zucchini
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Summer Squash, Cupcake Hybrid
Summer Squash, Cupcake Hybrid
Shaped like a cupcake with sweet flavor and soft skin.
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  • Squash

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jul-11

How to Sow

  • Sow seeds directly in the garden in fertile, warm soil in full sun after danger of frost has passed.
  • Be sure to choose an area when you did not plant squash or related crops within 2 years.
  • Sow 1-2 seeds about 36 inches apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Thin to one plant when seedlings have two sets of leaves.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Squash plants have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Squash plants have both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Attract bee pollinators by planting daisies such as sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and coneflower, and mints such as beebalm, sage, oregano and lavender. More bees mean more chances flowers will be pollinated and develop into fruits. Border squash plots with rows of beans, herbs, peppers and tomatoes.

Harvest Summer Squash & Preserving

  • Harvest when fruits are small and the skin is shiny. Harvest often. To keep summer squash producing pick all fruit at this stage. If fruit is allowed to mature the plant may stop producing.
  • To pick summer squash give the fruit a gentle twist until it snaps off.
  • Store summer squash in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Male squash blossoms are also delicious and sweet, try dipping in batter and frying.

Harvest Winter Squash & Preserving

  • Wait to until the fruit has matured to harvest.
  • Fruit will have a dull skin that is too hard to pierce with your thumbnail.
  • To harvest, cut fruit from the vine with shears leaving a 2- 3 inch stem on each squash.
  • Allow winter squash to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
  • Store winter squash in a cool dry place.
Summer Specialty
Days To Maturity
52 days
Fruit Size
2-5 inches
Full Sun
24-36 inches
48-60 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Squash, Summer, Cupcake Hybrid is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Taste Great, very resilient, Easy to grow First time to grow this variety, didn't know what to expect. But it's a garden favorite now. The plant is very tough, I have to constantly fight off squash bugs and vine borers. It's stalks get very tall and is likes to spread out so it will need plenty of room. We planted 2' from the garden fence and it started to climb the fence until it got to heavy with small squash. It just fell to the ground, Broken some of the stalks but still producing. I was trying to remove vine borers from the above ground root and accidentally cut if of. If the main above ground root gets broken it can be covered in dirt and replanted. We sliced the squash at least 1 1/2 (1.5) inches thick. The rind or skin is very tasty esp. grilled. Sprinkled with your favorite olive oil and seasoning. The meat has a lot of moisture so it tends to cool off charcoal pretty fast. We also tried per cooking it in the oven on broil to reduce the time on the grill. Grilled it until it started to have some black and brown char. The daughter in law cooked it stuffed and liked it. Harvested up to 6" measured across the widest section. The seeds were a little tough but edible. I haven't tried it being 2".
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable and delicious! I ordered these because I thought they would be fun to grow. They are super easy to grow here in NE and tasty grilled. Been giving them away to neighbors, co-workers, etc. They're enjoying them too!
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can not take the South Texas Heat. I planted the seeds twice, and each time the plants came up got full grown, put on flowers and died in the 96 degree heat in South Texas. I water the plants the same amount as the tomato next to the squash.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful flavor these squash are delicious, easy to grow, harvest is fast.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent squash! These squash have done great and are great tasting. Have grilled, fried them and they are sweeter than zucchini. They are excellent producers. Off of seven plants I have probably gotten over a bushel of squash.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb squash for small family! I have grown these now for 2 years, and we love them! With just 2 people in the family, these are perfect- we've tried several recipes with them, and they are outstanding. Husband stuffs them like peppers- awesome! I will be growing them as long as I can get the seeds...
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very long season I planted three seeds in two little mounds Memorial Day weekend. All six seeds sprouted and I thinned to two plants. First squash was ready mid-July, and they are prolific plants! We had enough for zucchini bread every week and two side dishes, plus plenty to give away. They also spread more than advertised - I'd give it at least six feet. Next year I'll just do one plant. They are still producing well at the end of September, but at this point we are a little burnt out on them! We are letting the last few continue to grow to use as fall decor.
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tasting these were the best squash i have ever tasted i cant wait to grow them next year
Date published: 2016-09-21
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