TikTok trend explained: 'I like you, have a cupcake'

TikTok trends come and go. Sometimes, they stick around long enough for you to wrap your head around them and maybe even try them out for yourself, and other times...

Other times, they pass fleetingly; leaving you to wonder why — and what — you just watched.

A prime example at the moment is the "I like you, have a cupcake" trend - you may have seen it numerous times by now — but what does it mean?

What is the actual trend on TikTok?

The "I like you, have a cupcake" trend is audio-based, involving people miming the dialogue, "I like you, have a cupcake" listing things they like and one they dislike.

Three TikTokers take part in the 'I Like You Have a Cupcake' trend. Source: TikTok
Tiktokers have embraced the 'I Like You Have a Cupcake' trend. Source: TikTok

Usually, the user will list two things in the same category, for example, animals or clothing, that they like and when they get to the groan, name the thing in the category they do not.

What does the trend come from?

The audio is from the Disney animated series Fish Hooks, which ran for three seasons from 2010 to 2014.

The scene the audio is from is when a character, Albert Glass, hands out cupcakes to his class, giving the treats to classmates he likes and skipping the ones he doesn't.

The cupcake scene from the Disney TV series Fish Hooks. Source: Disney
The audio is taken from the Disney TV series Fish Hooks. Source: Disney

The biggest videos of the trend so far

There are hundreds of thousands of videos tagged with the cupcake trend, the most popular ones are the ones fellow users can also relate to — ranking lollies, reactions to meals mums make or school houses.

Where did it start?

One of the first videos was posted by TikTok user @chrisevanssonsgf, comparing actor Chris Evan's different hairstyles using audio from the Fish Hooks scene.

The hashtag #likeyouhaveacupcake currently has over 3.5 million views.

Why is it so popular on TikTok?

The trend is popular on TikTok because it gives users a funny way to compare their likes and dislikes with a clip from a show that many of them would have watched as children.

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