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Sam went back to the condo last night with a bagful of cupcakes. She had been asking me all day yesterday, repeatedly, when I would bake. It’s one of her favorite lines when she’s home. I already told her there’s still mango ice cream in the freezer but nothing comforts her than baked goodies. She has a bad cough but she still has to return to the condo to go back to school later today. The least I could do was offer a placebo in the form of cupcakes.

At 9.00 p.m. last night, I finally relented. I baked something she would find irresistible — cupcakes with multi-colored specks inside that make them look like confetti had been thrown in with total abandon. nonpareils

The “confetti” consists of nonpareils, more popularly known as “sprinkles”, which can be bought in baking supply stores. I buy mine at Living Well, I have several kinds, all bought at Sam’s prodding because she can’t resist them. The sprinkles, made with sugar and starch, come in many shapes and colors.

Most confetti cupcake or cake recipes use only egg whites to achieve an almost white color that best sets off the bright hues of the sprinkles. I used a whole egg instead as I didn’t want to bother thinking what I would do with the egg yolks.


  • 1 and 1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. of cake flour
    1 tsp. of salt
    3/4 c. of vegetable oil
    3/4 c. of sugar
    1 large egg
    1/2 c. of buttermilk
    1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
    3/4 tsp. of baking soda
    1 tsp. of white vinegar
    1/4 c. of nonpareils or sprinkles


  1. Line a 12-hole muffin / cupcake pan.

    Preheat the oven to 350F (325F if using dark-colored pan — see tip).

    Sift together the flour and salt.

    Beat the oil and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until incorporated.

    Add the a third of the flour and mix. Add half of the buttermilk and mix. Add another third of the flour, then the remaining half of the buttermilk and, finally, the last third of the flour, mixing after each addition. If using vanilla extract, stir it in.

    Mix together the baking soda and vinegar (it will fizzle). Add to the cake batter and mix in. confetti-cupcakes3

    Time for the sprinkles. Add them to the cake batter. confetti-cupcakes4

    Stir to distribute well.

    Divide the batter among the 12 holes of the pan. This is a thin batter so use a measuring cup (see a related tip).

    Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted at the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Confetti cupcakes

    Place the pan on a rack and cool the cupcakes completely before removing them.

    You may frost the cupcakes if you wish and sprinkle more “confetti” on the frosting. I didn’t bother because Sam would be bringing them and the frosting would have made packing problematic.

Cooking time (duration): 35 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: snack


  1. ing says

    tnx for sharing this recipe miss coney. i’ve got to try this soon and this is great for birthday parties. =)
    tnx again

      • Cheryl Esteban says

        Hi miss connie!!
        I liked the way the cupcakes had those high domes :) and I’d like to ask if I can use the vinegar/ baking soda mixture when baking cupcakes from a box?

        • Connie says

          Cake mixes already have leavening agents (baking soda or powder). So you might just upset whatever balance there is.

      • dyna says

        hi. ive been looking for buttermilk but dont know where i can get one? where do you buy them? thanks=)

        • Connie says

          Place a tablespoonful of lemon juice or vinegar in a cup, fill with whole milk and you have your buttermilk.

  2. says

    beautiful cupcakes, Ms. Connie. I like that it forms a dome unlike other recipes where the batter spreads on the side :)

  3. says

    thanks for sharing. this just came in when I needed it. I succeeded in baking my moist choco cupcakes, but every time I try baking vanilla cupcakes, I fail miserably. it always turn to be dry and heavy.

    will try your recipe for my sister’s birthday this week! :)

  4. crissy says

    Hello Ms. Connie. I so love the pics. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My daughter wants to celebrate her party in her school, i might try your cupcakes. More power po.

    • Connie says

      Advanced happy birthday to the celebrants, skulgirltrxxx and crissy. Hope they and their guests enjoy the confetti cupcakes.

  5. says

    This recipe is great! My kids (11,9) have baked these cupcakes twice already over the weekend. Thank you for sharing it.

    Would it be ok to post a link of the recipe in my blog?

    • Connie says

      Saw your post. The faces of your kids with the cupcakes — priceless.

      A link would be great. Thanks.

      • says

        hi ms connie i will definetely try this today for selling purposes but im confused i didnt see baking powder in your ingredients? Please share more recipes for sale for me for my little hamburger store i would like to add other hit food. Thanks more power and continue sharing your talent to us.

    • crissy says

      Good day Ms. Connie. I would like to say thank you really for this great recipe. I tried it last week in celebration of my daughter’s birthday and at the same time their closing party na din sa school. I was too nervous kasi baka di successful lumabas, fortunately it’s good for the first timer na din. My daughter and her whole class was so happy and they liked the cupcake. I wasn’y able to find a rainbow sprinkle, don’t have any idea where to find one. I’m from Cavite pa kasi. Good thing I have white and red nonpareils given to me last Christmas from the US. Thanks so much again, Ms. Connie.