Confetti cupcakes Confetti cupcakes

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

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Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

44 Responses

  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

    • Connie says:

      For parties, I recommend frosting and more sprinkles. :)

      • 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. nina says:

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

  3. 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. ArchLen 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.

      • marites 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.

  6. marites says:

    miss connie mostly the milk i can see in the grocery are evapoorated milk how can i make them into whole milk? Pasensya na miss connie i still have so much to learn from you. thanks.

  7. marites says:

    oh i see i thought baking powder is a must every time we bake para umalsa ms. connie, and now i knew that whole milk are those that are ready-to-drink such as fresh milk. Sanay di ka mag sawa to educate us especially in my hobby in line of baking. thanks ms connie.

    • marites says:

      ms connie isang hirit na lang whats the difference between whole milk and evaporated milk? I mean kung evap ang gagamitin ma diminish ba ang lasa or quality ng cupcake? thnks again.

  8. Connie says:

    Marites, search the web for “whole milk” and “evaporated milk”, learn what’s the difference between them and then you decide if they can be interchanged for baking. :)

    • hello ms connie i finally baked my confetti muffins and it is really so masarap im selling it at 10 pesos at lahat sila commnented masarap! Wow! and now im thinking of naman to make banana muffins instead of sprinkles. So i will just used this recipe pa rin kaya lang banana ang gagamitin ko . Tama ba itong idea ko ms connie? if not need your advise pls.Thanks.

  9. raquelnzo says:

    hi ms. connie. last night, i decided to try your confetti cupcakes. my hubby and son who are very choosy with my baked goodies were so in love with the cupcakes! thank you so much for the recipe….
    by the way, i saw in chocolate lovers a pack of buttermilk powder. how do use it in this recipe?
    thanks again!

    • Connie says:

      I have never used any kind of powdered milk in baking.

    • Jo Santos says:

      Ms. Connie,

      Thanks for the wonderful recipe…I super duper love this cupcake recipe…First time ko to use vinegar in baking and I was amazed with the result. I hope you don’t mind if I link your site to my FB account. gusto ko sana ipakita sa iyo yung pic.


  10. Nicole says:

    Hi Connie,

    I really like how you achieved the dome on these cupcakes – it’s perfect for what I am making. I am making Easter cupcakes but already am following another recipe.. I am wondering if you think I could add the Vinegar and Baking Soda in this recipe?

    – 1/2 cup milk
    – 3 large egg whites
    – 1 tsp vanilla extract
    – 1/4 tsp almond extract
    – 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
    – 1 cup sugar
    – 1/2 tsp salt
    – 2 tsp baking powder
    – 6 tbsp butter, soft
    – 1/4 – 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


    Do you think I will achieve the dome or do you think it will upset the balance of the recipe?


    • Connie says:

      That recipe already contains baking powder. So, combining that with baking soda… I really can’t say how that will turn out.

  11. raquelnzo says:

    Hi Ms Connie,

    Previously I wrote that my son fell in love with your confetti cupcakes. But when I tried to bake them again, parang bumagsak na yung cupcakes nawala na yung dome shape nya. Taste was ok but I can’t say the same thing sa appearance. Ano po kaya mali?

  12. Jun says:

    thanks for the recipe! tamang tama ito sa b-day ng anak ko.

  13. Hi, I was just wondering if you have to add baking powder to this recipe will you have to remove the vinegar? Will it still be the same? Thanks.

  14. Ai says:

    hi ms. connie, my daughter is turning one this June. I’m looking for a cupcake that wouldn’t need frosting but will have some pink color aside from using a food coloring. This confetti cupcake gave me an idea. My husband is not allowing me to bake cupcakes with frosting on our daughter’s birthday since we will be travelling from laguna to qc. mahirap daw bitbitin. so he just approved of me baking cookies, which are easier to handle. But dahil gusto ko may cupcakes pa rin, i’m going to bake this instead. hehe

  15. Ai says:

    thanks ms. connie, also thanks for this delicious cupcakes, baked it yesterday. pinag-agawan ng mga kasama ko sa house.. hehe even without frosting it’s yummy. though i tried puting chocolate chips but it sinks. any tips? am thinking of putting oreo at the bottom instead so may surprise pa rin even without the frosting.

  16. ai says:

    hi ms. connie, here’s a picture of my version of confetti cupcakes. the party was yesterday and we had a blast. thanks to you for this wonderful idea. God bless you.

  17. ai says:

    sharing also pics of my black bottom cupcakes with pink sprinklers as well as the red velvet cookies.

  18. That’s a LOT of cupcakes and cookies! :D

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