Stale Cupcakes

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Album cover in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Live Performance
Composed by Kazumi Totaka
Mood A little blue...
Owned by
Genre Sadcore
Instruments Bells
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Vieux biscuits
 Pastelito seco
 Vecchi dolcetti
 Черствые капкейки
 블루 삼각 김밥
 Vieux biscuits
 Pastelito seco
 Alter Kuchen
 Oude cupcakes

"Stale Cupcakes" is a K.K. Slider song that first appears in Doubutsu no Mori e+. The song appears to be based off of sadcore, a variant of alternative rock originating from the 1980s. As the name suggest, songs within this genre are often slow and downbeat, which gives off a feeling of sadness. The aircheck is a quiet and melancholic song, with the only instrument being bells. The song's theme, as implied by its name, is sadness based upon the idea of forgotten snack foods.[1]

Album cover[edit]

Album cover in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The album cover for "Stale Cupcakes" features a back view of K.K. Slider looking upwards. The background and lighting on K.K. are blue, better reflecting the Japanese title of the song (ブルーおにぎり, Blue Onigiri). Vertical white illegible text appears above K.K.


In Doubutsu no Mori e+ and Wild World[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+ and Animal Crossing: Wild World, "Stale Cupcakes" can only be heard live if the player makes an invalid song request.

In City Folk[edit]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, "Stale Cupcakes" is a secret song that can only be heard and obtained by request. "Stale Cupcakes" is not played in any villagers' houses.

In New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, "Stale Cupcakes" is no longer secret, and it is played in the houses of Diana, Julian, and Rodeo. Diana has a music box of the song's aircheck inside of her house.

In New Horizons[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, "Stale Cupcakes" is played in the houses of Aurora, Filbert, Kitt, Ruby, and Wade. The aircheck of this song can be obtained from one of these villagers after visiting their house by their favor. This song's aircheck can also be purchased in Nook Shopping daily selection for  3,200 Bells.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise, "Stale Cupcakes" is played in the houses of Daisy, Gwen, Lily, and Sally.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, "Stale Cupcakes" is played in the houses of Daisy, Gwen, Jeremiah, Lily, and Sally.

In Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori[edit]

Although it does not appear in the actual film, the live version of "Stale Cupcakes" from Animal Crossing: Wild World was included as a bonus in official soundtrack release. This was also the first time the song's name was revealed, albeit in Japanese.

Other appearances[edit]

In Mario Kart 8[edit]

In Mario Kart 8 in the Winter version of the Animal Crossing course, K.K. Slider is present next to the Roost and sings a short loop of "Stale Cupcakes," though it can be difficult to hear with the background music on top.




  • Composer Kazumi Totaka spoke about the song in an interview about City Folk's soundtrack in volume 182 of Nintendo Dream.[1] He discussed the meaning of the Japanese title of the song, explaining he found the idea of a forgotten blue onigiri to be sad, and was able to compose the melody quickly after the idea.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ブルーおにぎり
Burū onigiri
Blue Onigiri

Korean 블루 삼각 김밥
Beullu Samgak Kimbap
Blue Samgak Kimbap

Simplified Chinese 蓝色饭团
Lán sè fàntuán
Blue Onigiri

Russian Черствые капкейки
Cherstvye kapkejki

Dutch Oude cupcakes Old cupcakes

German Alter Kuchen Stale Cake

European Spanish Pastelito seco Dry Cupcake

European French Vieux biscuits Stale Biscuits

Italian Vecchi dolcetti Stale pastries