Eggnog Cupcakes

Eggnog seems to be one of those polarizing things.  You either love it or you hate it.  After spending most of my childhood on the fence and feeling unsure, I now definitely love it.  I mean, not so much I drink glasses and glasses of it, but enough that I look forward to enjoying it during the holidays.  I also look forward to finding other ways to use it, particularly in baked goods.  These cupcakes are not new to the blog, but this year I decided to revamp them slightly and make a sturdier frosting to top them.  If you are in the “yea eggnog” camp, you will like these cupcakes.  The cake is light and fluffy, and the creamy eggnog frosting is the perfect compliment.  I’m really happy with the updated version and thought I would share for those of you who can’t get enough of this seasonal treat!

Side note – Today’s holiday giveaway is a year’s subscription to either Cook’s Illustrated or Cook’s Illustrated Entertaining – your pick!  See the Facebook page to enter.  Details will be posted before 7 am.  Good luck!

Eggnog Cupcakes
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Yield: about 18-20 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
¼ cup dark rum or bourbon (optional)
1 cup eggnog
¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sugar

For the frosting:
20 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2½ tbsp. eggnog
1 tbsp. dark rum (0ptional)

For garnish:
Ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg
Cinnamon sticks

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; whisk to combine.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the rum, eggnog, vegetable oil, vinegar, and sugar.  Beat on medium-low speed until well blended.  Add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until incorporated.

Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling the cups 2/3 full.  Bake 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, 20-30 seconds.  Add in the powdered sugar, salt and nutmeg, and mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and smooth, about 1 minute.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add in the eggnog and  whip on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 minutes.  With the mixer on medium-low speed, blend in the rum.

Fill a pastry bag with the frosting and decorate the cooled cupcakes as desired. (I used a large, unlabeled star tip for these cupcakes). Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg, and garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.

Source: cupcakes adapted from Baking Bites, frosting adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

86 Responses

  1. Those look amazing! Not only delicious but so pretty!

  2. This is such a great holiday idea!

  3. These look so pretty! I love eggnog and I bet they were delicious in these cupcakes.

  4. Yum! These look delcious! I just bought some pumpkin eggnog, I wonder if that would work, hmmmm…

  5. Those look incredible and what a great idea!

  6. Those look wonderful! I love the little cinnamon sticks poking out. And since eggnog is one of my absolute favorite parts of the holidays, this looks really amazing.

  7. It must be in the name, because my Ben does the same thing. Anything “new” that he really likes, instantly becomes his “favorite”! Cracks me up.

    These look decadent! Although, I’m not an eggnog fan, these are so delicious looking that I might just try making them anyway. My only fear is that because Ben loves eggnog, he might eat them all up!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Perfect, Annie! My roommate and I were just talking about our love of egg nog and trying to figure out how many new ways we can use it this year!

  9. Oh My YUM!!!

  10. Those look so good.. you probably already know this but they featured these, from you, on

  11. Would it taste ok without the rum? Im pregnant right now, but would really like to make these.

  12. Sounds like a perfect idea for my Christmas potluck project!

  13. Oh my gosh! I’m going to make these tomorrow!
    My husband LOVES eggnog and I bet he would really like these.
    Thanks for posting!
    Yum, yum, yum!

  14. I have some egg nod that my step-mom bought for FIL while in town they didn’t drink. I might try these to use it up.

  15. Great option for work holiday parties! As always, many thanks for the great idea!

  16. Thank you so much for the recipe. I made them yesterday and everyone loves them!!

  17. Oh wow. My husband is an eggnog LOVER so I will definitely have to make these for him!

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  19. Haha, they look like little coffees topped with foam. I can’t wait to try these!

  20. Hi, I was hoping you could help me. I just tried to make these and the batter was kinds runny and the consistency of the cupcake when it was cooked was … Not optimal. It sort of congeled on my tongue. Should I just add some flour to thicken the batter?


  21. Annie,
    I just baked these and took them out of the oven! They smell absolutely wonderful, the recipe was easy and they look so delicious. The cakes are spongey and the batter made just enough for 12 regular cupcakes and 12 mini ones. I made the frosting vegan and used silknog in the cupcakes. Thank you so, so much for this recipe! Have a Merry Christmas.

  22. […] other inspiration came from Annie’s Eats. Though not low anything, these eggnog cupcakes are certainly different and full of holiday cheer (re: eggnog and […]

  23. I’ve made these 3 times and each time they came out perfect. They are so moist and just incredible! I used Organic Valley eggnog. It’s my new favorite recipe. Thank you so much!

  24. I made these over Christmas break for the family and they were delicious! I agree with Danielle they were so moist and just perfect. The frosting was suuuuuper sweet, and I’m not much of a sugar frosting fan, so I think I’ll try a cream cheese frosting next time. Thanks for the recipe! Very festive!

  25. this has become the all time favorite cupcake recipe in my house. EVERYONE asks for them all the time. I’ve also made the recipe as a sweet bread and turned the frosting into a glaze, which was another hit

  26. […] My Christmas baking for H garage continues with these SOOOO GOOD eggnog cupcakes I found on Annie’s Eats, adapted from Baking Bites. Once again I was surprised I liked them as I am not an A) eggnog fan or […]

  27. I love your blog! I do paintings of cupcakes and blogged about my Eggnog Cupcake painting today. I then found your blog and added a link in todays post so my readers can get your recipe.

  28. Looks yummy! I was making a formula to an eggnog cupcake too! I have not tested mine yet, but it must be delicious! Tastes like eggnog, RIGHT???

  29. Just wanted to write and let you know I linked to this recipe from my blog, because I love the idea!! I made it for a favorite fall flavor cupcake.

  30. Hey Annie!

    These look amazing! Wondering if the recipe would still work if I didn’t include the rum?

  31. I baked these using a vanilla cupcake recipe then only made the icing eggnog flavor. Still really good! No rum either.

  32. Mmm! I am not crazy about the drink, but I have a feeling I’d like the cupcake. My husband would love these! My Christmas baking list just got a little longer!

  33. Those cupcakes are beautiful! They would perfect for a Christmas morning brunch.

  34. Love the way you displayed them on upside down coffee mugs- creative and simplistic!

  35. We ADORE eggnog – in the glasses and glasses way…so these cupcakes sound just delicious to us!

  36. I’m so glad you updated these! They were on my holiday baking list and the only thing I was wishing they had was a more sturdy icing so I could use a pretty tip – silly I know! I can’t wait to taste these. My family and I are eggnog lovers!

  37. These look wonderful! I just posted a recipe for eggnog bread today!!

  38. Annie! I’m so excited to try these cupcakes. I’ve been searching for an eggnog cake or cupcake recipe. I love, love, love your site. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

  39. These sound good! will have to try!

  40. HELP! 🙂
    I just made these last night (well the one from last year) and the fell!!
    I made little mini ones.

    Any ideas as to the reason?

  41. I am not a huge fan of eggnog, but my hubby is and he would definitely love these cupcakes! Will definitely have to try. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Holy crap, I think I just found my new favorite cupcake!!

  43. What a beautiful cupcake. Lovely job.

  44. Annie, what size tip do you use to do your frosting?

  45. Nevermind….just read the bottom of the recipe 🙂

  46. YUM!
    How stiff is the batter? Do you think these would work as Eggnog Whoopie Pies?

  47. Everything about these cupcakes is so impressive, Annie – the unique flavor (gotta love eggnog), the perfectly piped frosting, the cinnamon stick garnish! I love it all. Thanks so much for sharing this festive little holiday treat.

  48. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! I have been searching for an eggnog cupcake for weeks! I’ve tried out a couple of your recipe’s, and have never been let down. Your candy cane biscotti are FANTASTIC!

    Thanks for sharing!

  49. Brilliant! I was going to make eggnog bars for a holiday party, but now i just might have to make these instead.

  50. i’ve never had real eggnog, but i do enjoy silk soy milk “nog.” these cupcakes look delicious and beautiful!

  51. I think some of the other folks actually answered my question – We got a tin of those boring little butter cookies from a wholesaler and I’d like to turn them into something fun for our holiday open house. My first three thoughts were dip half in dark chocolate and sprinkle with peppermint, make a peanut butter/marshmallow filling and make a butterscotch filling – and make sandwich cookies out of them. Then, I saw these and wondered if the icing would work. Any ideas on how I can incorporate eggnog into this?

  52. Your photography of the presentation is incredible.

  53. My husband loves eggnog. I bet he’d go crazy over these!
    Lila Ferraro

  54. Whoa, Annie! These look and sound amazing! It’s a good thing I’ve found a good eggnog for those of us who are lactose intolerant! (It’s the Lactaid brand. Still yummy and creamy!)

  55. Made these for a party last weekend. I think they are AMAZING. Loved how moist the cake stayed, even after a few days. The frosting really looks like eggnogg too! Thank you for sharing!

  56. I’m just curious if you know how crucial the dark rum is as opposed to light rum. They look great and I love eggnog!

    • Hmm, not sure. I don’t think it’s “crucial”, but I do think that dark rum has a flavor that goes much better with things like eggnog.

  57. I love eggnog. Must try these; they look moist and wonderful. …Susan

  58. The cupcake is so pretty, I especially love the last shot.

  59. Wow… this is a special post for me. Your original eggnog cupcake is how I found your blog. I was searching for an eggnog cupcake recipe last year and I found it here. I have been addicted to your blog ever since. I love the original version, but now I will have to try the new one. Thank you again so much for sharing all of your wonderful recipes. You have truly inspired me this past year. Tonight we are having Mexican and I am going to make your southwestern eggrolls… my husband is excited about dinner tonight!

  60. Fabulous! And I have eggnog in the fridge, too! Dark rum would definitely be a must in this house!

  61. These look absolutely gorgeous. And I love eggnog.

  62. These look amazing, I’ll be making these for our big family get together this year!

  63. looks yummy..

  64. I’m definitely in the eggnog camp…love it when the eggnog recipes come out!!! And anything with eggnog frosting gets my vote! Once I make this Christmas has got to be near…Merry Christmas everyone!

  65. They don´t sell eggnog where I live, do you have a recipe for eggnog? or maybe a suggestion on what flavors would be necessary to get a similar taste without the eggnog… I´ve been dying to make something eggnogy, but I haven´t loved the recipes for eggnog I have seen…

  66. Tried these and they came out GREAT!

    Everyone was impressed and cant wait until I do them again!

    Thanks ANN!

  67. Wow, those look so beautiful! Great pics. Those peppermint browies look great too!

  68. Yum! Love the idea of eggnog cupcakes. Eggnog is definitely polarizing– just like cilantro!

  69. Looks like it walked off a magazine photo shoot. Gorgeous composition, lighting, background. Oh and great cupcakes too.

  70. My 12yr daughter and I made this for an office holiday party and they were a big hit. The recipe was really easy to follow and everyone was impressed with the presentation.

  71. Looks yummy! Do the cuppies come out quite flat? the reason I’m asking is because I’d like to top them with a glaze, but a glaze wouldn’t really work on a flat cuppie.. and if so, is there a way go give them a nice glazable mound? is glazable a word? does it matter? hehe. thank you!!

    • Yes, they do come out flat. I don’t know of a way to make them have nice mounds, I think that is totally determined by the recipe. Some cupcakes are rounder, some aren’t, and these really aren’t. Sorry!

  72. We made this last night and they have a strong rum flavor. I would cut out some of the alcohol. They did come out flat they are so pretty though:) The peppermint Biscotti was to die for!!!

  73. These are absolutely fantastic cupcakes! I made 8 dozen mini cupcakes for all of my Christmas parties and they have been a HUGE hit! I used spiced rum for 6 dozen of them, and it makes all the difference in the world…just gives a great depth of flavor. Thank you for sharing!

  74. These look wonderful. I found your original post a few months ago and have been looking forward to making them ever since. I loved the look of the original frosting but can no longer find it on your site. Would it be possible to get the original frosting recipe? Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful recipes – the pumpkin pie bars were a big Thanksgiving hit!

  75. Thanks for the recipe, they came out fab. I took them to a work pitch-in so
    I left out the rum. Can’t have a bunch of drunk nurses running around. I will def be making them with some rum the next time. Just to try it out you know 🙂

  76. I doubled the recipe and have tonnes of icing left over. Does it do well in the fridge? If not, I guess I will just bake some more! Thanks!

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