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Eggnog Cupcakes

Eggnog Cupcakes are a holiday favorite cupcake that is loaded with eggnog flavor. Topped with a sweet and velvety smooth eggnog frosting to throw this into an award-winning cupcake recipe.

Today’s post will demonstrate that the carton of eggnog in your fridge right now is not just for drinking. Though I adore a mug of eggnog while I sit by the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, I wanted to branch out this year and use eggnog in a few different recipes.

The first one that came to mind was Eggnog Cupcakes with an Eggnog Buttercream Frosting. They turned out to be a beautifully festive dessert perfect for the holidays.

Eggnog cupcakes on a white plate

You’ll need 1/2 cup eggnog for the cupcake batter and 1/4 cup for the frosting. The eggnog makes the cupcakes moist and dense.

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    I think my favourite part may be the frosting. I had several “taste tests” before it made its way onto the cupcakes. I had to make sure it passed the taste test!

    I always sprinkle nutmeg on top of my eggnog so I did the same with the cupcakes.

    Your holiday baking will not be complete without a batch of these Eggnog Cupcakes. Save the recipe or pin it to your Christmas boards because trust me, you’ll want to make them before Christmas!

    My daughter, Bridget, who normally despises eggnog ate a bunch and even took one to school for lunch. I didn’t tell her they were Eggnog Cupcakes though. Eek! I knew she wouldn’t even try them if she had known. Maybe her tastes are changing because she loved this recipe.

    Close up of eggnog cupcakes on a white plate

    Do You Use Eggnog in these Eggnog Cupcakes

    Yes, you are going to make a homemade cupcake batter that uses real eggnog in the recipe. I found this helps truly infuse the flavor into the cupcakes, and then the frosting as well. This eggnog cupcake recipe is for any real eggnog fan.

    Make sure to try my homemade eggnog.

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    Interested in more Eggnog Recipes

    • Eggnog Bread Pudding | Custardy eggnog flavored bread pudding that is the perfect dessert or even breakfast to whip up for any time of the day. 
    • The Best Eggnog Cheesecake Bars | Crunchy crust with a rich and velvety eggnog cheesecake bars that slice up perfectly. This is one easy cheesecake recipe that is perfect for the holidays. 
    • Eggnog Breakfast Casserole | A croissant based breakfast casserole that is hearty and perfectly sweet. Eggnog flavored breakfast casserole that melts in your mouth. 

    Other Ways to Top your Eggnog Cupcakes

    • Sugar cranberries and top cupcakes
    •  Top with some orange zest
    • Sprinkle with nutmeg or even cinnamon

    Feel free to decorate your cupcakes however you like. I like simplicity and it offers an elegant look. Use any toppings you would like to add new elements of flavor to your cupcakes.

    Eggnog cupcake on a white cupcake stand

    How to Make Eggnog Cupcakes 

    Start by preheating the oven and lining your cupcake pan. Then begin mixing your dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Then in a new bowl begin beating your butter and sugar together until it is nice and creamy. Slowly add in one egg at a time. 

    Now you want to pour in your eggnog and then slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Once the batter is well mixed, pour into the muffin tin, and bake until the cupcakes are cooked through. Use a toothpick to test and ensure the cupcakes are cooked through. Then allow cupcakes to cool. 

    When the cupcakes are cool you will then work on your frosting. I cream the butter with the powdered sugar with a mixer on medium. Then slowly add in extract and eggnog and mix until smooth. 

     Once it is all mixed up, top cupcakes with frosting. Dust with a little nutmeg and dive in. 

    How to Store Eggnog Cupcakes

    You will need to store your cupcakes in the refrigerator. They will store for 3-6 days. Cupcakes are always best when served within the first few days of making them. Cupcakes are best when they are fresh so they don’t dry out too much. 

    You are more than welcome to freeze your cupcakes if you don’t plan on eating them right away. Place in a freezer-friendly container and store for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter or put in the fridge overnight for thawing. 

    Give this easy eggnog cupcake recipe a try today, and let me know how you like them. If you are a fan of eggnog, I think these cupcakes will be a tasty treat. 

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    Eggnog Cupcakes

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 12
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Christmas is calling! Eat your eggnog with this delicious and decadent holiday dessert. Sweet eggnog is infused in the cupcakes and topped with a creamy eggnog buttercream icing.


    • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ tsp nutmeg
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ¼ tsp baking soda
    • pinch salt
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ½ cup salted butter softened
    • 2 large eggs
    • ½ cup eggnog


    • ½ cup salted butter softened
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • ¼ cup eggnog
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • nutmeg for garnish, if desired


    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
    • Add flour, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine.
    • In another bowl add butter and sugar and beat with an electric mixer on medium until creamy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add in eggs, one at a time, continuing to beat. Then add in the eggnog and beat to combine.
    • Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir to combine.
    • Spoon batter into muffin tin, about ½ way full.
    • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Once cooled completely, you are ready to frost the cupcakes.

    To Make the Frosting

    • Cream the butter and powdered sugar together with an electric mixer on medium. Add in eggnog and vanilla extract and cream till smooth.
    • Scoop icing into a pastry bag with a large tip to frost the cupcakes. Start from the outside edge and work your way towards the centre. Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 200mg | Sugar: 36g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Eggnog Cupcakes

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    1. Wow! I’m not a fan of eggnog, but your cupcakes look amazing! Thanks for joining us for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week!

    2. Are there any reviews of actually making and eating these? Yes, they look pretty, but how do they taste?

    3. I made these cupcakes a few weeks ago and really enjoyed them. I doubled the recipe and used a vanilla eggnog. I could definitely taste the eggnog in the cupcake. I didn’t find much eggnog flavor in the frosting but I suspect that was due to using vanilla eggnog instead of regular eggnog. It still tasted delicious (:

    4. Barbara Fast says:

      5 stars
      I haven try them yet, but I plan on doing them some time soon.

    5. My frosting was very very runny

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