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Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing

It’s time for some festive baking! And who doesn’t love a good nog-infused treat? I’ve been super excited to try making something with eggnog and now that I’ve done it, I must say, it was an excellent choice. These cupcakes are really yummy, with just enough hint of eggnog to feel festive but not so much that you couldn’t drink a glass of eggnog along with them. Try them for yourselves!20161222_151614.jpg

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cupcakes – Makes 12

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup eggnog

Icing

  • 250 g (1 package) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp eggnog

Here’s what you do:

Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin tin – feel free to use festive liners! I went for green and pink (as I didn’t have red).
  • In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients except the butter, eggs, and eggnog.
  • In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter until creamy, about a minute.
  • Add flour mixture to large bowl all at once; beat until mixture is crumbly.
  • Add 2 eggs; beat 30 seconds; scrape bowl; beat for another minute. Batter should be lightly coloured and a bit fluffy.
  • Gently beat in 1/2 cup of eggnog until just combined. Batter should be silky and smooth.
  • Poor into trays
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I split my batter into two portions and coloured one red and the other green to give the cupcakes a little extra festiveness
  • Bake 25-28 minutes (26 minutes was my sweet spot), or until the tops are springy or a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Gotta love that dome
  • Cool completely, about 45 minutes.

Icing

  • While your cupcakes are cooling, get started on your icing.
  • Blend cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  • Gradually add icing sugar, beating thoroughly after each addition until well combined.
  • Add vanilla, nutmeg, and eggnog.
  • Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Pipe and decorate once cupcakes are completely cool.

Chow down and enjoy to your heart’s content the eggnoggy goodness.

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I left the icing as is, to give the appearance of snow, but I think either some caramel drizzle or crumbled up candy cane dusted on top would look super cute too.
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Alternating between rose and mountain slope patterns – couldn’t decide which I liked better
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Inside a green cupcake

For cupcake recipe. For icing recipe.

 

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