Turn your favorite holiday beverage into Eggnog Cupcakes. These light, fluffy and easy to make dessert is the perfect holiday treat.

Eggnog Cupcake on a cake stand with cinnamon sticks
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This cupcake recipe is easy to make and the results are light and fluffy cupcakes that are full of flavor. Complete you holiday dessert table with these delicious Christmas flavored Eggnog Cupcakes.

It is amazing how easy it is to turn a vanilla cake mix into a moist eggnog flavor dessert. Top the cupcake with a delicious buttercream eggnog frosting and serve to your friends and family.

Christmas Cupcake Recipes is my favorite dessert recipe to make for the holidays. The perfect dessert to serve to a crowd.

What is Eggnog?

Eggnog is a delicious holiday drink that is usually served during the Christmas season. It is a milk based drink and mixed with pasteurized eggs, cream, sugar, and nutmeg. It can also contain alcohol.

Eggnog is delicious mixed with the cake mix ingredients and makes the best cupcakes. If you love eggnog, you might also like Eggnog Fudge Recipe or Eggnog Milkshake.

Why We Love these Eggnog Cupcakes:

  • Flavorful Cupcake Base – The cupcakes are rich, decadent and a hint of spice because of the added Eggnog flavor.
  • Delicious Frosting – We love that the eggnog is also added to the frosting to complete this cupcake.
  • Simple Ingredients – Because we start with a vanilla cake mix is cuts down on the ingredients. This helps to keep this holiday cupcake budget friendly.
  • Easy to Decorate – We like to add sprinkle of nutmeg on the top of the cupcakes once they are frosted. But you can add some granulated sugar or leave them plain.

Ingredients:

Ingredients needed - cake mix, eggnog, eggs, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon, shortening, vanilla, powdered sugar
  • Yellow Cake Mix 15.25 oz
  • Eggnog
  • Large Eggs, room temperature
  • Butter, melted
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground Cinnamon

Ingredients for Eggnog Buttercream:

  • Unsalted Butter softened
  • Shortening
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Nutmeg
  • Eggnog
  • Powdered Sugar

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Step by Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 – Prepare oven and cupcake pan – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a cupcake pan with liners.
Mixing the cupcake mix in with the cupcake ingredients in a bowl

Step 2 – Beat together the cake mix, eggnog, eggs, melted butter. Then mix in nutmeg and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl with a hand held mixer until combined.

Combining ingredients until light and fluff

Step 3 – Then beat for 2-3 minutes to make sure that the cupcakes are light and fluffy.

Filling the cupcake liners with cupcake batter

Step 4 – Pour the batter into the muffin tins. Pour until they are approximately 2/3 of the way full.

Baked Cupcakes in a muffin tin

Step 5 – Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Move the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Beating the butter and shortening in a bowl

Step 6 – In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and shortening until well combined.

Adding in half powdered sugar and beating mixture in a bowl

Step 7 – Add in half of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined.

Adding in eggnog, vanilla extract and nutmeg to the butter mixture

Step 8 – Then mix in the eggnog, vanilla extract and nutmeg and mix until smooth.

Adding in the remaining powdered sugar to make buttercream frosting

Step 9 – Next, add in the remaining powdered sugar until combined and the frosting is smooth. Then frost cupcakes with buttercream frosting topped with nutmeg.

Expert Tips:

  • Softened Butter – When creaming together ingredients we recommend to mix with softened butter. It results in creamier batter.
  • Mixing Ingredients – For the best texture cupcakes, do not overmix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Just combine ingredients until mixed together. We recommend using a stand mixer to combine the ingredients.
  • Filling the Cupcake Liners – Because the cupcake batter will expand, only fill the cupcakes about 2/3 full of the batter.
  • Decorating Cupcakes – Before decorating the cupcakes, make sure they have completely cooled. We like to use a piping bag to really make the frosting texture look full and pretty.
  • Added Ingredients – For added flavor, you can easily add in some rum extract to the cupcake and frosting mixture.
Eggnog Cupcake  on a cake platter with a side of cinnamon sticks

Why use Eggnog in your Recipes?

We love to serve eggnog during the holidays. This holiday drink taste amazing, but it is an easy swap for milk in your holiday desserts. This simple twist on your holiday desserts gives the cupcakes, cakes, or fudges a taste of the holiday season.

It really does something to the cupcake texture and flavor. It gives the vanilla cake mix a hint of rich spice but keeps it moist. These cupcakes are not overly sweet. So that is why we love to top the buttercream eggnog frosting to balance out the flavor.

How to Freeze:

Freezing eggnog cupcakes are easy to do. You can even go ahead and frost the cupcakes. They are great to prepare ahead of time before all your holiday baking.

  • Place the cupcakes on a baking sheet and place in the freeze for about an hour. This allows for the cupcakes to freeze individually.
  • Then remove from the freezer and wrap with plastic wrap and foil individually. Place in an freezer safe air tight container and they will last about 3 months.
  • When ready to serve, all the cupcakes to thaw in the fridge overnight and then serve them the next day.

What is the Secret to Moist Cupcakes?

The secret to creating the light and moist cupcakes is how the ingredients are mixed together. You want to create air bubbles in your batter as they will expand in the oven.

If you overmix the batter, those air bubbles collapse created a tougher texture cake. Always mix your cupcake batter at low speed when combining the ingredients.

Eggnog Cupcake

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make Eggnog Cupcakes from Scratch?

Yes, you can easily start making the flour, baking powder, and sugar together to begin with make the cake batter. We just like using a cake mix because it was easy to mix with the other ingredients.

Can I Make these in Advance?

Yes, you can make these Eggnog cupcakes about 1 to 2 days in advance. We recommend just making the cupcakes and store at room temperature. Then when you are ready to serve, make the frosting and frost the cupcakes.

How to Store Leftovers:

These Eggnog Cupcakes store great in the fridge. There is eggnog in the cupcake and frosting, they will need to be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. We recommend allowing to get to room temperature before serving.

More Christmas Cupcakes:

These Egg Nog Cupcakes is the perfect holiday dessert. If you make them, please leave us a comment. We love hearing from you.

Eggnog Cupcakes

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Turn your favorite holiday beverage into Eggnog Cupcakes. These light, fluffy and easy to make dessert is the perfect holiday treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 267

Ingredients

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix 15.25 oz
  • 1 cup Eggnog
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Eggnog
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
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Instructions

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a cupcake pan with liners.
  • Beat together the cake mix, eggnog, eggs, melted butter, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl with a hand held mixer until combined.
  • Then beat for 2-3 minutes to make sure that the cupcakes are light and fluffy.
  • Pour the batter into the muffin tins until they are approximately 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Move the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make sure that the cupcakes are completely cool before topping with the frosting.

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and shortening until well combined.
  • Add in half of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined.
  • Then mix in the eggnog, vanilla extract and nutmeg and mix until smooth.
  • Next, add in the remaining powdered sugar until combined and the frosting is smooth.
  • Frost the cupcakes with the eggnog buttercream frosting and sprinkle with a little nutmeg (optional).

Nutrition Facts

Calories 267kcal, Carbohydrates 39g, Protein 2g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 44mg, Sodium 188mg, Potassium 43mg, Fiber 0.3g, Sugar 30g, Vitamin A 235IU, Vitamin C 0.2mg, Calcium 69mg, Iron 1mg

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