Soft and Fluffy Eggnog Cupcakes
Eggnog cupcakes are spiked with bourbon and sprinkled with nutmeg. This cupcake version of the holiday cocktail is a crowd pleaser.
Let the holiday baking commence! This season is full of delicious goodies on If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen including these eggnog cupcakes. I made them over the weekend for a holiday party and they were a hit! Everyone loved that they were spiked with bourbon.
Why this recipe works: These eggnog cupcakes turn out light and fluffy. They have a noticeable eggnog flavor and a subtle bourbon taste. You can control how much bourbon flavor you want in the cupcakes too!
How to make eggnog cupcakes
- Make the cupcake batter: Whisk together the dry ingredients—flour, sugar baking powder, salt. Set aside. Beat together the wet ingredients—butter, egg whites, vanilla, milk and eggnog. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
- Bake the cupcakes: Transfer batter to a paper lined cupcake tin. Fill each cup two-thirds full.Bake at 350 F for 15 to 18 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely.
- Make the frosting: Beat butter until fluffy. Add confectioner’s sugar and mix until combined. Add eggnog and bourbon until desired consistency is reached. Transfer to a piping bag with tip.
- Assembly: Brush the tops of the cupcakes with bourbon. Frost the cupcakes and dust with nutmeg if desired.
Want more boozy flavor? Try adding 1/2 teaspoon rum extract to the cupcakes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cupcakes may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 or 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. However, cupcakes are best when eaten the day they are made, especially if you brush the tops with bourbon.
Yes! Skip brushing the cupcakes with bourbon and instead of using bourbon in the frosting use only eggnog. If you are missing the alcohol flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon rum extract to the cupcakes and the frosting.
Yes, once the cupcakes have cooled completely, wrap them individually and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Defrost in the refrigerator before bringing to room temperature and frosting.
Eggnog is one of my favorite flavors to bake with around the holidays. It’s so versatile and lends itself well to desserts. Eggnog cookies are made with a similar buttercream frosting (perfect use for leftover frosting if you have any!) If you love cheesecake, you have to try my eggnog cheesecake. It has a gingersnap crust!
Have you ever made eggnog from scratch? Learn how to make the popular holiday cocktail with this recipe for homemade eggnog.
To make the eggnog cupcakes truly like the yuletide cocktail, I incorporated bourbon into the frosting and also brushed each cupcake with bourbon as well. This turned out to be the perfect spike for the cupcakes—just enough to taste, but not overwhelming at all.
The guests at the holiday party loved the idea of spiked eggnog cupcakes too. Not only do they taste great, but you get a dash of alcohol too. During the holidays, anything goes, right?
Get the Recipe: Soft and Fluffy Eggnog Cupcakes
- 1 ⅔ cups (240 g) all purpose flour
- 1 cup (200 g) sugar
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp coarse salt
- ¾ cup (170 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 egg whites, room temperature
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup (180 ml) eggnog, room temperature
- ¼ cup (60 ml) milk, room temperature
- ¼ cup (60 ml) bourbon , (optional)
- ¾ cup (170 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 ½ cups (275 g) confectioners’ sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons eggnog
- 1-2 teaspoons bourbon
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, nutmeg, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, egg whites, vanilla, eggnog and milk and on medium speed just until smooth. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined. Do not over mix.
- Fill prepared cupcake liners two-thirds full. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a couple crumbs on it. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
- In a medium bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar until combined. Add 1 tablespoon eggnog and 1 teaspoon bourbon. Add additional eggnog or bourbon to reach desired consistency and taste. Transfer frosting to a bag fitted with a tip.
- Brush cooled cupcakes with bourbon (optional step). Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with nutmeg.
Cupcake recipe inspired by Life, Love and Sugar.
8 Comments on “Soft and Fluffy Eggnog Cupcakes”
You can’t just add a whole extra 1/4 cup of liquid to a recipe without counterbalancing it with either less of another liquid or more dry ingredient. So, if you add the 1/4 cup bourbon, do you not add the 1/4 cup milk?
Hi Sandy – If you read the instructions, you’ll see that the bourbon does not go into the batter. The 1/4 cup bourbon is used for brushing on top of the baked cupcakes, which is an optional step.
My husband and daughter are going to love this recipe! I’m so excited to make this! Looks so delicious and yummy!
What an amazing idea. I have to try this!
These Eggnog cupcakes are mouth watering!
These eggnog cupcakes look amazingly delicious. My family will go crazy over them!
These are like little bites from heaven! Going to be perfect to serve over the holidays; too delicious to pass up!