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One Last Taste for 2011 | Egg Nog Cupcakes

December 31, 2011













2011. A year filled with a few ups, many downs, and lots of in-betweens. I feel a buzz of excitement for the fresh start that the new year will bring. But first, one final recipe for 2011. I made these cupcakes for dessert on Christmas Day, and they were a much bigger hit than I expected. I wanted to use up the last of the egg nog in my fridge, so I thought I’d make these once more for a New Year’s Eve party that I’m heading to tonight. They really are delicious.

























My brain is filled with many words, but I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Thank you my dear readers – friends, family, and strangers who come here for a little peek into my kitchen – without you, this blog would be nothing. From my heart to yours, I wish you all the best in the coming year. Cheers to happiness, love, adventure, and much more in 2012!

Much love,














Egg Nog Cupcakes (adapted from the always lovely Annie’s Eats)

For the cupcakes:

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 cup dark rum or bourbon

1 cup egg nog

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 TBSP. apple cider vinegar (or plain vinegar)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sugar

For the icing:

1 cup of butter, room temperature

2 1/2 cups icing sugar

Pinch of nutmeg

2 1/2 TBSP. egg nog

1 TBSP. dark rum

For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-count muffin tin with liners of your choice. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg and whisk together. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the remaining ingredients, and beat until well-mixed. Slowly add in the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Fill the muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for about 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool completely.

For the icing: Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add in the icing sugar and nutmeg, and mix on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the eggnog and whip on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Finally, add in the rum, and mix on low speed until blended.

Use a pastry bag to decorate the cooled cupcakes, or spread the icing on with a knife. For an extra special garnish, poke half a cinnamon stick into each iced cupcake, and/or sprinkle with nutmeg. Store uneaten cupcakes (not that you’ll have any) in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.













PS. Just stating the obvious here, but…maybe I’ll be a cupcake decorator in my next life.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 1:51 pm

    Those look ridiculously pretty and I LOVE the idea of egg nog cupcakes – so inventive.

    • January 1, 2012 2:32 pm

      Thanks pal. And a big thank you for calling them pretty – my cupcake decorating confidence needed that boost! 🙂

  2. auntie c permalink
    January 1, 2012 10:28 pm

    These would look yummy sprinkled with gold!!

  3. January 2, 2012 8:50 am

    These sound so incredibly delicious- they’re going straight to my “to make for Christmas 2012” list for sure!

    In the meanwhile, here’s to another great year of fantastic treats, Amanda!

    • January 3, 2012 12:11 pm

      Amen sister! And what a great idea – starting a list for Christmas baking next year. Maybe that would help me to be a bit more organized next Christmas…I say it every year but never do anything about it!

  4. January 3, 2012 10:00 am

    I will also join you in my next life as a cupcake decorator – one of my shortfalls as a baker, indeed!

    • January 3, 2012 11:58 am

      Maybe I can fly out to Victoria and we can spend a weekend perfecting our cupcake decorating skills? 😉

  5. January 3, 2012 10:38 am

    I love the idea of an egg nog cupcake. It’s the marriage of two very perfect things. Thank you for the inspiration. Happy New Year!

  6. January 3, 2012 6:37 pm

    Oh – these look like clouds of heaven! And if you’re not a cupcake decorator in your next lifetime, you could certainly be a photographer! Beautiful post!!

  7. January 4, 2012 9:11 am

    Oh wow, I LOVE eggnog so am definitely going to have to try these. Hopefully there’s still some on the shelves!!

  8. January 4, 2012 5:22 pm

    Hi Amanda!! these look far too amazing to be a once a year treat. do you have any suggestions for something that can be used in lieu of egg nog? maybe buttermilk??

    • January 5, 2012 8:40 am

      Well hello there Zubs! Hmmm…I don’t know the answer to your question. The egg nog really is the highlight of these cupcakes and without its unique flavor, I’m not sure what we’d be left with! Let me experiment a little and get back to you though, k? Hugs to you and the little mister. 😉

  9. January 5, 2012 8:38 am

    Somehow I escaped the holiday season without one sip of ‘nog, but these are making me wonder if it isn’t time to break open a quart. WOW.

  10. actorsdiet permalink
    January 5, 2012 7:34 pm

    i feel like i could egg nog cupcakes all year…

  11. Kammie permalink
    March 15, 2012 5:20 pm

    Saving this recipe to try in 9 months. Right in time for Christmas haha 🙂

    • March 15, 2012 7:16 pm

      It will be here before we know it! Hope you enjoy them…in 9 months. 🙂

      • Kammie permalink
        March 15, 2012 7:37 pm

        Gosh, I know, time will probably fly by like it always does. You blink and before you know it it’ll be 2013. If we don’t live past the doomsday and all lol jk

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