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I’ve got another fun eggnog recipe for you today. My kids are crazy about the stuff, and the Hubs scooped up several cartons the last time we were at the store. So when we got home, I whipped up these Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting. So, maybe I went a little overboard, but these little holiday treats are just scrumptious! 

I’m all about stocking up on food when it goes on sale, but the Hubs takes it to a new level. If you could look into my pantry right now, you would see a nice stash of canned pumpkin puree that he found marked down right before Thanksgiving. This is fine, but let’s just say that we’re taking a little break from pumpkin right now. 

So anyway, there was a sale on eggnog, and that’s why we have several bottles in the fridge right now. Since we had so much eggnog to work with, I decided to go all out with the cupcakes, and I added some to the batter and to the frosting. 

Honestly, the flavor isn’t overwhelming — it’s really just right! 

This is the kind of recipe that you can easily make with a cake mix and canned frosting, but I wanted these to be extra special, so I made the cupcakes completely from scratch. I just used my favorite recipe for white cake and added eggnog and different spices. I did the same with the buttercream frosting.

Ingredients for Eggnog Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups eggnog
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3 large eggs, beaten

Ingredients for Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and stir.
Add the butter, eggs and eggnog, and mix until combined.
Pour batter into muffin tins, which have been lined with paper baking cups, about 2/3 full, and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until tops are set and a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from oven, and let cool completely before frosting. Makes 24 cupcakes.

For the frosting, mix the butter and vanilla together until creamy.
Gradually add the sugar and eggnog, and beat until fluffy. You can gradually add a little more eggnog to get the right consistency to frost the cupcakes. If the frosting seems runny, it will firm up in the refrigerator after the cupcakes have been frosted. 
Out of curiosity, how do you eat your cupcakes? I like to make the frosting and the cake come out even, but the kids tell me I’m doing it wrong. They like to eat the entire cupcake and then eat the frosting by itself — ugh! That’s just way too sweet for me, even though this frosting isn’t overly sweet!
These are the same people who wanted to drink eggnog along with their cupcakes, and even I think that’s a bit much. On the other hand, eggnog cupcakes pair beautifully with a cup of hot coffee. Just saying!

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  1. Dee M says:

    Thanks, Sheila. I hope you like them as much as we did! šŸ™‚

  2. My Kentucky Living says:

    These sound delicious! I will be making these soon. Sheila

  3. Dee M says:

    So if I took off half the frosting, one of my kids would grab the rest, but we'd both be happy – – šŸ˜‰ Grown up frosting sounds good to me! šŸ™‚

  4. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says:

    Your cupcakes look scumptious – I am so going to try making them, never have!

    How I eat my cupcakes? I usually take half the frosting off – too sweet- and just eat it bite by bite slightly frosted. Now with buttercream I tend to leave on a little more….and when I make it I don't make it nearly as sweet as most do. I call it 'grown up frosting." : – )

    Thanks for the inspiration!