Eggnog Cupcakes

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These Eggnog Cupcakes are full of incredible eggnog flavor! They have eggnog in both the cupcake and the icing! You know I like my flavors strong, and these cupcakes are no exception.

Looking for an old fashioned eggnog drink? Be sure to try my Homemade Eggnog Recipe.

An eggnog cupcake in a wrapper and with a bite taken out.

Moist and Fluffy Eggnog Cupcakes

So we had a pretty nice, relaxing weekend. Saturday morning we were up way too early, but it was for a good cause. One of the women in our small group works for the fundraising department of St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, so we joined in for the Give Thanks Walk. We brought Jessie and she loved the 2 1/2 mile walk and being outside with us. She totally could have gone another 2 1/2 miles.

Then there was a food drive at church Sunday and they’ve been collecting Operation Christmas Child boxes, so we went and got food for the food drive and all kinds of things for the boxes. I love doing the OCC boxes. It always reminds me of how fortunate we are. Did you know that you can pay for the shipping of the boxes online and they’ll tell you where your boxes end up? We’ve done that the last few years and I’m always excited to see where around the world they go. We’ve had boxes go to Madagascar, Russia and other countries. Pretty cool.

We also went and saw Mockingjay Part 1 (third movie in the Hunger Games series). I’ve read the books, so I basically knew what to expect. I know it’s a little darker and different than the first two and honestly didn’t have high expectations. It totally surprised me though! I really enjoyed it and thought they did a great job. I think overall the Hunger Games movies have been done really well.

Eggnog cupcakes with swirled frosting and a cinnamon stick.Eggnog cupcakes on a cake stand.

I’m kind of junkie when it comes these series that have been coming out over the last few years. I’m a much bigger Twilight fan than Hunger Games fan and found most of those movies to be disappointing – perhaps with the exception of the last two. And I’m totally worried that the second Divergent movie – Insurgent – is going to be kind of rough. The first trailer for Insurgent seems a little odd.

We also started getting our Christmas decorations out. I’m ready for the season! I’ve been super excited about eggnog since it first showed up it stores. I know not everyone loves it, but I’m always counting the days until I can get it. The hubs and I both are big fans. Our favorite brand is Southern Comfort, hands down. We’ve tried a number of brands and honestly, I won’t even bother if I can’t find that one.

So when it came to making these cupcakes, I got three cartons of our favorite eggnog. Not because these cupcakes need three cartons, but because I knew if I didn’t get that many it’d all be gone before I could even say “it’s time to bake a cupcake.”

Frosted eggnog cupcakes with cinnamon stickFrosted eggnog cupcake with bite taken out.

Perfecting These Eggnog Cupcakes

I made a few versions of this cupcake before being happy with it. I played around mostly with the amount of eggnog, nutmeg and rum flavoring. The rum extract can be somewhat strong and nutmeg is totally essential, so I had to get those right. Ultimately I ended up just using the rum extract in the icing, not the cupcake. You can exclude it completely, if you prefer.

I absolutely love these cupcakes and so did my taste testers. I can’t wait to make them again! Bring on Christmas and bring on the eggnog! I know we still have to get through Thanksgiving on Thursday, and I can’t wait for my sweet potatoes with marshmallows, but I’m allowed to get pumped about Christmas too, right? #thatswhatithough

We are actually planning on getting our Christmas tree tonight and I can’t wait! 🙂

Eggnog Cupcakes! So moist and full of eggnog! Perfect dessert for Christmas!

Other Tasty Eggnog Recipes

Eggnog Layer Cake
Eggnog Cheesecake
Eggnog Crumb Cake
Eggnog Icebox Cake
Soft and Chewy Eggnog Cookies
Baked Eggnog Donuts

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Recipe updated 11/15/19. Download the previous version of the Eggnog Cupcakes.

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Eggnog Cupcakes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Eggnog Cupcakes are full of awesome eggnog flavor! They have eggnog in both the cupcake and the icing! You know I like my flavors strong, and these cupcakes are no exception.




  • 1 1/4 cups (163g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp (84g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups (155g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (150ml) eggnog


  • 1/2 cup (115g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 4 cups (480g) powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp (60ml) eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp rum extract, optional
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


1. To make the cupcakes, prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
3. Add the butter, sugar and oil to a large mixer bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until mostly combined after each. Add the vanilla extract with the second egg. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.
6. Slowly add the eggnog and mix until well combined.
7. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Do not over mix the batter.
8. Fill the cupcake liners just over 1/2 full and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
9. Remove cupcakes from the oven and place cupcakes on a cooling rack to cool.


10. To make the buttercream, combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until well combined.
11. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
12. Add 2 tablespoons of eggnog, the rum extract and nutmeg and mix until well combined and smooth.
13. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
14. Add remaining eggnog and mix until well combined and smooth.
15. Frost the cupcakes with the buttercream and sprinkle with a little nutmeg, if desired.

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  1. Renee@Two+in+the+Kitchen

    I love all the fund raising you do for worthy causes Lindsay. And my husband and I also just saw MackingJay and I very much enjoyed it! I thought Jennifer Lawrence did a fabulous job with all the raw emotions she had to show in this installment of the series and I couldn’t agree more that the Hunger Games movies have all been done well. And these cupcakes look heavenly!! I am ready for Christmas!! 🙂

  2. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    I just saw Mockingjay, and even though I read the books too, I was surprised at how dark it was. These cupcakes make a little more excited for Christmas! Yum!

  3. Julie+@+Julie's+Eats+&+Treats

    You sound like you have a marvelous weekend with all those activities! We officially have our tree up, decorated and the Christmas lights on the house! Now I need to make some of these divine cupcakes!

  4. Beth @ The First Year

    After I saw the trailer for Insurgent, I was like “well, that looks weird!” But I’m a huge fan of series movies too!


    I’m excited about Christmas too! We’ve got our tree up and everything! These are perfect for getting into the festive mood. Can’t wait to try them.

  6. Mir

    Yep, the Twilight movies were terrible. In comparison, the other YA novel movie adaptations are so much better!
    These cupcakes would never disappoint anyone. They’re so fluffy and gorgeous! Love that they’re eggnog.

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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