Eggnog Cupcakes

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.

Eggnog Cupcakes Collage

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! 🙂

Frosted Eggnog Cupcakes on a plate

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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A Christmas eggnog cupcake with the liner removed and a cinnamon stick on top

Eggnog Cupcakes

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


Your favorite festive beverage is reborn as a light, soft and moist cupcake in this easy recipe. These Eggnog Cupcakes are a true Christmas miracle – both the cake on the bottom and the frosting on top are filled with eggnog flavor!


For the Eggnog Cupcakes

  • 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

For the Eggnog Buttercream

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


Make the Cupcakes

  1. 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.

Make the Buttercream

  1. Combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until well combined.
  2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of eggnog, the rum extract, nutmeg and salt and mix until well combined and smooth.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
  5. Add remaining eggnog and mix until well combined and smooth.
  6. Frost the cupcakes with buttercream and sprinkle with a little nutmeg, if desired.


  • Makes 12-14 cupcakes
  • To Store: Keep eggnog cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Bring to room temperature before enjoying.
  • To Freeze: First, freeze for about 1 hour on a baking sheet. Once the frosting hardens, wrap each cupcake in plastic wrap and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Unwrap and thaw in the fridge or on the counter before enjoying.

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Recipe rating

  1. Kathy Stroud

    I made these eggnog cupcakes gluten free, I subbed the all purpose flour for Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour and used Lactaid eggnog and they turned out GREAT.

  2. Ann

    I made these back in 2014 and really enjoyed them. I had the older version of the recipe printed and the main thing I am not sure if I want to change from the original is using whole eggs instead of the 3 egg whites. One of my favorite vanilla cakes uses egg whites and its so moist and fluffy. Lmk your thoughts. Also you still have 4tbsp of egg nog for the icing listed but in other places in your instructions it looks like it is now 2tsps. Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      So I may be misunderstanding your comment but I wouldn’t just change out the egg whites or whole eggs. Which ever recipe you use, you want to follow that one so you get the proper results. Both are great recipes. I would say the old one might be slightly more dense. I’m not sure what you mean about the amount of eggnog in the buttercream.

    1. Lindsay

      If the frosting would be sitting out for more than a day, you can. Just bring them back to room temperature prior to serving.

  3. Kaylyn

    I’m making these for a cupcake sale in a couple of days and I’m just wondering if the butter in the buttercream is unsalted? Thanks!

    1. Lindsay

      You could really use either. I updated the recipe to say unsalted, but adding a pinch of salt. It’s really a preference, but I like having some salt in there. So you could use salted butter or add your own salt.

  4. Oksana

    My daughter visiting me in Toronto from Whistler B C made this recipe together !Since she loves eggnog so much! These eggnog cupcakes are out of this world so good!!!

  5. Allison

    These were delicious!! The cupcakes came out so moist and had delicious flavor! 100% would recommend this recipe 🙂

  6. Nina YF

    These are absolutely delicious! My dad has celiac disease so I substituted gluten-free one to one flour and they turned out great still. I also did not have any rum extract so I used just a tiny pinch of actual spiced captain Morgan rum.   I am bringing these over to my mom’s for Christmas tomorrow! The perfect holiday treat

  7. Amanda Ortiz

    Made these for Christmas movie night at my moms a few days ago and omg are they scrumptious! I read comments first just to see if all butter would be ok since we are not a Crisco lovin family. Came out amazing! I’ll definitely be making these for Christmas.

  8. Megan

    Made these tonight with almond nog and they were delicious! I will say that the icing recipe made more than twice the amount we needed for the amount of cupcakes the recipe makes. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of shortening in icing so next time I will probably just use the 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups powdered sugar with 2 tbsp eggnog. Thanks for the recipe!

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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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