Christmas is the time of year for friends and family, but almost as importantly for baking, eggnog, and rum! In an effort to make the most delicious holiday dessert known to man, I decided to seek out a recipe for eggnog cupcakes. I had the criteria that this ultimate recipe had to contain both rum and eggnog in both the cake and frosting. I found the perfect recipe on Annie’s Eats Blog. You can find a link to the original recipe here. I mainly only modified the recipe for use as mini cupcakes. I also used Sailor Jerry spiced rum, a family favorite around this time of year!
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ cup spiced rum
- 1 cup eggnog
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 2½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2½ cups powdered sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 2½ tablespoons eggnog
- 1 tablespoon spiced rum
- cinnamon for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the mini muffin tins with mini muffin cups. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In a large bowl, combine the rum, eggnog, vegetable oil, cider vinegar, vanilla, and sugar. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the large bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix well.
2. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 of the way full. I used a cookie scoop to do this and it worked very well. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. When you are able to handle the cupcakes, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
3. In a large bowl, whisk the butter on medium-high speed until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, salt, and nutmeg and whisk until well incorporated and smooth. Add the eggnog and rum. Whisk until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
4. Frost the cupcakes using your desired frosting method and dust with cinnamon. I used the Wilton dessert decorator plus since I have had trouble in the past with pastry bags. I have to say, it was awesome!
The frosting did turn out a little too buttery for my taste, but others loved it…It may just be due to the fact that I actually saw how much butter went into it!