Spiked eggnog cupcakes

Eat your nog this year instead!

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Looking for a different way to get your nog fix this year? Look no further than this deliciously decadent eggnog cupcake recipe to satisfy your craving!

Spiked eggnog cupcakes with vanilla buttercream

Yields 12 cupcakes

Eggnog is the symbolic drink of Christmas and has quickly become a go-to to ease holiday stress. Most nog is paired with bourbon and rum and is served in a frosty glass with a dash of fresh cinnamon. However, don't think this is the only way you can enjoy your favorite frosty drink. These cupcakes have all the delicious flavors of eggnog baked into a bite size dessert! Frost with buttercream or eggnog frosting for a unique take on this holiday favorite.


For the cupcakes:

  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup spiced rum
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the buttercream:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. In another bowl, cream oil and sugar together. Add in eggnog and rum. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until fully mixed.
  3. Fill each muffin liner with 2/3 cup of batter and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted runs dry. While muffins cool, prepare frosting by mixing butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk with a handheld mixer. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Once cupcakes have cooled, pipe frosting ontop with a pastry piping bag and a tip of choice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and gold sprinkles and enjoy!
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.