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Yuletide Eggnog Cupcakes

If I want a creamier frosting on these, I add more eggnog. The nog lovers in your life won't complain! —Salina Moore, Woodward, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • Freshly grated or additional ground nutmeg


  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 1-1/4 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with eggnog, beating well after each addition.
  • With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold into batter.
  • Fill prepared muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and eggnog until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 296 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • JMartinelli13
    Dec 11, 2017

    These turned out amazing! I used the Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from Taste of Home, subbing eggnog for the milk.

  • missmommie
    Sep 21, 2015

    Made these last year on Christmas batch...they went fast...been waiting to make these again..they are fabulous ....

  • Joshi
    Aug 9, 2015

    Lovely, delicious, fluffy and light, perfect balance of eggnog flavor, I now get eggnog just so I can make these!

  • 4086485688
    Dec 22, 2014

    HAPpY HAPpY HAPpY HAPpY HAPpY these are the best of cupcakes that i've ever eaten. Thus far,

  • Angel182009
    Dec 30, 2013

    The icing was delicious but as for the cupcake part I can't tell bc I was trying to bake with a toddler hanging off my legs so I made a big mistake and forgot to add flour!!!! So the cupcake part didn't turn out so I'll be doing that part over when my son goes to sleep.

  • nikbrick
    Dec 18, 2013

    These were a huge hit with friends and family. Definitely a keeper!

  • crumej
    Dec 13, 2013

    These cupcakes are delicious. I added red and green sprinkles for a festive garnish!

  • melissawilliams
    Dec 10, 2013

    Made these into eggnog cakes balls. They were the hit of the party. I dipped them in white almond bark and sprinkled them with nutmeg.

  • steaklover3000
    Nov 28, 2013