Eggnog Cupcakes

When it comes to eggnog, usually the first image that pops into my head is a scene from the movie “Christmas Vacation.”  Uncle Eddie takes the little moose head glass and gets himself a refill of the eggnog in the living room and slurps loudly, while he’s babbling away to a very uninterested Clark Griswold.  That’s definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies.  Tis the season to laugh yourself silly.

IMG_3545Although it’s literally been YEARS since I’ve had eggnog, the taste is so familiar that it’s hard to forget.  When I went to the store to get the ingredients for this, I picked up the Southern Comfort brand of non-alcoholic eggnog.  I’m no fun…I know.  BUT, the good thing is that you can always add liquor later.  Yes.  Anyway, while I was combining all of the ingredients, I poured myself a small glass, just for old time’s sake.  I kept smelling it, and realized that it really doesn’t have a scent…but oh, the taste was still there.  Yummy.

Eggnog Cupcakes Recipe:

1 box Duncan Hines white cake mix

1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix

8 oz. sour cream

4 eggs

1/2 cup oil

1 cup eggnog

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons rum

Combine all ingredients in bowl and beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2-4 minutes.  Using ice cream scoop, evenly distribute batter into lined cupcake pan, bake at 350 degrees for 22-24 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.  Cool completely on cooling rack, top with icing.

Eggnog Icing Recipe:

1 stick butter, softened

1 cup shortening

2 lbs. powdered sugar

1/4 cup eggnog

1/4 cup water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine butter and shortening, beat with electric mixer at medium speed for 3-4 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients, continue beating for 5 minutes.  Spoon icing into cake decorating bag, and using tip number 21 or 22, pipe on top of cupcakes.  Sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish.

4 thoughts on “Eggnog Cupcakes

  1. Erin,

    I’m so glad you used the Southern Comfort brand. It is the best and the only one I buy! Elijah loves egg nog so much that I may have to make these…minus the rum that is!

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