spice cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

filed under: Cupcakes on December 16, 2014

Confession time:  I don’t like eggnog.

Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle!

But if I was going to partake in eggnog this Christmas season, there was only one way that seemed acceptable.

In buttercream.

Because buttercream.


So I made up some Spice Cupcakes.  Because cupcakes.


5 from 1 vote
Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle!
Eggnog Buttercream
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Confession time: I don’t like eggnog.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Eggnog Buttercream
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 c butter room temperature
  • caramel sundae sauce optional
  1. In medium saucepan, stir together 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flour with whisk.
  2. Continue whisking and add in 1 cup eggnog and nutmeg until no lumps remain.
  3. Heat mixture over medium heat, whisking until mixture comes to a low boil and thickens enough to coat a spoon.

  4. Remove from heat and cool completely, about 45 minutes.
  5. In stand mixer beat 1 cup butter until creamy, about 1 minute.
  6. Pour in cooled eggnog mixture, beating until light and creamy.
  7. If frosting looks curdled or separated, keep beating! It will come together after a few minutes.
  8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  9. Drizzle with caramel sauce.



Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle!

Then I made up some eggnog buttercream.

I was scared.  I mean… was it going to taste like rotten egg?  Egg in general?  Was I going to throw up in my mouth a little then have to swallow it because I am a lady?

Um.  I don’t think a lady would talk about throwing up and swallowing it on a food blog. Twice.

Let’s forget we just had this little conversation.


Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle!

Well, I was worried for nothing.  Eggnog is yummy.  Eggnog buttercream is the yummiest.

Life officially changed.


Recipe just barely adapted from Betty Crocker.

Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Buttercream and Caramel Drizzle!


I chilled my frosting in the fridge while in a piping bag for about 10 minutes before piping.  I then chilled the cupcakes until ready to serve. Personally, I just prefer the idea of a chilled eggnog frosting.

If you want to kick your cupcakes up a notch, drizzle with the caramel sauce soon after you take them out of the oven.  The cupcake will soak up the sauce and add an extra layer of sweetness.

If you want to be a flavor queen, try sprinkling pink himalayan salt  (or a good quality sea salt) to the top.  Talk about awesome.

But whatever you do, just don’t be like me.  Make sure you try new things and challenge your palate!  At least, that’s what people tell me. 🙂

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  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    I am SO glad that you tried this because it’s really an awesome flavor!

  • Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says:

    Good for you in trying something you were sure you didn’t like. I am actually a big fan of eggnog flavor. I love how rich and holidayi-ish it is. These cupcakes look amazing!! 🙂

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    This looks awesome Amanda! I’ve always been a bit suspicious about eggnog too, but this may change my mind!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    This sounds delicious! I think I would prefer it cold too!

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments says:

    I hear ya! It’s not to die for but in cupcakes like this…now I’m ready! Oh so gorgeous Amanda!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    I don’t LOVE eggnog either, unless it in something..Or, you know, rum.
    But, cupcakes with eggnog? Obvi. Pinned!

  • Maribel Cota {Bruni's Boulangerie} says:

    So delicious cupcakes, pinned!
    Amanda I love the new look of your page.

  • annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    I am very lucky…I won’t have to talk myself into these cupcakes because I love a good eggnog. These are right up my alley, Amanda….especially with that caramel drizzle you speak of! YUM!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    I am a nogger, but I usually can’t handle more than a glass or two, so I have a lot left over. Pass me the bowl o’ buttercream and a spoon, because I am not too much of a lady just to have at it.

  • Christina says:

    Good for you, you stepped out of your comfort zone. I love eggnog and can’t wait to give this a try. The frosting looks amazingly fluffy.

  • Chineka @ Savor The Baking says:

    These cupcakes look delicious. The combination of a spice cake paired with an eggnog buttercream screams the holidays. 🙂

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    you know I didn’t really care for eggnog until I actually tried a good brand . . I think it matters.. anyway, it’s creamy and delicious. . and love love love these cupcakes and the eggnog buttercream . . and glad you went for it and didn’t just use like a tablespoon or something whimpy like that!! and #shamespiral. . you crack me up!!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    Perfection in cupcake form! I haven’t baked a lot with eggnog but all of these recipes are making me drool!

  • Zainab says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I am with you, I don’t like eggnog but in a cupcake form…better yet buttercream? I am all game 🙂

  • heather @french press says:

    I cannot drink eggnog, but I do like to eat it, especially in cupcake form, You are hilarious, and I LOVE the new design

  • Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says:

    Lol! Love your writing.. so witty, always! The shame spiral! These cupcakes look perfect!!

  • Kelly says:

    I love baking with eggnog but can’t really drink too much of it either. Sounds perfect in cupcakes, these look gorgeous!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    Oooooo, these look wonderful! And look at your pretty site…LOVE IT!!

    • Amanda says:

      Oh, thanks girl! 🙂

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    These look amazing! I too don’t love eggnog by itself, but in a buttercream? Yes, da, I could totally get behind that! LOVE the way you frosted the cupcakes, looks amazing!

  • Julie | This Gal Cooks says:

    I don’t like eggnog either. But I could totally stuff my face with this buttercream frosting. YUM!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    Wish I had one of these spiced cupcakes to devour right now. All that delicious eggnog buttercream is just calling my name!

  • Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do says:

    Also not a fan of eggnog for drinking here, but eggnog flavored desserts? I’m all in for. The best cheesecake I ever had was an eggnog cheesecake! Beautiful photos, as usual. Lovely!

  • Christina Heggins says:

    This is a perfect holiday combo! These look too good!

  • lisa skiles says:

    Just made it and it tastes amazing, BUT, it is really runny and I can’t imagine being able to pipe it. Will it stiffen up in the fridge? I am making these for a luncheon – will they melt? Thanks!

  • Karen says:

    Dumb question? can I just make the recipie and pour into cake pans? I’m looking to bake a 9″ round 3 layer..
    would I double the recipie?