Eggnog Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Can you believe that Christmas is in a little over a week? I know, it kind of crept up on me too. With all of the shopping, decorating and preparing for the big day time has kind of slipped away and until recently I had not done any Christmas baking. Pretty shocking huh? Well since I could not let the Christmas season pass me by without at least a little baking, I dropped everything else I was doing last Sunday, hunkered down in the kitchen and created these scrumptious little devils. With all of the flavors of one of the Christmas staples and a little maple frosting on top, these cupcakes would make a great addition to your Christmas celebrations.

I will have to say that coming up with the frosting for this recipe was a bit of a challenge for me. Since most people associate eggnog with rum, I thought a rum frosting would be perfect. But alas, I didn’t have any. And it was raining. And I was in my pajamas. And I didn’t feel like driving around town looking for a liquor store that is open on Sundays, so I had to make do with what we had. Which happened to be cream cheese and a little maple syrup. Thus, maple cream cheese frosting was born and it was so good we didn’t even miss the rum.

Eggnog Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Makes 12 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Eggnog Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan and set aside.


Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.


In another bowl, using a hand held mixer cream together oil and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla.


Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix until combined. Beat in eggnog. Gradually add in remaining flour, beat just until combined.


Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with cupcake mixture. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs on it


Allow to cool for a few minutes in the cupcake pan. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


To make frosting, using a hand held mixer on medium speed cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in maple syrup. Gradually add in powdered sugar and beat until it becomes a thick spreadable mixture. Frost with maple cream cheese frosting.


If these don't fill your appetite for eggnog and you're looking for another way to enjoy the seasonal favorite, check out this Eggnog French Toast that I shared last year. That's right, eggnog for breakfast.

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    December 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Erica- I’m sorry to hear that they did not turn out as moist as you hoped. My suggestion is to increase the oil to 1/2 and that might give you the moisture you are looking for. Also make sure to pull them out when there are still a few crumbs left on the toothpick. For me if there are no crumbs I find that they are a bit dryer. Hope this helps :)

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    December 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I followed the directions and my cupcake came out really dry :( Seems like the taste wouldn’t have been too bad though!

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    December 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I also can’t believe how Christmas snuck up on us. Too fast! These cupcakes look delicious! Have a great holiday.

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    December 16, 2009 at 11:10 am

    The photo was taken with natural light coming in through a window to the right and light from a CFL coming in from the left to warm it up a little in order to make it feel more “Christmasy”

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    Neel | Learn Food Photography
    December 16, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Cupcakes!!! wow!! I absolutely love cupcakes of any shapes and size. The photos look very very wonderful. I think though, that it will be wonderful with a natural light or white light. Did you use yellow light for this photograph? From top left?

    Would be interesting to know.

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