Showstopping soft and fluffy eggnog cupcakes are made in just one-bowl! Holiday dessert the easy and delicious way. YES!
Full disclosure: I bought 4 cartons! I freaking love eggnog and crave it 365 days a year. I also love baking with it. Eggnog makes the very best base for flavorful holiday desserts. So far I’ve made a batch of eggnog snickerdoodle donuts, an eggnog dutch baby, eggnog cinnamon roll pancakes, and 3 batches of eggnog cupcakes.
Let’s not waste another moment – time to dive into this delicious recipe! Which is an adaption of my perfect “one bowl” vanilla cupcakes. For these cupcakes you’ll need flour, cornstarch, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, vanilla, eggs, eggnog, and sprinkles!
I recommend using Christmas Confetti or Holiday Jimmies in the batter, and then decorating the fluffy eggnog frosting with Holiday Nonpareils. I do not recommend using nonpareils in the batter as their colors easily bleed into the cupcake batter and result in more of a tie-dyed cupcake.
In this recipe I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached White Flour, which is freshly milled from Organic hard red wheat and is not enriched with any additives. This is my #1 choice for flour because it’s incredibly versatile and produces light, airy baked goods.
You will combine the all-purpose flour with a little cornstarch to create homemade cake flour. Cake flour ensures your cupcakes will bake up pillow soft and fluffy each and every time!
The dry ingredients are tossed together in a large bowl, then you’ll add in your soft butter, eggs, vanilla, and eggnog, and mix mix mix until combined and almost smooth. You likely have a few bumps or lumps left – don’t worry about them! It’s better to have a bumpy batter than an over-mixed one. Folding in the holiday sprinkles last.
Then simply scoop the batter into a lined muffin tin and bake for 18-20 minutes.
Warning: these cupcakes will make your home smell like a bakery!!!
Distract yourself by making the eggnog frosting! For the frosting you’ll need butter, confectioners’ sugar, eggnog, and vanilla extract. You’ll beat the butter smooth, add in the confectioners’ sugar, then slowly add in the eggnog and vanilla. You’ll want the frosting just stiff enough to hold its shape. I piped the frosting on with this Wilton star tip, but feel free to go the old-fashioned route and slather it on with a butter knife!
Tip: To make this a true one-bowl recipe, quickly wash out the bowl you used for the cupcake batter, and then re-use it for the frosting.
This recipe is literally a piece of cake. Soft, fluffy, spiked with eggnog, and exploding with holiday sprinkles. What’s not to love?!
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your kitchen creations makes my day. ♥
One-Bowl Eggnog Cupcakes
For the eggnog cupcakes:
- 2 and 1/4 cups plus 6 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, very soft and cut into small cubes
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup full-fat eggnog
- 1/4 cup full-fat sour cream
- 1/3 cup holiday jimmies
For the eggnog frosting:
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, very soft
- 4-6 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/4 cup eggnog
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup holiday nonpareils, for decorating
For the eggnog cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line two 12-mold muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.
- Add all of the dry ingredients to a large bowl; whisk well to combine. Add the softened butter and vanilla, and mix with a handheld electric beater until the batter resembles a course meal. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add eggnog and sour cream and mix until combined. Fold in jimmies with a rubber spatula.
- Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins (filling about 1/2 way each) and bake, one pan at a time, for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops of are golden and a cake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting:
- In a stand mixer or in large bowl using a hand held electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-speed until smooth and cream; about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the confectioners' sugar together; beat smooth. Slowly add in the eggnog (you may only need 1/8 cup) and vanilla extract, beating until slightly stiff and well combined (about 3 minutes). Refrigerate for 10 minutes then frost cooled cupcakes.
- Top freshly frosted cupcakes with sprinkles.
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