Eggnog Cupcakes

IMG_1903

For those of you that don’t know, after moving to Norway about a year ago, I started taking Norwegian language courses through a local adult learning (voksenopplæring) program. It’s been challenging but ultimately very rewarding! I’ve learned so much over the space of a year, and I’m excited to continue learning and getting better at speaking and understanding Norwegian. Every year, the voksenopplæring school has a Christmas party shortly before Christmas break. The party is a potluck, of sorts, and they ask that each student bring a dish. Since many of students that attend this school are immigrants, they asked that we try to bring dishes that represent traditional Christmas fare in our homelands. Oddly enough, I always find it difficult to come up with “traditional” American dishes (and I TRY not to say burgers every time), particularly Christmas dishes that I could easily prepare beforehand and take to a potluck. I guess it’s partly due to the fact that typical American food is… well… so varied and has it’s roots in so many other cultures. But back to the issue at hand. I obviously decided to go with a dessert, and two flavors came to mind when I thought about a typical American Christmas: eggnog and peppermint. And because I couldn’t choose, I decided to make two desserts, the first of which was a delicious eggnog cupcake!

Eggnog Cupcakes
Yields 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:
1 stick (113 grams) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup eggnog
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

For the frosting:
3 sticks (339 grams) butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup eggnog
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Before starting with the directions, a note about eggnog. If you can buy it, I would recommend it, just out of the pure fact that you can avoid the whole raw egg thing, and it’s just easier. But for those of you that live in a place where eggnog is not a traditional drink, and therefore rather hard to come by, or those that simply want to try making it on their own, it’s a rather easy thing to make. I found a great recipe over at Food Network that turned out great. Personally, I left out the egg whites and added a little cinnamon (and probably would have added a little vanilla extract, too, if I’d thought of it at the time), but otherwise followed it step by step. Now, on to making the cupcake!

IMG_1899

Start by preheating your oven to 350* Fahrenheit (175* Celsius) and lining your muffin pans. In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth and add the sugar, again mixing until smooth. Add the eggs, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add half a cup of flour, eggnog, then the final half cup of flour, mixing between each new addition. Pour batter into cupcake pan, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or  until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

IMG_1900

While the cupcakes bake, you can whip up the frosting. In a medium bowl, cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix until the frosting returns to a smooth state. Add the eggnog, vanilla extract, and nutmeg, and mix until everything is well incorporated. Spoon frosting into a piping bag, and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Happy baking!

Advertisements

One thought on “Eggnog Cupcakes

  1. Pingback: Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Sandwiches | The Simple, Sweet Life

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s