I’m going back about about seven months here to the cupcakes I made for my friend/coworker Kristin for her family’s Christmas visit. We talked a lot about what to make but she just went with “I’ll eat any cupcake you make. I trust you”. A lot of people say this when I make cupcakes for them and let me tell you, it’s a lot of pressure!
I finally suggested an adapted Martha recipe of spiced eggnog cupcake with eggnog frosting, and she seemed to love this idea (at least that’s what she told me). I mean who doesn’t love this stuff, I can’t get enough of it at Christmas time. My mom used to tell me that when she was little she would poke a pin hole in the eggnog carton and suck it out thinking her parents wouldn’t know since the carton wasn’t open. So, I’m prettu sure my egnog love is genetic, thanks mom.
Martha’s recipe was just a spiced cake so I decided that instead of milk I’d use eggnog instead. Now if we’re talking eggnog you obviously have to put rum (about 1/4 cup of spiced rum) in there…obviously I like to put alcohol in my cupcakes, huh? I took a few things out of Martha’s recipe too. I didn’t have allspice in my kitchen and since there were lots of other spices in there I just decided to leave it out. I also didn’t have mace, and quite frankly, it kind of freaked me out to put something that’s I assume is in pepper spray in my cupcakes.
How about the frosting you ask? Well here it is:
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 4-6 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons eggnog
- 1-2 tablespoons spiced rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Basically I just mixed the butter and sugar together adding 1 tablespoon of rum then 1 tablespoon at a time of eggnog until you get to the desired consistency. I’m going to admit something here though, I completely forgot to add the rum and didn’t realize until the cupcakes were decorated. BUT, if I had added the rum, that is how I would have done it.
To decorate, I started by frosting all of the cupcakes with the white frosting, then tinted about 1/2 cup frosting red for the berries, and the rest green for the wreath. I used a #102 decorating tip to pipe layers of the leaves around and finished them by adding berries with a #1 decorating tip.
I never got to eat these cupcakes since I only made a dozen and gave all of them to Kristin to share with her family but from what she tells me, she liked them. But, she says this about most of my cupcakes so either she’s never met a cupcake she doesn’t like, or she’s just being nice. But knowing Kristin, I’m inclined to believe the former.