Yield: about 18 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup dark rum or bourbon (optional)
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar

For the frosting:

  • 20 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2½ tbsp. eggnog
  • 1 tbsp. dark rum (0ptional)

For garnish:

  • Ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg
  • Cinnamon sticks
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    To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; whisk to combine.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the rum, eggnog, vegetable oil, vinegar, and sugar.  Beat on medium-low speed until well blended.  Add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until incorporated.

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    Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling the cups 2/3 full.  Bake 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    To make the frosting, place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, 20-30 seconds.  Add in the powdered sugar, salt and nutmeg, and mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and smooth, about 1 minute.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add in the eggnog and  whip on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 minutes.  With the mixer on medium-low speed, blend in the rum.

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    Fill a pastry bag with the frosting and decorate the cooled cupcakes as desired. (I used a large, unlabeled star tip for these cupcakes). Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg, and garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.