Eggnog Cupcakes with Rum Buttercream ~ Savory Simple

I’ve always been a huge fan of using eggnog in dessert recipes. I’ve made cookies, ice cream, a roulade cake, you name it.  But out of everything I’ve made, I still think that eggnog cupcakes are the absolute best dessert. There’s just so much to love.

I shared a recipe for eggnog cupcakes a few years ago that has consistently pulled good traffic around the holidays.  And it’s always been a bit of a sore spot for me because while I appreciate the visitors, I feel like the recipe and photo are underwhelming. I decided that both needed an upgrade.


Eggnog Cupcakes with Rum Buttercream
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Serves: 24 cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
  • 7 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 2 ounces cornstarch
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2½ teaspoons fresh grated nutmeg (plus more for topping)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (plus more for topping)
  • 1 cup good quality eggnog (I like Organic Valley or Southern Comfort)
  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum
  • 1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 14 ounces granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
For the Rum Buttercream:
  • 2 cups spiced rum
  • 3 ounces egg whites (approximately 3 eggs)
  • 8 ounces granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 10 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: ¼ cup good quality eggnog
For the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the oven racks in the upper middle and lower middle positions.
  2. Line your cupcake pans with paper liners.
  3. Whisk all dry ingredients together except for the sugar.
  4. Combine the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl.
  5. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on low for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time on low and then scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  7. Add the dry and wet ingredients, alternating between the two quickly to avoid overworking the batter.
  8. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds on medium.
  9. Use a 2 oz scoop to distribute the batter evenly between cupcake liners.
  10. Bake for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool to room temperature for 25-30 minutes before removing from pan. Proceed with frosting.
For the Rum Buttercream:
  1. In a small saucepan, reduce 2 cups of rum on high heat until you have around 3-4 tablespoons. Alcohol is flammable so keep an eye on it. If you accidentally flambé the rum, put a lid on the pot for a minute to extinguish the flame. Allow the reduced rum to cool to room temperature.
  2. Add sugar, water and corn syrup to a saucepan. Attach a candy thermometer to the side.
  3. Boil and allow sugar mixture to reach the soft ball stage (235-340 degrees F).
  4. While the sugar is coming up to temperature, whip the egg whites in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whip them to a soft peak.
  5. With the mixer on medium speed, carefully pour the syrup down the side of the mixing bowl. Turn the speed up to high and whip until the meringue is at a stiff peak and room temperature. You can speed up this process by wrapping the outside of the bowl in ice packs or cold wet towels.
  6. When the meringue is cool, slowly add the soft butter while mixing on high.
  7. Once all of the butter is incorporated, add the cinnamon, vanilla and rum (and eggnog if using).
Before serving the cupcakes, top them generously with a mixture of fresh grated nutmeg and cinnamon. This will enhance the eggnog flavors.


  • Libby

    Yes please.

  • Mama’s Gotta Bake


  • spree

    Wow do those ever sound nummy!

  • Miranda

    Those look amazing!

  • Susan

    Photo is gorgeous and the recipe sounds to-die-for. Boozy eggnog deliciousness!

  • Lasairiona

    I’m THRILLED you posted this! I have 3 offices of workers to bake for, for the holidays and I think you just gave me a recipe to make for them all! SO excited! :D

  • thekalechronicles

    I’ll just eat the rum buttercream with a spoon, thank you.

  • Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    Wow, I love eggnog and this looks fantastic!

  • Bria

    Hmmmm, I might just have to re-think my indifference to eggnog now ;-) Lovely cupcakes!

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  • Tutti Dolci (@Tutti_Dolci)

    Yum! I’m not an eggnog lover, but you had me at rum buttercream. I want to slather it on everything!

  • daisy

    How beautiful!

  • movita beaucoup

    Love the update – gorgeous!

  • easybaked

    rum buttercream—–YAY!!!!!!!!! :)

  • monicastangledweb

    OMG, I love your photos, but these little cupcakes take the cake! They look scrumptious! I love your website, too. Thanks so much for visiting mine. ;)

  • Feathers + Futons (@FeathersFutons)

    This looks amazing! I am definitely going to have to try this!

  • Nejotak

    *drool* I just had a request to bring a “drunken egg nog” type of cupcake to Christmas. I think this will fit the bill nicely!

  • Karina

    Oh my gosh. This is one of my favourite new christmas recipe ideas that I have come across this year!

  • cakeboule

    Looking good!

  • thecompletecookbook

    What a fabulous idea for the festive season! Lovely!
    :-) Mandy

  • ediblesubstance

    They are so cute! Look really great

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  • krailton

    These sound delicious love eggnog :) x

  • countrywoodsmoke

    These look gorgeous, not really acupcake kind of guy, but i could sink a few of these quite easily.

  • lovelylici1986

    I don’t like eggnog, but I looove cupcakes. And rum. Hehehe.
    I think my family would love these b/c they reeeally like eggnog. I think I’ll use this recipe for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

  • ringfingertanline

    Oh my goodness. I am going to have to replace my next Pumpkin Spice Cake with these. Yummmmmmm

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  • Just A Smidgen

    So awesome that you’ve redone… I have a few earlier blog posts that I think could use a new photograph:) Now we are the lucky recipients of your newly done cupcakes! I think these could be lovely for the next few Christmas parties!

  • Ann

    what a great, festive recipe! these look so yummy, and i love how your cupcakes are straight on the sides instead of flared. Very cool :)

  • baconbiscuit212

    Another delicious recipe and beautiful photo! These look amazing for the holidays. Thanks for posting!

  • Emily

    Egg nog is seriously one of my favorite flavors… and not just around the holidays. This will be perfect for our family “goodies” night. Thanks!

  • offallytasty

    OOH! Im playing around with eggnog desserts right now too! SO PRETTY!

  • purabi naha

    What a yummy recipe! The photograph makes me drool!! Loved your recipe.

  • Anna

    Cupcakes are definitely here to stay. So are eggnog recipes. Yes! It is Christmas…I am so ready to get all busy with Christmas preparations. I will definitely won’t let this cupcake recipe pass without making them. Great post!

  • peterandros

    Oh wow!

  • thefooddoctor

    I know what you mean about old pictures and recipes.
    I too am tempted to upgrade many of my old pictures because looking at them feels like looking at middle school pictures lol

  • mbnilsson

    What a great idea. I love that the rum flavor goes into the frosting. I’ll have to give these a try.

  • cakefanatic

    These look absolutely delicious!

  • Karen

    What a great recipe to have and share. Thank you…this will be perfect for my Christmas party.

  • Caroline

    Yes please!! I’m a cupcake fanatic and am loving this flavor combo. Really gets me excited for Christmas. :)

  • Kajalita

    They look great! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Meg

    Hopefully making these for xmas eve, that is if i can convince my dad i wont burn down the house when cooking off the alcohol….

  • alexandra

    What an interesting combination of flavors for a cupcake! The new photo is beautiful and certainly does the cupcakes justice :)

  • nataliadecuba

    Exquisite. Truly.

  • brookeO

    These look great. I can’t wait to try them out!

  • Christine

    These look amazing — eggnog cake PLUS eggnog icing!? I’m definitely inspired to make an eggnog flavoured treat this winter, since I just discovered (after 10 years) that I don’t hate eggnog after all! :D

  • The Domestic Rebel

    OMG, these look aaaaamazing! I planned on doing an eggnog cupcake with cake mix… until my eyeballs saw these. Yum!!

  • christinajane

    I’ve never had eggnog! Is it like custard? Don’t worry – I will research it and find out myself :) These look pretty awesome – and nutmeg, freshly grated, is the absolute winner. I imagine these would be perfect around now for those heading into winter – right when we are starting to pick strawberries over here!

  • Von

    Your cupcakes are so pretty! :) I’ve never had eggnog before, but the flavour sounds very interesting indeed- and I bet it tastes amazing with the rum buttercream!

  • Mad Dog

    That’s a great one for Christmas morning and beautifully made too!

  • Lisa

    Oh my…come to Mama! What stunning cupcakes, and I can only imagine the eggnog flavor bursting throughout! Perfect for the holidays!

  • apieceoflifespie

    omg, I have died and gone to heaven! These look amazing!

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  • dcsweettooth

    Oh my goodness these look delicious. I can’t wait to try them out myself!

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  • Just Baked

    Those look amazing! My husband absolutely loves eggnog. Then, spiking both the cupcake and frosting with rum…brilliant! :D

  • Andi Houston

    Those look delicious! Our family tried the Organic Valley eggnog a few years ago and now won’t drink anything else. Every other brand just seems cloyingly sweet and unnaturally thick. One of my goals this year is to make real eggnog from scratch… If there’s any left, I’ll have to try these cupcakes!

  • The Hook

    These look awesome!!!

  • lovelaughmirch

    the frosting looks heavenly :)

  • Jereme’s Kitchen

    i luv everything about this!

  • puresweet

    These look beautiful! And rum buttercream? Oh em gee… :)

  • willrun4dinner

    Yum! Looks delicious!

  • Terris@ Free Eats

    Oh, that buttercream sounds divine! Such an awesome holiday recipe!

  • Chilli Ninja

    Oh what a wonderful winter treat! I love cupcakes but never had them with rum which sounds amazing!

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  • Cindy’s Cooking and Food Porn

    Holy crap! Drooling!

  • Brown Sugar Mama

    These look awesome. In the next major effort in upgrading my blog, I want to purchase one of those nice cameras. What is the kind you use?

    • Savory Simple

      I use a Nikon D70, which is only available used these days. Comparable models would be the D90, D3000 or D7000. If you want to check out my entire photography setup, click the link at the top of my site to “My Amazon Store” and check out the Photography section. I also discuss it a bit in the FAQ.

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  • Victoria

    I’m definitely trying this!! I also featured this recipe on my blog here:

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  • Hana

    Just baked some and holy cow, they are SUPER good!
    Great Recipe girl!