Friday, December 20, 2013

Eggnog Cupcakes

Eggnog Cupcakes

If you want a creamier frosting, add more eggnog.  The nog lovers in your life won't complain!

4 eggs, separated
2/3 C butter, softened
1-1/2 C sugar, divided
2-1/3 C all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C eggnog


1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 C butter, softened
3-3/4 C confectioners' sugar
2 Tbsp. eggnog
Freshly grated or additional ground nutmeg

Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, cream butter and 1-1/4 cups sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with eggnog, beating well after each addition.

With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.  Add remaining sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved.  Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form.  Fold into batter.

Fill prepared muffin cups three-fourths full.  Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting:  in a bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until blended.  Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and eggnog until smooth.  Frost cupcakes.  Sprinkle with nutmeg.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 2 dozen

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