Thursday, December 23, 2010

Eggnog Cupcakes with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

I recently cleaned out the cabinets in an effort to integrate some of the food from my old apartment into the pantry.  During this process, I was reminded of the baking mix that I was given as part of our swag bag from the King Arthur trip.  

Upon discovering this EggNog Cake mix, I decided that I HAD to make it for this holiday season since it would be somewhat inappropriate after Christmas.  

Then of course, life got a little crazy.  There were gifts to buy (and wrap), friends to visit, errands to do....And when I got home from yoga last night, baking ANYTHING was not high on my list of priorities.  But since I promised eggnog cupcakes to my friends, I felt guilty if I didn't try.

Although the cake is for a bundt, I decided I'd prefer to bring cupcakes for our little holiday gathering, since they are easier to serve than cutting a cake & needing plates, forks and whatnot.  I consulted my #1 baker friend Megan for some tips and got to baking my cuppers.

I don't why I was so worked up over it - the mix couldn't have been easier.  Just cream some butter together with the cake mix, add milk and eggs, and the batter is done.



I made the cupcakes last night - then tonight after work I came home and made a frosting.  The cake mix came with a glaze, but for eggnog cupcakes I really thought something boozy would be fun -- especially since they were all for adults over 21!  Again, I consulted Megan on the addition of booze, and decided to make a cream cheese frosting with bourbon....


So I added a few tablespoons of this.....

To this....


To make these.....


I'll let you know the verdict after the party!! I haven't tasted the cupcakes, but Rafe had to take the leftover frosting away from me - I was getting a little tipsy.

Happy Holidays!  And don't forget, you still have a few days left to enter to win free pasta!  

6 comments:

  1. Looks like you found this box at just the right time! Mine is still in my cabinet.

    The cupcakes look awesome, the addition of bourbon is such a good idea!!

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  2. I can envision you sitting in your sweats with the leftover bowl of frosting! :-) These look fantastic and I love that we all contact Megan for our personal baking hotline!

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  3. ohmygosh these look amazing. I love cream cheese frosting and I bet it's fantastic with eggnog. Also, the last pic is beautiful. As if I didn't want them enough just from the description.

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  4. I should start charging! :) Beautiful cupcakes. I'm sure they tasted amazing.

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  5. Booze and cupcakes together is always a success! These look delicious!

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  6. Oh my YUM...that is all I have to say. That and why didn't you save me one?? :)

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