I'm not one of those people, but I get it. I mean, I know what an egg is, but what exactly is a nog? And why am I drinking it? And why is it yellow? All questions that I really can't answer (and to be honest the more I think about it, the more it kind of creeps me out). But, it reminds me of holidays at home with my family, so I suppose I will just continue to enjoy my sickeningly yellow glass of nog-stalgia by myself (but what the hell is a nog??)
Anyways, I had gone grocery shopping and I bought this (rather large) bottle of eggnog, 'cause I'm still stuck at school and ... just see above for the whole no(g)stalgia thing. Usually I'm not really picky about my thick yellow drinkable substances (as long as they're in the form of eggnog) however the PartiCular brand that I purchased was really quite disgusting. And I'm not talking about a small little milk carton that I could've just tossed away without a care in the world ... no. I had to buy the industrial-sized-family of four-with a dog-and an suv-and a summer home in muskoka somewhere-bottle for just lil old me (because my boyfriend is among the nonbelievers), so I really didn't want to just toss it all down the drain.
Luckily, that night, I was mindlessly searching "cupcake" online (because, as I've stated before, cupcakes rule my life) and I found the most exciting thing: the next day (the 15th of December) happened to be national cupcake day, which, dear readers, was the answer to my problems (not all of them of course, I still have essays to finish, and that whole world peace thing is going to take some time ... but the eggnog!).
On that magical day of cupcakey goodness, I set to work baking away my problems (quite literally). Some friends and I took over the residence kitchen (baking things covered practically every surface) and I, along with my friend Inga, got to work turning crappy eggnog into cupcake magic (cause that's just what we do).
I'll be honest, dear readers. In the next few days your eyes will be positively spammed with cupcakey goodness because I've gone a little crazy in the spirit of the holidays (and the fact that I just plain love cupcakes, people) So I will keep this brief. Make these cupcakes. If you love eggnog, you'll absolutely love these cupcakes, and if you don't, well now I'm positively double dog DARING you to make these. They have just the right hint of nutmeg and vanilla and a whole lot of yumminess that quite frankly I cannot put into words. And hey, they're not yellow so that adds to the appeal right? We had a blast making them, they turned out wonderfully (minus the fork incident in the middle cupcake ... you'll see) and I got rid of my noggy burden. It's really a Christmas miracle in a cupcake liner and I am spreading the holiday cheer through your computers (be they mac or pc) and into your hearts and homes (be they a split-level or a duplex). This one is a definite crowd pleaser; you won't be disappointed!
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup eggnog
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4-6 tsp eggnog
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1. Pre-heat oven to 350˚ and line a 12-cupcake pan with paper liners.
2. Stir the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar, and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
4. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl . Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix gently, then stir in half of the eggnog. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat with remaining egg nog and flour mixture.
5. Divide batter into 12 cupcakes and bake for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
6. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack, and then frost.
7. To make the frosting, beat the butter until smooth, then add the powdered sugar, half a cup at a time.
Add the nutmeg, then add the eggnog one teaspoon at a time until the frosting is smooth. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.