These cupcakes are a great way to get the flavor of eggnog without being overwhelmed by its richness. The frosting is light and creamy, not overly sweet or waxy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cupcakes
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cupcakes:
Frosting:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

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  • Stir yellow cake mix, 1 1/2 cups eggnog, eggs, 1/4 cup melted butter, and nutmeg together in a bowl until batter is smooth. Pour cupcake batter into prepared muffin cups to fill about 2/3 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Stir 1 cup eggnog and flour together in a saucepan over medium-high heat until mixture thickens, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

  • Beat butter, shortening, and sugar together in a bowl with an electric mixture until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly beat in cooled eggnog mixture and beat until desired frosting consistency is reached. Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

Cook's Note:

For a sweeter frosting, substitute 2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar for the 1 cup white sugar.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 26.6g 9% DV; fat 10.9g 17% DV; cholesterol 57.1mg 19% DV; sodium 171.5mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2016
While I haven't made the frosting yet I wanted ot review the cupcake. Some eggnog cupcake recipes result in a dense cupcake. In anticipation of this I mixed the batter for 2 minutes at medium speed. The cupcakes came out light and fluffy with a nice eggnog flavor. Also I used only 1/2 tsp nutmeg. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2013
This review is for the cupcake only as I chose to use another frosting "Smooth Buttercream Frosting " also from this site. I thought I might like this cake mix eggnog cake recipe better than the one I tried yesterday as this one included butter and the other did not. I did not find this greatly improved - even with a 1/4 cup of butter and four eggs the cake was dense but wimpy and spongy. Further I found 1 tsp. of nutmeg in addition to what is probably in the eggnog to be overkill. Half that much would have done nicely. The cupcake unfortunately was probably saved by the excellent buttercream frosting I chose to use. As this recipe's first reviewer I wish I could have rated it higher. Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2013
This review is for the cupcake only as I chose to use another frosting "Smooth Buttercream Frosting " also from this site. I thought I might like this cake mix eggnog cake recipe better than the one I tried yesterday as this one included butter and the other did not. I did not find this greatly improved - even with a 1/4 cup of butter and four eggs the cake was dense but wimpy and spongy. Further I found 1 tsp. of nutmeg in addition to what is probably in the eggnog to be overkill. Half that much would have done nicely. The cupcake unfortunately was probably saved by the excellent buttercream frosting I chose to use. As this recipe's first reviewer I wish I could have rated it higher. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2016
While I haven't made the frosting yet I wanted ot review the cupcake. Some eggnog cupcake recipes result in a dense cupcake. In anticipation of this I mixed the batter for 2 minutes at medium speed. The cupcakes came out light and fluffy with a nice eggnog flavor. Also I used only 1/2 tsp nutmeg. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2016
I didn't have a yellow cake mix so used the white one that I had. They were very good. I would make these again. I took 1 doz. to my sister's work and they were a hit. For the frosting I made Wilton's buttercream recipe using eggnog instead of milk and 3/4 teaspoon each of vanilla and rum flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2017
I made these for Christmas party. I was surprised when they were done cooling they had fallen. Prior their were fluffy and high. However after breaking them open I found they were not dense and looked fine. I tasted them and texture was fine. I filled in the divot with the recommended frosting. They were a hit. I will make them again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2016
The cake was a bit heavy but still tasty. Disapointed with the frosting which after a few hours drooped off. Next time I will try the butter cream frosting suggested by another reviewer Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2019
they are great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2014
Turned out great! Tastes like eggnog! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2018
I don't know what happened tbh. the cakes turned out great! the frosting however looks like it's separating. could have been a number of factors didn't cool the flour/eggnog mix long enough/ properly (i threw it in the freezer for a couple minutes near the end ) didn't use an electric beater melted the butter added food coloring... either way it's only an image thing. the frosting tastes just fine. add some chocolate sprinkles to the top and it almost looks intentional lol. not a fan of out of box cake mixes. might try this again with a yellow cake recipe!! Read More