Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist chocolate eggnog cupcakes topped off with a flavorful eggnog cream cheese frosting and a dusting of nutmeg.

Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from

We’re in the final countdown now. Less than a week to go until Christmas. Not that you needed me to remind you, but my oldest keeps reminding me. So… Are you ready? Is your shopping done? Presents wrapped and under the tree? Or do you wait? I don’t have a single thing wrapped. I could blame that on the lazy elves but, let’s be real. I’m Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves. It’s hard work. ;)

I normally wrap downstairs in the basement alone. It’s cold and boring down there. Plus the table is short so my back ends up hurting. I’m totally changing my wrapping plans after Katrina told me she wraps while watching a movie. Uhmmm genius! Why have I never thought of that? So I’ll put the Mr to work lugging up things for me to wrap and he can stash them under the tree. Sounds like a good plan to me! That is of course assuming that the kids don’t claim they can’t sleep and come down while I’m in the midst of wrapping.

Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from

But okay… cupcakes. That’s what you’re really here for, right? I don’t blame you. These cupcakes are worth listening (or reading) my babbling, promise. Super moist chocolate eggnog cupcakes with creamy eggnog cream cheese frosting. It’s seriously a must make seasonal cupcake. And fear not, if you don’t like eggnog, I’m sure you’ll still like these. It’s not super powerful, just a hint. The eggnog adds nice moisture and flavor to the actual cupcake but the chocolate definitely shines through. If you want one more cupcake to try this year, this is it!

Still looking for more holiday desserts? Check below for some of my absolute favorites to try!

Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from

Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist chocolate eggnog cupcakes topped off with a flavorful eggnog cream cheese frosting and a dusting of nutmeg.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake
Servings: 6 cupcakes



  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C eggnog
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 - 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp eggnog


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a cupcake pan with 6 liners.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by eggnog and sour cream. mix until no streaks remain. Slowly mix in remaining dry ingredients. Divide mixture between 6 liners, roughly 2/3 full.
  • Bake cupcakes for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool for several minutes in pan prior to transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • When ready to frost cupcakes, prepare frosting. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter. Mix in powdered sugar. Slowly add enough eggnog to desired consistency. Frost cupcakes as desired.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Holiday dessert recipes:
Apple cranberry squares
Mini Santa hat cheesecakes
Eggnog cranberry swirl cheesecake bars
White chocolate peppermint bark cheesecake
Mini eggnog cheesecakes
Gingerbread cheesecake
Mini red velvet cheesecake
Gingerbread chocolate chip cookies
Gingerdoodle cookies
Gingerbread kiss cookies
Candy cane thumbprints
Cranberry-orange pinwheels
Snickerdoodle cookies
Gingerbread cookies
Mini vanilla cupcakes with peppermint buttercream
Devil’s food cupcakes with vanilla buttercream
Peppermint stick ice cream
Homemade hot fudge sauce

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23 Responses to “Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

    We can text each other while wrapping presents and watching It’s a Wonderful Life at an obscene hour on Christmas Eve. Cheers!

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      Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Definitely! Between curses and paper cuts. ;)

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    Ali @ Inspiralized — December 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

    These look absolutely incredible – I love anything that has fluffy frosting and these cupcakes look so decadent and amazing. I’ll have to try!

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      Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Thanks Ali! :)

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    Erin|The Law Student's Wife — December 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Would it be totally in appropriate just to lick the frosting off of all of these? It looks amazing!
    Wrapping while watching a movie is a new one for me too, and I’m never going back!

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      Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Definitely appropriate! :)

  4. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — December 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I love wrapping and movie watching, it makes me getting tangled in tape and giving myself wrapping paper cuts so much more bearable. The alcohol I am drinking usually helps. I might ahve to swtich to cupcakes while wrapping. I’m sure it would go so much smoother. :) THESE LOOK AMAZING!

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      Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

      sticky fingers and paper cuts hmmmm lol ;)

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    Amy — December 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Ohmygoodness. I need to put these in my face right now.

    I totally wrap while watching TV or movies! My favorite is Love Actually, but my parents wrap to A Christmas Story, usually.

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      Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 7:31 am

      I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever seen Love Actually and I hear so many people love it so I need to look into that…

  6. #
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — December 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Love that you combined chocolate and eggnog. Yum.

    • #
      Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Thanks Laura! :)

  7. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — December 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I cannot believe Christmas is so soon. I am not ready and have not had nearly enough eggnog. These cupcakes looks marvelous.

    • #
      Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Time to get on that! Drink only eggnog from here until the 26th ;)

  8. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 21, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I must try baking with eggnog! These look fabulous!

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      Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Thanks Stephanie! It really adds such great flavor and moisture :)

  9. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Mmm wonderful! I would love a few of these right now ;-)

  10. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — December 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    These look delightful :) the frosting sounds perfect!

  11. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — December 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    These cupcakes look fantastic!!

  12. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — January 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Love these cupcakes, Rachel! Happy New Year to you and yours! xo

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      Rachel — January 3, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Stacy! Same to you :)

  13. #
    Monica — January 4, 2014 at 7:28 am

    This cupcake is so gorgeous! The swirl on that frosting hooked me but then I see that the inside of the chocolate cupcake looks so moist and tasty. So nice! : )

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      Rachel — January 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Monica!

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