Holidays With Honey – Honey Eggnog Cupcakes

eggnog cupcake

Yes, I knew I had an eggnog cupcake recipe!  These are sure to become a holiday favorite with friends and family.  They also make great gifts!

Yield:  16 cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted flour (I use cake flour for best results)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

3/4 cup honey

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup eggnog (try it with honey eggnog recipe from earlier today)

1/4 cup bourbon, whiskey, OR dark rum

1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract

Prepare pans by lining with cupcake liners. Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift or whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar and honey until smooth and well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the eggnog. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. Add the vanilla and whiskey (or your spirits of choice!)

Pour batter into prepared pans, 3/4 full. Bake 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.

Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

6 ounces cream cheese

1 stick unsalted butter

1/4 cup honey eggnog

4 – 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Fresh ginger

Cream butter and cream cheese in bowl of electric mixer or with handheld beaters. When the mixture is soft and fluffy begin to add sifted powdered sugar a little at a time. Slowly add 1 tablespoon of eggnog alternating with the powdered sugar until you reach the right consistency. Beat until creamy. Pipe onto cupcakes using a pastry bag or spread with a spatula. Sprinkle fresh ginger on top.

Cupcakes may be stored in an airtight container for up to four days.

Honey Black Raspberry Cupcakes With Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

My favorite ice cream flavor of all time is Black Raspberry Chip by Graeter’s in Cincinnati. It may be the perfect ice cream!!

All Graeter’s ice cream flavors are divine…  And they have an online store!!

I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking up new honey cupcake recipes, and for a while now, I’ve been trying to think of a cupcake that captures the essence of this heavenly frozen treat. By George, I think I’ve got it!!

The purple of the cupcakes comes from the berries alone. No food coloring needed.

If you can’t find black raspberries, blackberries or raspberries will do nicely.  🙂

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz black raspberries, frozen, and thawed
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 TBS raspberry liqueur
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, large

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF and line one twelve cup cupcake pan with lines.
  2. In a small pot over low heat combine:
    • 3/4 cup honey
    • 8 oz black raspberries, frozen , and thawed
  3. Heat mixture until honey is softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender, purée black raspberries with the honey.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together:
    • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/8 tsp salt
  6. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk together until fluffy:
    • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted , softened
    • 2 TBS raspberry liqueur
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Whip into the butter, one at a time:
    • 3 eggs, large
  8. Alternate adding in the flour mixture with the black raspberry mixture, until just combined, scraping down sides of the bowl between mixes.
  9. Divide batter evenly into prepared cupcake pan. Bake until edges of the cupcakes are lightly golden, 17-20 minutes.
  10. Cool cupcakes completely prior to frosting.
  11. Refrigerate cupcakes until ready to serve.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Yields: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or 1/2 pound), softened (but not melted!)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Cream butter for a few minutes in a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Turn off the mixer. Sift 3 cups powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl. Turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the dry ingredients do not blow everywhere) until the sugar and cocoa are absorbed by the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add a little more sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time.