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This recipe makes about 18-20 cupcakes.
Ingredients for the cupcakes
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 cup dark rum or bourbon (optional)
1 cup eggnog
1/4 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
Ingredients for frosting:
20 tbsp. unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 1/2 tbsp. eggnog
1tbsp. dark rum (optional)
Ingredients for garnish:
Ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 F Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; whisk to combine. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the rum, eggnog, vegetable oil, vinegar, and sugar. Beat on medium-low speed until well blended. Add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling the cups 2/3 full. Bake 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, 20-30 seconds. Add in the powdered sugar, salt and nutmeg, and mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in the eggnog and whip on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 minutes. With the mixer on medium-low speed, blend in the rum.
Fill a pastry bag with the frosting and decorate the cooled cupcakes as desired. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg, and garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.
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