It’s that time of year when the world falls in love.
It’s REALLY that time of year when the world falls in love with sugary goodness! There are so many yummy treats around the holidays like fruit cake…nah, I’m just kidding…sugar cookies, fudge, chocolate covered peanut butter balls, and my personal favorite, egg nog! I could drink that stuff like chocolate milk, by the half gallon! Of course, I’d be sick and many pounds heavier post Christmas, but it goes down so cold and smooth. Who can resist? Not me!
Last Christmas, I was asked to make a few holiday cupcakes for an office Christmas party. I decided on two fall cupcakes for Thanksgiving and one Christmas cupcake. My Christmas cupcake, hands down, was the favorite among everyone! I was pleasantly surprised and have had requests for it this year.
What cupcake is it you ask? The Eggnog Overload Cupcake. If you love eggnog as much as I do then you’ll be bouncing off the walls after one bite of this ridiculously insane cupcake! It’s an eggnog flavored cupcake with an eggnog filling, topped with a glorious eggnog whip cream. Hello!!! And I have the recipe for you below. A little Christmas gift from me to you.
Eggnog reminds me of my childhood at Christmastime. I have so many memories of helping my mom bake (or trying to help) in the kitchen. She always had Christmas music playing…still does…and I play Christmas music while I’m baking now too. She made cookies, breads, and fruit cake. Yup, fruit cake. I think she gave it to relatives she didn’t care for. Just kidding, mom! Dad kept the egg nog stocked in the fridge as well as Christmas flavored ice creams in the freezer. We had it made in the sugary goodness department. The holidays are sentimental to me. I love being with my family. There really is nothing like home for the holidays and eggnog!
As I look back at 2013, it’s filled with many blessings and many struggles. As I’ve shared previously about our struggles with pregnancy, Christmastime has been the bearer of bad news; that we have a 1% chance of getting pregnant on our own and a failed surgery attempt to correct the issue, all of which happened in December. December has been marked by these facts and I’ve had to learn to look beyond them and find joy at Christmas. Please watch my IVF video to learn a bit more about my husband and myself, and our journey. There have been many blessings, one of which, is being intentional about seeing my family more, whether they come to me or I go to them. And finding myself through creativity – DIY, baking, blogging – all of which have breathed life into me.
This New Year, the dream I want to come true is having a baby. Until then, I’ll stay joyful in spending time with my family, sipping eggnog (yeah right – more like inhaling), and eating my Eggnog Overload cupcake.
So, as they say in the song, “Merry Christmas! May your New Year dreams come true.”
EGGNOG OVERLOAD CUPCAKES RECIPE:
Substitute egg nog for water
From my experience, other cake brands don’t rise well. They flatten and spread all over my pan.
1 1/4 c eggnog1 c butter, softened3/4 c sugar1 tsp vanilla1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1. Combine flour and a small amount of eggnog in a pan; stir until smooth.
2. Stir in remaining eggnog; bring to a boil (I stay on medium heat), stirring CONSTANTLY with a whisk.
3. Cook and stir constantly for 2 minutes then remove. Consistency should be smooth. If it’s lumpy, unfortunately the mixture is ruined.
4. Cool COMPLETELY.
5. In large bowl or using stand mixer,cream butter and sugar; add vanilla and nutmeg.
6. Gradually beat in cooled eggnog mixture.
Insert tip directly into center of cupcake and fill until you begin to see cupcake expand.
Eggnog Whip Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
nutmeg to taste
Thank you so much to Sandy for coming and sharing her delicious Eggnog Overload Cupcakes with us! I am a huge fan of Eggnog myself and they look and sound delightful :)
I was touched by Sandy and her husbands journey… I am positive that God gives us experiences to make us better people. In one way or another we all go through things that are difficult, that make us stretch and grow and I am SO grateful that Sandy and her husband have opened up this very personal part of their lives.
Take a minute to visit Sandy, she’s a new blogging friend of mine and read their story at Shop Girl Daisy!