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Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream

Tender chocolate cupcakes spiced with cinnamon and cloves topped with rich buttercream flavored with eggnog. A perfect treat for the holiday season.


For the spiced chocolate cupcakes:

  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons hot coffee (145 ml)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (55 grams)
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour (155 grams)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar (200 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons sour cream (140 grams)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (115 ml)

For the eggnog buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature (226 grams)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar , sifted (450 grams)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Splash of bourbon , optional
  • 2-4 tablespoons eggnog


To make the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or grease and flour.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the hot coffee and cocoa powder until smooth and no lumps remain. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the egg, egg yolk, and sugar on medium high speed until pale yellow in color. Add the sour cream and mix until combined, followed by the vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture all at once and mix until combined. Add the cocoa mixture and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Fill the cupcake liners ⅔ full with the batter and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 12-15 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the buttercream:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, salt, nutmeg, vanilla, and bourbon (if using).
  • Add the eggnog a tablespoon at a time while mixing on medium high speed until desired consistency is reached. Increase speed to high and beat for a few minutes until smooth.
  • Frost cupcakes with the buttercream. The cupcakes should be stored in an airtight container and will keep at room temperature for several days and about a week in the fridge.


Calories: 348kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 218mg, Potassium: 67mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 386IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg
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