Anyway, I am obviously finding it hard to jump right into the Christmas season. Normally I would have jumped in a month ago, but I think I can pull out some delicious easy, Christmas cheer for you all! It might not be as much as normal, but I got home at 7pm on Wed night and spent all day yesterday and so far today, in the kitchen.
I see that Facebook is having another temper tantrum and while I was blessed to never have the issues other bloggers did with their fan pages, I am having it now. Hardly anyone is seeing my posts, and very few new fans, as of late. Please make sure to spread the word about Foodthoughtsofachefwannabe and make sure to follow me here directly, twitter, instagram, Pinterest, or whatever social media you groove on!
That being said, many of you may not have seen my request to discuss, "Egg Nog". People either love it or hate it, and I am not such a fan myself. My husband on the other hand, is ridiculously in love. I wanted to make him a special treat, and in the end, I LOVED them too. I wanted to make it into a cupcake. For the record, I just shopped at my first "The Christmas Tree Shoppe" in Jersey, where I bought no less than 15 new cupcake liner designs. What that means for you is to be expecting some amazing, OVER the top, RIDICULOUSLY amazing cupcakes. HA!
The egg nog flavor is light and creamy, and the frosting.......get outta here, it is creamy perfection! The recipe couldn't be easier, the cake is fluffy and light and the icing is perfection!
I hope you enjoy these, even make them into minis, you won't be sorry, trust me.
For the cupcakes you will need:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground or grated nutmeg
1 heaping cup granulated sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup egg nog
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In your stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer, add in butter, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and sugar. Cream together until completely combined and add both eggs, ONE at a time! Now add in the flour and egg nog alternately. Some flour and mix, egg nog and mix, I think you are supposed to end with flour but truth be told, I didn't, and I don't pay attention to that stuff that I am sure means something really important but never seems to make a difference to me. Get it all combined, just make sure not to over mix.
Line cupcake pans with liners. This will make 24 cupcakes. Fill evenly and back for 15-18 minutes. Remove and let cool completely!
Creamy Egg Nog Icing
1/2 cup butter softened
4 ozs. cream cheese, softened
4=5 cups powdered sugar (aka confectioners, or icing)
1/4 cup egg nog
nutmeg for dusting
Combine all ingredients and mix. If you are using a stand mixer, once the ingredients are combined, whip on high for 2-3 minutes. If you are using a hand mixer, whip until creamy and smooth.
Ice cupcakes using a piping bag, or a knife and dust LIGHTLY with nutmeg.
Like I mentioned, make these into minis or one big cake. I can't see how you could possibly go wrong. Light fluffy egg noggy cake and creamy egg nog heaven on top! ENJOY!!
Your "putting the MERRY in Christmas" Chefwannabe