Vegan Eggnog Cupcakes

December 14, 2021
In the United States, eggnog is a seasonal drink that is synonymous with Christmas. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, the flavors embody the winter season. Although delicious and highly sought-after during the holidays, traditional eggnog can wreak havoc on ones health. Being made up of primarily eggs, cream, and sugar, it is extremely high in fat and cholesterol. There are many popular vegan nogs found in most supermarkets that you can buy for a healthy replacement, or you can make your own.

I used my nog to make a sweet, festive treat for the holidays. Nog has a deep, rich flavor that shines through in these cupcakes. Feel free to add a tiny bit of rum extract if you want to go for the ‘spiked’ nog taste. I topped my cupcakes with a nog frosting to match but you can use plain old vanilla or whatever else you feel fit.
vegan eggnog cupcakes on a cooling rack

Vegan Eggnog Cupcakes

Recipe Type: Sweets
utensils YIELDS 24 cupcakes
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  • 1 1/2 cups vegan nog (I used Califia Farms)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp clove
  • 1/4 cup plain vegan yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the frosting:
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp vegan nog
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1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake trays with 24 liners. Set aside.

2. Whisk together the nog and cider vinegar and set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices.

4. Pour in the nog/vinegar, yogurt, oil, and vanilla extract into the bowl with the flour. Stir well, until there are no lumps.

5. Pour into lined cupcake times and bake for 18–20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

6. While baking, make the frosting. Add the butter, sugar, extract, and 2 tbsp of nog to a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to mix.

7. Add the remaining 2 tbsp of nog and beat until smooth and spreadable.

8. Remove cupcakes from oven and let cook completely before frosting.

9. Top with crushed nutmeg.

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.


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