Egg Nog Cupcakes…and a surprise engagement.

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Two weeks ago I ventured to New York City with my best friend Denise for a quick 4-day vacation. NYC is by far my favourite city in the entire world. The hustle and bustle, lights, and delicious restaurants and bakeries on every corner is what I love most about the city. But after this latest trip, I have a whole new reason. On my last night in NYC, Denise and I ventured to Rockefeller Centre to see the infamous Christmas tree all lit up. Well, to make a long story short, it wasn’t lit up (apparently they turn it off at 10:30pm to conserve energy). I’m not going to lie – I was very disappointed. Mainly because I had been there for 3 nights already and this was my last opportunity to see the tree lit up before we departed the next day. While I was pouting and feeling sorry for myself, I decided to make the most of the evening and take some photos of my surroundings.

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As I was taking the photo above of 30 Rock, I heard a very familiar (and male) voice. I turn around to see my boyfriend, whom I thought was back at home in Winnipeg, standing there in the middle of Rockefeller Centre with a bakery box in hand. After the initial shock of seeing him wore off, he tells me to open the box.Proposal cupcakes

A proposal to rival all proposals. I was speechless but had enough strength to say “Yes”. And how could I not – besides it being the most amazing proposal ever, those red velvet cupcakes were the most delicious I have ever tasted – thanks to Tribeca Treats!

In honour of the holiday season, and the most important day of my life thus far, I wanted to bake and share a recipe that I love this time of year. These Egg Nog Cupcakes are dense, moist and sweet. Also, how can you possibly say no to egg nog buttercream icing?! Even if you aren’t a true egg nog fan, you will enjoy these.

You will need:

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For the cupcakes:
1-3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 eggs
1 cup egg nog (I used full fat, but you can use fat free or soy nog)
1 tsp vanilla

For the Egg Nog buttercream icing:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4-6 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup egg nog
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch salt

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In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix all the dry ingredients (both flours, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt) together.

Here is quick tip about cake flour – if you’re like me, you don’t want to buy another bag of flour that you barely use, only to store in your pantry and take up space. So, I made my own by combining my all-purpose flour and cornstarch! Click here to learn how to make it, courtesy of Joy the Baker!

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Next, mix butter pieces in until they’re coated with the flour mixture.

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Should look slightly crumbly but well-mixed.

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Mix eggs, egg nog and vanilla together in a large measuring cup.

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Add to dry ingredients gradually until just mixed.

DO NOT – I repeat – DO NOT over mix or else your cupcakes won’t rise properly.

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Line pan with cupcake liners and fill cups 2/3 full.

Bake in a 325 degree fahrenheit oven for 17-22 minutes or until golden brown and the tops spring back when lightly touched.

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Cool in pans about 5 minutes then cool completely on wire rack.

While your cupcakes are cooling you can make your egg nog buttercream frosting!

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In a stand mixer or using an electric hand-held mixer, mix butter and icing sugar on medium speed. Add nutmeg and salt.

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Pour in egg nog gradually until frosting is spreadable. Add less egg nog if you plan on piping the frosting on or if you are using fat-free or soy not that isn’t as thick as full-fat egg nog.

Also – apologies for the blurry photo! It was the only one I had of this step.

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Your icing should look like so.

I filled a piping bag and used a Wilton 1M tip.

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I also decided to be festive and decorate these beauties with some red and green sugar sprinkles.

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They’re not quite red velvet proposal cupcakes, but they are a close second :)


Recipe adapted from: Bake and Destroy


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