Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog & Rum Buttercream Frosting


I’m obsessed with routine.

This becomes significantly clearer and clearer when my routine is disrupted, albeit abruptly or pre-determined.


It’s awful. Can it never happen again? Unless it means my life has changed in good ways, like I’m now a housewife living in an awesome, swanky home in Santa Cruz or something. With a book deal and a fast car and really nice clothes.

Like, maybe a closet of Betsey Johnson. It’s not so much to ask.

Recently, my life has been (forcefully) thrown into change when a relative has stayed with us for a weekend.

Let it be known that just one year ago, we lived in a three-bedroom, 1-bathroom house and it was way too small for us. We recently moved into a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house which is perfect since I no longer have to share a bedroom with my preteen sister and her collection of angst and heavy eyeliner.

But since I have a boyfriend, I was unknowingly volunteered to stay over at his house for four days while my relative occupied my bedroom.


Um, just so ya’ll know, that’s where I sleep.

And I don’t like AN-Y-ONE in my bed unless their name is Hayley Parker, they wear Ray Ban glasses with maps printed on them, and have a cupcake tattoo on their right calf.

(That’s only me, ‘k?)

The saying “someone’s been sleeping in my bed” comes to mind–and this little bear ain’t happy about it.

Not only that, my stuff’s out of order. And I’d like to think I’m an orderly kinda girl. You know, one who has intentional homes for things and likes them EXACTLY there?

Yup, goodbye order. It’s been great.

While I love Jessie and his parents are great, his home just isn’t “my” home, you know? I can’t bake in his kitchen. I feel weird even pooping there, much less bathing if I needed to. And obviously I can’t store my extensive collection of costume jewelry there, nor can I lug around my huge closet of unnecessary clothing like sequin dresses (yep, I caved and bought one).

Also, for someone who diligently plans her outfits daily, it’s kinda sorta hard to plan out an outfit and stick to it 100% the night before. Because I don’t have the luxury of waking up the next morning and saying, “nah, on second thought, I don’t want to wear this. I’ll just change.” Because my other options are at home, in a bedroom that’s being occupied by someone who isn’t me.

Who may be reading my love letters, diaries and Cosmo magazines. Probably not. But you never know, do you?

What I’m TRYING to say is, I can’t wait to have my room back. To put it to its normal restored order, to be fickle about my outfits and change them on a whim, and to admire my knick-knacks and trinkets and not the pile of dirty clothes on Jessie’s floor.

I mean, is that so hard to ask?

Since my world has been turned upside down by this tragic albeit temporary shift in my routine, I decided to do something familiar and comforting: bake cupcakes. Mmmm. Butter is always comforting.

This time, I made Eggnog Cupcakes. Remember when I said I wasn’t sure if I liked eggnog? Yup, still not sure–about the drink. But these cupcakes are a big, fat YES.

They’re scrumptious and super noggy (not sure if ‘noggy’ is an appetizing word or not, but because of my mental state I’m sure you all won’t judge me too hard).

Make them, purty please? And we can reminisce about the good ol’ days when our routines were uninterrupted and purely blissful. Ahhhhhhhhh.

Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog & Rum Buttercream Frosting *cupcake recipe adapted from Wendy Paul’s recipe from her website,

1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup egg nog (I used the regular flavor, but you could experiment with different flavors for a different tasting cupcake)
3 eggs
1/2 tsp rum extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, egg nog, eggs, extracts and spices until blended, about 2 mins. Batter will be super thick but that’s okay! Portion evenly into the liners, about 2/3 full. Bake for about 15-18 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Eggnog & Rum Buttercream Frosting

2/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp rum extract
Splash vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp eggnog
Pinch of nutmeg
About 5 cups powdered sugar

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and extracts until blended and creamy, about 2 mins. Gradually add powdered sugar in, about 1 cup at a time, until frosting forms a paste. Add eggnog in between powdered sugar additions until the frosting begins to come together and make the frosting stiff yet spreadable and creamy. Blend in the pinch of nutmeg, if desired.
2. Frost cupcakes with eggnog buttercream and top with festive sprinkles, if you’d like. For these, I used a holly mix I found at Walmart, but you could easily use chocolate jimmies, red & green pearls, or even snowflakes.

Whether you like it or not, nothing screams ‘holidays’ like egg nog. It’s rich, creamy and even if you hate it, you have to admit–you’re intrigued by these cupcakes. And you should be. You need to disrupt your routine and try them because you will like it… as long as they don’t steal your bed.

Stay tuned for the “Week of Cookies” coming up soon!

Have a happy weekend!

xo, Hayley



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  1. I tried this recipe today! I followed it exactly, except I used Duncan Hines Butter recipe cake mix and used butter instead of oil, replaced the water with 1/2 cup of eggnog, omitted the cinnamon, and doubled the rum extract. For the icing, i just added a bit more of them rum extract. They were incredible!!! Thank you for this recipe 🙂

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