Yield: about 18-20 cupcakes
     Recipe adapted from: Annie’s Eats


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

¼ cup dark rum or bourbon (optional)

1 cup eggnog

¼ cup oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚.
  • Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; whisk to combine.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the rum, eggnog, vegetable oil, vinegar, and sugar.
  • Beat on medium-low speed until well blended.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling the cups 2/3 full.
  • Bake 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup water
6 tablespoons butter cut into small pieces
3/8 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup rum

  • Whisk together the sugar and water in a medium saucepan and whisk over high heat until sugar is dissolved. Don’t stir the mixture but gently swirl the pan until it has reached a dark brown amber color.
  • At that point whisk in the butter. (Careful- it will bubble up- don’t burn yourself.)
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the cream and bourbon.
  • Allow caramel to cool in the fridge before filling/drizzling.

2 sticks of butter
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons egg nog
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt

  • Using an electric mixer, beat the softened butter until it is creamy and pale.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar until thick and creamy.
  • Add the egg nog one tablespoon at a time until the texture seems right.
  • Add the nutmeg and salt and beat for another minute or so.


  • Once the cupcakes have cooled, scoop a tablespoon-size amount out of each one with a small spoon or paring knife.
  • Fill with the caramel.
  • Pipe on frosting and drizzle with remaining caramel or a chocolate glaze which is my favorite.
  • Sprinkle with a dash of nutmeg and enjoy!

Submitted to FULL PLATE THURSDAY @Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.



Makes 24 cupcakes


4 cups shredded carrots (about 1 1/4 pounds)

1 cup golden raisins

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cup canola oil

2 cups sugar

4 Large eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon PURE vanilla

1 teaspoon maple extract

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  • In a medium mixing bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and walnuts.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat together the oil and sugar until well blended.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, blending to incorporate.
  • Add vanilla and maple extracts.
  • Gradually flour mixture until well blended and smooth.
  • Alternately fold in carrots and raisins.
  • Fill liners 3/4 full.
  • Bake 25 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.


1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 pound cream cheese, softened

2 sticks butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon PURE vanilla

1 teaspoon maple extract

  • In a small deep saucepan combine the sugar, lemon juice and water.
  • Bring to a simmer over a medium high heat without stirring until the edges begin to color, about 5 minutes.
  • Gently swirl the pan and continue to simmer until the color turns amber, about 2 minutes more.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir in heavy cream.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool.
  • In a medium mixing bowl beat together the butter and cream cheese.
  • Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and maple extracts until incorporated.
  • Blend in caramel mixture.
  • Ice cupcakes.***

***For a more decorative cupcake DO NOT blend in caramel mixture with cream cheese. Instead, thinly ice each cupcake and then pipe a ring around each cupcake top. Spoon some caramel mixture into each ring.

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