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Holiday Baking: Eggnog Tres Leches Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream Icing


eggnog tres leches cupcakes

When the holidays come around I always get crazy about cooking and baking.  I don’t know what it is but there is just a holiday baking kind of thing in the air.   In the last few weeks I have been trying out lots of new recipes in search for the perfect holiday dessert so on my last grocery shopping trip to Walmart I stocked up on lots of Land O’Lakes butter and have been experimenting with some new recipe ideas all weekend.

eggnog tres leches cupcakes ingredients Growing up one of my favorite desserts was the tres leches cake.  I would always order it in restaurants and it’s one of the foods I missed the most when I moved to the US.  So I thought it would be awesome to make a version with eggnog, one of my favorite american holiday flavors.

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I used a flavor injector, if you don’t have one you can prick the cupcakes with a fork and simply spoon the eggnog mixture on them.  To make these super moist I slowly injected 20-30ml of eggnog mixture into each cupcake.

5.0 from 5 reviews
Eggnog 4 Leches Cupcakes
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 stick Land O’lakes unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup eggnog
  • ½   cup heavy cream
  • eggnog buttercream frosting, recipe follows
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cream the butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy and light. Add the eggs, one at a time beating well between each addition. Then add the vanilla and mix until fluffy. Fold in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk. Do not over mix. Portion into the prepared cupcake tins. Bake for about 20 minutes.
  4. While the cupcakes are baking combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream and eggnog in a blender until well combined, and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  5. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely you can inject with about 2 ounces of the eggnog mixture. If you do not have an injector, then fork the cupcake gently on the top, and then spoon the eggnog 4 leches mixture over top so as to not break up the cake.
  6. Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour.
  7. Top each cupcake with some of the Eggnog Frosting.

I made these cupcakes from scratch but if you want to save some time you can also grab a box of cake mix.  Be sure to add an extra egg and reduce the amount of water by a couple of tablespoons so that you get a sturdier cake that will not fall apart once you inject it with the eggnog mixture.

eggnog tres leches cupcakes

You can also top you cupcakes with whipped cream or ready made frosting but in my opinion the buttercream eggnog frosting really makes this recipe amazing.  It just gives it that finishing touch and brings the holiday flavors all together to make a dessert that is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.


5.0 from 5 reviews
Eggnog Frosting
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  • 8 tablespoons Land O'Lakes unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup eggnog
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch fine salt
  1. Place the butter in the bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Turn the mixer to medium low, gradually add the powdered sugar, and beat until well combined.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until the frosting is very airy and thoroughly mixed.
  4. You can use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.

eggnog tres leches cupcakes

You can visit landolakes.com, like Land O’Lakes on Facebook and follow them on twitter @LandOLakesKtchn for great recipe ideas.  Check out the the Land O’Lakes holiday gift giving ideas HERE.

eggnog tres leches cupcakes

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Sherry J

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Sherry J

    Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  3. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey

    I too love tres leches and I love trying all the different desserts that others do incorporating the tres leches flavors. These cupcakes are so festive and look delicious. The egg nog flavors sound scrumptious!
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  4. Kristy

    I love egg nog and in cupcakes sounds even better! I also need to get one of those flavor injectors! #client
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  5. nina

    get out of here Paula!!! these sound (and look) AMAZING!!!!! i had never thought about tres leches cupcakes…con EGGNOG!!! perfect for the holidays! 🙂 yumm!!
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  6. Adriana Martin (@AsBestRecipes)

    Uy que rico me encanta la idea de la inyeccion siempre tan creativa!
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  7. Bohemian Babushka

    If those cupcakes are 1/2 as good as the pics, my waistline is in a lot of trouble. Que rico se ven Preciosa! Definitely worth an ESO! and a pin. BB2U
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  8. Reina - Soy Mamá en Casa Blog

    Que maravillosa receta, los cupcakes se ven espectaculares y las fotos preciosas, gracias !
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  9. Mayra - Estilo Familiar

    Hace poco hice mis cupcakes de Tres leches y quedaron deliciosos. Eso de añadirle eggnog estuvo estupendo! Se ven ricos,
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  10. Teresa Garza

    Que delicida… Esas fotografías están tan reales que hasta parece que puedo tomar el quequito (cupcake) de la pantalla.. Lo voy a preparar cuando me reuna con mi familia en las fiestas decembrinas…
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  11. Romina Mamá XXI

    ¡Que hermosura!! se ven preciosos y seguro son deliciosos también!!
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  12. Adriana- Hogar-Mujer

    Estos cupcakes se ven deliciosos, que buena idea de inyectarles el eggnog. Gracias por la receta, maravillosas las fotos!
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  13. Diana Rodriguez - Entre Compras y El Hogar

    Que delicia!! tengo que intentarla!!
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  14. Debi

    Those look yummy and I really want one now.
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  15. S. Yissele

    Me encanto la receta porque mi Pequeña adora los cupcakes! Muchas gracias por compartirla y por el sorteo! 😉

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
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  16. Jeanette

    Fun idea to have eggnog in the cupcakes:) Never heard of it before.

  17. Ely Aguilera

    Me fascinan los cupcakes de Tres leches, ahora no puedo imaginar lo deliciosos que seven de ser estos, gracias por compartir la receta.

  18. Winter

    You have a real talent. This looks like a lot of fun.
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  19. Melinda Dunne

    Oh my gosh those look and sound heavenly! I have never heard of doing this with cupcakes but I am thinking I should give it a try.
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  20. Jenn

    wow, those look and sound amazing!! Thanks for sharing!
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  21. Shanna

    These look delicious! I want to try them!

  22. Karen @TheMissingNiche.com

    I am going to make these today with my kids they were looking for something yummy!
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  23. Garf

    Those look really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  24. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    Those cupcakes look & sound delicious 🙂 I am making them this Christmas.
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  25. Kimberly

    I’ve never been a fan of eggnog but those cupcakes are adorable and look very delicious.
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  26. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    Those are absolutely exquisite looking. I love the idea of injecting them for additional yum!
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  27. katherine

    My husband loves eggnog so he would have a fit over this!

  28. maricela rodriguez

    i would love to make the récipe but is a must to know how much is the servings of this recipe

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