Monday, 7 December 2009

Ironcupcake London - December Entry

Tonight was the last round of Ironcupcake London for the year. The theme for this month was 'Christmas' and there were 46 amazing entries - the largest number of entries to date. Everyone went to so much effort - the flavours and decorations were all superb. Here are some photos I took of the night:

So many cupcakes to try!!!

My entry was Spiced Eggnog Cupcakes with Bourbon Buttercream

Here's how to make them:


  • 2 large eggs (separated)
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 100ml bourbon
  • 200ml full cream milk
  • 150ml whipping cream
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg


  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 115g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Bourbon Buttercream

  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs whipping cream
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tbs bourbon
  • 250g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 500g icing sugar


Start by making the eggnog. Whisk egg yolks and caster sugar with an electric beater until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Whisk in boubon gradually and then add the milk. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, then fold it into the egg yolk mixture. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form then fold it into the mixture. Stir the nutmeg through the mixture then leave in the fridge until needed.

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 175C. Beat caster sugar and butter together until light and fluffy using an electic mixer. Then beat in the eggs until well combined. In a separate bowl, mix eggnog, boubon and vanilla together. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. Alternate adding dry ingredients and wet ingredients into the egg mixture until the all combined. Spoon mixture into lined cupcake tins (only fill about 1/2 of the cup) and bake for 20-25 mins. Once cooked, leave the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the bourbon buttercream, whisk brown sugar, cream, 1 tbs unsalted butter and salt in a saucepan over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Pour in bourbon and stir to combine, then remove sauce from heat and allow to cool. Using an electric mixer beat 250g unsalted butter until soft and fluffy then gradually add icing sugar, ensuring it is mixed in well after each addition. Stir through bourbon caramel sauce.

Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost them with the buttercream and decorate as desired. I used edible silver balls and sugarpaste snowflakes I made in advance.

Enjoy xx


  1. These look amazing! I've been reading about Iron Cupcake Challenge for a while now but alas (or perhaps fortunately for my waistline) don't live in London.

    I have a small question about making the cupcakes - you say to use 3/4 cup of eggnog, does that mean that all of the eggnog made in the first part of the recipe is not required? I've never had eggnog before, can the rest of it just be drunk?

    Thanks for sharing the recipe :D


  2. Hi Indeeee, thanks for the nice comments about my cupcakes. The recipe makes about 6 cups of eggnog so you will have some left over. To eat/drink it, serve it chilled in a cup - the mixture separates in a glass to make a frothy white top and a creamy yellow bottom. It's really nice! Enjoy x