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Eggnog Frosting

Eggnog Frosting

This eggnog frosting tastes just like the holiday drink.  It’s not surprising because the eggnog frosting is made with rum, nutmeg, and – keeping true to traditional eggnog – egg yolks.  If you’ve made frosting with eggs before, it’s likely that you’ve used the whites for a meringue buttercream (like this calamondin frosting).  Egg yolk frosting (French buttercream) is to buttercream as French vanilla ice cream is to plain vanilla ice cream.  The yolks yield a thick, smooth, and creamy frosting that you’ll want to eat by the spoonful mugful.


There is always a concern about salmonella when working with any frosting that contains eggs; my dad had salmonella and it was not something that I would wish on anyone.  So, I used Safest Choice eggs.   Safest Choice eggs are pasteurized for safety, but the eggs can still be used just like any other eggs.  If you’re curious about how Safest Choice performs its safety magic, read more about Safest Choice’s egg pasteurization process on their site.

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Eggnog Frosting Recipe

Eggnog Frosting

Serving Size: Frosts 10 cupcakes

Eggnog Frosting


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum


  1. Follow Brave Tart's Faux French Buttercream instructions using all ingredients except the nutmeg and rum. Brave Tart explains how to make French buttercream so well that I dare not even try to repeat her directions here. However, if you prefer cups to weights, you can use my measurements above instead of hers. My ingredient list is also considerably scaled down; hers makes enough to frost a three layer cake and mine frosts 10 cupcakes.
  2. Mix in the nutmeg and rum.
  3. Enjoy!

This post was sponsored by Safest Choice eggs.  However, the recipe, concern for safety, and excitement about this giveaway are all mine.
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69 Responses to Eggnog Frosting

  1. Geeni December 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    This looks great! Eggnog is too much dairy for me, so I’ve always avoided it, but I probably would love the flavor combo otherwise!

  2. LauriM December 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I love eggnog, but have to drink dairy-free nog. I do like baking with eggnog and even pinned Safe Eggs Eggnog Scones.

  3. Desiree December 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Eggnog lattes! I don’t actually drink coffee, but I have one of these every year. :)

  4. JennB December 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Wow, that looks so yummy! I need to figure out a dairy-free egg nog recipe.

  5. Kittish December 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    This is not something I’d be inclined to try myself, but I know other folks who like the stuff and they’d probably enjoy the frosting.

  6. SaraC December 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I’m not a fan of eggnog by itself, but I really like it in cakes and this frosting sounds good as well.

  7. Kathleen December 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    I’m not a fan of eggnog, but I think this frosting will be perfect for the gingerbread cupcakes I was planning!

  8. Ashley December 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Eggnog frosting sound delicious! Especially with a little rum!

  9. Allison G. December 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    My favorite way to enjoy eggnog is the eggnog latte from starbucks!

  10. Judy December 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    I usually use it in pancakes but the Eggnog Frosting really got my attention!

  11. lauren December 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    I love egg on ginger dread broiwns.

  12. Tee December 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I love eggnog lattes.

  13. Maria in NJ December 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    with a little something, something 😉

  14. Tracy | Pale Yellow December 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Brave Tart has amazing recipes and how-to’s! I love this super eggnog-y frosting!

  15. Leah December 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    straight from the glass!

  16. Catalina December 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Lattes, cookies and out of the carton :)

  17. Lyn December 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I love eggnog with a little whipped cream and nutmeg

  18. Christine December 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    will definitely try this frosting.

  19. Sommer December 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    This looks really good! Especially the rum part. 😉

  20. Jessie C. December 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    I like it ice cold, straight up. Or eggnog smoothie!

  21. Amy December 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    I just discovered eggnog last week (eek, I’m so behind!), but I loved the donut holes I made with it!

  22. Jenn December 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Oh gosh. Nog. Must have.

  23. Jenn December 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    Nog is good any way. Warm would be nice right now, but nog is wonderful, period.

  24. sara December 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    I like it ice cold with a generous sprinkle of nutmeg on top.

  25. Sherri Lindsey December 10, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    My favorite way to enjoy eggnog is straight up, liquor free, with a dusting of freshly-grated nutmeg.

  26. Jennifer December 10, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    I love a glass of eggnog with Frangelico and freshly grated nutmeg

  27. christine December 10, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    I love eggnog and French buttercream, but never would have thought to combine them. I can’t wait!

  28. Heather December 10, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    I love eggnog either cold or as a latte

  29. Michelle Thayer December 10, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Watching my husband drink it.

  30. Misha December 10, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Sounds like a great recipe!

  31. Marilyn M. December 10, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    I usually enjoy it very cold or would love to try it as this frosting!

  32. Lisle December 10, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I love eggnog cookies!

  33. Jaan L December 10, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    I love a mug of icy cold eggnog while sitting in a dark room with just the Christmas tree lite up.

  34. Susan F December 10, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    looks good! You would not believe the number of egg yolks I have saved after making royal icing for a gingerbread house!

  35. Rachel December 10, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    I’ve never had egg nog, maybe I will give it a go this year

  36. Barbara Bradford December 10, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I always buy eggnog at the end of the season and freeze it in 1 cup freezer zip-locks. The add it to my cheesecakes to give them an extra richness.

  37. Jennifer December 10, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    I’m boring as anything but I love me some straight-up regular eggnog in a glass

  38. Kasha @ The FarmGirl Cooks December 10, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I love my eggnog straight up with ice and a grating of fresh nutmeg… a dash of brandy doesn’t hurt, either :)

  39. Jan December 10, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    I really love a glass of eggnog with a little rum in it

  40. Chiara December 10, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    I’m Italian, we don’t use to eat eggnog but but this Eggnog Frosting really got my attention! I’m going to try it during the holidays!

  41. Emily @ Aunties M and Em December 10, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    I love eggnog throughout the holiday season, but I think my favorite time is Christmas morning, or whenever my husband and I have Christmas with my parents, brother and sis-in-law. Growing up, we always had a glass (or three) of Dean eggnog with nutmeg sprinkled on top. Nowadays, we make it with lactose-free milk so my mom can enjoy it, too! Very, very good!

  42. Rebecca Feigenblatt December 10, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    With friends and family!

  43. Shaina December 10, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I made cookies with eggnog and rum and they came out pretty good. A glass of spiked eggnog is always the best way to enjoy it though :)

  44. Carol December 10, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I am really excited to try this recipe! Thanks for posting it. My favorite way to enjoy eggnog is by a fire. Period.

  45. BMG December 10, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I enjoy baking eggnog into my poundcake

  46. Emma L. December 10, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    I feel like when I was little I never liked eggnog, but I haven’t tasted any for a while so I’d probably like it now. :)

  47. Dorothea December 10, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    straight up!

  48. Andrea December 10, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I like eggnog in my cupcakes… This frosting would be amazing!

  49. Crystal December 10, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    eggnog lattes are my favorite!

  50. AmyDoodleDesigns December 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Eggnog = Holidays! Can’t wait to try this recipe….as well as the bread pudding recipe I found on your website!

  51. mechele johnson December 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I enjoy Eggnog in my coffee!

  52. Debbie December 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Eggnog is THE drink of the season! I also enjoy a splash in my coffee. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  53. Camly December 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Eggnog with some gingerbread cookies by the fire is the best way to do it! No other way :)

  54. Patricia December 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    What an awesome giveaway! Hope I win!

  55. Tara Cardwell December 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Cold, in a mug, in front of a fire!

  56. Jessica Z December 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    I love eggnog ice cream mixed with Cleveland Christmas Whiskey

  57. Julia @cookandburn December 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    While I was growing up, my dad always mixed store bought eggnog with skim milk to cut the sweetness and I still have to drink it that way! I think he was doing me a favor!

  58. Gina Guthrie December 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    I love it with a good shot of bourbon and some nutmeg on top.

  59. Amanda S December 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I like the flavors, but not the actual drink.

  60. Lindsay December 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Love the flavor, but have to go with a dairy free version!

  61. Dawn L December 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    I enjoy it spiked as a beverage but I also love to bake with eggnog

  62. Dani H December 11, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    I like a classic eggnog to sip on while making Christmas Eve dinner.

  63. Lisa Dirks December 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    My daughter could drink eggnog all year long so she will love this recipe!

  64. Jacqueline December 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    I love eggnog pie!

  65. Katie December 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    I love eggnog cold in a glass. The frosting recipe looks great!

  66. Debbie December 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Love to drink it cold. Nice that it is now available in October.

  67. Karina December 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I like eggnog with cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top!

  68. Amy December 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    I’ve never tried eggnog.


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