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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.

Eggnog Frosting

If you’ve made frosting with eggs before, it’s likely that you’ve used the whites for a meringue buttercream (like my marshmallow 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

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword eggnog, eggnog frosting, eggnog frosting recipe
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 226kcal
Author Stef


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


  • 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.
  • Mix in the nutmeg and rum.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Eggnog Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 670IU13%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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68 comments on “Eggnog Frosting”

  1. Geenisays:

    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. LauriMsays:

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

  3. Desireesays:

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

  4. JennBsays:

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

  5. Kittishsays:

    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. SaraCsays:

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

  7. Kathleensays:

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

  8. Ashleysays:

    Eggnog frosting sound delicious! Especially with a little rum!

  9. Allison G.says:

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

  10. Judysays:

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

  11. laurensays:

    I love egg on ginger dread broiwns.

  12. Teesays:

    I love eggnog lattes.

  13. Maria in NJsays:

    with a little something, something ;)

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

  15. Leahsays:

    straight from the glass!

  16. Catalinasays:

    Lattes, cookies and out of the carton :)

  17. Lynsays:

    I love eggnog with a little whipped cream and nutmeg

  18. Christinesays:

    will definitely try this frosting.

  19. Sommersays:

    This looks really good! Especially the rum part. ;)

  20. Jessie C.says:

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

  21. Amysays:

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

  22. Jennsays:

    Oh gosh. Nog. Must have.

  23. Jennsays:

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

  24. sarasays:

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

  25. Sherri Lindseysays:

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

  26. Jennifersays:

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

  27. christinesays:

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

  28. Heathersays:

    I love eggnog either cold or as a latte

  29. Michelle Thayersays:

    Watching my husband drink it.

  30. Mishasays:

    Sounds like a great recipe!

  31. Marilyn M.says:

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

  32. Lislesays:

    I love eggnog cookies!

  33. Jaan Lsays:

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

  34. Susan Fsays:

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

  35. Rachelsays:

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

  36. Barbara Bradfordsays:

    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. Jennifersays:

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

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

  39. Jansays:

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

  40. Chiarasays:

    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. 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 Feigenblattsays:

    With friends and family!

  43. Shainasays:

    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. Carolsays:

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

  45. BMGsays:

    I enjoy baking eggnog into my poundcake

  46. Emma L.says:

    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. Dorotheasays:

    straight up!

  48. Andreasays:

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

  49. Crystalsays:

    eggnog lattes are my favorite!

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

  51. mechele johnsonsays:

    I enjoy Eggnog in my coffee!

  52. Debbiesays:

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

  53. Camlysays:

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

  54. Patriciasays:

    What an awesome giveaway! Hope I win!

  55. Tara Cardwellsays:

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

  56. I love eggnog ice cream mixed with Cleveland Christmas Whiskey

  57. 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 Guthriesays:

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

  59. Amanda Ssays:

    I like the flavors, but not the actual drink.

  60. Lindsaysays:

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

  61. Dawn Lsays:

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

  62. Dani Hsays:

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

  63. Lisa Dirkssays:

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

  64. Jacquelinesays:

    I love eggnog pie!

  65. Katiesays:

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

  66. Debbiesays:

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

  67. Karinasays:

    I like eggnog with cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top!

  68. Amysays:

    I’ve never tried eggnog.

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