Monday(ish) Archive: Eggnog Cupcakes
It’s Monday somewhere, right? (ok, ok, I’m pretty sure it isn’t…but things derail occasionally and we’ll just pretend it’s Monday).
I know most of you guys have been posting Holiday-themed goodies for the past week or so, but I’m running a little late in the game. Better late than never, yes? So here’s some goodness from life around Casa G, as we’re calling it (G’s 1st name obviously starts with a “G,” my last name starts with a “G”).
The Sunday after Thanksgiving, G & I drove out on a weird Roanoke county adventure to Hamill Christmas Tree Farm to pick up our Christmas tree. Turns out that Hamill Tree Farm is the only tree farm in the city of Roanoke, even though it toes the line with Vinton, and an acquaintance-friend of mine is one of the next generation of tree farmers in his family, so we just had to get a tree from there–if only because I’ve never been able to actually cut down a tree at a farm in the city I live in!
I had hoped to cut down a tree since that’s what we always did when I was growing up, but we fell in love with a pre-cut tree in the end. More tromping, less arm work with the saw. After trucking it home, G got the pleasure of learning how to put it in a stand for the first time, and then I put out a spread of leftover Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres & beers (Smuttynose brown ale is our favorite lately), and we trimmed the heck out of it.
Over the past few months I’ve been stocking up on ornaments at antique stores–I just can’t bear to put tons of new looking ornaments on a tree–and we ended up having quite a few due to my thrifty efforts. We did invest in a few new ones awhile ago–some pickles, a cabbage (that whole Slovak thing, remember?), and a sushi roll (because who doesn’t want a sushi roll on a Christmas tree?)–and the lights were all new LED C-9s (cheap cheap cheap at Sam’s!).
The tree trimming, apparently, just tuckered Dorian out, though. She’s shown little interest in the tree, which is good since I don’t want her climbing up it, but it does seem a little unnatural–not caring about a tree all of a sudden being in the neighborhood. Chances are she’s too lazy with all the radiators now to notice anything.
Speaking of Dorian, her new favorite past time is watching nature shows on the big tv these days. Wild Russia has got her all in a tither, and when she’s not attacking large birds or reindeer on the screen, she’s perched on the back of the couch anxiously watching the action. Now if only she’d hunt the crickets in the basement…
Anyway, so the cupcakes. A few years ago, I tried out a few eggnog-related recipes, the cupcakes being my favorite, but I haven’t made them since. G’s work is having some sort of lunch potluck for the holidays on Thursday, so I figured it was the best excuse to whip out the mini muffin pans and make a batch.
I tweaked a few minor things, but it’s really the same recipe as before. Silk soy eggnog is my vegan eggnog of choice (I’m not too impressed with the coconut-based one), but feel free to use your favorite (is West Soy eggnog still out there? That stuff was good when I could get it in Atlanta…) I dipped the tops in melted chocolate instead of drizzling them with it, and gosh knows sprinkles would have been cute on top had I had them, but they work nice and simple too. Oh, and definitely enjoy with a glass of spiked eggnog–throw that bourbon in (as I would have in the melted chocolate if it weren’t for a work function)!!
1/3 c vegetable oil
3/4 c granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 c vegan eggnog
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
Preheat oven to 350
In a large mixing bowl, mix the oil, vanilla, almond extract, and sugar together until combined. Add the vegan eggnog, combine. Add all dry ingredients. Mix until smooth–you don’t want lumps.
Pour batter into oiled or lined cupcake tins. Bake for 15, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
Makes 3 doz. mini cupcakes