I’ll be the first to admit that the idea of eggnog grosses me out. However, I know a few eggnog enthusiasts (Dylan included) that would feel left out if we didn’t attempt this holiday flavor. I will also admit here that I really liked these cupcakes (but I’m not about to pour myself a glass of eggnog).
Friday night Dylan and I went out to check out the newest brewery here in Spokane, Twelve String Brewing Co. Intent on sampling all their offerings, we braved the cold, and found our way there. The tap room was warm and inviting, the atmosphere filled with chatter and laughter, it was a great evening! We sampled 5 brews, including their Don’t Fret Porter. This was probably our favorite beer of the night. We bought a growler of it to take home because we knew that we had to bake with it.
Now, I realize eggnog and beer don’t necessarily sound good together, but it turned out to be a great match. The nutmeg and spice in the eggnog cake paired well with the chocolate and coffee tones that flavor this porter. The smell of the kitchen was pretty enticing while these were baking (Amazingly, the oven decided to cooperate this time!).
For the frosting, we went with a buttercream and used more of the eggnog and nutmeg to flavor it. Dylan frosted them all fancy-like, we’ve been trying to improve our frosting technique, and they look so pretty!
If you live in the Spokane area, I highly recommend you stop over by Twelve String and sample their beers, you’ll be glad you did. Also, to my fellow Spokanites (is that what we’re called?), if you’re looking to get some Sweet and Stout cupcakes before Christmas, get a hold of us soon. Only 2 more bake nights before then!
– Jackie & Dylan