Snowballs and Snowball Cupcakes

I was reminiscing with my neighbour, Ingrid, recently as she poured me a second glass of advocaat/egg liqueur/eggnog… 😉  Remember those girly cocktails served with the glacé cherry?

The Snowball!


Lemonade and advocaat (and a cherry)… I used to love these!

The snowball cocktail inspired the little cakes I made a few days later… cherry cakes with advocaat buttercream frosting, and a cherry on top of course!

Snowball Cupcakes



  • 255g (2 cups) flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 90g (2/5 cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 25ml – 30ml (2 tbsps) lemon juice
  • 75ml (5 tbsps) advocaat (eggnog)
  • 150ml (2/3 cup) milk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 90ml (2/5 cup) vegetable oil
  • 75g (about 3 oz) glacé cherries, quartered


  • 30g (2 tbsps) butter, softened
  • 125g (1 cup) icing sugar
  • 75ml (5 tbsps) advocaat
  • extra cherries for topping

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°C and prepare muffin pans…. I made 16 from this recipe as I didn’t fill the cases as much as usual.

Sieve flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl and mix well. Stir in the lemon zest and quartered cherries. Beat the egg with the milk and oil. Stir in the advocaat and lemon juice and add to the dry ingredients. Stir in thoroughly, but don’t overmix. Spoon into muffin cases/tins and bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool completely before decorating.

For the frosting, sieve the icing sugar and beat with the butter until combined. Add a drop of advocaat and beat again. Add more liqueur to get a nice soft consistency. I find it easier to chill the frosting and pipe it on the cakes later. Top each cake with a cherry.


You can really taste the alcohol!


Let’s have a party! Grab a cocktail and a cake…


29 thoughts on “Snowballs and Snowball Cupcakes

  1. Advocaat was the first taste of alcohol I ever had (as a treat one Christmas). I didn’t really like it but LOVED the cherry on top! I might go and buy some and see if I like it better now – especially as I have had more practice at drinking alcohol!!! Great looking cakes Cathy x

    • I think it tastes nice mixed with other things… try it in coffee! My sister and I used to get a little bottle of Babycham in our Christmas stocking. I think my parents thought it might calm us down later in the day! (It was only to be drunk after dinner in small sips shortly before bedtime! LOL!)

  2. Mmmmmmmmmmmm 🙂 Those green cases set them off to perfection Cathy. Can imagine little eggs or fluffy chicks atop the cakes for Easter consumption. You have also bought back memories here of Cherry B.

    • That’s a good idea Anna – must remember these for Easter! I wasn’t keen on Cherry B, but I vaguely remember some people mixed it with Babycham as a cocktail! 😉

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