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Egg Nog Cake Recipe

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Egg Nog Cake is going to be your new favorite dessert. You’ll love and appreciate the easy dessert – flavored just like egg nog! Be sure to check out the rest of my Delicious Eggnog Flavored Recipes for even more sweet treats!

The best part about making egg nog cake is that you get that yummy holiday flavor with a soft and fluffy cake texture. And did I mention that this cake recipe is SO moist and delicious? It’s one that everyone in the family is going to love – and ask for more of!

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What I love about making this simple cake recipe is that not only does the cake taste like eggnog, but the frosting on top does as well! This is the best way to make sure that every forkful of fluffy holiday cake is loaded down with that addictive eggnog flavor.

Egg Nog Cake

If you’re new to the idea of this fun flavor – you’re going to love it. Some people tend to stay away from eggnog because they’re worried about it tasting too much like “eggs,” but seriously, this is not a worry at all.

It’s such a nice and mild flavor with the perfect balance. And then adding the extra pop of homemade frosting on top drives my tastebuds crazy!!!!

I’ve never met a cake that I didn’t like, and I’m not about to start now. This is always one of my favorite cakes to make during the holiday season – and I think you’re going to agree with me as well. (I will even go out on a limb and say that this is one of the best holiday cakes out there!)

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What was eggnog originally called?

You know that I love some fun trivia, right? While we all know and love eggnog for what it tastes like and what it’s called, it originally started out with a different name.

Before eggnog became eggnog, it was called posset. (I prefer the name eggnog so much more!)

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Fluffy Eggnog Cake Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Ever since I started meal planning, I’ve realized that I have so much more time on my hands! This is because all my worries about what to make for dinner – are literally no more!

If you need to give your brain a break from standing in from of the cabinets daily, sit down and spend a little bit of time making out a meal plan. Trust me – it’s a lifesaver!

Main Dish: Mediterranean Turkey Casserole

Vegetable Side: Healthy Butternut Squash Fries Recipe

Starch Side: Pan Fried Potatoes and Carrots Recipe

Refreshing Drink: Paloma Mocktail Recipe

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Best Cake and Sweet Dessert Recipes:

Once you make this Eggnog Layer Cake Recipe, it’s going to have your tongues wagging and ready for more. The good news is that I’ve gathered up some of my favorite recipes for cake – and I’m sharing them with you!

This simple Instant Pot Patriotic Cheesecake Recipe is one of my favorite creamy textures and flavors.

Once you make these Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes, you’re going to dream about the next time that you make them.

When it comes to a crazy fluffy and moist cake, this Jello Poke Cake recipe is one of the best!

I’m always about making this Apple Fritter Cake during the cooler months of the year. Perfect for fall!

This Strawberry Refrigerator Cake is perfect for making to feed a crowd!

Let’s all just take a moment and talk about this Patriotic Cake Mix Cookies Recipe!

One of the easiest ways to make a cupcake is to whip up these Caramel Apple Cupcakes.

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How do I store leftover cake?

Due to the ingredients in this simple Eggnog Cake, you will need to keep leftovers stored in the fridge. For the best results and to keep it moist and fluffy, add the cake to an airtight container after it has cooled.

If you prefer not to eat chilled or cold cake, you can remove a slice and have it sit out at room temperature for a short time before eating.

Can I use storebought frosting for this holiday cake?

Of course! If you’re running low on time or just need to pivot and use storebought, pick your favorite frosting and enjoy.

You’re the baker – change it up! Just be sure that no matter if you make frosting from scratch or if you buy it already made that you let the cake cool completely before adding frosting on top. If you add the frosting too early or while the cake is still warm, it’s going to melt into the cake or melt off completely – causing a huge mess.

More Eggnog Recipes:

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Egg Nog Cake Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This easy Egg Nog Cake will put everyone in the holiday spirit and mood!


Egg Nog Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup egg nog
  • 2 ¾ cups cake flour (make sure it's leveled when measuring)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of softened unsalted butter
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons egg nog (room temperature)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add non-stick spray to the cake pans.
  3. Place the eggs into a bowl of warmed water for 5 minutes. This will help them get to room temperature, which is needed for this recipe.
  4. Add the sugars and the butter to a bowl and mix until fluffy. This will take about 5-6 minutes. (make sure to use a mixer!)
  5. After that time has passed, add the eggs one at a time and mix after each one.
  6. In a different bowl, mix the eggnog, milk, and vanilla together.
  7. In a different bow, combine the salt, flour, and baking powder.
  8. Add 1/2 of the dry mixture into the butter mixture, and then add 1/2 of the wet ingredients.
  9. Then add the rest of the dry ingredients and the rest of the wet ingredients and mix until combined. DO NOT overmix.
  10. Split the batter between the two prepared cake pans evenly.
  11. Put in the oven and bake for 25-35 minutes.
  12. Let the cakes cool for 10 minutes in the pans, and then flip them out onto a cooling rack to cool all the way.

Make the frosting

  1. Beat the better until creamy.
  2. Add 1/3 of the powdered sugar, 2 T of the egg nog, and the vanilla.
  3. Add 1/3 of the powdered sugar and an additional 2 T of the egg nog. Mix until combined.
  4. Add the last of the powdered sugar and the remaining egg nog and then mix on high for 4-5 minutes with a mixer. It should be fluffy!

Assemble the cake

  1. Put one of the cooled cakes on a cake plate and add 1/3 of the frosting on top. Spread it out evenly.
  2. Place the second layer on top and then spread the rest of the frosting on the sides of the cake and on the top of the cake.
  3. If you want to use a spatula to create a pattern on the sides, do so.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 829Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 1gSugar: 84gProtein: 6g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 11/22/2022

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Wednesday 21st of December 2022

WOW! This recipe makes an amazing cake - I have several requests from friends to make them one for Christmas:) Thank you!

Kelli Miller

Wednesday 25th of October 2023

I'm thrilled to hear you and your friends enjoyed the Egg Nog Cake! It's indeed a perfect dessert for the holiday season. If you're looking for more festive recipes, be sure to check out our Christmas Cookies and Yule Log Cake posts. Keep spreading the joy of baking and have a wonderful Christmas!

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