This Eggnog Bundt Cake is the perfect dessert for the eggnog lover in your life. Eggnog in the cake and in the glaze makes this a holiday cake recipe that everyone will remember.
Our two sons and I are the only eggnog drinkers in our house. They get so excited when they see a jug of the creamy goodness in our refrigerator, until they realized that I have a baking plan for that particular eggnog.
But they also know that they get to finish off any of the leftovers when I am finished baking things like a no bake eggnog pie, these eggnog scones or eggnog cupcakes.
Over the years, I have gotten smarter and have started buying two cartons of eggnog. One for them to drink right away, and one for me to bake with. It's a win, win for everyone.
Why Make This
This eggnog bundt cake tastes just like a glass of eggnog. It should since it has eggnog in the batter AND in the glaze!!
Your kitchen will smell so good as this eggnog cake is baking.
Our oldest son had a big slice along with a glass of "Christmas in a glass"...aka eggnog...and gave this homemade bundt cake a big thumbs up!
This homemade eggnog cake is so easy to make using ingredients that you should already have on hand. The only extra ingredient is the eggnog, so make sure to pick up your favorite brand before your baking day.
- Sugar - Use a mixture of granulated and brown sugar to make it sweet and soft
- Oil - Using oil in cakes gives them a better crumb texture, and they will stay moist and tender for longer.
- Eggs - They bind with other ingredients to help the cake rise, and they also provide moisture.Make sure to use large eggs for this homemade cake.
- Baking Powder and Baking Soda - Reacts with the other ingredients in the cake to help the cake rise as it bakes.
- Salt - Balances and adds flavor to cakes.
- Rum Extract - Infuses more flavor and also brings out the flavors of other ingredients
- Nutmeg and Cloves - Adds flavor and enhances the extract and eggnog
- Eggnog - Can be used 1:1 in place of milk, buttermilk, or water for baked goods. This will give the cake a stronger eggnog flavor. Feel free to use store bought or homemade eggnog for this recipe.
How to make Eggnog Bundt Cake
- Spray the bundt cake pan with a nonstick baking spray to keep the cake from sticking.
- Beat the sugars and oil together. Add the eggs and extract and beat again.
- Add the dry ingredients and eggnog alternately to the sugar mixture until a batter forms.
- Spoon the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake.
- Cool in pan for 10-12 minutes, then flip out onto a plate and let cool completely.
- Stir together the eggnog glaze ingredients and spoon over the top of the cooled cake.
- Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve.
Tips for Baking Bundt Cakes
Bundt pans are very versatile. You can bake pound cake, coffee cake, or other desserts in them.
Denser cake batters do the best in this type of pan. Some of our favorites are this Coconut Cream Bundt Cake and this Salted Caramel Mocha Bundt Cake.
- Bundt Pan Size - Different bundt pans have different sizes and volume capacities. It is important to choose the right size for the amount of batter you will be baking. Using the right size prevents the cake from overflowing and ensures better even baking. If you do not know the size of your pan, fill it with water 1 cup at a time, until it is filled to the top. The number of cups of water used to fill the pan will tell you the volume capacity of your pan.
- Greasing the Pan - The most important part of making a bundt cake is getting it to release after it is done baking. Most bundt pans have nooks and crannies that a cake can stick to when you try to flip it out. There are two main ways to grease and flour your pan. You can brush melted butter or shortening over the entire surface of the pan, then sprinkle flour over everything. Flip the pan over and tap out the excess. Or you can spray the pan with a nonstick baking spray that contains flour, like Baker's Joy or Pam Baking. Make sure to spray the pan right before adding the cake batter, so it doesn't settle to the bottom.
- Knowing when it is Done - Insert a long skewer or cake tester into the middle or center of the cake. The cake is done when it comes out mostly clean or with just a few crumbs. If there is batter on it, continue cooking the cake for a few more minutes.
- Removing the Bundt Cake from the Pan - After the cake is done baking, place the pan on a wire rack and let it cool 10-15 minutes. Place a plate over the top of the pan and flip the cake and plate over. Shake very gently until you feel or hear the cake drop onto the plate. Remove the pan and let the cake cool. If the cake does not come out, flip it back over and run a knife or spatula around the edges of the pan and try again.
More Easy Eggnog Desserts
- Eggnog Sugar Cookie Bars
- Eggnog Cheesecake Brownies
- No Bake Eggnog Cheesecake Trifle
- Eggnog Cream Pie
- Frosted Eggnog Bread
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*The post for Eggnog Bundt Cake was first published December 1, 2013. The photos and post were updated and republished December 18, 2020.
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Andrea in Westchester
Hi Jocelyn- I have to say, you rock! I made the Eggnog cake to RAVE reviews (including my own and I am very picky) and now I found a pumpkin cookie recipe here that I am about to make which I'm sure will be perfect too! I would have liked you on Facebook- but then I'm afraid my friends will steal your recipes from me! Maybe I'll like you on Pinterest instead, hmmmm. ;o)
Woo hoo! I am so glad you liked the Eggnog Cake 🙂 Hopefully the pumpkin cookie will live up to your standards too 😉 Yes, please do follow me on Pinterest.
Andrea in Westchester
OK, I just did it on Pinterest... will finess the details later, but I just had to share you. yes, my husband liked the pumpkin cookies very much and I have to say I liked them too, especially since they were not too sweet- thanks Jocelyn!
I made this recipe today in one of the Nordicware "duet" pans-they're small enough I got three cakes! I think next time I'll make a little more icing for them, but it was super tasty regardless. I'm thinking it'd be excellent with coffee! 🙂
Thanks for a wonderful dessert!
Melanie | Melanie Makes
What a gorgeous looking cake, J! Can't wait to give it a try!
This cake was incredible! I made it to bring to my cousin's house for Christmas. It was a huge hit. Thanks for sharing!
I am so glad to hear that. Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂
does this cake need to be refrigerated?
I didn't refrigerate it, but you definitely could if you wanted to.
Would I be able to use another type of pan or is this recipe specifically for bundt pans? (as you may guess, I'm not a baker!) Thanks!
I have only baked it in a bundt pan, but I really think you could bake it in another pan too. The baking time would change based on what pan you use though.
Great job on the challenge!! This cake sounds delicious and has Christmas written all over it!
Wow, what a good idea! I love the flavor of eggnog, but normally find it too thick to actually drink--this seems like the perfect way for me to get my fix.
Thank you Sarah. Yes, this does help cut down on that thick rich nog...I think this might be the way for you to go!