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.
Melanie @ Carmel Moments
That looks downright delicious! I can't imagine adding eggnog to anything would ever be a bad thing. Makes my wheels spin on what else I could add eggnog to. Thanks for sharing.
My brain has been coming up with some more fun ways to bake with eggnog. Just not enough days to post them all though!
Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl
I'm a sucker for anything eggnog. This looks fab, Jocelyn! Such pretty pictures, too!
Thank you so much Ashley! Eggnog gets me every time too!
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain
I just picked up a giant carton of eggnog! GUESS I FIGURED OUT WHAT TO USE IT IN! 😉
I'm going to go with an eggnog cake???? 🙂
Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
Oh man I love eggnog! We started drinking it as soon as it hit the shelves. I can't imagine not being able to taste this cake! It's the hardest thing to not devour all the delicious treats.
Eggnog is so good...I think I need to get another carton this weekend! And oh, I tried the cake...I just didn't have a whole slice 🙂 I've got to get my sweet tooth back under control!
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
I'm loving all of the eggnog goodies that are appearing! Time to go stock up at the grocery store!
Definitely time to stock up on more of the holiday nog!!!
That's wonderful, congrats on completing the challenge Jocelyn! That definitely calls for a celebration and this cake fits the bill perfectly 🙂 It looks beautiful and so delicious! Pinning - it's perfect for this festive season 🙂
Thank you so much Kelly! And I agree...cake to celebrate 🙂
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen
You are on another level with the self control, I lick the batter, I eat the sugar that fell on the counter, I eat the crumb left inside the cake pan when I take the cake out, I literally eat every single ounce of sweet I can!! What an achievement for you!! I need to get on this egg nog thingie, I have always been put off by it but I think this is the year I give it a fair shot!! This cake looks gorgeous!
Yeah...don't let me fool you! I have cheated way more than I was supposed to. But I did stay away quite a bit too. And yes, give the nog another chance...at least bake with it this year!
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
I totally got a carton of Eggnog to enjoy over Thanksgiving! LOVE the stuff!
It is such good stuff! It's probably best they only sell it around this time of year 😉
I think we have only done eggnog once for the holidays but all of the kids loved it! Guess I should try this because it looks so good!
Put it on that to bake list girl 🙂
I don't think I would be able to complete that 24 day challenge. I'm so weak when it comes to sweets. I definitely wouldn't be able to resist the urge to eat a huge slab of this cake. I love me some nog. Pinned.
It actually was easier than you think. The end goal kept me going. I think I might even do another one after the holidays!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
The strength training is awesome. I knew it was better than cardio, but never put any time into it. Now, a few months later, and I'm seeing total results even though I haven't lost any weight and I still eat tons of sugar! #miracle
LOVE this cake. I love eggnog sooooooooo much!
I have never done strength training, but the cardio alone just wasn't doing it. Well...that and the no consistency. LOL! But after seeing the great results I am definitely going to keep at it. Now if only I could curb my sweet tooth. I did good for about 12 of the 24 days, but now I'm starting to eat more again.
Trish - Mom On Timeout
Seriously gorgeous cake Jocelyn! Reece and I are the big eggnog lovers in our house - he could have it three times a day 🙂 I have been having lots of fun with eggnog too and this cake just made it to my to-do list 🙂
Thank you so much Trish! I think this cake is going back on my to do list..it was so good!
This looks super yummy! I love Bundt cakes. And egg nog is a fave in our house! Perfect combination!
Thank you so much Chels!
Tis the season! I am so making this cake. Great recipe.
Thank you Rina! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Renee @ Two in the Kitchen
Oh you read my mind. I have literally had Bundt cakes on the brain lately. This looks so moist and tender! It looks delicious!
You and me both...I have another bundt cake to post later this weekend too 🙂
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
Looks good! I just made an eggnog quick bread today! Love baking with eggnog around this time of year 🙂
Bring on more eggnog goodies...right now I just can't get enough!!!
Zainab @ Blahnik Baker
This cakes looks delicious. My husband is the eggnog drinker in our house and I made him an eggnog cake this weekend too. Oh I feel ya on free weights, I've been doing crossfit-like classes at my YMCA and they are painful but I am starting to see results too!
Thank you Zainab!! Those cross fit work outs are killer. I am excited though to keep going and see more results!!!
Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
Congrats on completing your challenge! This cake looks like it has an amazing fluffiness. My mom and brother are the egg nog eaters in my house. They would love this cake.
Thank you Laura!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Beautiful cake, Jocelyn! So festive! Perfect for Christmas! Pinning!
Thank you so much Anna!!!
Yay for eggnog!! Tis the season and this cake look so great, Jocelyn!!
Tis the season for all things mint and eggnog!!! Thanks Tieghan!