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Easy Eggnog Cake

Yield Serves 10-12 1x
Prep: 45 minutesCook: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutes

Soft and fluffy Eggnog Cake covered in eggnog buttercream.


Eggnog cake

  • 230 grams (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 200 grams (1 cup) caster sugar or granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 315 grams (2 and 1/4 cup) plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 240 ml (1 cup) store bought eggnog

Eggnog buttercream

  • 230 grams (1 cup or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 435 grams (3 and 1/2 cups) icing sugar or powdered sugar
  • 23 tablespoons eggnog
  • Pretzels, to decorate
  • White chocolate, grated, to decorate


  1. Grease and line two 8 inch round baking tins. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, sugar and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and beat after each addition.
  3. Add baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and half the flour and beat briefly. Pour in eggnog and then add the rest of the flour and beat until a creamy cake batter forms. It will be quite thick – this is ok.
  4. Divide cake batter evenly between the two cake tins and bake in the oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until golden on top and  skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Carefully remove the cakes from the cake tins and set on a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the frosting, beat butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add two cups of icing sugar, and one tablespoons of eggnog, and beat with the electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  7. Add remaining sugar, along with another tablespoon of eggnog. If the frosting is too thick, add another tablespoon of eggnog.
  8. Spread frosting over one cake layer and then place the other cake layer on top. Cover the top and sides of the cake with buttercream. Decorate with pretzels and sprinkle of grated white chocolate.
Author: Jessica HolmesCategory: DessertCuisine: American
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