Christmas Dessert Recipes – Eggnog Pound Cake

Neither the Handsome Husband or I are fans of Eggnog, but we do like eggnog pound cake, and let me tell you, this recipe is da’ bomb!  Not only is this eggnog pound cake super moist, it’s the perfect {simple} dessert to bring along to a holiday open house or party.

You can make it in a bundt pan, tube pan or loaf pan, which ever you prefer.

Ingredients {Pound Cake} slightly adapted from mybakingaddication

2 tablespoons dark rum or water {I bartered some rum from Mrs. Hillbilly}
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup egg nog
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Ingredients {Glaze}

3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons dark rum
2 tablespoons water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together and set aside.

In a mixing bowl whip together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until nice and smooth. Slowly add in the eggnog, then the flour mixture and beat until all the ingredients are mixed together.

Grease and flour a bundt, tube or 2 standard sized loaf pans.  Pour batter into pans and bake for 45 -60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, rum, and water and stir until blended {about 20 seconds}.

Cool cake for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and place on a cooling rack with wax or parchment paper below it.  Drizzle glaze over the top.  Wait about 1/2 an hour before slicing, and serve.

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  1. Carol says

    Drat – I’m headed to a potluck in 15 minutes, if only I had been web surfing earlier! But there are more holiday gatherings in my future. It’s on my list! Thanks,

    • Mavis says

      Actually it was 5 tablespoons of rum. 2 for the cake, 2 for the glaze, and 1 just in case I spilled. Mr. Hillbilly said it was a high value item and made me cough up a whole package of pancake mix. What a total rip off. Plus, I almost fell over from gagging because it {the rum} smelled so gross.

      • Adam says

        So, I probably should have figured this one out myself since it is listed in the ingredients column, but the first serving of rum was left out of the directions – I assume it goes in with the eggs? Its already in the oven – but with eggnog, what could possibly go wrong??

  2. Mamalala says

    It is a high value item. It’s liqueur and very expensive! I buy Kahlua for a great chocolate cake I make. That stuff is expensive! 😉

  3. Margaret Bushee says

    This is the perfect recipe to use up the dark rum my mom gave my husband after her trip to Puerto Rico. Time to get the dusty dark rum out of the dark cabinet. Thanks!

  4. Lisa W. says

    I’ve got an Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe I use, where you press sliced Almonds into the sides of the pan after buttering it up. It’s Beautiful when it comes out!

  5. Kristine D says

    Thanks so much Mavis! I am going to have a cake table at my daughters wedding shower this November and I wanted to make this just as shown in your photo.

  6. Wendy Steele says

    Does anyone have any ideas on a non-alcoholic substitute for the rum in this recipe?–Perhaps apple juice? Thank you :)

  7. renee says

    Looks great. I am doing a hot chocolate bar for a Christmas party and this cake would work great with it along with the shortbread cookies.
    i think you made out ok with the barter. Pancake mix is a lot cheaper than a whole bottle of dark rum when you only need 5 Tbls.

  8. Kathy G says

    I bought pumpkin eggnog today and will try it with that. They also had mint chocolate. My rum is Malibu,coconut rum. Might be n interesting flavor twist.

  9. Monique S says

    Made this last year and it was such a hit, I ended up making one for each house I went to Christmas day! that was 5 in total, but it was so worth it! Meant I didn’t have to suffer through my MIL’s horrid Christmas brunch casserole, and everyone had a delish snack cake! AND there was something yummy for me to nom on everywhere I went, lol. Diet began promptly on Dec 26th HAHA!

    Will have to purchase a new tiny bottle of rum again soon, since that is the only reason I bought it to begin with!

  10. Marion S says

    Hey, what is the secret to the glaze? Is it supposed to be confectioners sugar instead of granular? No matter how much I stirred the sugar never dissolved. I even put in microwave to help melt it, only for a few seconds, which helped a little. But still was granular to the taste as I put on top. Is it a misprint? I have great looking cake but the glaze looks nothing like yours. It has granules that sparkle in the light.

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