Use Your NOGgin

Well as luck would have it, I forgot that before the big wind storm I had made(and photographed) a lovely eggnog cake. An experiment really that turned out nicely. I like hot milk cake and so I thought, why not replace the milk in the cake with eggnog…a risk I know, but all turned out lovely. What it produced was a very spongy yet dense cake that could easily be eaten on it’s own, but I love frosting too much so that was out of the question. I personally am not an eggnog person…especially if it is made the proper way with the floating meringue. It just bothers me and I feel like I should be throwing the eggnog into a pie shell and making a custard pie out of it, instead of drinking it. But I do like the flavor of eggnog in certian things(lattes aside…coffee and eggnog don’t mix well with me). I originally wanted to make cupcakes I saw a long while back on the Cupcake Blog but it seems a little too egg noggy for me. I did however steal her idea of having a bourbon cream cheese frosting.

 Hot Eggnog Cake

Hot Egg Nog Cake

3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup egg nog
1 TBSP butter
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until very thick; the batter should fall from the beaters in a thick ribbon. Beat in the vanilla.
While you’re beating the eggs and sugar, heat the egg nog and butter in a small saucepan to just simmering. Add the hot egg nog to the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream as you continue beating.
In a seperate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring utnil they’re just combined.
Pour the batter into a lighty greased 9 inch cake round. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the cake is a deep golden brown and starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove the cake from the oven and cool it in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the pan.

Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

2 tablespoons bourbon
1-1/2 packages cream cheese, room temp
1/4cup butter, room temp
4-5 cups confectioner¢â¬â„¢s sugar(will depend on how thick you like your frosting)

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until soft.
Add the confectioner¢â¬â„¢s sugar and beat to combine.
Add the 2 TBSP of bourbon and beat to combine.

Source: Inspired by Hot Milk Cake in the King Arthur’s Flour Baker’s Companion All Purpose Baking Cookibook


  1. Mmm, I do love hot milk cake! I might have to try this.

  2. THIS looks AMAZING! :)

  3. I’ve never had hot milk cat. This looks wonderfully moist and good though.

  4. ahhh…this looks so good and pretty!
    perfect christmas food! :)

  5. Your cake is so fluffy – it must be delicious!

  6. It looks like cloud,a Christmassy one at that!:)
    I am saving this recipe.Fabulous pics!Thank you so much.Beautiful colors.

  7. This looks great! I like tres leche, this sounds like that with a holiday twist. And… bourbon cream cheese icing? Those are the perfect southern egg nog flavors.
    I will try it to see if mine can taste as good as yours look!

  8. The cake looks great…however, I really want to know of you were named for “Mr. Peabody”???? ;)

  9. Yum! I knew I was missing out on another purpose for eggnog. And bourbon. The cake looks so pretty and soft, I’m torn between wanting to eat it and wanting to curl up next to it.

  10. Looks delicious! I love eggnog in every possible usage, so I am sure I would love this…and anything with bourbon is fine by me.

  11. Oh wow… that looks delicious! Great photos!

  12. What a wonderful idea! Looks very tasty.

  13. Your cake looks absolutely appetizing!

  14. Jeff- Yep, I really was named after Mr. Peabody and his way back machine!

  15. How dare you post another delicious recipe!!! Oh this looks so good I could lick my computer screen!!!

    VT :)

  16. Yes please! Can you send me a piece, better yet make it a whole cake :) The frosting looks perfect and silky.

  17. I’ve never had hot milk cake, but these pictures are making me salivate on my keyboard.

  18. Sweet and simple decorations are beautiful. Eggnog cake sounds wonderful!

  19. I think so too coffee doesn’t go well with eggnog. But you know how to put me on hook – luscious bourbon cream cheese, spongy spicy cake! Really sound great!
    Do the stores operate (I mean food supply) back to normal now?

  20. God, I love cake. I don’t care for eggnog, but I think it sounds awesome in this. I am going to steal that frosting recipe and use it for something. I’m also going to go take a look at that recipe in my King Arthur cookbook. Nice job!

  21. I made this cake over the weekend and it came out absolutely perfect. Golden, fluffy, and delicious! We don’t even like eggnog but I’ll be making the cake again tonight!

  22. Sugarhappy says:

    YUM-O! :p

  23. Sugarhappy says:

    I am literally salvating at my computer. YUM-O!


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