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Quick and Easy Eggnog Cake

Last Updated on November 8, 2022 by Allison Lancaster

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Combine the taste of your favorite holiday beverage with flour, vanilla extract, and a few other ingredients to prepare this delicious Eggnog Cake. It’s sweet, moist, and delicious! Looking for an ideal holiday cake? This is it! The best part? You can make this eggnog cake in under an hour!

eggnog sheet cake with christmas sprinkles

What is Eggnog Cake?

Eggnog Cake is a moist and flavorful baked treat that you can enjoy during the holiday season or whenever else you’d like.

This eggnog cake recipe has notes of vanilla and fresh eggnog with each bite, making it as flavorful as possible. It is a treat that most anyone will love during the holiday season.

Not only is eggnog cake delightful but it is easy to make!

How do I serve eggnog cake?

Eggnog cake is a delicious dessert to serve at any of your holiday parties. Not only is it the perfect dish for the holidays it is a unique birthday cake if you have an eggnog lover in your house!

Ingredients for Eggnog Sheet Cake

ingredients for egg nog sheet cake

Before preparing the Eggnog Cake, be sure to have the right ingredients ready to use, including:

  • Flour – Before you can make your cake, be sure to have flour to create the perfect batter.
  • Ground Nutmeg – Add this nutty spice to your mixture with flour for added flavor.
  • Unsalted Butter – Allow your butter to sit out and soften before you mix it with your other ingredients.
  • Vanilla Extract – Enhance the taste of your cake with three teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.
  • Eggnog – You can’t forget eggnog! It’s the star of the show in this recipe.

In addition to these ingredients, you’ll also need baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and eggs! You’ll need a few extra ingredients for the buttercream, including powdered sugar, rum extract, and sprinkles. With these ingredients, you can make the most delicious cake.

How to Make the Eggnog Sheet Cake

  • Set your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray while you wait for the oven to get hot.
  • Grab a large bowl and begin whisking your flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and baking powder.
  • Put your butter in a stand mixer bowl with the sugar and cream it before adding in the vanilla and eggnog, combining well.
  • Add your eggs, beating them one at a time. Begin incorporating the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, but don’t overmix it.
  • Pour your batter in a baking dish, smooth out the top, and then put it in the oven, baking it for up to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, set aside to cool on a wire rack, and then work on your frosting.
  • Use your whisk attachment to beat more butter in until it becomes creamy.
  • Set the mixer to low speed, add your powdered sugar, rum extract, and nutmeg, and then increase your speed to medium while continuing to beat the ingredients.
  • Add a bit of eggnog and then beat again until your frosting is smooth. Spread it on the cake and then add sprinkles on top if you’d like them.

egg nog sheet cake sitting on a plate with christmas lights

How to Store This Festive Eggnog Cake

Cover your Eggnog Sheet Cake with plastic wrap and then an additional sheet of aluminum foil before placing it in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can store it in the fridge for up to three days before serving it. Christmas desserts have never been easier to store.

How Do You Freeze Eggnog Cake?

After tightly wrapping your Eggnog Sheet Cake with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, you can place the cake in the freezer, allowing it to sit there for up to six months before you defrost it and enjoy.

Pro Tips for Making Eggnog Cake

  • Use a toothpick to check the center of the cake before you remove it from the oven to make sure it’s done.
  • If you don’t want to add sprinkles to the cake, you can add a light coating of nutmeg on top of the frosting for a special touch.

Can I use a boxed cake mix to make this recipe?

You can but honestly, it won’t come out as moist as this recipe does. If you are running short on time, prepare your boxed cake mix according to the directions on the box, leaving out the water your box cake mix calls for. In place of the water called for in your box cake mix instructions, add the spices from this recipe and the eggnog called for in the cake recipe.

How do I make eggnog buttercream?

This recipe calls for a decadent eggnog buttercream frosting. It’s very simple to make! You gather your ingredients, mix them together, and voila! Eggnog buttercream icing for your eggnog cake!

christmas egg nog cake with red and green sprinkles

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Eggnog Cake Recipe

Eggnog Cake
Yield: 12-16 servings

Eggnog Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Combine the taste of your favorite holiday beverage with flour, vanilla extract, and a few other ingredients to prepare this delicious Eggnog Cake. It’s sweet, moist, and delicious! Looking for an ideal holiday cake? This is it! The best part? You can make this eggnog cake in under an hour!


  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Cup sugar
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ Cups eggnog
  • 4 large eggs

For the Eggnog Buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ Cup Eggnog
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sprinkles or Additional nutmeg


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
    2. Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg until combined.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar.  Add the vanilla, and eggnog until well combined,
    4. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
    5. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until just combined, being careful not to overmix. 
    6. Pour the batter into the baking dish, and smooth out the top. 
    7. Place into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Set aside to cool.
    8. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the butter until it turns white and creamy. 
    9. Turn the mixer to low speed and add the powdered sugar, along with the nutmeg and rum extract, then increase speed to medium and beat until smooth.  Add the eggnog and continue to beat until the consistency is smooth and spreadable.
    10. Spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
    11. Sprinkle the cake over either with holiday sprinkles or a light dusting of ground nutmeg.
    12. Enjoy!
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