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The Best Easy Eggnog Cake

You have got to try The Best Easy Eggnog Cake recipe that you are ever going to make. This incredible cake has the decadent flavor of eggnog and is a real crowd-pleaser. Perfect for your holiday parties.

We all know that during the holiday season we like to indulge in delicious treats and this creamy eggnog cake is going to be one that you are going to love. The cake is moist and crumbly, and the creamy eggnog frosting transforms the bake and creates a taste sensation.

There is no right or wrong amount of eggnog to enjoy during the holiday season and the best part is that you can enjoy it in cake form. It is the perfect dessert that will work for a sit-down meal or as part of a spread of party food.

A slice of gluten free eggnog cake.

💜 Why You’ll Love This Easy Eggnog Cake Recipe

  • Very festive – The perfect holiday cake recipe
  • Crowd pleaser – This will wow the guests. Perfect for a Christmas Eve party or other festive celebrations
  • Easy to make and you’ll love that it’s gluten and dairy free

Ingredients Needed

  • Dairy-free butter- we like to use Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks – room temp butter is helpful and creams easier
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Large eggs– room temperature eggs are best to use, we have suggestions on how to do that below
  • Vanilla extract– always check that your vanilla extract is gluten and dairy free, we us this brand
  • Dairy-free milk– we like to use either refrigerated almond milk, or shelf stable almond milk. Here’s a favorite brand suggestion
  • Dairy-free egg nogthis brand is a favorite in our house, it’s gluten, dairy, and soy free!
  • Gluten-free cake flour– we use this brand, if you can’t find a gluten free cake flour, you can use a regular 1 for 1 gluten free flour choice
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Confectioner’s sugar
Ingredients needed to make easy eggnog cake.

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Cake pans

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Baking spray

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Angled offset spatula

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How To Make The Eggnog Cake

This is the full recipe to make your very own Eggnog Cake with Eggnog Frosting. 

Make the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare baking pans with non-stick baking spray, easy-off or dairy free butter, and Gluten-free flour.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl with warm water, add eggs for 5 mins to bring them to room temperature. 
  4. In a large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, which typically takes about 5-6 minutes.
  5. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing the mixture well after adding each egg.
  6. In another bowl, combine milk, eggnog, and vanilla.
  7. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. 
  8. Add half of the dry mixture to the butter mixture, followed by half of the wet ingredients. Be sure to mix well before adding in the next mixture.
  9. Add the second half of the dry ingredients and the remaining wet ingredients.
  10. Mix until just combined yet do not over-mix.
  11. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. 
  12. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean.
  13. Remove cakes from oven and let them cool for 10 minutes, inside their pans and then flip them onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Make the frosting

  1. Beat butter until it is creamy in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add in 1/3 of the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of egg nog, and vanilla extract to the butter.
  3. Then add another 1/3 of the powdered sugar and 2 more Tablespoons of egg nog, mixing until combined.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is getting mixed properly.
  5. Add the final 1/3 of powdered sugar and egg nog to the mixture and mix on high until fluffy. Typically this takes 4-5 minutes.
  6. The frosting should be soft and spreadable to add to your cooled cake when ready.

Assemble the cake

  1. Place one cooled cake layer on a serving platter. Spread about ⅓ of the frosting over the top using an angled spatula.
  2. Gently place the second cooled layer of cake on top of the egg nog frosting. 
  3. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake using your angled spatula.
  4. Use your offset spatula or spoon to create a rustic pattern on the outside of the cake if desired.
  5. Slice, serve, and enjoy.
How to make gluten and dairy free eggnog cake.
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Recipe Variations

Do I need to use cake pans? If you want to present this cake differently then you could use a bundt pan. Bundt cakes look super festive and are perfect for the holiday season. This can still become a great eggnog bundt cake recipe.

Want to make it more decadent? Why not spike the cooked cake mixture with your favorite liqueur? You could add a little something extra to the sponge mix to make it moist and delicious. Make sure to do this once the cake has cooled on a wire rack.

A gluten and dairy free eggnog cake with eggnog icing.

Tips & Tricks

  • It is easiest to frost a frozen cake, it helps eliminate the crumbs. If time permits, freeze the layers of the cake before frosting.
  • A stand mixer or hand mixer will make light work when creating this cake batter.
Looking down on eggnog cake with slices on plates.

Storage

This eggnog cake is perfect to make ahead. You can double-wrap it with p[plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. it will also keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

You can add the frosting to an airtight container and also refrigerate it until you need it. If you have leftovers then add slices to an airtight container.

A gluten and dairy free eggnog cake with eggnog icing.

FAQ

How should you decorate the festive eggnog cake?

There are so many ways that you can decorate this eggnog cake with eggnog frosting. As it is, it looks delicious, but you could always add some grated chocolate over the top of the cake. The time of year also lends itself to some festive decorations that you might want to use.

What should I serve with the eggnog cake?

A lovely glass of eggnog (our recipe on our sister site, coming soon) would be nice but you could also serve it with some dairy-free ice cream as well.

Three pieces of gluten free eggnog cake.

Other Christmas recipes 

  • Christmas snack mix This Christmas Snack Mix offers all the seasonal tastes– Chex mix cereal coated in peanut butter, melted chocolate, and powdered sugar. Combined with candy that has an outside crunchy coating with an inside of soft chocolate that tastes like mint chocolate.
  • Christmas Tree Brownies – Transform this homemade fudgy brownie mix into the most festive dessert at Christmas. These Christmas Tree Brownies will have the kids and adults squealing with delight this holiday season.
  • Christmas Dessert Board – No one will go home hungry after grazing on this at your next Christmas party or on Christmas Day.

Eggnog Cake

Enjoy a slice of this delicious Eggnog Cake in under an hour. You won't even know that this bakery style cake is gluten and dairy free!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Eggnog Cake
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients

For the Egg Nog Cake

  • 1 cup dairy free butter softened, see suggestions. inpost
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 4 eggs brought to room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk room temperature, see suggestions in post
  • 1/2 cup dairy free egg nog
  • 2 ¾ cups gluten free flour scooped and leveled, see suggestions in post
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

For the frosting

  • 1 ½ cups dairy free butter softened, see suggestions in post
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons dairy free egg nog room temperature, see suggestions in post

Instructions

Make the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.Prepare baking pans with non-stick baking spray, easy-off or dairy free butter, and Gluten-free flour.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl with warm water, add eggs for 5 mins to bring them to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, cream dairy free butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, which typically takes about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing the mixture well after adding each egg.
  • In another bowl, combine dairy free milk, dairy free eggnog, and vanilla. Combine the gluten free flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Add half of the dry mixture to the dairy free butter mixture, followed by half of the wet ingredients. Be sure to mix well before adding in the next mixture.
  • Add the second half of the dry ingredients and the remaining wet ingredients.
  • Mix until just combined yet do not over-mix.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean.
  • Remove cakes from oven and let them cool for 10 minutes, inside their pans and then flip them onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Make the frosting

  • Beat dairy fre butter until it is creamy in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in 1/3 of the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of dairy free eggnog, and vanilla extract to the dairy free butter.
  • Then add another 1/3 of the powdered sugar and 2 more Tablespoons of dairy free eggnog, mixing until combined.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is getting mixed properly.
  • Add the final 1/3 of powdered sugar and dairy free eggnog to the mixture and mix on high until fluffy. Typically this takes 4-5 minutes. The frosting should be soft and spreadable to add to your cooled cake when ready.

Assemble the cake

  • Place one cooled cake layer on a serving platter. Spread about ⅓ of the frosting over the top using an angled spatula.
  • Gently place the second cooled layer of cake on top of the dairy free egg nog frosting.
  • Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake using your angled spatula.
  • Use your offset spatula or spoon to create a rustic pattern on the outside of the cake if desired.
  • Slice, serve, and enjoy.

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