Delicious Eggnog Coffee Cake Recipe for the Holidays

Welcome to my kitchen! I’m so excited to share with you one of my favorite holiday treats: Eggnog Coffee Cake Recipe. This cake is perfect for a cozy Christmas morning breakfast or as an indulgent dessert after a festive dinner.

There’s nothing more comforting than the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting through the air, and this Eggnog Coffee Cake Recipe has all the seasonal spices you could ever want. The fluffy cake is moist and tender, filled with a creamy eggnog flavor that will delight your taste buds.

Preparing this cake recipe is effortless, even for those who are just learning how to bake. With simple ingredients and minimum preparation time, making this coffee cake is a delightful experience. I promise you’ll look like a pro baker in no time!

The warmth of the oven mixed with the sweet smell of homemade baking, and it’s easy to impress your guests with this crowd-pleasing cake. And if you’re anything like me, you’re looking for ways to use up that leftover eggnog. This Eggnog Coffee Cake recipe is sure to become your go-to recipe for using up all your leftover eggnog from Thanksgiving or any other occasion.

I highly recommend pouring yourself a hot cup of coffee or frothy latte and savoring every bite of this delicious holiday-inspired coffee cake recipe. Trust me; everyone will be asking for the recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Eggnog Coffee Cake
Eggnog Coffee Cake

Are you a fan of coffee cake? How about eggnog? Imagine combining these two flavors in one delicious recipe. I present to you the Eggnog Coffee Cake recipe! Trust me, you’re going to love this recipe and here’s why:

Firstly, the combination of flavors in this coffee cake is simply amazing. The warm cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla flavors blend perfectly with the creamy, rich taste of eggnog. One bite and you’ll feel like you’re savoring a piece of Christmas morning.

Secondly, not only is this coffee cake bursting with flavor but it’s also incredibly moist and tender. Thanks to the addition of sour cream, this coffee cake has a velvety texture that will make it hard to resist grabbing another slice.

Lastly, this Eggnog Coffee Cake recipe is incredibly versatile. You can enjoy it for breakfast alongside a cup of coffee or tea or serve it for dessert topped with rum extract whipped cream or cranberry eggnog sauce.

Overall, this Eggnog Coffee Cake recipe is perfect for the holiday season or any time you want to indulge in something sweet and comforting. So go ahead and give this recipe a try – I guarantee you’ll fall in love with it just as much as I have.

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the rich and festive flavors of eggnog and coffee in this delicious cake.
Indulge in the rich and festive flavors of eggnog and coffee in this delicious cake.

Here are the star ingredients you will need to make this delicious Eggnog Coffee Cake. Make sure to check the recipe beforehand and add any ingredients that you might need to your grocery list.

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 8 oz (225 g) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Eggnog Streusel Topping:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

With these ingredients in hand, we can start preparing the recipe that is sure to become a new holiday favorite: the Eggnog Coffee Cake.

The Recipe How-To

 This coffee cake is the perfect holiday breakfast or dessert for coffee lovers.
This coffee cake is the perfect holiday breakfast or dessert for coffee lovers.

Now that we’ve talked about why everyone will love this Eggnog Coffee Cake, let’s get started on how to make it. This recipe is relatively easy and perfect for the holiday season, so let’s dive in!

Ingredient List

First up, the ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • For the eggnog crumb topping:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Optional:
  • Pecans

The Recipe How-To

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer.
  4. Add in two large eggs and mix well.
  5. Then add in eggnog, slowly mixing until all ingredients are blended together.
  6. Gradually fold in the flour mixture, stirring just until combined.
  7. If desired, mix in pecans.
  8. For the crumb topping: In a small bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix in the softened butter until crumbly.
  9. Pour your coffee cake mixture into your greased baking pan, then evenly sprinkle crumb topping all over the surface of the batter.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  11. Once done, set aside and let cool.

Tips for Perfect Results

  • If you don’t have eggnog, you can substitute it with coffee creamer or even use regular milk.
  • If you have leftover eggnog from the holidays, this is a great recipe to use it up.
  • Add in pecans for an extra crunchy and flavorful topping.
  • For an even fancier look, dust your finished cake with powdered sugar.


There you have it! A delicious Eggnog Coffee Cake. Perfect for any holiday breakfast, brunch or dessert. This recipe is sure to be a hit, and hopefully it makes everyone’s morning breakfast eggnog sweeter!

Substitutions and Variations

 Impress your guests with a homemade eggnog coffee cake that looks and tastes amazing.
Impress your guests with a homemade eggnog coffee cake that looks and tastes amazing.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe! Here are some substitutions and variations you can try to make this eggnog coffee cake your own:

– Coffee creamer: If you don’t have eggnog on hand, you can use your favorite holiday-flavored coffee creamer instead. This will give the cake a slightly different taste, but it’s still delicious!

– Cranberry eggnog: For a festive twist, you can use cranberry-flavored eggnog instead of plain eggnog. This will add a subtle tartness to the cake that pairs well with the sweet cinnamon and sugar topping.

– Overnight eggnog coffee cake: To simplify your Christmas morning breakfast, you can make an overnight version of this recipe. Prepare the cake as directed, but cover and refrigerate it overnight. In the morning, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking as directed.

– Eggnog streusel topping: If you want to add some texture to the cake, try making an eggnog streusel topping. Mix together 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Cut in 6 tablespoons of softened butter until crumbly, then sprinkle over the top of the cake before baking.

– Homemade eggnog: For an extra special touch, make your own eggnog from scratch! Combine 4 egg yolks, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in 2 cups of whole milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. In a separate bowl, beat 4 egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold them into the eggnog mixture. Use this homemade eggnog in the cake recipe as directed.

No matter how you choose to customize your eggnog coffee cake, it’s sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering.

Serving and Pairing

 Enjoy the warm and cozy feeling of the holidays with every bite of this eggnog coffee cake.
Enjoy the warm and cozy feeling of the holidays with every bite of this eggnog coffee cake.

A delicious Eggnog Coffee Cake is a perfect pastry to serve as a holiday dessert, as well as for breakfast or brunch. This cake is scrumptious and indulgent enough to be eaten on its own, but for a truly decadent experience, enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

This rich and moist Eggnog Coffee Cake is perfect for winter mornings or cozy afternoons spent indoors. The flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and eggnog blend together beautifully and pair well with warm spices. A slice of this sweet cake topped with crunchy pecans adds texture and flavor to the overall experience.

For a light refreshment during the holidays, serve some fresh fruit alongside your Eggnog Coffee Cake. This festive pairing will provide a delicious contrast to the richness of the cake.

Want to take the flavors up another notch? Whip up some cream cheese frosting and spread it over the top of your Eggnog Coffee Cake. Or, drizzle a warm glaze made from powdered sugar and eggnog over the top. A little sweetness goes a long way in making an already delectable treat even more heavenly.

This cake is also great as an edible gift during Christmas time. Wrap it up nice and tight in some festive holiday paper and surprise your loved ones with something special they can enjoy for breakfast or dessert.

All in all, enjoy this amazing Eggnog Coffee Cake in any way you like; it’s guaranteed to brighten up any Christmas morning!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This recipe takes the classic flavor combination of eggnog and coffee to a whole new level.
This recipe takes the classic flavor combination of eggnog and coffee to a whole new level.

One of the best things about this Eggnog Coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time for busy holiday mornings. If you’re planning to serve it for breakfast, you can prepare the batter up to 24 hours in advance and keep it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake.

The leftover eggnog can also be used to make this coffee cake recipe. If you have an excess of eggnog from your holiday celebrations, don’t worry, just make this cake recipe when you have some extra time. You will not regret it.

To store your freshly baked eggnog coffee cake, wrap the leftover cake pieces tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also keep the cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

If you want to reheat the cake slices before serving, simply place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-10 minutes or until warm. Another option is to microwave individual slices on high for about 10-15 seconds.

To add some extra texture and flavor to your reheated coffee cake slices, consider topping them with a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh cranberries or pecans. That way even leftover coffee cake feels like holiday bliss!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Moist and fluffy, this eggnog coffee cake is the
Moist and fluffy, this eggnog coffee cake is the

To ensure the perfect outcome for your eggnog coffee cake every time, follow these tips and tricks!

Firstly, when measuring flour for the recipe, make sure to spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with a knife. This ensures that you do not end up with too much flour, which can result in a dry and dense cake.

Next, when adding the eggs to the batter, make sure to add them one at a time and mix well before adding the next one. This helps to evenly distribute the eggs throughout the batter and create a smooth texture.

When creaming together the butter and sugar, make sure that the butter is softened but not melted. Room temperature butter should be soft enough to dent with your finger but still hold its shape. Creaming softened butter and sugar together properly creates lightness in textural structure and flavor- our coffee cake needs that tender texture!

When making the eggnog crumb topping, use cold butter instead of room temperature butter. Cold butter results in larger crumbs, which add a nice crunchy texture to your coffee cake.

For those who are high-altitude bakers or baking in an environment of high humidity, try increasing your oven temperature by 25°F or slightly reducing leaveners like baking powder slightly in cakes to prevent underbaking our coffee cake layers.

Lastly, be patient when waiting for your eggnog coffee cake to cool. It may be tempting to dig in as soon as it comes out of the oven…but let it cool undisturbed before digging in! Cooling our baked good properly prevents breakings while serving.

Follow these tips for guaranteed success with your fantastic Eggnog Coffee Cake Recipe every time!


Before wrapping things up with the last section, let’s cover some frequently asked questions regarding this Eggnog Coffee Cake Recipe. I imagine there might be some doubts on some of the ingredients and steps, so let’s dive in to clarify everything for you.

Is coffee and eggnog good together?

Although not typically paired together, eggnog and coffee make a delightful combination that is definitely worth trying. It offers a unique and non-traditional way of enjoying the seasonal flavor. In case you’re a fan of seasonal coffee drinks, you won’t regret having a taste of my Gingerbread Latte, Iced Chai Latte or Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Can I use eggnog as coffee creamer?

Looking for an alternative to Coffee Mate? Try adding eggnog to your coffee instead. The combination of the two tastes amazing, and it’s easy to do. You can add a little bit of eggnog to your regular black coffee, or you can experiment with different spices to compliment the flavor.

Can I use eggnog instead of milk?

Whether you prefer to purchase your eggnog or make it from scratch, both variations, spiked or not, can be used for baking purposes. Opting for reduced-fat eggnog is a viable option when utilizing it as a substitute for milk in a recipe. However, using full-fat eggnog is recommended when replacing cream.

How to make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

To bake a delicious coffee-flavored cake, you will need 100g/3½ oz of softened unsalted butter, as well as some extra for greasing the pan. Additionally, you will need 100g/3½ oz of caster sugar, 2 large free-range eggs, 100g/3½ oz of self-raising flour, 1 level tsp of baking powder, 50g/1¾ oz of chopped walnuts, and 1 tbsp of coffee essence.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this eggnog coffee cake recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday menu. It is a decadent and warm treat that captures the essence of the holiday season. The combination of eggnog, cinnamon, and sugar creates a flavor profile that will have your taste buds dancing.

By following my instructions and tips, you will be able to create a moist and flavorful coffee cake with ease. Don’t forget to play around with substitutions and variations to find the perfect combination that suits you and your family’s preferences.

This cake is an ideal make-ahead option for busy mornings or a festive potluck gathering. It can also be stored and reheated for up to 5 days after baking.

With its rich flavor and crumbly texture, this eggnog coffee cake recipe will bring warmth and happiness to your Christmas morning breakfast tables. Trust me when I say your guests won’t stop raving about it!

So go ahead and give this recipe a try; it is guaranteed to become a holiday favorite. Happy baking everyone!

Eggnog Coffee Cake

Eggnog Coffee Cake Recipe

This is from Berkley Farms Dairy recipes...and not at all sure who gave it to me, but thank you anyway for a great recipe. This recipe provided to Berkley Farms by celebrity chef Johnny Rivers.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 504.6 kcal


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 1/4 cups pecans, broken
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter 9 inch fluted or plain tube pan.
  • In large bowl of electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, eggnog, and vanilla.
  • Stir together flour, bakng powder, and salt.
  • Gradually beat into butter mixture.
  • Prepare topping by combining nuts, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Scatter half the topping evenly over bottom of pan.
  • Spoon in half batter.
  • Add remaining topping and spoon on remaining batter.
  • Bake 50 to 60 minute, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 107gCalories: 504.6kcalCarbohydrates: 53.9gProtein: 6.5gFat: 30.5gSaturated Fat: 13.5gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 285.4mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 32.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Brunch, Christmas, Easy
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