I’ve found eggnog to be an extremely polarizing force. Ok I know that sounds strange, but here’s what I mean: People seem to either LOVE eggnog or HATE eggnog. And they feel very vehemently about it. There doesn’t appear to be a middle ground on this one. I have yet to meet an eggnog moderate. As for me:
I love eggnog.
I love pound cake.
Rum is tasty too.
So I kinda I feel like I have a real Christmas desert winner here. Which is a really good thing, because with three separate Christmas celebrations with just family (plus there are Christmas parties too right?) I need a lot of cake. And who wants to be boring and repeat the same cake three times right?
I have to admit if your an eggnog hater this cake isn’t for you because this cake really really tastes like yummy eggnog with a hint of rum. (Eggnog haters I promise to create a fantastic chocolate desert for you soon!) This cake is all eggnog in buttery pound cake form, rich and dense. Then we have a sweet butter rum glaze which adds moisture and just the right amount of rum to the cake. And we finish it off with an eggnog icing adding that sweet finish (gotta have the eggnog twice to make it double eggnog right?).
Plus there is the added benefit that the cake is just pretty and festive. Couldn’t you picture it on a table set in whites and golds? :::sigh::: Certainly Christmas party worthy as well. I guarantee you’ll be a major hit if you bring this cake along!
I haven’t 100% worked out my logistics but I’m pretty sure I’m bringing this cake along to at least one Christmas party this year and it might show up on Christmas eve as well. Annyyywayy go make this cake already!
- 8 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups flour
- 1 and 1/2 cups egg nog
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup gold rum
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons eggnog
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350* grease a bunt pan well. In the mixing bowl of a large stand mixer cream together butter and sugar.
- 2. Add each egg one at a time, beating lightly after each egg is added.
- 3. Add the baking powder, salt and 1 cup of flour. Mix well.
- 4. Add the eggnog. Mix well again.
- 5. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour. Mix well, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
- 6. Pour batter into prepared bunt pan. Smooth with a rubber spatula in necessary to make a smooth surface. Bake at 350* for 1hour to 1hour and 15 min. or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- 7. Allow the cake to cool until the bottom of the pan is comfortable to touch. Gently invert the cake to completely detach the cake from the pan, but leave the cake in the pan, in later steps the butter rum glaze will be poured down the sides of the pan to allow the cake to soak up.
- 8. To prepare the butter rum glaze add sugar and water to a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. Add the butter to the mixture. The butter will melt but not fully disolve into the mixture. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil for about 4 min. stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the rum. Simmer for an additional min.
- 9. Pour the butter rum glaze down the sides of the bunt pan, around the center ring of the pan, and on the exposed bottom of the cake. Allow the cake to rest in the pan, sitting in the glaze for 15-20 min. so the cake can absorb the glaze. After 15-20 min invert on to a plate or serving dish.
- 1. In a small saucepan (it's ok to use the same pan from the glaze) over medium low heat add butter, eggnog and powdered sugar. Melt all ingredients together stir frequently to prevent burning. The icing will be fairly thick.
- 2. Remove from the heat and drizzle over the cake as desired.
- I use pre-made eggnog that comes fresh from my local dairy, it is very rich and creamy and that really makes the cake come out well. I tried a version with a low-fat version they make as well, the cake also came out very well this way too. You can use eggnog available at the grocery store to good effect as well.
- I use Bacardi Gold for the rum.