Eggnog Pound Cake

This eggnog pound cake, made with rum, nutmeg, eggnog, and studded with currants, is the perfect Christmas Bundt cake or hostess gift.

A plate with a slice of pound cake with currants, and a cake stand in the background with the remaining cake

This stunning holiday cake is the next best thing to eggnog in a cup. The dense yet tender cake highlights the incomparable flavor of eggnog, while rum, nutmeg, and currants add a complementary dimension. Bake it in your favorite patterned Bundt pan or tube tube, and brush the cake with the rum glaze while it’s still warm. As the cake cools, the crystallized topping clings attractively to the crevices and them crinkles, creating a special effect. Originally published April 21, 2008.Flo Braker

Eggnog Pound Cake

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  • 45 M
  • 2 H
  • Serves 20
5/5 - 8 reviews
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Special Equipment: 10-by-3-inch Bundt pan or a 10-by-4 1/4-inch tube pan (with or without a removable bottom)


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Make the eggnog pound cake

Center a rack in the oven and crank up the heat to 350°F (175°C) or, if the pan has a dark finish, 325°F (160°C). Butter a 10-by-3-inch Bundt pan or a 10-by-4 1/4-inch tube pan (with or without a removable bottom) and then flour it, tapping out any excess flour. (If your pan has an intricate design or detail, take the extra precaution of spreading it first with solid vegetable shortening, followed by a coating of nonstick spray, and then a dusting of flour to ensure the finished cake releases in one piece.)

Combine the currants and rum in a small bowl. Let them soak for 15 minutes.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.

Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-low speed until creamy and smooth, 30 to 45 seconds. Add the sugar in a steady stream and continue to beat on medium speed until light in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer still on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, beating after each addition until incorporated and stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

On the lowest speed, add the flour mixture in 4 additions alternately with the eggnog in 3 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and mixing after each addition just until incorporated. Stop the mixer as needed to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and mix just until combined. Detach the paddle and bowl from the mixer, and tap the paddle against the side of the bowl to free the excess batter. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the currants and any remaining rum. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with the spatula.

Bake the cake just until the top springs back when lightly touched in the center and the sides are beginning to come away from the pan, 50 to 65 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes while you prepare the glaze.

Make the crystal rum glaze and glaze the cake

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, rum, and water and stir with a rubber spatula just until blended.

Tilt and rotate the cake pan while gently tapping it on a counter to help release the cake. Invert a wire rack on top of the pan, invert the cake onto the rack, and carefully remove the pan. Slide a sheet of waxed paper under the rack.

Using a pastry brush, coat the top and sides of the warm cake with the glaze, using every last drop. Let the cake cool completely before serving. To serve, slide the base of a tart pan, a small rimless baking sheet, or a large offset spatula under the cake and carefully transfer it to a serving platter. Thinly slice the cake with a sharp or serrated knife.

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Recipe Testers Reviews

This eggnog poundcake recipe earns a high rating because it's easy to make, attractive when glazed, studded with currants, and festive with the tastes of eggnog and nutmeg. It was a little too sweet for my taste, as I tend to think of pound cake as less sweet than many of its frosted cake relatives, but it was not so sweet that many would be turned off. Timings in the recipe were basically correct. I used rum instead of water for the currants.

Great cake! Good texture and aroma. Sourcing eggnog in England is tough, however​, I​ bought some from Starbucks and ​it ​worked fine. I would probably add a touch more rum syrup and nutmeg to bump up the flavor. This would be a great cake for a brunch. Could easily swap any dried fruit​ for the currants​ or omit​ them.


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  1. I’m planning to make this for our holiday party this week. Can I make it 1-2 days in advance? If so, should I put it in the refrigerator or cover and keep it at room temperature? Thanks in advance.

  2. With leftover eggnog on hand after all of our Holiday company had gone, I was on a mission to find a creative way to use the extra nog. And this pound cake recipe (dare I say it) “takes the cake!” With a super moist crumb and all of the traditional flavors of homemade eggnog, this recipe is one I will be dog-earring for Holiday menus to come. (And most of the ingredients are ones that you probably have on hand already which is always a delight). The recipe calls for rum-soaked currants and a rum glaze, but I had brandy on hand so I used that instead. I highly recommend this Eggnog Pound Cake to anyone looking for a scrumptious and festive Holiday dessert or brunch dish!

  3. I either change currents to dried cranberries (infused with blueberries or cherry juice). Or I sometimes use dried cherries and blueberries with dried cranberries. Instead of rum in and on cake, I plump berries in blackberry brandy and use that for the alcohol. Great cake. A friend said its like Christmas on a plate!

  4. I made this cake yesterday to use for holiday gifting. My husband, my Chief Quality Control Officer, has pronounced this as spectacular! It was easy to make and actually took less baking time than the recipe stated – 43 minutes to be exact. I used golden raisins since I didn’t have currants and light rum in place of dark (which I also didn’t have). This will not be the first and only time I will make this. It is a winner!

    A glazed eggnog poundcake on top of a wire rack set in a baking sheet

  5. I made this cake recently for a Christmas party and it was a huge hit! I think I would use golden raisins instead of currants the next time I make it and also heat the water and sugar for the glaze a bit to dissolve sugar before adding the rum. Definitely and keeper!

  6. Hello

    Please I will like to request for an eggnog recipe that does not require the need to whip the egg.

    I want to make the egg Nog cake by Flo Braker but I’m not sure if the eggnog called for has a whipped eggwhites in it before adding to the pound cake.

    I await your reply.


  7. I hate to be one of those “I don’t like, so I used…” people, but I don’t love rum. I made this with bourbon instead. (Sorry, Flo.) I like the sound of the cranberry variation mentioned above, too.

    Except for the fact that it wasn’t the lovely light color in the photo (using the Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundt pan, so not really a super-dark pan), I was pleased with the results. It tested done at 55 minutes, but seemed awfully dark on the outside. I’m at 4200 ft elevation here. I’m wondering if I could get away with lowering the oven temp about 15 degrees to try to lessen the browning.

      1. I’d be lying if I said I’ve ever done a proper testing of it — never had any reason to think it wasn’t.

        Thing is, I did a huge amount of baking that day, and the cake was the last item i made. I wonder if it’s possible that the start to get flaky after eight or nine hours of continuous use.

        Guess I better test it before starting Bakapalooza 2014 Part Two this week.

        But the recipe? Couldn’t have been easier. I know I’ve said it before, but I Flo Braker’s recipes are always good.

        1. Oh, shoot, the THERMOSTAT. I wonder if the thermostat isn’t reliable after a while. The word was there in my head; it just didn’t make it to my fingers. (This is what baking Christmas cookies for eight hours does to one’s brain.)

            1. David, I’d have to get into the oven with them to read them, and you know that’s the wrong Grimm story for this time of year. :)

              You’re right. But you knew that.

          1. I’m the temperamental one around here, so I’m inclined to agree with the comparison of oven v. spouse.

            Hey, every single other appliance the same brand as the oven has had to be replaced in the very few years since we bought the house, so it would not at all surprise me if the oven decided to become unreliable. We’ve sworn that nothing of that brand will ever be bought by us again.

            Happy holidays, David.

  8. Hello! I discovered your site when I did a search for eggnog cake (with Christmas over, I had a litre of eggnog, unopened, sitting in my fridge!). Oh my goodness! This was absolute heaven!! An easy-to-follow recipe with no-muss, no-fuss ingredients (thanks to a husband and guests who don’t like eggnog!). My only change was using dried cranberries instead of currants. And when I make it again, I will double the quantity of cranberries. I decided to follow Marjie’s recommendation to dust the pan with icing sugar rather than flour—a great suggestion and one that I will do from now on with all of my bundt pan cakes as the icing sugar absorbed into the cake and didn’t leave a “white ghost” effect on the cake sides. I will switch back to my old standby icing, lemon, and icing sugar mixture for the next cake, though, as the sugar and rum coating overpowered the beautiful, rich, velvety taste of the cake. This recipe is a keeper. Even my eggnog-hating husband agreed! It reminds me of my mother’s and grandmother’s babka piaskowa recipes (“sand” babkas) when I was growing up! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I’m at a loss as to what to try next—the recipes on this site all looks so fabulous!

    1. Danuta, this is the best kind of comment we could possibly receive, seeing as it speaks directly to the reason why we do what we do. It’s all about memorable recipes—and, as you said, recipes we remember along with all the attendant emotions that come flooding back upon that first taste. We’re so happy you liked this recipe and can’t wait to hear which one you choose to make next….

  9. I always use a good amount of butter flavored Crisco and grease every crevice of my Bundt pan. Then dust the whole inside of the Bundt pan with a good amount of powdered sugar rather than flour. So far none of my Bundt cakes stick

    1. Hi Marjie,
      What wonderful advice! I’m going to try that trick on my next rum cake. I bet that little bit of extra sugar doesn’t hurt either.

  10. I made this cake for my office Christmas party. I found that 55 minutes wasn’t near enough time for the cake to finish cooking. When I took it out at 55 minutes, there was lots of wet batter still on my tester knife that I stuck into the cake. I added 15 minutes to the cooking time and that pretty much finished it up. (It was still a bit moist in the center but it was edible.)

    Another thing that happened was that it fell when I took it out of the oven. It had puffed up pretty high in my angel food tube pan. But when I took it out, the center part near the ring fell in a lot. Did that happen to anyone else? Again, the flavor was pretty good, but it was much more dense and heavy than I had anticipated. I wish it had been a bit fluffier. Will adding an additional egg help with that problem?

    1. LaShanta, thanks for writing. If you look at the recipe, Flo states, “55 to 65 minutes” is required for proper baking. You baked yours for 70 minutes. There can be a few reasons why the cake may have needed the little extra to bake.

      I think the biggest culprit could be your oven. It sounds like it’s running cool or has cool spots. I’d buy two or three oven thermometers and place them around the oven. Crank it to the heat you need and see if the three thermometers register correctly. If they are pretty much all off, the oven has to be calibrated, and a local repairperson can do that. If only one of the thermometers is off, you have a cold spot, and you’ll need to rotate your cake several times while baking.

      Opening the oven door is a disaster for a cake. You should open the oven door for the first time at the lower end of a time suggestion. So in this case, open the oven for the first time at around 55 minutes—that’s when you should turn the cake, if you have a cold spot.

      Regarding the cake falling, it could be due to several things such as: 1. low oven temperature, 2.) under baking, or 3.) excessive jarring of the cake. My guess is it’s a combo of the first two.

      As far as adding an extra egg, that would throw off the critical balance of ingredients. Flo Braker is one of the most respected bakers and cookbook writers in America because she’s rigorous in her testing of recipes—so I’d trust the recipe. I think if you follow some of suggestions above, you have one heck of a cake. Happy baking!

  11. This is really a delicious cake! Not too sweet and a lovely texture. I ran out of regular sugar so used Sugar in the Raw for the topping. The crystal sugar looked beatiful on top of the cake. This will definitely be a holiday staple.

    1. Hi Jackie,

      So glad that you enjoyed the cake. I imagine that the Sugar in the Raw would be a beautiful topping. Isn’t it nice to have a trusty “go to ” recipe for your holiday treats?

      Best wishes

  12. Delicious, delicious, delicious. I made this for Christmas 2008, and it’s good enough to become a tradition. The cake was moist and delicious, with a very nice, very slight crunch from the glaze. I used homemade nonalcoholic eggnog in place of store-bought: 1 egg, approx. 1/4 cup heavy cream, just under 3/4 cup milk (i.e., enough to bring the measure up to 1 cup), and a generous amount of fresh-grated nutmeg. I used golden raisins in place of the currants and soaked them in dark rum as directed. Part of the cake stuck to the pan even though I had buttered and floured it, but I rearranged the broken piece as best I could and once the glaze set it wasn’t very noticeable. The cake tasted just as good the next day, too.

    1. Bundt cake pans can be temperamental. When I think that I’ve prepped one with just the right amount of butter, I add a skosh more. Good thing you have some architectural skills. I’m glad you enjoyed the cake.

    2. the ingredients for eggnog- just mix n fridge? or need heating? apologies, i’m the least cooky person ever, but still, i try…it’s currently march! hence needing a recipe for nog…

      i don’t have a bundt pan. could this still work as a regular cake?? also, why does the finish of the pan effect the bake temp?

      1. Shelley, not to worry; we have lots of “least cooky” folks around here. The eggnog in the recipe is the type you buy at the store. No need to create your own. And you need it to be room temperature.

        The cake would still work in a regular pan, but I’m not sure of the size you would need or how long you would have to bake it, as we didn’t test it that way.

        Darker pans can cause a cake to come out darker, hence the different directions.

    1. Hi Mareesa,

      Leaving currants and/or raisins out of the recipe is acceptable and would certainly work but you’ll be losing a dimension of texture and flavor. You might consider substituting chopped walnuts. In the end the important thing is that it suits your taste so take creative license and enjoy!

  13. I’d love to make this for when my son comes up this Christmas as he loves eggnog. I prefer golden raisins to currants. Would that be an appropriate substitution?

    1. Hi Lorrie,

      I think that golden raisins would be a fine substitution for the currants in this recipe. I would use the same measurement (1/2 cup) and macerate as Flo instructs. Let us know how you like the substitution!

      1. I’m making this again this year and really looking forward to having a slice. My home-made vanilla extract isn’t ready yet so I’ll use a bean. I’m OK with the flecks.

        1. Hi Tiny Banquet, I actually love to see the flecks. Let us know how it works out!

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