Eggnog Poke Cake

Eggnog Poke Cake is a delightful dessert that embodies the rich, creamy flavors of traditional eggnog, infused into a moist and fluffy cake. The process starts with baking a standard vanilla or yellow cake, which serves as a canvas for the eggnog flavors. Once baked, the cake is left to cool slightly, retaining enough warmth to absorb the subsequent infusions.

After cooling, the cake undergoes its characteristic transformation – it’s poked all over with the back of a wooden spoon or a skewer, creating deep holes throughout its structure. This technique, central to the ‘poke cake’ concept, allows for the next layer of flavor to seep into every part of the cake, ensuring that each bite is infused with taste.

The eggnog mixture, often made from a blend of classic eggnog, sweetened condensed milk, and a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon, is then poured over the cake, filling the poked holes and covering the surface. This mixture is what gives the cake its distinctive eggnog flavor, melding with the cake’s crumb in a harmonious balance of sweetness and spice.

Once the eggnog mixture has settled into the cake, the dessert is typically chilled in the refrigerator, allowing the flavors to meld together and the cake to fully absorb the eggnog infusion. This chilling period also firms up the cake, making it easier to slice and serve.

The final touch to the Eggnog Poke Cake is often a layer of whipped topping or a homemade frosting. This can be as simple as whipped cream, or as elaborate as a buttercream or cream cheese frosting, sometimes flavored with additional nutmeg, vanilla, or even a splash of rum to mimic the taste of spiked eggnog. The topping is spread over the cake, creating a smooth, creamy layer that contrasts with the moist, dense texture of the infused cake beneath.

Garnishes like a sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon, or festive holiday sprinkles can be added for a decorative touch. Some variations of the recipe also include a drizzle of caramel or a sprinkle of crushed nuts for added texture and flavor.

Eggnog Poke Cake is a popular treat during the holiday season, combining the comforting, familiar taste of eggnog with the satisfying texture of a moist cake. It’s a delightful dessert that’s both easy to make and a joy to eat, embodying the warmth and cheer of holiday celebrations.


1 package white cake mix

1 cup eggnog

2 eggs

½ cup vegetable oil

For the Topping:

2 cups whipped cream or Cool Whip

2 cups eggnog

3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, blend the cake mix, 1 cup of eggnog, 2 eggs, and ½ cup of vegetable oil until smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

Bake as per the cake mix instructions, approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

While the cake bakes, prepare the topping by whisking 2 cups of eggnog, instant pudding mix, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg until thick.

After the cake cools, poke holes throughout with a wooden spoon’s end.

Evenly spread the thickened eggnog pudding mixture over the cake. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to set.

Top with 2 cups of whipped cream, spreading it evenly. Optionally, add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish.

Slice, serve, and savor the festive and comforting flavors of your Eggnog Poke Cake! This dessert is a delightful addition to any holiday celebration, combining the beloved taste of eggnog with the joy of cake.

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3 thoughts on “Eggnog Poke Cake”

  1. Thanks for this recipe I have been wanting recipes that included eggnog and or nutmeg. Just hate I have to wait until Christmas season to get eggnog again because I Bo not know how to make it home made. One recipe I should have wrote down and saved from my mom.

  2. Well,it’s Jan.23rd already and I can’t by eggnog anywhere.Guess I have to wait till next Christmas to find it. Can’t wait to try this, I absolutely love eggnog.

  3. Eggnog can be frozen & then thawed out when you want to use it as I’ve been doing that for years; I help at a Disabled Veterans Deer/Fishing Event & make a loaf of bread to send home with each Veteran & the volunteers that help us!!


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