December 7, 2023

Glazed eggnog loaf cake

An easy and simple loaf cake made with eggnog and freshly ground nutmeg and topped with an eggnog glaze makes for a delicious holiday dessert.

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Eggnog is a holiday treat that people seem to either really love, or dislike. I enjoy a glass or two of eggnog throughout the month of December. We always have it while decorating the Christmas tree. But, since it's very rich and sweet, we don't have it often.

I really love nutmeg and the flavor it lends to eggnog. Nutmeg has a lovely smell and it always reminds me of the holidays. 

So this is a cake for those who enjoy eggnog and nutmeg. Sometimes we have eggnog and there's some lingering in the container and this cake is a great way to use it in a new way. 

This is a no-fuss, rustic cake this is still nice enough for entertaining. The glaze contains eggnog along with freshly grated nutmeg to compliment the eggnog flavors of the cake. 

I love the stronger flavor and aroma of freshly grated nutmeg, but you can use pre-ground as well. If you are using whole nutmeg, you'll need to use a microplane to finely grate it. 

You can choose to add a touch of rum to this cake as well. About two teaspoons in the batter and a teaspoon in the glaze (before you add the eggnog to the glaze) will add a hint of that rum flavor if you are making this cake for adults. 

Slice and serve it with hot coffee or hot tea for an afternoon snack, or as a dessert to a holiday time dinner. 

Any baked goods that are moist like this cake and have a glaze on top are best eaten the day they are made. Or, save the cake for a day or two and then add the glaze a couple hours before serving to harden. If you store the cake with the glaze, it will start to get too wet and make the top of the cake soggy.

Don't skip the glaze though - it really adds that extra special touch to look pretty and some extra eggnog flavor. 

If you and your family or friends enjoy eggnog, this Glazed Eggnog Loaf Cake is one for you to try this holiday season.

Yield: 1 loaf
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Glazed Eggnog Loaf Cake

Glazed Eggnog Loaf Cake

An easy and simple loaf cake made with eggnog and freshly ground nutmeg and topped with an eggnog glaze makes for a delicious holiday dessert.


For the Cake
  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup well-shaken eggnog
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Glaze
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum, optional
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons eggnog
  • good pinch of freshly ground nutmeg


  1. Lightly butter a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, eggs, eggnog, rum (if using), and vanilla until well combined. Then pour into the dry ingredients and stir until everything is just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread it evenly. Bake until golden and an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly, about 50-55 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  5. Using a butter knife or spatula, run it along the edges in between the cake and pan and then carefully slide it out and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  6. When cool, place the icing sugar in a small bowl and then add the rum (if using). Stir well and then add the eggnog 1/2 teaspoon at a time until it reaches a consistency for drizzling. Stir in the nutmeg. Drizzle on the cake and then let the icing dry.
  7. Serve in slices. If you are not eating the cake that day, wait to add the glaze until a couple of hours before eating.
  8. Refrigerate the cake in an airtight container and bring to room temperature before serving.
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This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated in 2023 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

Check out these other eggnog treats:

Eggnog Truffles

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

White Chocolate Eggnog Fudge

Eggnog Pudding Pie


  1. This sounds SO delicious and it sounds like you got lucky to not have to share it with the holiday potluck folks! I would love a slice right now. =)

  2. Love that loaf bread! Eggnog is so in right now!

  3. YUM! What a great way to use up the extra eggnog I've got hanging out in the fridge!

  4. I made an eggnog loaf last week - so good! I love baking with eggnog. Your loaf cake looks how pretty the icing looks :)

  5. This loaf looks amazing and the glazed drizzle? Perfection!

  6. I can't believe I haven't bought eggnog yet! This looks fantastic!


  8. this is absolutely gorgeous!! I wish I had a piece right now!

  9. The cake looks really super, Amy. Perfect for the holiday.

  10. Yum, this sounds wonderful. Sounds like it would be perfect for this time of year.l

  11. I absolutely LOVE baking with eggnog and this sounds delicious! Lovely recipe...

  12. Don't you just hate being snowed in with a freshly made cake? ;-) Particularly one that looks as good as this? Eggnog loaf cakes sounds awesome - love the idea of this. Thanks.

    1. Yes, it really was such a shame ;-) Thanks!

  13. Haha the things we do for our significant others! Like eat cake. :P This looks great! So full of holiday cheer.

  14. Cake made of egg nog sounds delicious!

  15. mmmmm my kids would LOVE this---they're such big fans of egg nog!

  16. I'll have to try this for my husband and dad, they love egg nog!

  17. I'm definitely making this for my husband who is a big fan of eggnog. Karen (Back Road Journal)

  18. I love the flavor of eggnog, but I don't like the texture, so this cake seems perfect for me!


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