Eggnog Poke Cake


A rum and nutmeg spiced cake is the base for an eggnog sauce and eggnog whipped cream. Homemade eggnog and fresh nutmeg are highly recommended to give this the best flavor. Make sure to use a high-sided cake pan, as this cake rises a lot while baking!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
1 tall 9-inch cake



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ cup spiced rum

Eggnog Sauce:

  • 4 egg yolks

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup 2% milk

  • 1 cup eggnog

Eggnog Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ cup eggnog

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease or line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk flour, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. Beat sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Pour in 1/2 of the cream and 1/2 of the spiced rum and mix until just combined. Continue alternating adding the flour mixture, cream, and spiced rum until combined. Do not overmix. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in pan before removing to a serving platter.

  5. While cake is baking, make the eggnog sauce. Whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a small bowl. Mix in flour, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and salt; mixture will be very thick.

  6. Combine milk and eggnog in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat until just barely simmering. Slowly pour 1/2 of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the milk and eggnog; whisk to combine. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes.

  7. Pour sauce through a fine-mesh sieve into a heat-safe bowl. Let cool slightly, then place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the sauce to prevent a skin from forming.

  8. While cake is still very warm, poke holes all over using the handle of a wooden spoon. Slowly pour eggnog sauce over cake and let soak in, spreading sauce over the cake with a spatula if necessary. Allow to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

  9. Make eggnog whipped cream just before serving. Beat cream, eggnog, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt together on high speed in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form.

  10. Place several dollops of whipped cream on the completely cooled cake. Top with freshly grated nutmeg.

Cook's Notes:

Some of the sauce will sit on top of the cake and not soak in. This makes for a nice topping, if desired.

This cake tastes better slightly cold. Do not put the whipped cream on until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
18g Fat
37g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 272mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 120mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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