Contest-Winning Eggnog Cake
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
I make a similar cooked frosting all the time and it comes out great. It is important to cook the flour/eggnog mixture until it is thick enough and equally important that you let it cook sufficiently before you combine it with the butter/sugar.
I made this cake and it came out great!!! I used 1/8 c cornstarch in the frosting instead of 1/4c flour...other than that no problem!! As with any buttercream if you mix too much it separates, which may explain the runny frosting...I'd post a pic but I see it's not available here. My guests raved about it....Merry Christmas... :)
The cake was good, very dense. I added rum after baking and sprinkled with nutmeg before icing. The icing recipe, changed or not, was a disaster. I bake constantly. It took two pounds of powdered sugar to keep it from being runny. The egg nog concoction and boiling needs to be eliminated. Just make the frosting with butter, powdered sugar and egg nog. I made a glaze and uses a bundt pan. Way better.
I Liked the flavor of this cake, but I chose to try adding a 1/2 t of nutmeg, and I made a different frosting w/ powdered sugar and a mix of milk and eggnog, which all worked well for my taste. However, I have a question and concern that I hope someone could respond to. I found the cake batter to be the thickest I have ever seen even w/ a little extra eggnog, and it wouldn't pour at all; had to be lifted into the pan in spoonfuls. The resulting cake is a bit heavy to eat and dry. I followed the directions. Is this how it's supposed to be, or should I have used cake flour specifically, which I didn't, or more liquid to make it lighter? I also used a bundt pan instead, but that has nothing to do w/ the heavy batter. Can someone please advise me? Thanks!
Personally, I (and my husband) didn't really like this cake but that aside, the icing was thin even with substituting powdered sugar and needed to be refrigerated. I should have added more sugar like other reviewers suggested. I also made it in an 8" pan as the 9" pan turned out a pretty flat cake which means that I made the cake twice.
This cake tastes wonderful! The icing tastes delicious, too, however...I needed to add over three times as much powdered sugar in order to get an icing that was spreadable. When following the recipe as written, the icing was more along the lines of runny pudding. It would never work as a frosting. Upping the powdered sugar did the trick, though! With that modification I'd have given it all five stars. Without, only three. The cake alone is easily a five-star cake!
I LOVED this recipe. I followed the directions completely except I used rum extract instead of vanilla in the frosting and I sprinkled nutmeg on the top after I frosted it. This will be a family holiday tradition at our house.
The icing is a complete waste of ingredients. It's runnier than pudding. I used 1/4 of the egg nog mixture and more than doubled the icing sugar and it was still "glaze like". What a dissapointment the cake look like its ruined. There's no way they "reviewed" the recipe!
Due to some of the comments here about the frosting, we have reviewed and retested this recipe again. If followed as written, the method for the cooked frosting does work fine. However, we did find switching to confectioners' sugar produced a smoother texture and have made that change.Taste of Home Test Kitchen
My niece made this for Christmas Day and it was excellent!! It was not an overpowering taste of eggnog or too sweet. Perfect!!!