Eggnog Crumb Cake

This Eggnog Crumb Cake has the flavor of eggnog in the cake and the icing, and it’s spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon in the tasty crumb topping! This breakfast coffee cake is perfect for the holidays!

Looking for an eggnog drink recipe? Try my super easy homemade eggnog!

Slice of eggnog crumb cake on a white plate.

Eggnog coffee cake with crumb topping on a plate.

Eggnog Crumb Cake

So after attending church together this past Sunday (and hearing another wonderful message on “Who needs Christmas?” – this time the answer was God needs Christmas 🙂 ), the hubs and I went and got some breakfast at Cracker Barrel. If you’ve never been before, you should totally try it. It’s super southern and I love the store at the front!

Anyways, we ordered breakfast and in an effort to not eat all the things all the time, I just went with the blueberry pancakes that I love so much. Now normally the hubs and I would share some of their biscuits too, but I held back. That’s my current version of “being healthy”. Not getting the biscuits. Ha!

But the hubs did get a couple biscuits that came with his meal. Of course I was eyeing them. It seems so wrong to go to Cracker Barrel and not at least have a bite of a biscuit. So when the waiter came by and asked if he wanted butter or jelly or something for his biscuits, the hubs said jelly.

Correct answer, hubs.

Then the waiter asked if he had a flavor preference, to which the hubs said no. As soon as the waiter was out of ear shot, I said, “Grape. The answer is always grape.” 🙂

The hubs – “Why? So you can have some?”

Me – “Duh. That’s why I keep you around. So I can eat your biscuits.” HA!

Good thing he knows my humor and totally knows I was joking – sort of. 😉

Slice of eggnog crumb cake drizzled with icing.Finished eggnog coffee cake next to glasses of eggnog.

Of course on Christmas morning, I do not hold back. Bring on the good breakfast food! And this Eggnog Crumb Cake totally qualifies. Cake for breakfast = brilliant. Plus, it’s cake so you can eat what’s left all day. At least in my world. 🙂

And my birthday is on Christmas so I can have all the cake I want. And for my birthday, I want you to have cake too. Your welcome.

This cake starts with a delicious, moist eggnog cake. It’s just dense enough to support the weight of all the streusel when it bakes. And have no fear – there’s plenty of streusel crumb topping! That’s totally the best part. The streusel has both cinnamon and nutmeg mixed in to give the cake that perfect spice to match the eggnog.

Tips for Making Eggnog Cake

The cake is fairly thick so it bakes for about 40-45 minutes. It’ll be nice and golden on top. It can be a little tough to tell when it’s done because of all the streusel, but it’ll have just a touch of jiggle to it when you shake it a bit and a toothpick inserted into the center should have some moist crumbs on it, but not be wet. The streusel says kind of soft until it cools, so it’ll still jiggle a touch.

The cake is drizzled with an eggnog glaze and if you are an icing fan like myself, you could double up on it and just douse the cake in it. 🙂

The hubs and I were big fans of this cake! As expected, the hubs was in love with the crumb topping. That’s totally where it’s at!

Slice of eggnog crumb cake on a white plate.Slice of eggnog coffee cake with a bite taken out.

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Recipe

Eggnog Crumb Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Eggnog Crumb Cake has the flavor of eggnog in the cake and the icing, and it’s spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon in the tasty crumb topping! This breakfast cake is perfect for the holidays!


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Ingredients

STREUSEL CRUMB TOPPING

  • 1 cup (130g) flour
  • 1 cup (225g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, melted

EGGNOG CAKE

  • 3/4 cup (155g) sugar
  • 9 tbsp (126g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 tbsp (86g) sour cream
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) eggnog
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (195g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

EGGNOG GLAZE

  • 3/4 cup (86g) powdered sugar
  • 45 (60-75ml) tbsp eggnog
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Prepare a 9 inch cake pan with a circle of parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
2. To prepare the streusel, combine all the ingredients with the melted butter in a medium sized bowl and mix with a fork until all ingredients are incorporated and crumbly. Set aside.
3. To make the cake batter, beat the sugar and butter until light in color and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
4. Add the sour cream and eggnog and mix until well incorporated. The batter may seem a little curdled, that’s ok.
5. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
6. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
7. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until smooth.
8. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared cake pan.
9. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the cake.
10. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes. The cake should be a nice golden color on top. It might still jiggle just a touch, but that’s ok. The streusel on top will firm as it cools.
11. Allow the cake to cool, then remove from the cake pan.
12. Combine glaze ingredients and whisk until smooth, then drizzle over the cake. Serve it warm or cool.


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Eggnog Crumb Cake! Perfect for Christmas morning!

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22 Comments
  1. Edie

    This cake is amazing!!!! Any suggestions on how this recipe could be converted to a coconut crumb cake? Thanks

  2. Sandra

    Hi Lindsay,
    Was just wondering, how do you remove the cake from the pan without destroying the crumb topping? Did you flip it onto one plate and then back again onto the serving plate? And btw I love, love, love eggnog. So nice to see all the recipes you’ve posted using eggnog. And I will definitely be making the homemade version! Thanks so much for creating some of the best recipes I’ve come across on the internet!!

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, I turn it over onto a parchment lined cooling rack and then flip it back over onto a plate. I find that the top gets less moved around if I put the cooling rack directly on top of the cake pan and then flip it.

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the recipes!

  3. Lyn

    There’s struesel on top so you can’t flip the cake pan upside down to get the cake out, right? Probably a silly question but how do you get the cake out of the pan? Should I use a springform pan?

    1. Lindsay

      Gosh, it’s been a while since I made it. I think I did actually flip it. I believe I put parchment paper on the cooking rack and had a second one handy. Then flip it on to the rack (with parchment, to catch any crumbs that might come loose), then immediately flip it back over onto the other cooling rack. Most of the crumbs should stay in place. I hope that helps!

  4. Suzanne

    I made this yesterday with a few minor changes. I substituted egg nog Greek yogurt for the sour cream, Stevia for most of the sugar, and I used Silk soy nog. I had to remake the glaze because 4 tablespoons of soy nog was too much and the glaze was way too runny. 2 tablespoons worked just fine. This cake was very good! It was moist and the crumb topping is excellent! Will make again!

  5. JosieS

    I am new to baking, and am embarrassed to ask this question. But I want to surprise my family on Christmas and actuslly bake something and bring this to our family brunch. Will it taste just as good if I make it the night before? And does it need to be kept in the refrigerator or covered on countertop? Due to the distance I have to travel, I will not have time to make it Christmas morning. Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      This is definitely just as great the next day. You could either refrigerate or keep in an air tight container on the counter. This cake can be served warm or cool.

  6. Jenny

    The Christmas is comming, i will make some cake for my friend and familly to enjoy. Thank you for your sharing this recipes.

  7. Brenda Johnson

    Well, I am here waiting for summer to come. It’s snowing and freezing outside but and I’d really want one of these cake. Looks fantastic.

  8. Sasha Jamison

    I totally have leftover eggnog in the fridge just begging to be used in this coffee cake. All that streusel is making me drool!

  9. Katrina

    Eggnog is one of my favorite winter flavors and I ALWAYS love a good crumb cake. Your hubs is right… that’s where it’s at! Can’t wait to make this. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday!

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