This easy eggnog bundt cake is a delightfully sweet holiday dessert topped with an eggnog cream cheese icing. It can be made in the Instant Pot or oven, and it’s perfectly delicious!
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Dressed in a red holiday dress, white tights, and black patent leather shoes, I couldn’t be more excited. Christmas Eve had finally arrived, and my brother and sister and I were gussied up in our matching holiday church clothes, ready to head to our grandparents’ house to gather with our extended family.
Each year the traditions were exciting, despite their familiarity.
My grandma, who we all call Mamaw, did Christmas BIG. The massive pine trees in the front yard were adorned with red lights, and the inside of the house was ablaze with the festivity of glowing Christmas village houses, hand-painted ceramics, and a flocked Christmas tree glittered with red ornaments.
There was always an assortment of food, but one of my favorite treats on Christmas Eve at Mamaw’s house was always a simple glass of cold eggnog.
My Papaw and I were the only ones in the family who liked eggnog, but Mamaw would always get a carton of it for the two of us. I love the thick, creamy sweetness of it all, and it reminds me of those childhood Christmases that are so dear to me.
I still get a carton of eggnog every Christmas, but in recent years I’ve been experimenting with including eggnog in desserts for the holidays. It’s a fun new way to enjoy the classic flavors of the seasonal drink.
Delicious Eggnog Cake Recipe
Most recently, my experiments led me to this incredibly delicious eggnog bundt cake, adapted from a recipe from Love From the Oven. It is an incredibly moist and dreamy cake, made extra special by the addition of an eggnog cream cheese icing.
It’s delightfully sweet, with just a hint of nutmeg spice, and it’s SO good. Not only that, but this eggnog cake recipe is ridiculously easy. I just doctored up a cake mix and the result was perfection.
I tested this eggnog bundt cake in the Instant Pot as well as in the oven, and both options turned out great!
Making a Cake in the Instant Pot
Now, I will say that you don’t necessarily save a whole lot of time by making a cake in the Instant Pot. But it’s perfect for those situations when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen by using your oven, or for those instances when your oven is already in use, such as Christmas time! Using your oven for cookies and pies? Then use the Instant Pot for your eggnog bundt cake!
Also, I know a lot of people travel with their Instant Pots, using them in vacation rentals and RVs. How convenient to be able to make a cake when there is no oven available! Plus, it’s just kind of fun to make a cake in a pressure cooker.
But if you don’t have a pressure cooker, just bake it in the oven! I’ve included instructions for both methods.
More Instant Pot Cake Recipes You’re Sure to Love:
How to Make Easy Eggnog Bundt Cake
You’ll start with yellow cake mix and french vanilla pudding mix. Add some nutmeg, oil, eggnog, eggs, and water. Mix it up and pour it into a prepared bundt pan.
If your’e baking it in the oven, you’ll bake it at 350F for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
If you’re making it in the Instant Pot, you’ll add some water to the insert pot and place the trivet in the insert pot. Cover your bundt pan with a paper towel and piece of foil, then use a foil sling to lower the pan into the insert pot.
Cook at high pressure for 28 minutes. Once the cook time is complete, allow a 10 minute natural release, followed by a quick release of any remaining pressure.
While the cake is cooling, you can prepare the icing. Mix some soft butter and cream cheese with powdered sugar and eggnog to create an icing that is thin enough to drizzle or spoon over the cake but thick enough to not just run right off of the cake.
Once the cake is cool, top it with the icing and enjoy!
More Christmas Dessert Recipes You’re Sure to Love:
- Amazing Gingerbread with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
- Speculoos Tiramisu Pudding for the Holidays
- Cranberry Streusel Pie
- Holiday Pistachio Bread
Notes and Adaptations for Eggnog Bundt Cake
- This cake can be prepared as a full-size bundt cake in the oven, or a smaller half-size bundt cake in the Instant Pot.
- You can add a splash of rum flavor extract to the icing if you want–I haven’t personally used it, but I know some folks enjoy their eggnog with a bit of rum, so you can add the flavor extract to the icing if desired.
- Whether you make a full-size or half-size cake, you can still get 10-12 servings out of each cake. The slices will just obviously be smaller size if you make a half-size bundt.
- Bundt tin – Either full size for baking in the oven or half-size for “baking” in the Instant Pot.
- Electric stand mixer or electric hand mixer
- Instant Pot (I have the DUO60 model and love it!)
Adapted from Love From the Oven As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Adapted from Love From the Oven
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