This Eggnog Coffee Cake is festive, flavorful, and filled with all your favorite holiday flavors. Rich and creamy eggnog gets baked into a light airy cake and layered with a cinnamon-streusel streusel topping. You're going to want to make this one a holiday baking staple!
I've been on an eggnog kick lately, as you may have guessed from my new recipes for Eggnog Pancakes and Eggnog Sheet Cake! And coffee cake has always been one of my favorite desserts. So why not make it even better with a little eggnog?
This holiday-inspired twist takes the classic coffee cake up a notch - and it's perfect for a holiday dessert. Or breakfast. 😉
Making the Streusel Topping
This is a super simple coffee cake recipe, but the one place folks tend to get tripped up is the streusel topping. The key here is not to over mix it. You want a topping that is crumbly in texture, not smooth.
Start off by combining the sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl and mixing those dry ingredients together. Next, you will need cold butter. It’s important that the butter is cold to achieve the right texture.
Cut the cold butter into small pieces with a butter knife. Then add those into the bowl with the flour mixture.
Use a butter knife or fork to "cut in" the butter. Simply press down on the butter, cutting it into the dry ingredients, and repeat. The goal is to break the butter into smaller pea-sized pieces coated with the flour mixture.
When it's ready, the streusel mixture should resemble coarse, crumbly sand. There should be a mix of larger and smaller crumbs. If it's too powdery, add a bit more butter; if it's too wet, add a little more flour.
Top it with an Eggnog Drizzle
I topped my eggnog coffee cake with a homemade eggnog drizzle. Just whisk together confectioner's sugar and a bit of eggnog until you get a drizzly consistency.
Grease and flour the pan!
Coffee cake tends to stick to the pan, so be sure to prep your baking pan properly. Coat it with a light layer of shortening or nonstick spray. Then sprinkle lightly with flour for extra non-stick protection.
Make it ahead of time.
You can prep this eggnog coffee cake in advance - especially helpful for a Christmas morning breakfast. Once you have the batter in your baking pan, cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, you can uncover and pop it in the oven for a hot breakfast treat!
Use homemade eggnog!
You can use store bought eggnog for this recipe. But if you're feeling extra fancy, try your hand at making your own homemade eggnog.
Add cream cheese frosting.
Replace the streusel topping with a layer of cream cheese frosting for a totally new dessert.
Make it a rum cake!
Try adding a few tablespoons of dark rum into the cake mix for a festive, boozy touch.
Fold in some extras such as candied ginger or chocolate chips to the batter for a new flavor twist.
Top with white chocolate.
Top the coffee cake with a drizzle of melted white chocolate.
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Eggnog Coffee Cake
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9"x13" baking pan.
- In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, both sugars, and vanilla extract.
- Add eggs.
- Continue to beat until the mixture is creamy.
- Gradually mix in half of the flour.
- Then, stir in the eggnog. Add the remaining flour.
- Beat the batter for 3 minutes until it appears shiny.
- Pour the batter into your prepared pan.
For the streusel topping:
- Mix sugar, flour and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
- Add the pieces of cold butter
- Use a butter knife or fork to “cut” the butter into the mixture until it forms a coarse, sandy texture.
- Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the batter in the pan.
- Bake the coffee cake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until it's golden brown.