Eggnog Pound Cake

Celebrate the holidays with a slice of Eggnog Pound Cake and a mug of hot chocolate!

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Celebrate the holidays with a slice of Eggnog Pound Cake and a mug of hot chocolate!Have you guys ever visited West Point?  The United States Military Academy (located in West Point, NY) is a really awesome place to visit.  The only way to get on campus is through a guided tour, but it’s well worth the time and money.  West Point is only about 2 hours from where we live, and we wandered down there a couple of summers ago.  I’d visited West Point way back when I was in college, but I had forgotten how impressive the place is.  It’s like a fortress built into the Catskill Mountains of southern New York.

Celebrate the holidays with a slice of Eggnog Pound Cake and a mug of hot chocolate!West Point is located right at a bend in the Hudson River.  Back during the Revolutionary War (before West Point became the U.S. Military Academy), both the Americans and British knew that control of the Hudson was crucial for success.  As the Hudson River narrows and makes a sharp turn right at West Point, the Americans chose this location as a strategic point to control traffic on the river.  They built a 600-yard iron chain constructed of 2′ iron links that each weighed 115 pounds.  That’s a gigantic chain!  Each Spring from 1778-1782 (the river froze in the winter), the Army stretched this chain across the Hudson, thus allowing them to control boat traffic on the river.

Celebrate the holidays with a slice of Eggnog Pound Cake and a mug of hot chocolate!Naturally, there are plenty of stories about military history at West Point.  But there’s also a story about eggnog.  Yup, eggnog.  Back in 1826, a bunch of cadets smuggled whiskey onto campus for a Christmas party.  Needless to say, the party got a bit out of control, and 20 cadets eventually faced trial for their involvement in the Eggnog Riot.  Among the key figures in the Eggnog Riot were Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, both of whom later became known for their roles in the Civil War.  (Interestingly enough, Lee and Davis were on different sides of the Eggnog Riot.)

Celebrate the holidays with a slice of Eggnog Pound Cake and a mug of hot chocolate!Ok, enough of the history lesson.  I’m a history guy, so I really get into these stories.  But I also love to bake.  So let’s talk about baking, shall we?  More specifically, let’s talk about Eggnog Pound Cake.  I’m a huge fan of eggnog, and we always keep a container of nog in the fridge during the holidays.  Well, this year I snuck a bit of International Delight Eggnog into this pound cake…and the result was magical!  It’s a pound cake loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla…and of course, eggnog, too.  In other words, this cake is pretty much the epitome of the holidays!  I did sneak a tiny bit of rum into the glaze, but that is totally optional.

Celebrate the holidays with a slice of Eggnog Pound Cake and a mug of hot chocolate!In addition to eggnog, International Delight now makes Milk Hot Chocolate and Dark Hot Chocolate.  We often keep a seasonal International Delight coffee creamer in the fridge for our morning coffee, but now we also have a container of eggnog and Dark Hot Chocolate.  We served up slices of this Eggnog Pound Cake alongside mugs of dark hot chocolate.  Delicious!

Milk hot chocolate or Dark hot chocolate?

Have you ever been to West Point?

Celebrate the holidays with a slice of Eggnog Pound Cake and a mug of hot chocolate!

Eggnog Pound Cake

Celebrate the holidays with a slice of Eggnog Pound Cake and a mug of hot chocolate!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 339kcal


For the Cake

For the Glaze


For the Cake

  • Grease and flour (2) 8”x5” bread pans. (Note: This cake can also be baked in a standard bundt pan.)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon; set aside.
  • Using a countertop mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy in color (~4 minutes on medium speed).
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing on low after each addition until fully incorporated.
  • Add flour mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing on low after each addition.
  • Finally, add eggnog and vanilla extract; mix on low speed until smooth.
  • Pour batter into greased bread pans. Bake at 350°F for 53-57 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

For the Glaze

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined.
  • Drizzle Glaze over cooled Pound Cake before serving.
  • {Optional} Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top of Glaze.

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  1. I’m a total history nerd, and I had NO idea about the Eggnog Riot! I wonder if it ever went through Lee’s mind during the Civil War that the stakes used to be so different. That’s incredible!
    And I love pound cake. Any flavor, anytime. Sign me up!

    1. I know…what a fun story! Who knew that eggnog played a role in American history like that! Granted, it wasn’t a major role…but still. Either way, now you have fun trivia to share at a holiday party! Thanks, Mir! 🙂

  2. Man, I was wondering where you were going with West Point. Who’d guess the eggnog connection? I’ve never been there, but the accompanist of the cadet choir is a friend of mine. I like flavor of nog, but find the texture to be a bit much. Pound cake, on the other hand, the richer the better! And an eggnog-flavored one – definitely!

    1. Hahaha…there is always a method to my madness, Jeff. Granted, it might not make sense to anyone but me…but there is at least a method! You should make your way over to West Point…it truly is an incredible place. Just don’t come in the winter. It’s cold. Stay home and eat pound cake instead.

  3. Dark hot chocolate ALL the way – especially wonderful with a splash of beet puree – no – am not kidding!
    I am not a big history buff – but I do love history when it involves food and am so intrigued by Robert E. Lee’s and Jefferson Davis’ roles in the Eggnog riots! Speaking of which – I’s cause a riot as a distraction so I could grab that loaf and slices of this decadent eggnog cake off your kitchen counter!

    1. Beet puree in hot chocolate? Shashi…I think you’ve finally lost it. Haha! Just kidding. I trust you only because you have the best beet recipes ever. 🙂 And please no riots in your kitchen…I’ll send down 2 pound cakes to avoid kitchen riots with lil Shashi!

  4. Hi David! I have a serious weakness when it comes to pound cake! I’m a dark chocoholic – picked up a bottle of Godiva dark chocolate liqueur yesterday which is really nice in coffee or in a cordial glass! 🙂

    1. Oooo…now you’re talking, Dorothy! I only mix liqueur in coffee or hot chocolate around the holidays, but it sure is a nice touch. I can pretty much always go for a hot mug of deliciousness in the winter! Hope you guys have an awesome weekend…and stay off that knee! 🙂

  5. Great story man! I’ve been wanting to go to West Point for so long. Always talking about it, I think the time has come.
    And what about this dope pound cake? I do love me some eggnog, so I’m sure I’d love this…

    1. Yup, the time has most definitely come to visit West Point. Plus, it’s not that far for you. Make sure to take some eggnog with you when you go, and maybe start a riot? 🙂

    1. Oh yes, you definitely need to get started on the nog, Dannii! It’s a short window of opportunity…so get out there and make the most of it! 🙂

  6. Welcome to my club,boy! I’m absolutely in love with cakes and I actually can’t wait to make them for Christmas. So yummy. They must taste absolutely delicious with a cup of hot chocolate :). Breakfast of champions, heh :)?

    1. Haha! Most definitely the breakfast of champions, Agness! I think the holidays are the perfect excuse for eating cake for breakfast. I mean, they do call it coffee cake for a reason, right? 🙂

  7. Holy cow, this pound cake sounds and looks amazing, David! I love eggnog too, but I haven’t incorporated it much in cooking- just in ice cream and pancakes. I’ve been thinking of donuts, but I guess not in this season. But why with white chocolate? It should be served with eggnog snd more rum (or just with rum if it’s too much of eggnog). Awesome idea!

    1. And why not eggnog donuts this season, Ben? I think those need to happen. And I think they need to be sent down to me…you know, just to make sure they are good enough to post. Thanks in advance!

  8. Leave it to your to have a story about eggnog involving a riot nonetheless. LOL! I’m history buff too so I love when you share these quirky history lessons. Now back to this cake. I was giddy when I saw the post in my inbox because I love eggnog and adding it to pound cake sounds divine. You know how much I love cinnamon and nutmeg too so this is a win win situation as far as I am concerned! 🙂

    1. Hahaha…hey, you know I can’t pass up the opportuinty to talk about some sort of random eggnog story. But, hey, you learned something, didn’t ya? 🙂 Cinnamon + nutmeg = perfection…so this cake is right up both of our alleys, Tamara. Maybe a slice this afternoon?

    1. Thanks so much, Cathleen! I’m a history guy, so of course I’m always hunting for links between history and food. Sometimes they’re a stretch…but they’re still fun! 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind comment!

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