Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Festive Eggnog Pound Cake

A festive pound cake is moist, tender and full of holiday flavor with the addition of rum and holiday eggnog. 
Are you a eggnog lover? I have come to realize when it comes to eggnog you either love it or hate it. My husband and I both love it!  I usually have to purchase extra for baking, because my husband will drink all of it. Most times I have to fight for my share if I want any at all.  

If you too are a eggnog lover than you're going to love this easy and festive Eggnog Pound Cake. I have a recipe for eggnog bread, but I've always loved the texture of a good old fashioned pound cake.  I didn't have a recipe for eggnog pound cake, so I created one instead.

I have a wonderful recipe for vanilla pound cake and I have had great results in the past adapting it into a few different flavors. This time was no different and the pound cake turned out fabulous! 

If you have a carton of eggnog in your refrigerator that needs to be used I highly recommend making this pound cake. If you pressed for time no worries, because did you know that you can freeze eggnog? Well you can and it's really easy. I freeze my eggnog in the same manner that I freeze buttermilk. 

I love having eggnog stashed away in my freezer, so I can enjoy all my favorite eggnog flavored desserts, cookies, pies and breads all year long.  I normally keep buttermilk or eggnog in the freezer no long than 6 months.

If you need a festive dessert or cake I hope you'll give this pound cake a try, because it is totally worth it!

Festive Eggnog Pound Cake

1 - cup butter, softened
2 1/2 - cups granulated sugar
1/4 - teaspoon grated nutmeg
6 - large eggs, room temp
3 - cups cake flour, sifted (no substitutions)
1 - cup store-bought refrigerated eggnog 
1 - teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 - teaspoon rum extract or rum

Eggnog Glaze:
1 1/2- cup powdered sugar
eggnog (enough to make a glaze to drizzle over bread)

Beat butter until creamy, gradually add sugar and nutmeg. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Add flour and eggnog alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Add the vanilla and rum extract last.

Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan or tube pan and bake at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool in pan about 5 minutes then remove and cool completely on a cooling rack. Drizzle with eggnog glaze and let cake sit until glaze dries or lightly dust cake with powdered sugar.

Cook's Note: I strongly recommend using cake flour for this recipe. It really gives the cake a pound cake texture. I have not used a substitute for cake flour in this recipe, so I cannot guarantee the results if you substitute. Also if you don't want to glaze the pound cake you can always just dust the top lightly with powered sugar.

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