Eggnog is a funky thing.

Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake I

Wanna know how I really feel about it? Exactly how Clark feels about it when cousin Eddie tells him he’ll be taking his beloved RV with them when they leave next month. I’ll gladly guzzle spiked eggnog in a situation like that too… and that’s about it.

But let’s be honest… the best part of that scene is the dickie that Eddie is wearing. Seriously.

Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake I

So… the nog.

I like it… but I only want a few sips out of each glass.

As a kid who grew up hating milk, it’s a miracle that I enjoyed eggnog at all given the creamy, thick texture. I’m pretty sure it was a tradition type sort of thingamajig… for years on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, my dad would haul up the Christmas decorations after we had tortured him for four days, but only in time for us to have a little glass of eggnog sprinkled with nutmeg and pull apart all of those annoying branches on the artificial tree before going to bed. Uhh, come to think of it, my parents had a point there. I hate separating those stupid things now and the idea of a child just got much more desirable.

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I’d then slurp my eggnog while suffering from extreme sleep anxiety and lay on the couch while my mom began to string the first of her nearly 3000 lights on a 6 1/2-foot tree.

Oh. Yes. This is a real thing. I wish I was exaggerating. You can see the tree from space. I’ll show you a picture this year. Swear.

But anyhoooo.

Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake I

Best of both worlds here today!

1. Cake for breakfast. Always.

2. A lil’ eggnog spice for your holiday season.

Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake I

Plus a bit of crunch and crumbly junk going on.

Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake I

FYI: I tried to take a pretty picture by my tree.

Actually, I tried to take like 4,500 pretty pictures by my tree.

I failed.

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We don’t have too strong of an eggnog flavor here, but just enough of a hint to make you wish to be a Griswold. In other words, people who claim to hate eggnog (like my husband) won’t even KNOW there is eggnog in this when they take a bite.

Especially if you, uh… don’t tell them. Like I did.

One of the best marriage saver secrets I can offer here, people. Soak it up.

Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake I


Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake

Yield: makes one 9x13 cake


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon + an extra 1/4 teaspoon
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar + and extra 1/3 cup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup eggnog

crumble topping
1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

eggnog glaze
1/3 cup eggnog
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of nutmeg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. In another small bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon, then whisk to combine.

In a large bowl, add butter and sugars and whisk until smooth. Whisk in eggs one a time, mixing until completely combined, then stir in vanilla extract. Stir in dry ingredients, mixing until a batter forms, then whisk in eggnog until smooth. Pour half of the batter in the baking dish, then sprinkle the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture over top. Cover with remaining batter, gently using a spatula to spread over sugar if needed. Don’t worry if some of the sugar peeks through. Top with the crumble.

To make the crumble: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over cake, then bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cake is set in the middle. While cake is baking, make glaze below. After removing cake from oven, immediately poke holes all throughout the cake with a toothpick, then drizzle glaze over top.

To make glaze: Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat, and allow to come to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit until cake is finished.

Note: You can use dairy or non-dairy eggnog. In the last month I’ve made this with cow’s milk eggnog and coconut milk eggnog – great result each time!

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‘Tis the season to be merry!

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154 Responses to “Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake.”

  1. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — November 28, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    ‘Tis the season to not tell your husband what’s in his food! That’s always the season around here.


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 9:12 am

      So you’re saying we live in the same house? :)


      • Rosie @ Sweetapolita — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

        Pretty sure I live in the same house! I love that you tied the eggnog right in, and this so appeals to me because I can’t do actual drinking of eggnog, but love the smell and idea of it. Loving this!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 28, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    This looks spectacular!

    Just yesterday…for the first time in 5 years!! I bought egg nog. Now I know what to do with it. Because I wanted precisely 2 sips. And now I have a whole carton. This is a great use for it :)


  3. #
    Kathryn — November 28, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Christmas on a plate! I love it!


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    cindy — November 28, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    I like eggnog in a latte, or ice cream…but, it’s too weird and thick for chugging. I think I need to make this cake just as a vehicle to get more eggnog in my body. It’s the holidays…I need it!


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 9:12 am

      I can’t do the chugging either… tiny baby sips and I’m set. Ha!


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    Blog is the New Black — November 28, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    I don’t do nog either… but I’ll do this cake!


  6. #
    Holly — November 28, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    “Tis the season to be merry. Mary?! Well that’s my name. No sh*t.” :)
    You are a mind reader..I swear.
    I was just going to Facebook you this morning because Craig’s office has asked me to cater their holiday breakfast next week..& you KNOW whose website I always go to for the best recipes. ;) I was needing some new breakfast recipes..and this is going to be one of them. I have to look through your other recipes for some more breakfast casserole ideas..or different breads.
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 9:11 am

      I’m so glad you got the point of that last line. :)
      Um, I really think you need to make these: or these:


      • Holly — November 28th, 2011 @ 11:52 am

        So am I allowed to admit that I am TERRIFIED of cooking with yeast?? I definitely thought about one of those- but I get so freaked out with yeast. I don’t know why, I just feel like it’s not going to rise for me. BUT I really really want to get over my fear & make these because I KNOW they will be a HUGE hit :)

        • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

          I promise that those will TOTALLY work!!

          • Holly — November 28th, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

            I’m putting my full trust in you :)
            Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cinnamon Rolls are in my future!

  7. #
    Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — November 28, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I’ve never had any eggnog.

    Nope – none, ever.

    Maybe I am missing out on something? Or, from Averie’s comment above, maybe not?! :-)


  8. #
    Clare @ SweetnSimple — November 28, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    Oh my goosh this looks incredible! Thanks for the recipe :)


  9. #
    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile — November 28, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I hated milk as a kid. I still don’t really like it, but I’ve always liked eggnog too. So weird! This looks awesome.


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 9:10 am

      Me too!


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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — November 28, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    I’m not crazy about eggnog, but I like just enough to enjoy the season. My oldest son LOVES it. I do like baking with it although the flavor is never strong, it gives baked goods an incredible texture. This looks delicious! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 9:10 am

      That’s exactly how I feel about it!


  11. #
    Kim in MD — November 28, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Can you believe that I have never had eggnog? Every year I tell myself to make some, but never do. This recipe looks delicious, and may be just the perfect reason to make some eggnog! :-)


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 9:09 am

      Oh my gosh… you need to try it Kim!


  12. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 28, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    You had me at eggnog. I love the stuff and may or may not drink it straight from the carton when nobody is home…. Mmmmmm eggnog cake.


  13. #
    Erica — November 28, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    mmm I want to eat the topping:). I do not like milk at all. But I also love a small glass of nog. Its a pretty nasty beverage when you think about it…so I try not to ;)


  14. #
    Carrie — November 28, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Another recipe that makes me LOVE your blog! I have a brunch/holiday party in 2 weeks…. this is what I’ll be making!!


  15. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 28, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    i’m dying right now…eggnog is definitely one of those things you only need a few sips of, but i cherish those sips! i have to make this soon. HAVE TO.


  16. #
    MomentumMom — November 28, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Uh, yeah. I will be making this soon. Pinned it.


  17. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 28, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I’m not really an eggnog fan but cake for breakfast I can get behind!


  18. #
    Emmy (Wine and Butter) — November 28, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Your husband should move to the UK – they don’t have egg nog here AT ALL. Which is a big shame for me because I love it. This cake looks so so good though. I love reading blogs that talk about cake for breakfast… it makes me feel so much more acceptable!


  19. #
    19 — November 28, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    First, I despise eggnog but my family adores it so I’ll make this for them on SantaHere’s Day. I’m a giver…
    Second, what exactly is wrong with 3000 lights on a 6 1/2 foot tree Missy??? Hmmmm????? Perfectly acceptable amount of lumination….I heart your Mom.



  20. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — November 28, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Oh- the first Christmas Vacation quote of the season– Let’s take a moment. —— Ahh, that feels good! :) Yummmmm!


  21. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 28, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    This looks yum! I’m not a fan of eggnog, never have been, but there’s not a lot of it in here so I’d be willing to give this a try just for a taste of the holiday season, ya know? :) it’s weird, as a kid, I grew up loving milk, but now I hate it! I refuse to drink a glass of it and when I put it in my cereal, I have the bare minimum of it just so my cereal isn’t dry. I dump out the rest. It’s a waste but I don’t know what it is, I just really don’t like milk anymore!


  22. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 28, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I’m not a big eggnog-by-the-glass girl either, but eggnog in cake form sounds like something I’d be perfectly ok with! I also put up my tree this weekend with my roommates and lucky for us, we bought one of the pre-lit ones so no stringing lights for us – although I did have the job of separating the branches. :( I get stuck with it every year!


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

      I’m not going to tell you how after 2 years our prelit tree lights burnt out and it took over 8 hours to get the tacked lights off the tree…


  23. #
    Amanda — November 28, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    I’m in the midst of my yearly eggnog phase, where I can’t get enough of it for about 2 weeks and then I completely forget about it for the rest of the year. Only, I’m drinking the coconut milk variety since my stomach can’t handle dairy.

    I also HATED milk as a kid. My mom went through a phase where she bought it from a local dairy (it was a nice idea), and I always declared that it tasted like “cow”. I know this is probably how milk should taste, but at the time, I was lucky if I could choke down nearly flavorless skim milk.


  24. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — November 28, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I bet that eggnog makes gives this cake the most amazingly tender crumb. I love the gooey, crunchy look of this cake!


  25. #
    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — November 28, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    I will seriously never understand how anyone could NOT like egg nog– I could bathe in it every night. It would probably give me a nasty rash, but I could do it.


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

      I actually think it would moisturize beautifully. ;)


  26. #
    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — November 28, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    I fink this JUST might make me like egg nog.


  27. #
    Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy — November 28, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Tis the season of egg nog! This recipe looks fabulous!


  28. #
    Katie — November 28, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I LOVE the Christmas Vacation references! At our house, this used to be a Christmas Day evening tradition ~ now it’s a tradition for when we all go to stay with my parents the weekend after Christmas. My sister and I quite the movie like crazy all year round ;)


  29. #
    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) — November 28, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    Well, doesn’t this just sound delightful, and 800 times better than the bowl of cereal I’m about to slurp down.


  30. #
    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — November 28, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    oh my gosh, this looks fantastic! Our tree was always out of control growing up. My mom + dad always put WAY too many ornaments and lights and ban-dangles. It was ridiculous!


  31. #
    Tanya — November 28, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    OOH I love egg nog… Me + Egg Nog + Jack Daniels = :)

    Think I could halve this recipe and make an 9×9?


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:03 am

      You probably could, it may just be a little thin? I think an 8×8 would work best, but a 9×9 should still be okay.


      • Tanya — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:56 am

        oops.. typo, I meant 8×8! I’m thinking this will be breakfast to go with my coffee & eggnog latte cream.

  32. #
    Cookbook Queen — November 28, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    Gah this looks so good. I always hated milk, hate to WATCH people drink milk (my MIL, I love her but goodness she drinks the stuff in restaurants…with TACOS even) and I can’t drink eggnog either. BUT–I can totally do baked goods with eggnog in it!! Love the topping on this cake.


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      omg omg omg… I also LOATHE watching people drink milk. I find it so disgusting. When we were little, my cousin used to take sips of milk WHILE chewing his food (didn’t matter what kind of food it was) and it made us all sick. We still harass him about it ’til this day.


  33. #
    Kelly — November 28, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Um…wow. This looks really amazing! I typcially hide spinach in Keith’s smoothies. The idea of it compeltely grosses him out but when you mix it with chocolate almond milk and add chocolate protein powder all traces of spinach are gone. I smile inside every time he exclaims, “Kel, this is the best smoothie ever!” I know, Keith, I know.


  34. #
    heather — November 28, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    I would much rather eat eggnog than drink it. I love this!!


  35. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 28, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Every year I buy eggnog on a whim when I’m having a random craving and every year 3/4 of the container gets thrown out. This is perfect to use some more of it up!


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:23 am

      Every year I do that EXACT SAME THING. Which is exactly why I made this cake. Seriously.


  36. #
    Melissa D — November 28, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    A bit of crunch and crumbly junk is good…


  37. #
    Winnie — November 28, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Oh. My. Gawd. That looks ridiculously delicious!


  38. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 28, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Mmm this is the epitome of Christmas – YUM!


  39. #
    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — November 28, 2011 @ 10:23 am



  40. #
    Gen — November 28, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    Yuum!!! Cake for breakfast is always a good thing! :D


  41. #
    Maria — November 28, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    We both posted egg nog recipes today! Great minds think alike! Love the cake!


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      I know… love it!! :)


  42. #
    Emily — November 28, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Where do you buy the whole wheat pastry flour? Could you substitute regular flour? Thanks – this looks awesome. I definitely will be making this.


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

      I buy mine at my local grocery store. You can definitely just use all-purpose instead!


  43. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — November 28, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    I’m there. With that cake. Eggnog = love.


  44. #
    Lauren from Lauren's Latest — November 28, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I hate overwhelming eggnog flavors so this sounds just about right in my book!


  45. #
    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — November 28, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    I love eggnog in things more than I love eggnog itself. And when I do have eggnog… please can I add some milk to it. Too sweet and thick. Gross! This cake looks nogalicious. Thanks for sharing :)


  46. #
    Rebecca @ The Blueberry Days — November 28, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    I just watched that movie last night to officially break in the Christmas season! (my absolute favorite Christmas movie of all time, it’s playing on repeat at my house 95% of December) I wish I could stop at a few sips of eggnog but really it’s Christmas Nectar. My craving is insatiable, and I find ways to put it in everything (especially coffee!) so this recipe will be added to the Eggnog Food Pyramid-thanks! ;)


  47. #
    Julie @SavvyEats — November 28, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Did you know that the first time I EVER had eggnog was on Christmas last year? I loved it, but by then we were already at the end of the eggnog season. I’m starting early this year to make up for lost time!


  48. #
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — November 28, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    All you had to say was cake for breakfast. ;-)


  49. #
    Abby Flynt — November 28, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I personally like the reindeer (or moose) glasses that they are drinking the eggnog out of the best.


  50. #
    jennifer @ peanut butter and peppers — November 28, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Wow, this cake sounds amazing!! I’m not an huge egg nogg fan, but my HUsband is, I am betting he will like this cake. Definitly bookmarking it!

    Love your comparision with the Griswalds. I have to say I think that is one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.


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