Eggnog is a funky thing.

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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.

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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.

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Best of both worlds here today!

1. Cake for breakfast. Always.

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

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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.

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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.”

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 28, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Hahahaha! I love eggnog IN other dishes as well. This little beauty is now on the list for this weekend!


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    Melanie — November 28, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    THAT looks divine! I love cake for breakfast…. I used to be so totally obsessed with decorating the Christmas tree; it would take days just to do the rough draft…..and was never actually complete because I’d view it from different angles and move things around. (Can you say OCD??) Last year, I got a little tired after YET AGAIN separating those frickin branches and told the kids to put up the ornaments while I laid on the couch and rested. This year, repeat. I love the new me.


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    Meaghan O'Connor @ My Spoonful of Inspiration — November 28, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    Cake for breakfast? Am I dreaming? :)


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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 28, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    This weekend the husband and I are putting up our tree and watching Christmas Vacation while drinking eggnog! It’s going to happen! Though maybe instead I’ll just make this cake…yum!!


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    M@myviewfromparis — November 28, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Like everything you post, this looks and sounds delicious. But what I like best is the name. I am ready to eat anything, sweet or savory or in-between, with breakfast-crumble-crunch-cake in the name. And I think your picture with the tree and lights in the background is beautiful…


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

      Thanks you! I couldn’t decide on a name, hence me including all the words. :)


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    Jillian — November 28, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    Brilliant! I love this idea!


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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — November 28, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    I am another non milk drinker who occasionally takes a few sips of eggnog! This cake looks absolutely wonderful, I think I have to make it soon, the perfect way to use up the rest of the nog after I have had the small amount that I like.


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    Tamara @jemofthesouth — November 28, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    I am a huge eggnog fan! Breakfast is also one of my favorite meals so I will be making this recipe soon.


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    Cait's Plate — November 28, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    Oh my. You didn’t even give us a chance to recover from stuffing ourselves at Thanksgiving! ;) This looks AMAZING.


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    Katrina — November 28, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    I’m a big fan of eggnog, and apparently that’s super weird! I don’t water it down with milk, or add anything to it. This cake was made just for me, right? I thought so.


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

      I’ve never diluted it with milk or anything either. That just sounds grosser to me!


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    Katie — November 28, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    You had me at “breakfast” and “cake” in the same recipe. Can I come sit by your Christmas tree and dive headfirst into this cake?


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 1:16 pm



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    Amy @ A Little Nosh — November 28, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    One of the many benefits of growing up Jewish…I’ve never had eggnog and I’m not looking to start. :-)


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    Bev Weidner — November 28, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    That’s exactly what I do with my husband. “Why no, dear. There’s absolutely no cheese at all in this broccoli and cheddar casserole. Swear it.”

    And we’re STILL married. Sort of.


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    Allie @ sweet potato bites — November 28, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    love the christmas vacation references throughout this post. seriously best holiday movie ever.

    i bought eggnog over the weekend and have been trying to figure out what to do with it (besides spike it with rum of course). love this recipe idea!


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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — November 28, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    That looks SO crumbly and delicious! Cake for breakfast… Yes please!


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    Jordana Russell — November 28, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    I dislike milk but I looove me some eggnog. Especially if you add some Capt Morgan :)
    This is a good recipe to make and have on hand when people come to watch the kids open their gifts at my house..


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    Becki's Whole Life — November 28, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    Love eggnog…especially the real stuff with some bourbon in it(what about that in the glaze…breakfast of champions:-)….This sounds wonderful and I love that it has the cinnamon layer in the middle.


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    Candice @ Sailing on Paper — November 28, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    I love crumbly cake! Yummm. I’ve actually never tried eggnog…is that weird?


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    Zesty Cook — November 28, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    Cake for breakfast….YES. Look at you on top of the holiday bustle with your tree up already! Nice! ‘Tis the season :)


  20. #
    Nicole — November 28, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    Please please PLEASE someone mail me some eggnog!!! (and cake mix too while your at it)


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    Maia — November 28, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    That photo with the tree lights implied in the background is hardly a photography fail.

    And I love how many layers of eggnogg goodness you have in there! Plus, it looks deliciously cinnamon-y without a ginger component, which is refreshing this time of year.

    Lastly, for what it’s worth – best eggnog recipe EVER linked below. Especially tasty with a bit of rum…


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

      Ah, thank you! I’ve wanted to try making my own.


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    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats — November 28, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    My mouth is literally watering that cake looks so good! And I’ve actually never tried eggnog! No one in my family drinks it, so I’ve never had a chance and I don’t want to buy a whole thing of it if I hate it!


    • Deanne — July 2nd, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

      try it!!! it’s sooooo good! don’t buy the cheap stuff. buy the good, expensive stuff and don’t let the name scare you…it does NOT taste like eggs! (why did they ruin it with such a weird name?!?!) it tastes like cinnamon goodness!!!


  23. #
    Esther — November 28, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Shut the front door! Then, as Kristin Chenoweth would say…shut the back door, shut the window, shut the garage door…
    Eggnog cake, get in my belly.


  24. #
    Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife — November 28, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    I was just talking to my husband wondering if I could dream up some baked good with egg nog. Thanks for this post!!


  25. #
    Jess@atasteofconfidence — November 28, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Love the movie reference! One of my favorites.


  26. #
    Kelly — November 28, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Oh that Clark! I had no idea until you got to the end of the post. I hope that is on tonight. I plan to put up my holiday decorations and it would make the perfect back drop.


    • Jessica — November 28th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

      Okay. I’m about to show how insane I am, but if you have Comcast cable, I can tell you that it is not on. I’ve been searching for it for weeks on TV and it hasn’t been on, so I finally googled it. It doesn’t come on TV until next week sometime, BUT it is On Demand under all movies!


  27. #
    Jen Marie — November 28, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    I really like this! My kids love egg nog, hubby too. I, however, cannot eat an undercooked egg, or taste it, for that matter. It’s that thick, gloppy, ugh. Can’t do it. Even the mixes, they’re so think. Like drinking cream. Now, I love cream, but drinking it? Yipes!
    I will make this for my kids, yes I will. And they will love me. And my husband will kiss me. And it will not make me urp. Hurray!


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    Jen — November 28, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    That looks awesome!
    I don’t know if I’m an eggnog person. I always forget what it tastes like, and then I taste it and I’m like “oh yeah”. Repeat every year.


  29. #
    Amanda — November 28, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    This looks so moist and flavorful and…delicious! I’d love a piece right now.


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    nicole {sweet peony} — November 28, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    your tree picture looks so pretty! i would love to sit by it with one of your fab cocktails & a casserole dish of this cake. it made me so depressed to stare at it while i was eating my kashi cereal bar. good excuse to make this! and i’m with you… lying to your husband to get him to eat something he would probably like even though he says he won’t = how i am able to make anything in my house. don’t tell!


  31. #
    djgyrl — November 28, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    This sounds so delicious! Do you think it would work with alcoholic eggnog?


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    katie @KatieDid — November 28, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    I think the tree bokeh is pretty! And I’m really not a fan of eggnog either. Or maybe I just tell myself that so I won’t stand at the fridge at midnight guzzling half the carton back because its so darn delicious… hmmm…


  33. #
    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — November 29, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    How can anyone not LOVE eggnog? I’m obsessed with it!


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    Tracy — November 29, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    This sounds soooo good. I like eggnog, although not a lot, so this sounds like a perfect vehicle for my eggnog consumption. :-)

    Also, I heart National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. We have to watch it every year!


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    Virginia — November 29, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    We’re totally buying those moose glasses for my Dad for Christmas. Fact.

    Also fact: I’m going to have to make this. And I’ll probably wind up eating most of it myself. Hello, Washington Sports Club…


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    Candy Covington — November 29, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    You should try or version of eggnog- basically a milkshake with nutmeg and Bourbon. Not even sure why we call it eggnog, but it works for me!


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    Erin — November 29, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    “Well, that’s my name.”
    “No shit?”

    It’s not Christmas without the Griswolds :) I’m not a huge egg nog fan on its own, but it sure bakes up into some wonderlicious treats!


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    Danielle — November 29, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    Looks divine! Do you think I could assemble some or all of this the day before and then pop it in the oven Christmas morning?


    • Danielle — December 24th, 2011 @ 3:40 am

      Thoughts? Pretty please?


      • Jessica — December 24th, 2011 @ 9:08 am

        Oops sorry I missed this before Danielle. I have to say no – I mean, it’s an actual cake batter, and you would make a cake batter the day before, you know? What you could do is mix all the dry ingredients together for every thing the day before then cover with saran wrap (the cake, crumble and glaze), but I would not make any of them beforehand by adding the liquid. Let me know if you try it! :)

        • Danielle — December 24th, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

          Thank You so much! I think what I’m gonna do is make it tonight but leave a couple minutes off the baking time, get the glaze ingredients together, then pop it in the oven in the morning while I make the glaze. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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    Katie — November 29, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    No good pictures?! I think the one with the fork is the most awesome, especially the bokeh you have going on in the back! It looks very tasty…the food not the fork or the bokeh :)


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    Dana B — November 30, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    This sounds delicious!!


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    wallis — December 1, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    i made this yesterday morning for work and it was gone before lunchtime! what a hit!


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    disneypal — December 3, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Oh my goodness – this looks so good !


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    Megan — December 3, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Did I do something wrong?? There was no “pouring” of the batter – it was way too thick. And it barely covered the bottom of a 9×13, like, maybe 1/3 in thick. :( it’s in the oven now….I hope it rises a lot!!


    • Jessica — December 3rd, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

      Did you make any changes to the recipe?? Hmmm… the thickness of the batter may have something to do with your brand of eggnog, however with 2 cups of flour, 2 eggs, a cup of liquid and almost a stick of butter you should definitely have a lot of batter to cover a 9×13 pan??


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    Nicole — December 10, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Wow! Found this on pinterest, made it this morning, I can’t thank you enough! Absolutely phenomenal!! I will be linking it from my blog this afternoon, beyond delicious!


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    IlsaSheWolf — December 14, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    I assume that the glaze gets poured over the cake after is has cooled? It’s not totally clear from the recipe. Do you poke holes in the cake top to let the glaze ooze down?


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    Tristan — December 14, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    I was drooling at Eggng with this recipe! It has hit the button for my Holiday Planning inspirations. I shared your wonderful talents over on my blog as well –

    I cannot wait to make this for Christmas morning! Thank you for posting this!

    Happy Holidays!
    ~Tristan from TLCreations


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    Brittnee — December 19, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Serious question here even though this comment is on a post from a few weeks ago. Can this be dessert? If so I’m making for a party.


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    Nancy Trimberger — December 21, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    I recently visited my daughter in NYC. The morning my friend and I arrived she had a welcome brunch for us. This Eggnog Coffee Cake was the hit of the morning. Delicious! Thanks.


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    gabby — December 22, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    The cake looks like ooey-gooey cake-haven! For sure, I will be making this in the next couple of days! Yum, yum, yum. BTW, found your link on Ingenuios Inkling. :)


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    KAMALI — December 29, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Jessica thank you for the recipe. I made this for Christmas breakfast. I almost did not make it because I had a hard time finding whole wheat pastry flour. But I did a search online and found out that I could purchase the pastry flour at Whole Food Market. I also made it up ahead the night before, took it out the fridge first thing in the morning and allowed the batter to warm to room temperature before placing in the oven. Had I read that prior, I wouldn’t have made it up til the morning. But luckily it turned out fine and was eaten all up. P.S do you have any suggestions on what can be done with the rest of the pastry flour (do you have any other recipes on your site or another that uses this flour)?



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