Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake.
Eggnog is a funky thing.
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.
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.
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.
Best of both worlds here today!
1. Cake for breakfast. Always.
2. A lil’ eggnog spice for your holiday season.
Plus a bit of crunch and crumbly junk going on.
FYI: I tried to take a pretty picture by my tree.
Actually, I tried to take like 4,500 pretty pictures by my tree.
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
- 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
- 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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156 Comments on “Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake.”
‘Tis the season to not tell your husband what’s in his food! That’s always the season around here.
So you’re saying we live in the same house? :)
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!
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 :)
Christmas on a plate! I love it!
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!
I can’t do the chugging either… tiny baby sips and I’m set. Ha!
I don’t do nog either… but I’ll do this cake!
“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!!!
I’m so glad you got the point of that last line. :)
Um, I really think you need to make these: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/02/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-stuffed-cinnamon-rolls/ or these: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/03/cake-batter-cinnamon-rolls/
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 :)
I promise that those will TOTALLY work!!
I’m putting my full trust in you :)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cinnamon Rolls are in my future!
I’ve never had any eggnog.
Nope – none, ever.
Maybe I am missing out on something? Or, from Averie’s comment above, maybe not?! :-)
Oh my goosh this looks incredible! Thanks for the recipe :)
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.
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!
That’s exactly how I feel about it!
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! :-)
Oh my gosh… you need to try it Kim!
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.
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 ;)
Another recipe that makes me LOVE your blog! I have a brunch/holiday party in 2 weeks…. this is what I’ll be making!!
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.
Uh, yeah. I will be making this soon. Pinned it.
I’m not really an eggnog fan but cake for breakfast I can get behind!
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!
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.
Oh- the first Christmas Vacation quote of the season– Let’s take a moment. —— Ahh, that feels good! :) Yummmmm!
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!
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!
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…
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.
I bet that eggnog makes gives this cake the most amazingly tender crumb. I love the gooey, crunchy look of this cake!
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.
I actually think it would moisturize beautifully. ;)
I fink this JUST might make me like egg nog.
Tis the season of egg nog! This recipe looks fabulous!
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 ;)
Well, doesn’t this just sound delightful, and 800 times better than the bowl of cereal I’m about to slurp down.
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!
OOH I love egg nog… Me + Egg Nog + Jack Daniels = :)
Think I could halve this recipe and make an 9×9?
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.
oops.. typo, I meant 8×8! I’m thinking this will be breakfast to go with my coffee & eggnog latte cream.
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.
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.
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.
I would much rather eat eggnog than drink it. I love this!!
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!
Every year I do that EXACT SAME THING. Which is exactly why I made this cake. Seriously.
A bit of crunch and crumbly junk is good…
Oh. My. Gawd. That looks ridiculously delicious!
Mmm this is the epitome of Christmas – YUM!
THAT LOOKS SO GOOD
Yuum!!! Cake for breakfast is always a good thing! :D
We both posted egg nog recipes today! Great minds think alike! Love the cake!
I know… love it!! :)
Where do you buy the whole wheat pastry flour? Could you substitute regular flour? Thanks – this looks awesome. I definitely will be making this.
I buy mine at my local grocery store. You can definitely just use all-purpose instead!
I’m there. With that cake. Eggnog = love.
I hate overwhelming eggnog flavors so this sounds just about right in my book!
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 :)
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! ;)
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!
All you had to say was cake for breakfast. ;-)
I personally like the reindeer (or moose) glasses that they are drinking the eggnog out of the best.
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.