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This Pumpkin Eggnog Cake is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!  The texture is fabulous and the flavor is exquisite!  It’s delicious on it’s own but coupled with the eggnog custard it’s absolutely incredible and adds a touch of elegance!

pumpkin eggnog cake recipe custard sauce

When I developed this Pumpkin Eggnog Cake recipe several years ago and served it for the first time it was a smash hit.  The combination of pumpkin and eggnog are the perfect marriage of flavors.

Any Anne of Green Gables fans out there?  It’s one of my all-time favorite movies EVER.  A scene from the movie came to mind as I was preparing and serving the custard sauce.  If you’re a fan you’ve probably already guessed which one.  It’s the one where Anne’s teacher, Miss Stacy, is unexpectedly invited in for dinner after she tells Marilla about Anne’s scholastic achievements.  Anne looks up in alarm at the thought and the scene cuts to dinner.

They’ve just finished eating dinner and the plum pudding is being dished out for dessert.  Marilla proudly announces that Anne has made the pudding and custard sauce all by herself.  Anne smiles uneasily because she knows something no one else does.  Just as Miss Stacy starts to take a bite Anne cries out, “Don’t eat it, Miss Stacy!!” and her teacher drops her fork in alarm.  Marilla, exasperated, exclaims “Anne, what is wrong with you??”  Anne confesses, “A mouse drowned in the sauce, I forgot to cover it.”  And so they quickly and quietly gather up the dessert plates but the silence is soon broken as everyone breaks out in laughter.

Anne, still too humiliated to see the humor in it, sheepishly states, “Well, I suppose in the end it was a romantic way to perish…for a mouse.”

Our Eggnog Custard is easy to make and you’re going to love its silky texture and fabulous flavor.

Get our recipe for Eggnog Custard!

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We’re confident you’re going to love this delicious Pumpkin Eggnog Cake drizzled with the creamy eggnog custard.

Whether served at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime in between, before or after, this is a cake the whole family will enjoy!

pumpkin eggnog cake recipe custard sauce

Pumpkin Eggnog Cake Recipe

Add the salt, baking soda and spices and stir to combine.  Set aside.

In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for several minutes.

Add the eggs one by one, beating after each addition.

Add the pumpkin, rum and vanilla extracts and beat until combined.

Alternately add 1/3 of the the flour and eggnog, taking turns, starting and ending with the flour.  Beat until combined.

mixing batter

Spoon the batter into a greased and floured bundt cake pan.

In an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, bake the cake for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Be careful not to over-bake however or the cake will be dry.

Ah, the wonderful aroma when you open the oven!  Let your masterpiece cool in the bundt pan for 10 full minutes before carefully inverting onto a wire rack.

Once the cake is completely cooled dust it with powdered sugar.

pumpkin eggnog cake recipe

Put a slice of cake on each plate and pour some eggnog custard over it.  Have some extra custard available for serving.


pumpkin eggnog cake recipe custard sauce



pumpkin eggnog cake recipe custard sauce

pumpkin eggnog cake recipe custard sauce

Pumpkin Eggnog Cake

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon quality pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons quality pure rum extract
  • 1 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup good eggnog
  • 1 batch Eggnog Custard , sauce for serving


  • Preheat the oven 350 degrees F and grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  • To make the cake: Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
    In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for several minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the pumpkin, vanilla and rum extracts and beat until combined.
    Alternately add 1/3 of the flour mixture and eggnog, beginning and ending with the flour, beating a little after each addition.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake on the middle shelf for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Be careful not to over-bake or the cake will be dry. Let the cake cool in the Bundt pan for a full 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack.
  • Serve the cake on individual plates with some warmed eggnog custard sauce poured over and extra sauce for serving.
Keyword Pumpkin Eggnog Cake
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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet Nov 13, 2014


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5 from 7 votes (3 ratings without comment)


  1. A NY day shot at this cake using 2 year old (from freezer) Organic Valley nog, whole milk and leftover pumpkin, also from freezer. Am delighted with the results. I did back off on sugar to create more play between sweet and savory and bumped up the cloves for a little heat. Just tried a slice and can’t wait to share over dinner, about an hour from now.
    Thanks so much Sharon.

  2. I was looking for a recipe to use some leftover eggnog and canned pumpkin when I found this. I was a little intimidated by the custard at first, but it was so easy! This cake was a hit, and I like the custard cold just as much as I like it warm.

    1. That’s awesome, Sharon, I’m so glad you found and enjoyed this! And you’re right, the custard is super easy and I could eat it all up on it’s own, it’s so good. Thanks so much for the feedback!

  3. Me! I’m a fan of Ann of Green Gables! And of pumpkin cake. And eggnog. And custard sauce. Heck, I’m just a huge fan. :)

  4. This looks yummmyyy. I have actually never seen Anne of Green Gables and while the series sounds vaguely familiar I don’t know much about it so will have to give it a look. Also a huge fan of Bobs red mill products!

  5. This cake looks mouth watering! I love eggnog and any kind of desserts or cake with eggnog… I really have to make this cake very soon! I hope you are well and wish you a lovely day, warmly Bridget

    1. Thanks so much, Bridget :) Eggnog is one of my favorite things, I could drink it by the gallon (but then I’d weigh 400 pounds)! Have a fabulous week, Bridget.

  6. Oh YUM. This looks and sounds wonderful, I can only imagine how flavorful it is. Big fan of Bob’s Red Mill products as well, I use them all the time. Thanks for this recipe. And that is so neat that you involve your kids in the kitchen, such priceless memories.

  7. This looks sooooooo good!! This will be perfect for Thanksgiving, thank you! Love your reference to Anne of Green Gables as well :) It’s been ages since I’ve seen it but just thinking about it brings back a lot of great memories. I’ll have to watch it again :)