Magic Custard Eggnog Cake

This easy recipe for Magic Custard Eggnog Cake takes one mix and makes a cake with three different layers - perfect for Christmas or other holiday celebrations and absolutely delicious! 

magic eggnog custard cake.

'Tis the season for everything eggnog! We are huge eggnog fans around here - we love it in everything from coffee to desserts. And, when I saw a variation of this recipe floating around the internet, I thought eggnog would be the perfect fit for the flavors and texture of this dessert! Thus, magic custard eggnog cake was born.

two pieces of magic custard eggnog cake on a white plate.

The reason this recipe is magic (and, thus, pretty fun to make with kids) is the batter. With one batter, the cake will "magically" bake into 2 distinct sections; a fluffy, cake-y top layer and a rich, custardy bottom layer. They blend together to give this treat an amazing texture.

sugar sprinkled on top of baked custard cake.

When you make this batter, I'll go on and warn you - you are totally going to think this recipe won't work. It looks really thin and seems like there is no chance it will bake into anything edible. It works, trust me! You just need to be super careful not to collapse the egg whites when folding in and make sure nothing is over-mixed.

bite of magic custard eggnog cake on a fork in front of a plate.

Check out the recipe below...

Magic Custard Eggnog Cake

Make a cake with two different layers with one batter!
4.75 from 4 votes

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8



  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8x8" baking dish with parchment paper (or use a silicone baking dish and give it a light spray with cooking spray).
  • Separate egg whites and yolks into two separate bowls. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until whites form still peaks. Set whites aside.
  • Mix together yolks, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla. Slowly mix in flour until there are no lumps. Slowly add eggnog (this will make batter thin).
  • Gently fold in the egg whites. Whites do not have to be completely mixed in; you might see some lumps of egg white.
  • Bake for 60 minutes at 325 degrees, until top turns brown and cake is set. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar, cutting with a sharp knife, and serving warm.
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baking custard cake in a silicone baking dish in the oven.


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  1. Sandra L Garth says:

    5 stars
    My jeans are daring me to make this yummy cake and my willpower is saying, "go for it!"

  2. Nina Lewis says:

    5 stars
    I love eggnog, too! So, this cake is on my must make SOON list! Thanks for sharing at Party in Your PJs link party!

  3. It sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It. You're one of my features today!

    1. Thanks so much for your feature!