Eggnog Poke Cake


What is Eggnog Poke Cake?

Eggnog Poke Cake is a holiday dessert that brings together the festive flavors of eggnog and warm spices in a moist, delicious cake. It’s super easy to make with a boxed cake mix and perfect for holiday gatherings.

Why You Will Love This Eggnog Poke Cake

This Eggnog Poke Cake is everything you want in a holiday dessert: quick, easy, and absolutely scrumptious. The cake is moist and flavorful, thanks to the eggnog and nutmeg. The creamy pudding filling makes each bite melt in your mouth. Plus, it’s a fun and festive dessert that will impress your guests without keeping you in the kitchen all day.

Ingredients in Eggnog Poke Cake

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix: Makes the base of the cake super easy to prepare.
  • 2/3 cup eggnog: Adds a rich, creamy flavor.
  • 1/2 cup water: To mix with the batter.
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil: Keeps the cake moist.
  • 3 large eggs: Provides structure and richness.
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg: Adds a warm, festive spice.
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix: For a creamy filling.
  • 2 cups eggnog: For the pudding mixture.
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum (optional): Adds a holiday kick.
  • 1 tub (8 oz) whipped topping: For a light, creamy topping.
  • Additional nutmeg for garnish: Adds a festive touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a poke cake?

A poke cake is a cake that you poke holes into after baking, allowing a filling or topping to seep in and create extra moistness and flavor.

How should I store leftover poke cake?

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.

Can I freeze eggnog poke cake?

Freezing is not recommended, as the textures may not hold up well after thawing.

Tips and Variations for Eggnog Poke Cake

Tips for the Best Eggnog Poke Cake

  1. Use room temperature ingredients: This ensures even mixing and a better texture.
  2. Let the cake cool slightly before poking: This helps prevent the cake from tearing too much.
  3. Refrigerate before serving: Chilling helps the flavors meld together beautifully.

Variations for Eggnog Poke Cake

  • Add caramel: Drizzle caramel sauce over the pudding layer for extra sweetness.
  • Top with sprinkles: Add festive sprinkles on top of the whipped cream for a fun look.
  • Try different pudding flavors: Use white chocolate or cheesecake instant pudding mix for a twist.

Storing Instructions

Make-Ahead and Storage

You can make this cake a day in advance. After adding the pudding layer, cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and garnish with nutmeg.

How to Store Leftover Eggnog Poke Cake

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. This will maintain the cake’s moisture and flavor.

Eggnog Poke Cake Recipe

It's super easy to make with a boxed cake mix and perfect for holiday gatherings.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
CHILL TIME: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes


  • Ingredients
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 2/3 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 box 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum optional
  • 1 tub 8 oz whipped topping
  • Additional nutmeg for garnish


  • Bake the Cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, eggnog, water, oil, eggs, and nutmeg. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 26-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Poke the Cake: Allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes. Using the handle of a wooden spoon or a large straw, poke holes all over the cake.
  • Prepare the Filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding mix, eggnog, and spiced rum (if using) until smooth. Pour the mixture over the cake, spreading it evenly and ensuring it seeps into the holes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Top the Cake: Spread the whipped topping over the chilled cake. Sprinkle with additional nutmeg for garnish.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Cut into squares and serve chilled. Enjoy the festive flavors!

Serving Suggestions

This Eggnog Poke Cake is perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings, or any festive occasion. Serve it as a dessert after a hearty meal, or enjoy a slice with a cup of coffee for a delightful treat. The creamy eggnog filling and fluffy whipped topping make each bite a holiday delight.

Enjoy making and sharing this delicious Eggnog Poke Cake with your loved ones!

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