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Eggnog tres leches cake is the perfect light, airy, and moist cake for the holidays. Whether you love or hate eggnog, this cake will make anyone love it and it's perfectly festive for the holiday season!

Eggnog tres leches cake is the perfect light, airy, and moist cake for the holidays. Whether you love or hate eggnog, this cake will make anyone love it and it's perfectly festive for the holiday season!

I really hate to use the word ‘moist’ to describe anything but what other adjective can I use for an eggnog tres leches cake? It’s not juicy because that’d be disgusting. Or soggy because that just ruins it.

It’s certainly light and airy and full of flavor and it has the most incredible texture and honestly? It really is moist because of all the eggnog and milky goodness that just seeps throughout the air bubbles of this spongey cake. You would think it’s a dense cake but oh my gosh, it’s the exact opposite.

Eggnog tres leches cake is the perfect light, airy, and moist cake for the holidays. Whether you love or hate eggnog, this cake will make anyone love it and it's perfectly festive for the holiday season!

I love that the air bubbles in the cake basically trap the eggnog and the milk and then when you cut into it, a little bit of it seeps out but not like completely. It’s not a runny cake. The cake completely soaks up most of the liquid and you’re left with the most incredible cake that is perfect for the holidays.

Eggnog tres leches cake is the perfect light, airy, and moist cake for the holidays. Whether you love or hate eggnog, this cake will make anyone love it and it's perfectly festive for the holiday season!

I know there are eggnog haters out there (me) but when it’s paired in a baked good or breakfast item, I’m ALL about it.

I’ve had homemade eggnog before and I just can’t get behind basically drinking eggs. I know some people love it and it’s a family tradition but it’s just not something I can love. Just bake me something with eggnog and that’s pretty much the only way I’ll have it, haha

Eggnog tres leches cake is the perfect light, airy, and moist cake for the holidays. Whether you love or hate eggnog, this cake will make anyone love it and it's perfectly festive for the holiday season!

What about you? Are you an eggnog fan or only an ‘eggnog in baked goods’ fan?

Eggnog tres leches cake is the perfect light, airy, and moist cake for the holidays. Whether you love or hate eggnog, this cake will make anyone love it and it's perfectly festive for the holiday season!

Oh my gosh. Just look at the MOIST cake. I’m sorry, I’d rather say that than “look at those soggy layers!” or “look at how damp that looks.” Ew, omg — I think that’s totally way worse.

ANYWAY. Just make the cake. K? :)

Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches cake is so light, airy, and full of flavor. Add eggnog during the holidays and you've got yourself the perfect celebration cake!
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 9 hrs 10 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 9x13-inch cake
Calories: 1133kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 whole eggs separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

For the topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup eggnog

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and liberally spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with 3/4 cup of sugar on high speed with a hand mixer until they're pale yellow. Then mix in the milk and vanilla.
  • Gently pour the yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently until all are combined.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Turn the speed down a little to add in the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar then turn it back up to high to beat until the egg whites are stiff but not dry.
  • Fold the egg white mixture into the batter very gently until just combined.
  • Pour into prepared baking pan and spread to even out the surface.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely in the pan.
  • In the meantime, combine eggnog, evaporated milk, and condensed milk in a measuring cup and mix together.
  • When cake is cool, pierce the surface with a fork several times (like I pierced it at least over 50 times).
  • Slowly drizzle milk mixture all over the cake.
  • Allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture overnight in the fridge.
  • When ready to serve, using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients for the topping until whipped cream-like texture, about 5 minutes. Spread over the surface of the cake and sprinkle nutmeg on top.
  • Cut into squares and serve!

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Eggnog Tres Leches Cake
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 1133 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Carbohydrates 156g52%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 134g149%
Protein 28g56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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Kelly

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Thanks for the recipe! This cake is so good! I made it (for the second time in a week!) for my husbands office party. It was a big hit!

Julie Wampler

Friday 21st of December 2018

Ahh that makes me so happy!!

MIAN MUHAMMAD IQBAL

Friday 22nd of December 2017

Its really nice to read your provided recipe

kindly inform about EGGNOG HOW TO MAKE THANKS

Jefta Callaghan

Thursday 21st of December 2017

Looking to make this for Christmas dessert! Any idea how far in advance it can be made?

Julie

Thursday 21st of December 2017

You can definitely make this at least 2-3 days in advance and just keep it in the fridge! The cake continues to soak up the liquid and becomes even more flavorful :) we kept ours in the fridge 7 days after I made it and it was still fine but I would say since it'll be a Christmas dessert, 2-3 days is best to ensure freshness and not too soggy!

Elizabeth @ Take On E

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

YASSS! I am one of those people who LOVES eggnog — and this twist on tres leches cake sounds fantastic!