Jump to Recipe
A traditional coffee cake with a delicious Christmas twist!
This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on any links, sales made through such links will reward me with a small commission – at no extra cost to you. I only promote companies or products I personally use or believe in.
Have you ever had a Sunday coffee cake? Well if you have had the traditional favorite recipe from McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection you will love this Christmas twist. Who doesn’t love a little eggnog this time of year? What is baking season without some eggnog recipes anyway!
Where is this recipe from?
When I was a kid my mom used to make this as a delicious but quick dessert from scratch. She had the McCall’s recipe book and would whip this Sunday coffee cake up anytime she was having company. I will never forget the amazing scent of cinnamon and sugar baking in the oven, it brings back great memories of my childhood.
How did it become Sunday Eggnog Coffee Cake?
I don’t know about you but I love a little glass of eggnog during the Christmas season or an eggnog latte! As soon as eggnog is back in stores it is always in my fridge. I enjoy using the leftover eggnog to experiment and this was one of my good ones! I thought how could I make this old recipe pop with a Christmas twist? The answer, eggnog!
What has changed from the original recipe?
The original coffee cake recipe calls for milk, I did a simple 1 to 1 substitution for eggnog. I also added cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter as well as reducing the vanilla extract and adding in some rum extract. The original recipe calls for granulated white sugar in the topping but I did brown and I also added some nutmeg to the topping. The results for this Sunday eggnog coffee cake are amazing, the substitution of eggnog and additions I made adds that perfect Christmas twist. The cake itself seems a bit moister than the traditional.
Does it matter what eggnog I use?
I have only tested Sunday eggnog coffee cake with Southern comforts vanilla spiced eggnog, I don’t see why another brand wouldn’t work. I personally have tasted a lot of different ones but southern comforts is by far the best tasting. You can of course use a homemade version if you prefer.
Can it be made vegan and gluten free?
I have not tested for either but I am sure you can. For vegan buy, vegan eggnog then swap out the butter for vegan butter and use a vegan egg. For one flax egg, you would need 1 tbsp ground flax meal and 3 tbsp water, let sit in your fridge for 15 minutes to set up and thicken prior to using in the Sunday eggnog coffee cake. For Gluten-free try bobs red mill gluten-free flour on a 1 to 1 ratio. You may want to keep a close eye on it in the oven as the changes could have an effect on how the eggnog coffee cake bakes.
Is Sunday eggnog coffee cake just for dessert?
Only if you want it to be. You can definitely make it a special breakfast and enjoy it with a gingerbread latte using my Homemade Gingerbread Syrup!
Sunday Eggnog Coffee Cake
- Hand mixer
- 11×7 inch baking pan
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour or bobs red mill gluten-free baking flour
- 1/4 cup softened butter or vegan butter
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Eggnog Cake Batter
- 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour or bobs red mill gluten-free baking flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 egg or flax egg, see notes
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup melted butter or vegan butter
- 1/2 cup eggnog or vegan eggnog
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp rum extract
- In a small bowl combine sugar, ¼ cup of sifted flour, spices, and butter. Mix with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
Eggnog Cake Batter
- Grease an 11×7 inch pan with baking pam. Set oven to 375. Melt your butter then set aside.
- Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and spices together in a bowl and set aside.
- With a hand mixer beat egg until frothy then add in melted butter and sugar and beat till combined. Add in eggnog and extracts beat until just combined and in flour beat until combined.
- Spread Batter into prepared baking Pan and smooth out evenly. Add the topping onto the batter evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 mins until toothpick comes out clean.
I hope you will give this old favorite with a Christmas twist a try! Let me know in the comments what your favorite eggnog is!
Hey there! I’m the owner & author of Life Is Homemade (the blog), as well as Mad About Madeleines. I hope you enjoyed some of the delicious recipes, how-to’s, DIYs, & product reviews I blogged about. Thank you for your previous support I hope you stick around on my new journey with Mad About Madeleines.