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Eggnog Poke Cake Recipe

Eggnog Poke Cake

Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword eggnog-cake, Eggnog-poke-cake, poke-cake-recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 16 pieces
Author Melissa Sperka


  • Cake:
  • 1 15.25 oz box of golden vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup prepared eggnog
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Eggnog custard:
  • 2 3 oz boxes flan pudding mix i.e. Jell-o flan pudding mix or Royal
  • 3 cups prepared eggnog
  • 1 ½ tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon rum flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon orange flavoring
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 8 oz frozen whipped topping thawed
  • grated white chocolate, orange curls/zest and nutmeg for garnishing


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch cake pan or spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat together cake mix, 1 cup eggnog, eggs, oil and vanilla. until fully blended. into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, while the cake is baking, in a medium saucepan, add the dry flan pudding mix and 3 cups prepared eggnog. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, and add orange zest, rum and orange flavorings. The mixture will be thin. Set into the fridge or into a bowl of ice, to cool while the cake bakes.
  • Allow baked cake to rest for 2 minutes on the counter. Using the end of a wooden spoon poke holes all over the cake. Carefully pour the eggnog custard evenly over the cake and into holes while cake is hot.
  • Allow the cake to cool, then place into the refrigerator uncovered to cool completely.
  • Spread whipped topping over cake, filling the holes.
  • Garnish the finished cake with orange curls and white chocolate and a light dusting of nutmeg, if desired.
  • Store leftovers chilled.


The flan comes with a caramel sauce packet. It won't be needed for this cake, however, it's delicious drizzled over ice cream.