Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and Ice Cream Cone Mountains

Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and Edible Mountains

When it comes to seasonal drinks I’m more of a peppermint mocha kind of girl. Eggnog has never really been my thing. Maybe it’s just the thicker consistency I don’t like because when it comes to baking I’m all about it! A couple years ago I made an eggnog bundt cake, which was really flavorful and moist (I know so many people hate this word, but how else do you describe a perfect cake?!). This year I decided to make a layered eggnog cake and was inspired by these cute snowmen cupcake toppers, which I came across at HomeGoods (also available on Amazon). To go along with the winter wonderland theme, I created some edible snow-capped mountains with almond bark and ice cream cones. They were really easy to make and look so cute! You just melt some almond bark in a microwave-safe cup (a cup works better than a bowl since it’s deeper). Then dip the cone in, tilt it around and add sprinkles! I find almond bark to be much easier to work with than white chocolate because it doesn’t get as thick and goopy if it’s over heated. Not gonna lie, I ate a couple of these dipped ice cream cones just plain after taking these photos. Who needs the ice cream?! It’s like a sweet, crispy cookie! Hope you enjoy the recipe :)

Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and Edible Mountains

Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and ice cream cone Mountains
Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and ice cream cone Mountains

 

Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and ice cream cone Mountains

Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and ice cream cone Mountains

Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and ice cream cone Mountains

Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and ice cream cone Mountains
Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and ice cream cone Mountains

 

Eggnog Cake with Snowmen and ice cream cone Mountains

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Eggnog Cake

Ingredients

Eggnog Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup eggnog room temperature

Eggnog Buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Mountain Ice Cream Cones

  • 3 sugar cones
  • 4 oz. almond bark

Instructions

Eggnog Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour four 6" round cake pans. Set aside.

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. 

  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy. Add sugars and mix on medium-high until fluffy and lighter in color. Reduce speed and add one egg and mix until fully incorporated. Repeat with the second egg. Add vanilla and mix until combined. 

  4. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix until combined. Add half of the eggnog and continue mixing. Repeat and then finish with the last 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix just until combined.

  5. Pour evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool and then level the cake layers. 

Eggnog Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. of eggnog and mix until combined. Continue alternating until you get the desired consistency. 

  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Mix until combined. Increase speed to medium-high and continue mixing until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost the cooled cake. 

Snow-capped Mountains

  1. To create the snow-capped mountains, melt the almond bark in a glass cup (I microwaved it for about 1 1/2 minutes and then stirred until smooth). 

  2. Dip the tip of the cone into the melted almond bark. Place on a wire rack (round side down) and sprinkle with white or clear sprinkles. Place on top of cake to decorate!

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