Monday, December 9, 2019

Cranberry Eggnog Bundt Cake

Yum
It's that time of the year to bake and bake and then bake some more.  It may also be that time of year to keep those stretch pants close by.  Ha ha!   

This cake has me all excited. I love to doctor up a cake mix and since eggnog is readily available at the grocery store these days it is a perfect ingredient to jazz up this cake.   The eggnog also makes the cake moist and with the rich flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg it's perfect for Christmas.  I also complimented the cake with dried cranberries because they add just enough of a tart kick to make the cake pop. 
Another reason I am excited about this dessert is that I finally learned to make a glaze that looks like the ones on the cakes at the grocery store.  I learned this thanks to watching Alton Brown on TV.  Here's the tip, pour the glaze in a circle around the top of the bundt. As it covers the top of the bundt it will drip down the sides and look very pretty.  
 
So keep a few boxes of cake mix, eggnog and dried cranberries handy so you can quickly throw this cake together for those last minute guests that drop over during the holiday season.  It certainly is a great way to add sweetness to your day after a meal or with a cup of coffee.


Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix (see note)
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
eggs as directed by cake box instructions
oil or butter as directed by cake box instructions
prepared eggnog (store bought  is what I used) instead of water per cake box instructions

Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbs eggnog (enough to make a thick glaze)



Directions:

Prepare batter cake batter as directed by box.  Remember to substitute prepared eggnog for the water the box directs you to use (example: if the cake box directions advises 1 cup of water, substitute 1 cup eggnog instead)


Add dried cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Butter or spray bundt pan well.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes until baked.  Allow cake to cool.  Mix glaze by stirring powdered sugar with eggnog.  Pour glaze over the top of the entire cake.  Allow glaze to setup before serving.  Enjoy.




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