Maybe my review is unfair at only 3 stars because it tastes a lot like I expected it to. I found it to be super dense an a little bit alcoholic tasting. I used Brandy everywhere it was called for in the recipe. I served it a New Years Eve party and I had a ton leftover so I'm going to call it a non-crowd pleaser. I ate so much of that cake because of the amount leftover that it will be a LONG time before I crave those flavors again!
Wonderful rich coffeecake taste with noticeable but not overwhelming eggnog flavor accent. Those who weren't sure about eggnog refused it (although they eat cakes with eggs, go figure!), but those who tried it went back for more. Because the recipe said it was to serve 25, I cut very thin slices, and few slices came out whole; next time I shall drop the cake pan on the counter harder. I used vanilla extract except I added the optional 1/4 cup dark Meyers rum. I added additional water to the glaze to make it drizzle down the sides. This is a wonderful cake to serve for a holiday dinner. Thanks for posting it, Annacia! Made for Photo Tag.
5-star all the way! I used brandy in all 3 phases. I did a half cake, because I wanted to try it out before going all out. Glad I did, because I used my old bundt pan and it stuck! I took a picture of the cake for the forum with what looks like a crumb topping, but will wait until I make the full 24-serving cake after I get my new bundt pan and take a picture for posting here! I think I would like to try Amaretto in the next one. Thnx for sharing such a great recipe, Annacia! Made for Fall 2008 My-3-Chefs