Chocolate Eggnog Cake

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 10-12


  • Cake
  • 2
    ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1
    (18 ounce) package plain German chocolate cake mix
  • 1
    cup eggnog
  • 13
    cup brandy or 1/3 cup water
  • 14
    cup vegetable oil
  • 3
    large eggs
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 12
    teaspoon nutmeg
  • Eggnog Frosting
  • 8
    tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 3 12 - 4
    cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3 -4
    tablespoons eggnog
  • 2
    teaspoons brandy or 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 18
    teaspoon nutmeg, for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 13 x 9 pan with Pam, then dust with flour.
  • Set aside.
  • Carefully rub chocolate along the largest holes of a cheese grater to make 1 tablespoon grated chocolate.
  • Set aside.
  • Break the remaining chocolate in 4 or 5 pieces and place them in a small glass bowl.
  • Microwave for 1 minute at HIGH power.
  • Stir to melt and lumps remaining.
  • Place the cake mix, eggnog, brandy, oil, eggs, vanilla, nutmeg and melted chocolate in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds.
  • Stop and scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if eneded.
  • The batter should look well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula.
  • Place the pan in the oven.
  • Bake 38 to 42 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched with your finger.
  • Cool completely.
  • Frost with eggnog frosting.
  • To prepare frosting~place butter and 1 cup confectioner's sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend with electric mixer on low for 30 seconds to incorporate.
  • Stop mixer and add remaining confectioner's sugar, eggnog, and brandy.
  • Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • If frosting is runny, add more confectioner's sugar and if too stiff add eggnog.
  • Spread the frosting over the top of the cake and sprinkle the grated chocolate over the top.