Let the holiday baking begin!  I’m always a bit overwhelmed this time of year because there are a million things I want to buy, and decorate, and bake, but somehow the time flies by so quickly. But I’ve bit somewhat organized this season and have some great treats to share with you. Starting with this pound cake recipe that has a festive surprise inside! I saw this pumpkin loaf cake a few years ago, and always wanted to try a variety for myself. Since I thought just a plain white eggnog cake would be kind of boring (but delicious, as I will attest later), I wanted to try and be super fancy-schmancy with a Christmas tree buried inside! Pound cake will never be called boring again :)

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The trick to making a “surprise inside” loaf cake is that you actually have to make two loaves and bake the first one twice. First, an entire pound cake dyed green is baked, then cut into slices that are then cut with a Christmas tree cookie cutter to make a stack of cut-outs the length of the loaf. After you make the non-dyed pound cake batter, you line up the tree cut-outs in the loaf pan and pour the batter all around the trees. I was afraid the cake would end up very dry since the green part was baked twice, but I was pleasantly surprised with how moist the cake ended up! And the eggnog flavor is so great, just a touch of spice that I also put in the glaze for the top. I may have gone overboard with the glaze, but I figured if we were calling this a cake instead of a quick bread, I wanted to go all out. It is Christmas time after all!

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Speaking of Christmas time, I have an amazing, amazing, AMAZING (did I mention it’s amazing?) gift in the form of a special giveaway to share with all of you today. One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is visit NYC to see the Rockefeller tree, smell the pine trees on every corner, visit the holiday markets, and see a Broadway show. My Mom’s birthday is in December and she LOVES musicals, so we always end up in the city for a show around this magical time of year. The people at Disney were generous enough to offer Ryan and I a chance to see The Lion King last month, and now I get to share a pair of tickets with one lucky reader! I think this would make such a great Christmas gift – the show is incredible and perfect for all ages, who doesn’t love The Lion King!? Here is how you can enter:

THE LION KING on Broadway Giveaway Details:

  1. Prize includes 2 tickets to The Lion King on Broadway performance on Wednesday, February 24th at 7PM at the Minskoff Theater in New York City
  2. In order to enter, first make sure you’re following me on Facebook and/or  Instagram
  3. Leave a comment on this post and leave a valid email address so I can message you if you win. Don’t worry, it won’t be made public!
  4. You may enter one day every day until the contest ends
  5. Contest ends Tuesday, December 15th at midnight EST. Winner will be announced via email and on next week’s blog post!


Good luck winning these tickets – you’re definitely going to make someone’s Christmas if you win!! And now the recipe for this amazing eggnog pound cake:

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Christmas Tree Eggnog Pound Cake

Recipe adapted from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Yield: 1 9" cake


for the green batter:

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp egg nog
Green food coloring

for the white batter:

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp egg nog

for the glaze:

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tbsp egg nog


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9" loaf pan with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In the bowl of electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add the vanilla and green food coloring and beat again. With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the eggnog, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just incorporated.

Transfer batter to perpared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, until a cake tester (or toothpick) comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooked, slice the green cake into 1" slices and use an appropriately-sized Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out trees from every slice. As you cut them out, place them back into the pan (after it's been washed and sprayed again with non-stick spray) in the order the slices came out so they're the proper height. (SheKnows has great photos to go along with this process if you need help visualizing it!). Put aside the leftover green cake pieces - you can save those to make cake balls or as your own personal snack later on.

For the white batter, following the instructions above again but this time omitting the green food coloring. Spoon the batter on either side of the row of Christmas tree cakes, and spooning a bit on top too. I used up all of my white batter and the cake didn't rise too high, but if your trees are larger, you might not want to fill up your pan all the way. Leave at least 3/4" of empty pan above your batter to allow the cake to rise. Bake again for 50-55 minutes, stopping at around 40 minutes to cover loosely with tinfoil to avoid over-browning the top. Once baked, test with a cake tester (or toothpick), and allow the cake to cool again in the pan for 20 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cake is cooled, prepare the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar and eggnog in a small bowl. Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake and spread around evenly. Store cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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34 Responses to “Christmas Tree Eggnog Pound Cake + a Giveaway”

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    Jenn Prinz — December 9, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

    This looks so tasty! Love egg nog and the lion king! You have such great talent! J.l.adams50@gmail.com

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    Andrew Becker — December 9, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

    Hey Erica! Would love to enter into the Lion King contest!



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    Christina Johns — December 9, 2015 @ 4:45 pm

    This sounds awesome! Hope your holiday season is wonderful :)

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    Molly H. — December 9, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    Pound cake + Broadway musicals = best combination!

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    Veronica — December 9, 2015 @ 5:53 pm

    I’ve seen these with the pumpkin inside and thought about making them…but haven’t. Maybe I actually will for Christmas. And I’d love to see the Lion King!! Here’s hoping I win!! Lol

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    Katherine — December 9, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

    You’re awesome for your creative baking !

    Would love to enter your contest: kynsinare@gmail.com

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    Lauren — December 9, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

    Always love your seeing your blogs :) While we don’t have an oven right now in Shanghai, I’ve been bookmarking to save. Would love to win the Lion King tickets for my sister!!

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    Susana Rivas — December 9, 2015 @ 7:34 pm

    Saludos desde Venezuela! Me encantan tus recetas y también El Rey León… Besos

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    Kristen zavarella — December 9, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    Looks yummy!!!!! Non nom :)

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    Jessica Becker — December 10, 2015 @ 10:07 am

    This looks great and I would love to take my husband to see the Lion King!

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    Lauren Beach — December 10, 2015 @ 4:31 pm

    I love eggnog!

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    Amber — December 10, 2015 @ 5:19 pm

    This looks delicious! I love all your creations and I’d love to win the tickets!

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    Erin M. — December 10, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

    Such a cute cake!

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    Bianca — December 10, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    omg the lion king has been on my to-see list FOREVER!!! :)

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    anfal — December 10, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

    I finally live close to NYC & I’m a pre-dent! This would be such a fun thing to do in the city! Love your blog so much Erica, It’s been bookmarked since your days in dental school

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    Margaux — December 11, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

    Following your delicious recipes on Facebook!

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    Lauren — December 11, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

    I absolutely love all of your posts and refer your recipes to everyone I know!!! Can’t wait to try this one. I’d love to send my parents to see the lion king!!

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    Lauren M — December 11, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

    I absolutely love all of your posts and refer your recipes to everyone I know!!! Can’t wait to try this one. I’d love to send my parents to see the lion king!!

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    Danielle W — December 12, 2015 @ 9:49 am

    This looks great! Getting ready to make your S’mores cookies this week for a cookie exchange! I’d love to take Andy to see The Lion King!

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    Bianca — December 12, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    planning on making your M&M gingerbread men today!! so cute!

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    Lauren M — December 12, 2015 @ 11:59 am

    My dad just requested your rugelach, looks like I know what I’m doing today! Would love to send my parents to the Lion King :)

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    Margaux — December 12, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

    I’ve tried a few of your recipes but don’t think I’ve done them justice! But this one looks soo good and beginner-friendly!

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    linda — December 13, 2015 @ 3:13 am

    following on instagram @lindilala

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    Lauren M — December 13, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

    It doesn’t feel like December yet in NY temperature-wise but holiday baking does the trick! My parents would love to see the Lion King!

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    Donna — December 13, 2015 @ 7:32 pm

    Following on instagram @linjumimom

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    anfal — December 13, 2015 @ 9:53 pm

    can’t wait til I go back home to Cali for winter break to make some of your recipes :)

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    Jenna Foleu — December 14, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

    Another amazing dessert! Doug wants to know if there are leftovers?! Someday I’ll take a crack at baking! Xoxo

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    Jenn Prinz — December 14, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    I’m going to definitely try out this recipe!

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    Doug Bycoff — December 14, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

    The cake looks amazing as always. Please enter me to the Lion King drawing. Happy Holidayss!!!

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    Kristen zavarella — December 14, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

    You actually make me want to learn how to bake!!! Did I mention my birthday is December too just like your mom – and I’ve never seen the Xmas tree in New York before – wink wink!!! :)

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    Caitlin — December 14, 2015 @ 11:39 pm

    Such a cute idea! I refer to your blog constantly for baking recipes and they are always a HUGE hit!

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    Lauren B. — December 15, 2015 @ 1:08 am

    This looks delish and festive – so excited to try!!

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    Debbie — December 15, 2015 @ 1:53 am

    Looks great and – most importantly – has easy to follow directions! can’t wait to try it!

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    anna — December 15, 2015 @ 5:41 am

    simply the best :)!!

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