Eggnog Cake with Pink Marshmallow Frosting

Yield: One 9-inch double layer cake

Cake portion adapted from Taste of Home Magazine

Eggnog cake:

½ cup unsalted butter, melted

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs 

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup prepared eggnog

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans, set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add vanilla extract. 
  3. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt.  Whisk well to combine.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the eggnog. Begin and end with the flour mixture. 
  4. Pour batter into the two round baking pans.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans, and then turn cakes out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Pink Marshmallow Frosting (7 minute frosting):

2 egg whites

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Pink gel food coloring

  1. Place all ingredients in a stainless bowl and set over a simmering (not boiling!) pan of water.  Beat mixture with a handheld electric mixer until thick and fluffy. This should take about 7 minutes. Remove bowl from pan of water and continue to beat frosting until slightly cooled. Add one or two drops pink gel food coloring. Mix well.  Frost cooled cakes immediately.

Note: If left uncovered, this frosting will become very gummy.  Keep under a cake cloche or in a plastic air-tight cake carrier.