White chocolate eggnog cheesecake layer cake is the show-stopping dessert you’ve been searching for. It’s sweet and delicious and just packed with holiday goodness!
This has totally been the year of the cheesecake layer cake here at IBK. I actually still have one more to share with you after this eggnog cheesecake version because I couldn’t decide which one to post.
And Christmas really deserves more than one epic dessert anyway, right?
But before we get into a discussion of all things cheesecake cake, can I go on a quick rant? Halloween candy shows up in stores before summer’s end; Easter candy shows up immediately following Valentine’s Day. But I have yet to find candy canes or, wait for it, FRESH CRANBERRIES!
I have numerous recipes for which I need fresh berries—frozen will not work for what I have in mind. I can overlook the dearth of candy canes for the moment but you need to stock fresh cranberries waaaaay before now. Come on Safeway! (And Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and Walmart.)
That’s it. Cranberries are my favorite fall and winter ingredient so I take them seriously.
Anywho, I’ve had this eggnog cheesecake layer cake running through my mind for months now and have been waiting impatiently to find eggnog . .I assumed I’d have to wait until December and was overjoyed to see it in the dairy aisle last week.
I may even have done a little happy dance right there next to the eggs. Then I grabbed the eggnog and quickly walked away feeling silly.
However, making a fool out of myself was totally OK because cake is the great healer.
(Cake without frosting is not only pointless, it’s downright unattractive!)
Remember last week’s white chocolate layer cakewith hazelnut espresso frosting? (I ask because I have zero short-term memory anymore and assume everyone else is like me.)
This is the completely from-scratch counterpart to that box-mix-assisted cake. If you wanted to take a shortcut you could certainly swap those cake layers for these.
Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas where you are? It’s still bright and sunny here in Phoenix but I’m getting into the holiday spirit with a slice of this white chocolate eggnog cheesecake layer cake. It tastes like the holidays!
A few notes:
The eggnog cheesecake layer isn’t overly eggnog-y, so I think you could serve this to people who don’t care for the flavor and they can still enjoy it.
If you’re baking for someone who really dislikes eggnog, you can substitute heavy cream for the eggnog without a problem.
The cheesecake layer needs to chill in the fridge overnight before you assemble your cake. You can make the white chocolate cake layers ahead too, and store them at room temp wrapped in plastic wrap.
Before you try to remove the cheesecake layer from the pan, dip the pan in very hot water for a few seconds to release the cake. If it still won’t come out easily leave it in the water longer.
White chocolate cake layers adapted from Stop and Smell the Rosemary