Hazelnut Eggnog Sheet Cake with Lemon Icing {Gluten-free} | A German Easter Recipe


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 This rich Hazelnut & Eggnog Sheet Cake with Lemon Icing is my favorite bake for the holidays! Easy to make, gluten-free and perfect for a big crowd! This traditional German cake Recipe is a keeper for sure! 

hazelnut eggnog sheet cake with lemon icing - a square of cake on a plate

 

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Baking for a crowd? Impress everyone with this rich Hazelnut & Eggnog Sheet Cake!

Need an easy-to-make cake for a big group? Whether you’re baking for the holidays, a birthday bash, a baby shower, or a weekend picnic, a sheet cake is just the ticket!

Today I share my favorite Sheet Cake ever with you guys! It is a traditional German cake recipe, that I like to bake for the Easter holidays: A rich and moist Hazelnut & Eggnog Sheet Cake with a refreshing Lemon Icing!

eggnog sheet cake with lemon icing on a plate with a fork on the side

 

This Hazelnut & Eggnog Sheet Cake is the perfect recipe for the holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter when we all like to spoil ourselves with naughty beverages like eggnog! Or even after the holidays, to use up that leftover eggnog in the fridge.

Even if you don’t care for eggnog at all, you will love this sheet cake!

The eggnog does not dominate the flavour, it rather brings a wonderful vanilla aroma to the cake and makes it extra moist and adds that melt-in-your-mouth element to it!

a slice of moist hazelnut eggnog sheet cake on a white plate with one bite missing

 

How to make Hazelnut & Lemon Sheet Cake:

The recipe for this hazelnut & eggnog sheet cake could not be any easier! We cream eggs and powdered sugar until white and fluffy, then add our oil, our eggnog, and our dry ingredients.

That’s it! Pop it in the oven, then let cool and glaze with lemon icing!

How to make this sheet cake gluten-free:

You might have noticed that this is a gluten-free sheet cake recipe. As a substitute for flour, we use Potato Flour and 2 tbsp of gluten-free flour of your choice.

If you are not worried about gluten, you can use 2 tbsp of wheat flour and if you don’t find Potato Flour, you can substitute with a 1:1 mixture of cornstarch and flour.

I have even baked this cake with only cornstarch and 2 tbsp flour and it turned out beautifully!

eggnog sheet cake with lemon glaze on a white plate with a fork on the side

Tips for making this sheet cake recipe:

  • The key to getting the best texture is not to overwork the batter after adding the flour. Just whisk until the flour is incorporated, not longer and make sure to bake the cake immediately.
  • You can use store-bought alcohol-free eggnog or homemade eggnog.
  • Use ground almonds instead of ground hazelnuts, if you prefer that.
  • Of course, you can ice the sheet cake with an eggnog icing. Simply swap lemon juice for eggnog

Let’s be honest: the holidays should be all about sharing delicious treats with your loved ones and this Hazelnut & Eggnog Sheet Cake will satisfy any sweet tooth and add a festive flair to your Easter party, Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch!

Still looking for a main to cook for Easter Lunch or Dinner? Try my Lamb Sirloin with Chimichurri Sauce! For more international inspiration for your Easter menu, check out my round-up of Easter Recipes from around the world!

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Hazelnut & Eggnog Sheet Cake with Lemon Icing {gluten-free}

This rich Hazelnut & Eggnog Sheet Cake with Lemon Icing is my favourite bake for the Easter Holidays! Easy to make, gluten-free and perfect for a big crowd! This traditional German Easter Recipe is a keeper for sure! 

Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine Easter, German
Keyword eggnog sheet cake, hazelnut sheet cake, sheet cake with lemon icing
Prep Time 11 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute
Servings 12 people
Calories 287 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 ml eggnog or German Egg Liqueur
  • 200 ml oil sunflower, coconut, mazola etc.
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 250 g potato flour you can substitute with cornstarch and glutenfree flour 1:1
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free flour coconut or almond flour
  • 15 g baking powder glutenfree
  • 75 g ground hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp rum or baileys optional

For the glaze

  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a 9 x 13- inch rectangular baking pan  with parchment paper.

  2. In your stand mixer, whisk the eggs and powdered sugar with the whisk attachment until fluffy for about 5 minutes. Briefly whisk oil, eggnog and vanilla and add to the batter in a thin stream. 

  3. Mix dry ingredients. Turn down the speed and switch to the paddle attachment. Add dry mix tbsp by tbsp and only whisk until the flour is incorporated.  Stir in the rum or Baileys and pour cake batter into the pan. It will be rather liquid! 

  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer or toothpick inserted into the middle, comes out clean. Let cool and turn upside down onto a cooling rack.

  5. Make a glaze, whisking together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Glaze the cake and let dry. 

Recipe Notes

You can use store-bought alcohol-free eggnog or homemade eggnog. 

Use ground almonds instead of ground hazelnuts, if you prefer that. 

Of course, you can ice the sheet cake with an eggnog icing. Simply swap lemon juice for eggnog

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31 Comments


  1. Such a fun idea for Easter! Love it


  2. I love eggnog and I agree this would be such a nice Easter cake.


  3. The flavor combo of this cake sounds amazing. I would have never thought to put hazelnut and eggnog together but oh my does it sound good 🙂


  4. This is just the recipe I need to take to my German in-laws this weekend for Easter! I will give the gluten-free version a go…


  5. I love that this is gluten free. My Dad has to follow a GF diet, so I am always on the search for recipes he can enjoy too.
    Perfect for our Easter supper!

  6. This cake looks, and sounds, amazing. I love that you’ve included instructions for making it gluten free and regular. I’ve never made a cake that used cornstarch as the flour. I’m so intrigued that I have to make this.


  7. Sounds so delicious and smells so good, perfect for the easter table.


  8. Your eggnog cake sounds delicious! I love baking with it, it makes everything so moist. What is the pink layer under the icing? Is it a fruit spread or just the bottom of the cake

    • Hi Alecia! Thanks so much. Eggnog is one of my favourite ingredients when baking for the holidays! As for the reddish layer under the icing! I glazed the top with a couple of tbsp of cherry jam before icing it with the lemon icing! It is not part of the original recipe and I think I just mentioned it in the German version!

  9. Dominique | Perchance to Cook


    Oh wow, how moist and flavorful does this cake look?! I haven’t heard of this cake before but it sounds amazing… hazelnut, eggnog and lemon. Wow wow wow!

    • Thanks so much Dominique! The flavours for this cake are a combination of traditional German Easter flavours and this cake just takes me back to my grannys kitchen table. I am sure you would enjoy this cake a lot.

  10. Elaine @ Dishes Delish


    I love eggnog and absolutely love that you put it in a cake. I love reading about different people’s traditions for holidays! This looks like a fun and delicious addition to any meal, not just for Easter!


  11. This cake looks so good and moist! Love the use of potato flour and eggnog. Excellent. I can have slice right now with coffee. 🙂 yumm!


  12. My husband is kind of obsessed with everything eggnog. This sounds like the perfect recipe to add to our list of eggnog treats!

  13. What a great combination of flavors you’ve got in your cake! I love the idea of using that leftover eggnog in a cake recipe, and would never have thought of it. And, I love all things hazelnut. Delicious!

  14. Didn’t you know, calories don’t count and we can be as naughty as we want — well, within reason. The cake sounds wonderful. I love egg nog plus hazelnuts. This would be a great treat to serve the fammily.


  15. Sometimes you just need a really good sheet cake and this one looks amazing!!! I’ve been looking for a good sheet cake recipe. I’m tired of making the same ones over and over! Love that this one is gluten free!!


  16. Yum! This is the best thing I’ve seen all day! Eggnog and lemon are two of my favorite flavors so I’m sure I would love this cake! Pinning for sure 🙂

  17. Happy Easter! This sounds like the perfect Easter treat. The combo sounds so interesting and delicious.

  18. Ohhh, I love anything with hazelnuts. My favorite!


  19. It looks so moist and those flavors are delicious! I like adding potato flour to my baked goods, in Italy it is very popular and it lends an amazing fluffy texture.

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