How to Create Your Own Poke Cake!

The title of this blog makes me giggle. But I don’t know what else to call it!

I discovered “the Poke Cake” last summer, and then again at Christmas, and then once more at Easter. I’m told they’re old hat, but I had never made one before, and every time I made one, I marveled at the simplicity of the process, and at the fact that everyone LOVES THEM.

So, today, I propose that anyone can create their own poke cake!

But first, here’s what got me going:

Last summer, the fresh Banana Pudding Poke Cake from Just a Pinch right here:ย (looks like it originally came from


This past Christmas, the festive White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake from Liz on Call right here:

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On Easter, the Pudding Poke Carrot Cake from The Country Cook right here:

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Aren’t all of those absolutely yummy-looking?

And now…let’s take a look at the one I created. I call it: Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake

I started with a strawberry box cake mix, prepped just like the box says.


After it’s finished in the 9X13 pan, I grabbed a wooden spoon and got to poking with the handle of the spoon.



Once I’ve got as many holes in the cake as is possible without breaking it down, I fill the holes with strawberries and cream pudding, mixed with the recommended amount of milk, quickly,ย before it’s all firmed up.


Then I poured the rest of the pudding over top.


Time for the whipped cream!



I chose to top with some fresh strawberries…YUM.


I didn’t really have a plan to place the strawberries in any particular pattern on top of the cake, but this is just kind of what happened.


And there you have it! My Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake! This one was loved just as much as the others I had prepared! I think everyone loves them for the fact that they’re so cool and moist by the time they’re finished. (Because, if you know me, you know that I’m gluten-free, and I can’t eat any of these, ha!)

So, to make your OWN Poke Cake, here’s what you need to do:

1. Select a box cake mix
2. Select a pudding
3. Select a topping to go over the whipped cream

It’s that simple! Just make sure all the flavors correspond. Here are some examples that I plan on trying in the near future:

Yellow cake, lemon pudding, crushed lemon wafers
White cake, coconut cream pudding, shredded coconut and/or shaved chocolate
Chocolate cake,ย Oreo (cookies ‘n cream) pudding, whipped cream, crushed Oreos
Red velvet cake, cheesecake pudding, shaved white chocolate and/or graham cracker crumbs
Spice cake, Pumpkin Spice pudding, apple chips or candy corn

Oh, and also, try adding some extract to flavor the whipped cream with!

So, what about you? Have you ever made a poke cake? What flavor combination would YOU try?


109 thoughts on “How to Create Your Own Poke Cake!

  1. Since everything old is new again, there is always someone that has never heard of poke cakes. I like them because they are always so moist because of the pudding mixture running into the cake. I wish I had a piece of your strawberry and cream poke cake right now! I’m pinning because I love strawberries!

  2. My mom always make these with Jello, but I bet they are even better with pudding! We are going to have to try it this way. Wonder why we never thought of using pudding? I’m thinking this would be great for Mothers Day Desert.

  3. Dontcha just love when simple makes amazing! I do ๐Ÿ™‚ oh yum! I’m not typically a cake baker but wow, how good would this be! And I always have cheese cake pudding mix on hand (oh yes, I do!!!) I can imagine carrot cake (happen to have that cake mix here) with cheese cake pudding and heck, after that, who needs a topping! going to test it out on coworkers first, then bring to a first communion on Saturday ! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  4. We used to make them with Jello back in the early ’80’s. I have a funny story about one I made and took to church one time. It is always good when we can laugh at ourselves. My poke cake was ugly, it was. A group of ladies were standing around the dessert table, one of those ladies was talking about just how ugly that cake was, no idea it was mine. I was young, so I told her “I did the best I could”. She hushed. I have never forgotten that. The ugly cakes are usually the best ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Pudding Poke Carrot Cake looks so yummy! And than your strawberry version – just awesome. Thank you for sharing, I too have never heard of them.

  6. I have never made a poke cake, but see them floating around on Pinterest all the time. They do sound really easy! Perfect to whip up to take to a last minute summer gathering!

  7. Couldn’t you try with a gluten free cake mix? I have one in the pantry I am going to play with today with another recipe. Whatcha think??

  8. Poke cakes never go out of style. It is also pretty hard to avoid thinking about how to make the “next one” even better, tastier, more colorful, etc. Have you tried making this as a layer cake? It is a bit tricky, but it is do-able.

  9. I have never heard of a poke cake before but I will be making this one. It looks delicious and I know my family would love it. i like that possibilities of what you can do with this for all of the different seasons and holidays.

  10. I have never made a poke cake but looks like I need to! I love all the different varieties especially the banana!

  11. That’s a new one for me too – never heard of Poke Cake! I will definitely be pinning this to try later though – looks easy enough for even me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. LOL…the poking cracks me up! I have never seen it before – but they do look easy and yummy. Love strawberries. Love that you get to eat creamy stuff all through the cake and not just up top!

  13. I have made poke cake before, but never with pudding. In fact I’ve never seen one with pudding before. Around here, we use Jello. Maybe there is a southern and northern version. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I’ve never heard of this, but then again, I’m always learning a new recipe off of blogs. This looks like something I definitely want to try, especially the coconut one you mentioned (I love me some coconut). Thanks! Pinning!!

  15. Oh my goodness. These all look so good! I desperately want to make the white chocolate peppermint one and the carrot cake one. Printing out the recipes now!!

  16. I have never made a poke cake before and have seen many recipes for them.. This would be so good for a gathering in the summertime. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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