Puddin’ Poke Cake
I mentioned this cake a few posts back and promised I’d bring it to you because its one of my favorites. One of these days y’all are going to get tired of me saying that everything is my favorite but if you haven’t figured out that I really like food by now then somethin’ is wrong with ya! Besides, why would I post something that isn’t one of my favorites? I think maybe that is what helps make Southern Plate tick, I only post stuff I really really love and we all kinda have the same tastebuds. That and the fact that I randomly mail out packets of green Kool Aid. Yeah, I’m on to ya now, you’re just here hoping I’ll send ya Kool Aid someday.I have a thing for green Kool Aid. Nectar of the heavens, I tell ya! But hey, there really is something to being easily thrilled! Have I ever mentioned my affinity for green jello with pineapple bits in it?
This is the cake we had pretty often as a child because it was so inexpensive and easy to throw together. Between three kids, sewing, babysitting and doing crafts for extra money, and cooking the kind of meals my mother served, Mama was BUSY! She still insisted on a dessert every night though so this was a good and faithful standby, just like her chocolate cobbler. She always let us help with the cooking and we loved to get to poke the holes for this cake. When we were done, it looked more like the victim of a random woodpecker attack but it tasted awesome!
Now on to POKE CAKE!
If you want the short list of ingredients, here it is: A box of cake mix and whatever it calls for and a box of pudding and whatever it calls for. Also some confectioner’s sugar.
For more the more detail oriented: I am using a box of jiffy cake mix which requires an egg and some water. I am using a small box of chocolate pudding (instant) and the milk that calls for. If you are making a larger cake (mine is an 8×8), use the large box of pudding. I totally leave out the confectioner’s sugar because I prefer desserts that aren’t too sweet but I am picturing it here and including instructions for it in case y’all wanna include it.
Note: This will work with any cake mix or any cake recipe.
Mix up your cake and bake it according to package directions.
Remember when we were little and they came out with those fancy schmancy “shakers” that allowed you to just put in your instant pudding mix and milk and shake it to make your pudding? Well, us Southerners being as advanced as we are, we’ve had those for quite some time down here. They’re called Mason jars.
I just put all of my ingredients in and give it a good shaking.
Now this is where most recipes call for confectioner’s sugar. If you are making an 8×8, you add 1/2 cup and if you are making a 9×13 you add a whole cup. Just stir it up with your pudding mix and then add it to the milk and give it a shake. I don’t add it though because I think this cake is just great without the added sweetness. Its totally up to you which way you wanna go!
When the cake comes out of the oven, while its still good and hot, poke holes all in the top of it. Mama says you need to use a wooden spoon handle to do this so the holes are nice and big.
We used a straw because Katy was poking the holes and she wanted to use a straw…
and that’s just the way the world works sometimes.
I know I get on my soap boxes but if you have children, it really would thrill them to be able to help with this part. Kids get so much out of helping you cook. Confidence in themselves, praise from you for a job well done, pride in the finished dish and most importantly, wonderful memories of cooking with you. Don’t ever underestimate how much of an impact something as simple as cooking with your kids can have on their life. Confidence over making a poke cake today just could lead to having the confidence needed to get up in front of congress someday.
While its hot, pour half of the pudding over the cake.
In between Katy and the telephone, my cake wasn’t exactly hot when I got to this part but, sometimes the world just works that way, too. It’s all good.
Spread that over and let it sink in a bit. Once your cake cools, cover it with the rest of the pudding.
Put in the fridge and get good and cold before serving, preferably with a big glass of sweet milk.
No matter how I cut this cake, I couldn’t see to get a good edge that showed the pudding dripping down inside it! I promise its there, though!
The options for this are limitless. Here are some I thought of and I hope you’ll chime in with your ideas, too!
- Chocolate cake with butterscotch pudding
- White or lemon cake with lemon pudding (mama’s fave)
- Strawberry cake with Cheesecake flavored pudding
Puddin’ Poke Cake
- Cake Mix, prepared according to package directions
- box of instant pudding mix (small box for 8×8 cake, large box for 9×13 cake)
- confectioner’s sugar (1/2 cup for small cake, 1 cup for large) – I omit this
Prepare cake according to package directions. While still hot, poke holes all over top with end of wooden spoon. Mix pudding mix and confectioners sugar, add milk and shake or beat with mixer until thickened. Pour half over hot cake. Allow cake to cool. Spread remaining pudding over top and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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