Boston Cream Poke Cake

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What makes this Boston Cream Poke Cake so exceptional is its incredible simplicity. With the convenience of boxed cake and instant pudding mixes, you can whip up this dessert in no time. It’s a go-to recipe for birthdays, celebrations, or simply when you’re craving a taste of Boston Cream Pie but want a fuss-free option.

Countless times, I’ve prepared this cake for gatherings with friends, family, and even my co-workers. It has become a highly requested treat, admired for its reminiscent taste of a traditional Boston Cream Pie, but with the added bonus of being remarkably easy to make.

Whether you’re a novice baker or an experienced dessert enthusiast, this Boston Cream Poke Cake is sure to become one of your favorites. So, let’s gather our ingredients and embark on a journey of pure indulgence as we delve into the steps of creating this delectable dessert. Get ready to impress your loved ones and savor each blissful bite of this irresistible Boston Cream Poke Cake.

Can I use homemade cake instead of a box mix?

Absolutely! If you prefer making a cake from scratch, you can substitute the box mix with your favorite homemade yellow cake recipe. Just make sure it yields enough batter for a 13×9″ pan.

Can I use a different flavor of pudding mix?

Yes, you can experiment with different flavors of pudding mix to customize your Boston Cream Poke Cake. Chocolate or banana pudding would be delicious alternatives to vanilla.

How long can I refrigerate the cake before serving?

You can refrigerate the cake for up to 24 hours before serving. In fact, allowing it to chill for several hours or overnight enhances the flavors and makes it easier to slice.

Can I freeze Boston Cream Poke Cake?

While it’s technically possible to freeze this cake, the texture and consistency of the pudding layer may change upon thawing. It’s best enjoyed fresh or refrigerated for a short period.

Can I use homemade chocolate frosting?

Absolutely! If you prefer making your own chocolate frosting, go ahead and use your favorite recipe. The key is to have a pourable consistency that will spread easily over the pudding layer.

Boston Cream Poke Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Refrigirate 5 hours
Servings 12


  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix plus box ingredients
  • 2 small boxes 3.4 oz Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 4 cup Milk
  • 1 container Chocolate Frosting


  • Prepare cake in 13×9″ pan according to box directions.
  • Allow to cool until just slightly warm.
  • Use spoon handle to poke holes evenly across cake.
  • Combine milk and pudding mix and whisk until well blended.
  • Pour pudding over cake making sure it gets down into holes.
  • Refrigerate cake for several hours to allow pudding to settle and set up.
  • Open frosting container and remove foil seal.
  • Microwave for 15 seconds and stir. Repeat this until frosting is pourable.
  • Pour over pudding layer and spread with spatula to cover completely.
  • Refrigerate for at least several more hours.


Tips :
  • When preparing the cake mix, make sure to follow the instructions on the box carefully. This will help you achieve a moist and tender cake base for your Boston Cream Poke Cake.
  • For an extra boost of flavor, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the pudding mixture. This will enhance the vanilla notes and make the cake even more delicious.
  • If you prefer a darker chocolate flavor, you can use a dark chocolate frosting instead of the regular chocolate frosting mentioned in the recipe. It will add a deeper richness to the cake.
  • To add a decorative touch, you can garnish the cake with chocolate shavings or sprinkles before serving. This will make it visually appealing and add a delightful crunch to each bite.


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