Halloween Poke Cake


Boo! Ghost


It is finally October and the leaves are changing, we all know what this means–pumpkin spiced lattes, hayrides, haunted houses, black & orange, ghostly ghouls, and trick-or-treat.
Everybody loves Halloween, whether you host a get together with your family or just pass out candy, it is a wonderful time of year.

So for this week, I decided to take a little twist to my regular poke-cake and make it scarier than ever!

For this recipe, you only need SEVEN ingredients! Woo, getting fancy! 🙂

  • Cake Mix
  • Ingredients for Cake Mix (3 Large Eggs, Vegetable Oil, & Water)
  • 2 (3.4 oz) Packages Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 4 Cups of Milk
  • Halloween Sprinkles
  • Food Coloring
  • 1 (8 oz.) Tub Frozen Whipped Topping, **Thawed

*It is not required to own a KitchenAid-you can mix the cake mix other various ways!

Steps to Making Halloween Poke Cake

Side View of Poke Cake

1) Put all the ingredients (Cake Mix, Eggs, Vegetable Oil, Water) into the mixer/bowl to blend the cake mix.

Ingredients in Kitchen Aid

2) Blend cake mix & ingredients until smooth. (A few lumps are okay, but make sure you don’t have chunks)

Blended Ingredients

3) Get out a 13×9 Glass Baking Dish and spray it with non-stick baking/cooking spray. (I prefer Pam brand)

4) Pour your cake mix into the glass baking pan. Bake for 35-38 Minutes at 350˚F.

Cake Batter in 13x9

5) Be careful taking cake out of oven, IT WILL BE HOT. Check to make sure cake is done by sticking a toothpick into the center & seeing if it comes out “clean” or with cake mix still on it.

Finished Cake

6) After letting the cake cool, begin to poke holes in the cake with a wooden spoon handle or some other similarly-sized object.

Poking Holes

7) Make sure that your  holes are fairly big, so it’s easier for the pudding to get down all the way to the bottom of the cake. **Make sure to poke right down to the bottom of the cake, but not tear through the bottom.

Holes in Cake

8) Set the cake aside and begin to prepare your pudding; Add the pudding powder and milk into a large bowl.

Pudding Ingredients in Bowl

9) After you get both the milk and powder in the bowl, begin to whisk like crazy!

Whisking Pudding Ingredients

10) Once you have a consistency that you like, begin to whisk in yellow and red food coloring. This, you will have to experiment on to get your “perfect” orange.

Add Food ColoringOrange Pudding

11) You may now start to pour the pudding over top of the cake, make sure to try and get it in the holes as best as you can.

12) Smooth out the pudding to create an equal layer over the whole cake. (I used an off-set spatula, but a regular spatula will work just fine, just don’t tear the cake!)

Smooth Pudding on Cake

13) Put the cake in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes, just so the pudding can harden a little.

Putting Cake in Refrigerator

14) Take the cake out of the refrigerator and begin to smooth the Frozen Whip Topping over top of the pudding. (Once again, I used an off-set spatula.)

Spreading Frozen Whipped Topping

15) Once you have it nice and smooth, sprinkle your festive halloween sprinkles on top to add a little glam 🙂

16) You may now cut your Halloween Poke Cake & ENJOY 😀

Finished Cake


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