Pumpkin Poke Cake is an irresistible pumpkin cake that is soaked in pudding, topped with Cool Whip, and drizzled in caramel sauce. It is a must make this fall for every pumpkin lover!
If you haven't noticed, I sort of have a thing for pudding poke cakes. I have a caramel banana poke cake and a strawberry poke cake on here, and I honestly can't pick which one I love more. I also go crazy over this absolutely insane Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake! But this Pumpkin Pudding Poke Cake? It is giving the chocolate one a run for its money! If you are a pumpkin lover, this pudding poke cake with pumpkin is a MUST MAKE!
If you've never heard of a pudding poke cake, you're probably wondering what it is and what's the big deal? Pudding poke cakes start off with a basic cake recipe. I typically use a cake mix of whatever variety of poke cake I'm making. This saves time and is just so easy. The pumpkin cake in this recipe is a "doctored up" cake mix recipe. I used a yellow cake mix and then added some pumpkin and pumpkin spices for a semi-homemade pumpkin cake.
Then after the cake is baked, you poke holes in it and pour pudding over it. I used vanilla pudding in this case. If you can find a pumpkin pudding mix, go for it! The cake made with the vanilla pudding still had a ton of pumpkin flavor, though!
To top it off, I use Cool Whip for the frosting. So easy, and delicious!
This Pumpkin Pudding Poke Cake was a huge hit with my family and our friends who tried it! The pudding that is poured over top of the cake ensures the cake stays really moist and I think that is what makes this cake so irresistible.
Yes! This cake needs to be made ahead of time to accommodate the 2 hours of chilling time. I think making this cake up to 24 hours in advance works well, without it getting soggy.
I haven't tried this because I don't prefer the taste of sugar-free pudding, but I think it would still work just as well.
Yes, that would also work. I would use 2 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice in place of the regular spices.
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Can't wait to make this! The ingredient list says the pudding has divided use, but I don't see that mentioned in the instructions. Do you use all of the pudding in the recipe?