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Mr. Food: Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake

You’re going to love this seasonal version of our favorite poke cake recipe. The creamy vanilla pudding, delightful whipped topping, and the delicious pumpkin flavor make this easy poke cake recipe our most decadent way to enjoy fall time desserts. Our Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake is perfect through-and-through!

Poke cakes are one of those desserts that everyone is happy to see on the table. Whether you’re making it for your spouse and kids, or whether you’re bringing it to a big group gathering, you can be sure that this pumpkin poke cake will satisfy. We love the combination of the creamy vanilla pudding with the rich spices in the cake. It’s a combination that might go out of season, but it never goes out of style.

We also love that this recipe is super easy to make. It requires a little advanced planning, since you have to let the cake chill, but the hands on time is nice and short. This pumpkin poke cake is so easy to make that you won’t even mind if your family asks you to make a second one!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package spice cake mix
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 (4-serving size) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, and water until thoroughly combined. Pour into baking dish.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke 25 to 30 holes in cake.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and milk until slightly thickened. Pour mixture into holes and spread evenly over top of cake. Spread whipped topping on top, cover, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or until ready to serve.

Mr. Food Test Kitchen Tip

  • If you want to take this to another level, maybe garnish it with pumpkin candy decorations that you can find in the baking aisle, or your favorite holiday treats, like candy corn.

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