Pumpkin Poke Cake

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4.78 from 9 votes
This is one of the best Pumpkin Poke Cake recipes you will ever try!  It's light, flavorful and oh, so moist.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
This is one of the best Pumpkin Poke Cake recipes you will ever try!  It's light, flavorful and oh, so moist.

Pumpkin Poke Cake is a staple of Autumn. It is a easy recipe that produces a moist, delicious cake that can not be beat.

Pumpkin Poke Cake

This pumpkin poke cake is a truly spectacular cake. After testing multiple different versions, this one is a true keeper. The cake has just the right amount of spice and it is so tender and tempting you will not be able to resist.

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What You Need to Make Spiced Pumpkin Poke Cake

Ingredients

Pumpkin Poke Cake

Equipment

How to Make Pumpkin Poke Cake – Step by Step

  • Prep: First, preheat oven to 350 degrees and then spray a 9×13 cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix: Second, add cake mix, pumpkin and milk to bowl and mix until combined and then transfer mixture to prepared cake pan.
  • Bake: Then bake for 30 minutes or until a stick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean and then allow cake to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Combine: Meanwhile, add pumpkin pie spice to sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine and next use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the top of the cake.
  • Pour: Next, pour the sweetened condensed milk mixture over the top of the cake allowing it to seep into the holes. Use a spatula to spread the mixture into the holes if needed.
  • Top: Finally, top with whipped topping and sprinkle additional pumpkin pie spice over the top of the cake

Common Questions About Pumpkin Cake

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO POKE HOLES IN A CAKE?

Using the handle of a wooden spoon or a straw works.

DO I POKE HOLES ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM?

Yes, poke all the way to the bottom to allow all the syrup to absorb into the cake.

HOW FAR APART SHOULD THE HOLES BE?

The holes should be about 1 inch apart. If you make too many it will be to wet and two few it will be to dry, however it it important to make sure that the holes are made while the cake is still warm to avoid crumbs.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Indeed this cake can be frozen, without the whip topping. It can last up to 3 months in an airtight container.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Of course, however it is recommended to eat as soon as possible, it will last a day or two in the fridge but will get soggy as it sits.

Pumpkin Poke Cake

Expert Tips for Making Pumpkin Poke Cake Recipe

  • Add Nuts: Walnuts or pecans add a nice addition to this cake.
  • Variation tip: Use Pumpkin Spice pudding instead of the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Alternate ingredient: Crumbled toffee on top adds a great surprise or finish with a caramel syrup!
  • Decorate: with cookie pumpkins, maple leaf cookies or fall sprinkles.

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This is one of the best Pumpkin Poke Cake recipes you will ever try!  It's light, flavorful and oh, so moist.

Pumpkin Poke Cake

4.8 from 9 votes
This is one of the best Pumpkin Poke Cake recipes you will ever try!  It's light, flavorful and oh, so moist.
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Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9×13 cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add cake mix, pumpkin and milk to bowl and mix until combined.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a stick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add pumpkin pie spice to sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine.
  • When cake has cooled slightly, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the top of the cake.
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk mixture over the top of the cake allowing it to seep into the holes. Use a spatula to spread the mixture into the holes if needed.
  • Top with whipped topping and sprinkle additional pumpkin pie spice over the top of the cake.

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Expert Tips

 
  • Add Nuts: Walnuts or pecans add a nice addition to this cake.
  • Variation tip: Use Pumpkin Spice pudding instead of the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Alternate ingredient: Crumbled toffee on top adds a great surprise or finish with a caramel syrup!
  • Decorate: with cookie pumpkins, maple leaf cookies or fall sprinkles.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 3137IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 2mg

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11 thoughts on “Pumpkin Poke Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    This is going on our dessert menu for Thanksgiving. It’s really easy to make and is so moist and flavorful! Thanks for the recipe.

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  2. 5 stars
    I tried this for the first time and it tasted amazing. I loved how moist it was and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite autumn recipes.

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  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this pumpkin poke cake is pure deliciousness! I’m so glad to have discovered this fabulous fall recipe. And now that I’ve made it once, I’m ready to make it again this coming weekend when I’m hosting some friends from out of town. Thank you so much for sharing this yummy recipe!

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