Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Red Velvet Poke Cake


Yes, I'm at it again.
My slight obsession.
Ok, my huge obsession with poke cake seems to be neverending.

The idea for this one came when I was at Wal-Mart.  I managed to drag my little guy and husband along to the store on this occasion.  (Y'all have no idea how rare that is to have both of them along).  We were on the baking aisle and I looked at Gene and said, "What do you think of a Red Velvet Poke Cake?"   He shrugged his shoulders and casually said, "Sounds good I suppose".  He obviously was not catching on quickly enough to my small moment of brilliance here.  I expected a "Well dang - that's the best darn idea I ever heard of for a cake!"  He and I are always on different levels of excitement at different times.  Then he asks, "What kind of pudding?"  You gotta give the man credit for at least understanding what a poke cake is.

Now that was the kicker. I had originally batted around with this idea using a White Chocolate pudding as the filling. But really, the icing on a traditional Red Velvet Cake is a cream cheese frosting.  So it had to something cream cheesy.  Well, dontcha know, Jell-O makes a Cheesecake flavored pudding.  Hot Dog! We're in business folks.

And the rest is Red Velvet history.  Oh, and by the way, Gene's excitement finally hit when he took a bite of this cake!  Never doubt the power of a Poke Cake.  
Ingredients:
1 box Red Velvet cake mix
ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil & water)
2 (3.4 oz.) boxes instant Cheesecake-flavored pudding
4 cups milk
1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
10 Oreo cookies, crushed (optional)


Directions:
Prepare cake mix according to package directions for a 9x13 cake.
Once cake comes out of the oven, allow it to cool for just a couple of minutes.
Then, with a wooden spoon handle or some other similarly-sized object, begin poking holes in the warm cake.

You want the holes to be fairly big so that the pudding has plenty of room to get down in there. 
Be sure to poke right down to the bottom of the cake.
In a medium bowl, whisk together dry pudding mix with 4 cups of milk.
Whisk until all the lumps are gone.
 
Pour pudding over cake. Taking care to get right into the holes as much as possible.
 Spread it all out and using the back of the spoon, gently push pudding down into the holes.
Put the cake into the fridge to set and cool (about 2 hours).

If you have anything hanging out in your fridge that is stinky, be sure to cover your cake. 

 Once your cake has completely cooled, spread on whipped topping.
Spread it out evenly over the pudding layer.
  If you haven't done so already, crush your Oreo cookies.
I just place mine in a ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Leave some of the pieces big. It's nice to have a bit of a crunch when you eat the cake.
Spread crushed Oreos onto the top of the cake.
You can do this part immediately before serving the cake if you like.
This will ensure the cookie bits are crunchy when you serve it.
This cake needs to be kept refrigerated.
Enjoy!



I have lots more Poke Cake ideas on here.
Be sure to check out my Banana Pudding Poke Cake (and many others!)



99 comments:

Ellen B Cookery said...

This looks absolutely delicious. A recipe to bookmark for sure.

Peggy Lee said...

UGH... girl you're killing me with all these scrumptious poke cake pictures. I wish I ate cake!

Hmmm...me thinks my neighbors would like some poke cake...

Pamela said...

I just love your cakes ideas.ilk be trying them out next week when I cook for 80 men at a football official meeting. They will love them.thanks

ITheeCook said...

Just when I thought Red Velvet Cake couldn't be any better! This looks so good!!!

Holly said...

Bran, you've done it again!! I already knew you're a pure genius when it comes to these poke cakes.. but Red Velvet poke cake!!? :) I am IN LOVE!!!! I cannot wait to try this!

Anonymous said...

this will be made this weekend! Can't wait to taste it.. Amanda

Lizzie said...

Yum! I love poke cakes, too. This Memorial Day, I did yellow cake with cheesecake pudding, with strawberries and blueberries on top. It was so refreshing and good! :-) So I'm sure your red velvet will be great too.

Jim's Own Sauce said...

What a wonderful idea - I absolutely LOVE it! Can't wait to give it a whirl. Thank you for sharing. Rgds Marilene

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

You and your poke cakes are epic on Pinterest - congrats on another fabulous looking cake that I know I'll be seeing everywhere :)

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm drooling all over my keyboard! :)

Pat

The Hatez's said...

Making this as we speak! Hubby loved red velvet cake!

NakiaRenee said...

Hi! Sounds like a great idea! Don't get me wrong, I love Oreo cookies, but I was thinking if I reserved a little of the batter to make say, 2 cupcakes, then I could make crumbs from the cupcakes and use that as a topping instead. I think that would look really nice. What do you think?

Taylor B said...

I think this is my new favorite website! All those cakes sound amazing!!

KENDRA BAILEY MORRIS said...

I love the idea of the poke cake and anything with Oreo's has got to be good!

TXsunlover said...

That looks amazing! We love red velvet cake so I'm definitely going to be making this.

Anonymous said...

I just made a chocolate poke cake for my husbands birthday and it's too bad that I didn't see this earlier because his favorite cake is Red Velvet Cake.I will definitely will be making this sometime in the future.
Thanks for another great recipe.

Linda said...

I made the red velvet poke cake and it was heaven in every bite!!!

The Better Baker said...

Brilliance!!!! MUST.MAKE.SOON! I will def remember this for my son in love's b-day...his favorite cake. Thanks for making us smile...again.:-)

Kate said...

That looks way too good!! I would love to make this for my family BBQ next week :)

Ann and Billy said...

I love your Boston Creme Poke Cake and this Red Velvet one looks like a winner too. Can't wait to try it.

Eileen said...

Looks and sounds perfect. You have the best desserts!

Anonymous said...

Where do I find cream cheese pudding? I've looked everywhere. I'm in Canada

allison said...

I made these today as cupcakes, because I found some fun Olympics themed cupcake liners and we are having spme friemds pver tp watch the opening ceremony tonight. I love the recipe and the cupcakes are yummy, but very messy! I would suggest sticking to a cake with this one! Thanks for sharing the great recipe!

sonja said...

i'm canadian too and pudding can only be bought in the states...i'm stocking up on my next visit.

Diane said...

I made this for our out of town company!They loved it. So moist and and there was a fight over the last piece:) thank you��yummy!

Anonymous said...

Seriously going to be making this!I featured your recipe on my blog, all credits to you! Love your recipes!

KB75 said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe. I used sugar-free pudding, light cool whip, and, with a little extra milk, whisked in 4 oz fat free cream cheese to the pudding (will try 8oz next time).

Also, I topped with shredded coconut and chopped walnuts instead of Oreos. I'm not really a red velvet fan and don't like pudding...but this was AWESOME!

Everyone loved it.

Anonymous said...

I just got done pouring the pudding on and it is in the fridge now!!! Can wait to show up with this beautiful cake tomorrow for labor day!!! :) thanks so much for the recipe I will let you know what everyone thought about it tomorrow!!!

Anonymous said...

Making this for my boyfriends birthday tonight, very excited.

Anonymous said...

Made this yesterday for an LSU FOOTBALL party! It was definitely a HIT! (and The best part was that I got to eat the leftovers today! ;D) THANK YOU!!

Rebecca said...

Oh man! This looks and sounds fantastic!! I am sooooo making this! Thanks for sharing it!

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Kaysie said...

Made this today, but I DID go with the white chocolate pudding, and topped it with cream cheese frosting and raspberries. It's amazing. Just friggin' amazing.

Barbara said...

I made this for people moving and making it for a card party on Saturday night. Had trouble finding cream cheese pudding. It is sooo pretty too!

Anonymous said...

I just put mine in the fridge. I can't wait to taste it. It looks so yummy!!!! Thank you for sharing

mamahoward said...

Ok...you truly are the "poke cake" queen! I love it! We have a basket dinner with several other churches this coming Sunday. This will be going in my picnic basket! I'll let you know how it goes :).

Mickey said...

Red Velvet Cake is a favorite in my house so I knew I had to try it, I posted it today. Thanks for the inspiration - it was amazing :)
mickey

Anonymous said...

I really want to make the red velvet poke cake but the store didnt have the chhesecke instant filling the only had chocolate, do u think that will work??

The Country Cook said...

Thank you so much everyone for such sweet comments!! I'm so happy this has been a successful recipe for you! Anonymous, you could use chocolate but obviously you aren't going to get the same flavor as you would with the cheesecake pudding. Cream Cheese frosting is traditional with red velvet cakes. The closest flavor I would probably try would maybe be vanilla. I hope that helps! ~Brandie

Erin S said...

This looks so good!! I'm going to be making this later today! By the way, I found Cream Cheese cool whip frosting and I'm so trying it! It's new and I found it right next to the cool whip in my local Walmart!

The Country Cook said...

Hi Erin! I just saw that new product the other day at Food Lion. I am going to try it out too. My husband loves any kind of whipped topping so I know he would probably love those new flavored frostings they have now!

Anonymous said...

I just made one with milk chocolate cake, milk chocolate pudding mix, and milk chocolate frosting and it is delicious!

MyLifesaverServices said...

my husband picked this out for his birthday dessert off pinterest. we just finished it off and it was a hit! everyone loved it! not overly sweet, just wonderful, light and yummy! thanks! kennedy's in texas

David said...

I just made this tonight for my and a friend's birthday celebration and it was a HUGE hit! I used Vanilla pudding instead of Cheesecake pudding since that is all the store had, but it was still very delicious. Thanks so much, and I look forward to trying your other poke cakes soon!

Anonymous said...

Do I mix the pudding according to the directions on the box and then mix with 4 cups of milk?

The Country Cook said...

Anonymous - no. Just dry pudding mixes and 4 cups of milk - not 8. :)

lavenia said...

Looks Wonderful!!! I wonder how it would to use the new cream cheese cool whip frosting.

run0fthemills said...

I hope this doesn't post twice.... basically I want to know if leftovers can be frozen? Or if not, how long does it last in the fridge? Thanks so much!!

Klöber said...

I love the description of the conversation, you had with your love. I think it is exactly the same everywhere but you#re lucky because he did know about the pudding! :-) When reading about Cheesecake flavored pudding it makes me even more sad i do not live in the US.... This cake looks amazing and I definitely would love to have a piece of this right now!

Anonymous said...

Instead of the pudding mix do u think the mix that comes in the cheesecake box with crust would work?

hinesfamily said...

Is this cake best if made the same day or can it be made a day ahead and not be too soggy?

The Country Cook said...

Personally I think this cake is best when you make it the night before. :)

Vickie said...

I work at an assisted living home and I am always looking for something new for desserts. I have 3 residents that are diabetics. I have a diabetic red velvet cake recipe. I am going to try this with that and use the sugarfree pudding anti light cool whip. I think they will really like this. Thank you.

The Country Cook said...

Vickie-that is great! I'm sure they really appreciate you trying new things to keep it fun & different! I hope they love this one!! -Brandie

tollestrupfamily said...

All they had were 1 oz boxes of the pudding. How msny should I use?

Anonymous said...

Growing up my mom made a poke cake with chocolate cake, then after it cools poke holes pour 1 can of sweetened condensed, 1 jar of Carmel sauce, cool whip frosting and Heath bar broken into pieces sprinkled on top. It's very rich but delicious.
Sarah

Anonymous said...

I am planning to bake this for vday, can the pan be a heart shape or does it have to be a 9x13 pan?

mommyof3 said...

I got everything to make this morning! I can't wait to try it. Lavenia, I got the cream cheese Cool Whip to use so I'll let you know how it turns out. (:

The Country Cook said...

Tollestrupfamily - are you sure you weren't looking at the Sugar Free boxes. Those are 1oz. but they usually come in a blue box. You could certainly use sugar free but I just use the regular. The regular usually comes in a 3-4 oz. size. If you want to go sugar free, then use the 1 oz. box. Hope that helps! ~Brandie

Anonymous said...

Does this need to be refridgerated?

Sherry said...

Making this as a Valentine's cake for my sweetie right now!

Anonymous said...

My cake is in oven as we speak. I eat low carb majority ofbthe time so can't wait to indulge. I'm it will be worth the carbs!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm making this for Easter, but im going to use the golden oreos instead of the regular ones...cant wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

I made your red velvet poke cake.I had six people over for dinner.Needless to say there was one peice left when I was putting it away.Everyone left and all of a sudden the telephone was ringing off the hook.The ladies were calling for the recipe.One was even at the grocery store calling so she could get the ingredients.Thank you for something different.

Anonymous said...

I usually make dessert for my weekly Bible study and am always looking for new things to try. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I ran across this recipe on Pinterest. As we speak, this deliciously yummy looking cake is sitting in my fridge. Can't wait to try it! Thanks so much! :)

Anonymous said...

This cake was amazing. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

An easy way to test for capacity? Fill 9x13 with water, then pour same water into heart pan. If it overfills or under fills you can adjust...

Anonymous said...

Holy cow this sound sooooooo good! I love your site and I am following you on Pinterest. That's it... I just elected you as my new "food goddess". Thanks for sharing your brilliant ideas.

Anonymous said...

in the frig now but I used one cheese cake and one white choc. cant wait to dig in!!!

Lexy Hitchcock said...

Made this twice now. So good! :)

Laine Frey said...

I made this in a triple birthday cake baking bonanza and people were by far the most impressed with this one. The possibilities seem endless. I didn't have enough on hand to make as much pudding as was called for, but it turned out moist and delicious as expected.

Sally Hamer said...

Just found your blog/website . I'm absolutely thrilled and looking forward to cooking with you . I think the banana fosters poke cake will be my first dessert. Thanks for all the great recipes.

Brandie S. said...

Hi Sally! You are so sweet! Thank you so very much for that!!

Brandie S. said...

Thank you very much for coming back to let me know how it turned out for ya Lexy!

Brandie S. said...

I *LOVE* hearing that Laine!! Thank you so very much!

Brandie S. said...

Aww shucks - thank you! So happy to have you here!

Brandie S. said...

So glad you loved it!

Anonymous said...

My daughter made this last night. We went to 4 stores but could not find the cheesecake flavor pudding mix. We went with the new Hershey's brand white chocolate pudding mix. It was delicious! Much better than I thought it would be. Very eye catching with the red cake, white pudding and cool whip and black oreos. We will make again.

Anonymous said...

Can not wait to make the red velvet& banana poke cakes you have on here. They look awesome!

I made a similar with chocolate cake warm carmael& hot fudge in the jars in micro then put those in the holes. Chill add whipped cream. Pound up heath bars put on top .

Thank you for your recipes.
Blessings ^j^

Bethany said...

We could only find the sugar/fat free version of the cheesecake pudding. I won't use aspartame, so we used vanilla pudding and substituted 1 cup of the milk for 8oz of whipped greek cream cheese. It gave it a more authentic cheesecake flavor and turned out fantastic! Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing! It looks so good and I'm going to make it this weekend and invite the kids and grandkids over to enjoy a piece...or two.

Anonymous said...

ok I do have one question my store does not have the regular cheesecake pudding so I got the sugar free so do I still use 2 boxes or just 1 box of the sugar free

Kim T said...

I just made this for our group night EVERYONE loved it, I mean it was amazing. We used vanilla pudding and it was fine, but I agree with one of the posters earlier ... the possibilities are endless. Thanks so much for this, I was worried about storing it, would it be soggy tomorrow, but it was GONE! All gone ... no better compliment that that!!

Anonymous said...

This does look good! Thanks for sharing! But actually, the original Red Velvet icing was not cream cheese. It's a light wonderfully fluffy white icing that doesn't overpower the cake flavor as much as cream cheese. But it's ALL good!!

Anonymous said...

I have made the Boston Cream Cake and the lemon cake. These are probably one of the best cakes I have ever had, just love them and they are soooo easy to make. There is no end to the variations you can make. So glad I came across this site, they will be my "go to" cake when I need a dessert.

Anonymous said...

wow love banana pudding was raised on it. got to try this one as a cake. thanks so much

Anonymous said...

have a question my oven is not big enough to fix a 9x13 cake. can I use to 8x8 square pans instead u think it would be ok.or give suggestion. thanks

Anonymous said...

I have made this cake (it's wonderful) but instead of crushed oreos, I put chocolate curls on top. Yum!

catstitch grandma said...

First time to check your post. I have only used jello in poke cakes. I am going to try this. In re: to the posts from Canada. Could you use Vanilla or French vanilla pudding and add about 3 oz. of cream cheese and a little extra milk? Any pics I would post of any remarks I send, will give you the credit. Thanks again. Look forward to checking more of this site out.

Kylie Hodges said...

I'm in the UK and am using the vanilla pudding mix we can get here and then making a cream cheese topping so you still get the cream cheese flavour, hopefully it works out! I'm also doing the chocolate curls. We can get oreos here but my 4 year old would be very upset if I crushed them for a cake!

Anonymous said...

do u think white choc pudding would taste ok instead of cheese cake pudding

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Two of my favorite things easily put together. Thanks for the recipe, will be surprising my valentine with this today ;-)

Marie Jimenez said...

Can you use regular jello brand cheesecake filling? I couldn't find the actual cheesecake pudding :-(

Anonymous said...

So, this recipe inspired me to make a lemon cake (I use coconut oil and milk in place of oil and water) with blueberries, lemon pudding, and then whipped topping with blueberries folded in. It was ridiculous. Can you make a lemon poke cake next?

Anonymous said...

Made this today for my daughter's Birthday cake! Insanely good!

Meat Grinder said...

What a wonderful idea - I absolutely LOVE it! Can't wait to give it a whirl. Thank you for sharing

Anonymous said...

I'm making this one tonight for my hubby's 10-year high school reunion picnic tomorrow (mascot was the Red Raiders, so had to have Red Velvet cake!)...I just LOVE the taste and simplicity of so many of your poke cakes...my hubby is a butterscotch fan so I experimented and made him a butterscotch pudding poke cake topped with Heath toffee crumbles that turned out delish! Thank you!

Meat Grinder said...

These look amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Hess said...

This poke cake was absolutely delicious!!!!!! My husband and I ate it everyday for a whole week! Thanks for sharing! :)