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Oreo Poke Cake is the recipe that started the poke cake rage! Chocolate cake mix, Oreo Pudding and whipped topping. So, so good!

OREO COOKIES, PUDDING AND CHOCOLATE CAKE

Since I started sharing poke cakes many years ago here on The Country Cook, they have been some of my most popular recipes. And for good reason! They are easy to make but aren’t your usual cake and frosting recipes. Poke cakes have a little surprise inside!

close up photo of a slice of oreo poke cake on a small white plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What if I can’t find Oreo pudding?

Just use a vanilla pudding and add finely crushed Oreos on top of the pudding after you’ve pushed it down into the cake holes.

Can I make my own whipped cream?

You certainly could but just remember that homemade whipped cream doesn’t stay stabilized for as long as Cool Whip.

Can I use other cookies?

Of course. You can really switch this recipe up and have a lot of fun with the flavors. Mint Oreos would be delicious!

Oreo Pudding Poke Cake recipe from The Country Cook, slice of cake shown on a small white plate with a small milk bottle in the background.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • chocolate cake mix
  • ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil and water)
  • Instant Oreo pudding mix
  • milk
  • whipped topping
  • Oreo cookies
Cake Mix, Oreo Pudding, Oreo Cookies, Whipped Topping - Cool Whip, Milk.

HOW TO MAKE OREO POKE CAKE:

Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Make cake mix according to package directions. Bake cake according to times on the back of the box.

chocolate cake mix batter in a white baking dish.

When cake is finished, allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then poke holes all over cake (about 1-inch) intervals using a wooden spoon handle.

chocolate cake poked with holes.

In a medium bowl, add milk to pudding mixture and whisk until most of the lumps are removed. There will be a few lumps in the pudding because of the Oreo pieces that are in the pudding. Whisk for about 1-2 minutes until pudding just starts to thicken. You want it to thicken slightly so it isn’t overly runny but not fully thickened into pudding.

prepared Oreo pudding in a glass bowl.

Pour pudding mixture over warm cake, making sure to aim for the holes.

Oreo instant pudding poured into chocolate cake.

Spread it out with a spoon and gently push down on the pudding to help get it into the holes.

Instant Oreo Pudding spread out on chocolate cake in a white baking dish.

Spread whipped topping on top of pudding layer. Then put the cake in the refrigerator to allow it to cool completely (about an hour). When ready, crush about 6-8 Oreo cookies (I just put them in a Ziploc bag and bang at it with my rolling pin).

rolling pin crushing Oreos in a plastic bag.

Sprinkle the top of the cake with the crushed Oreos.

Oreo Pudding Poke Cake with crushed Oreos on top.

Slice and serve! Keep cake refrigerated.

slice of Oreo cookie poke cake on a small white round plate with a milk bottle in the background, a bite has been removed from the cake.

CRAVING MORE POKE CAKE RECIPES?

Originally published: July 2011
Updated & republished: June 2021

Oreo Pudding Poke Cake recipe from The Country Cook

Oreo Poke Cake (+Video)

Oreo Poke Cake is the recipe that started the poke cake rage! Chocolate cake mix, Oreo Pudding and whipped topping. So easy!
4.94 from 32 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce box chocolate cake mix
  • (ingredients needed to make cake – eggs, oil and water)
  • 2 (4 ounce) packages Instant Oreo pudding
  • 3 cups milk, 2% or higher
  • 8 ounce tub whipped topping (Cool Whip), thawed
  • crushed Oreo cookies, for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make cake mix according to package directions and bake in a well-greased 9×13-inch pan. Bake cake according to times on the back of the box.
  • When cake is finished, allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then poke holes all over cake (about 1-inch intervals) using a wooden spoon handle.
  • In a medium bowl, add milk to pudding mixture and whisk until most of the lumps are removed. There will be a few lumps in the pudding because of the Oreo pieces that are in the pudding.
  • Pour pudding mixture over cake making sure to aim for the holes.
  • Spread it out with a spoon and gently push down on the pudding to help get it into the holes.
  • Then put the cake in the refrigerator to allow it to cool completely. About an hour.
  • Spread whipped topping on top of pudding layer.
  • Once it is set, top with crushed Oreo cookies. Slice then serve.

Video

Notes

Keep cake refrigerated
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Oreo Poke Cake, Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 2.8mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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180 Comments

  1. I did have trouble finding oreo pudding…and then I only grabbed one 4oz box instead of two! For some reason I had it in my head that we needed two of the small boxes, so I thought "Why not just get one big one?" D'oh. I mixed it with a box of cheesecake pudding I had at home, and will just double the oreos I crumble atop! Cooling in the fridge now to take to a BBQ tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Planning to make this into a 'dirt and worms' cake for my son's bug themed birthday party. Can't wait to try it out. Poke cakes are our favorite around here! Yummy…and super easy for us moms of 2 under 2! Thanks for posting!

  3. 5 stars
    I love this, thank you so much for sharing. i'm in the UK and was concerned that I wouldn't be able to purchase the Oreo Pudding mix. I was surprised just how easy it was to purchase, from the UK too. I ordered mine and received it the very next day ! I made the chocolate cake to my own taste and spec but by adding the pudding mix afterwards…………….. BOOM everyone wanted the recipe. Thank you muchly …. if you ever decide to publish a recipe book I would def buy it.

    Manda. x

  4. amazing recipe , i made it for my daughter's classroom party ,, the teachers and the moms asked me for the recipe ,, everyone loved it .. Thanks Brandi

  5. This looks so yummy! My husband makes poke hole cakes one is a pinacolda cake and the other is a butterfinger poke cake. Can't wait to try this one!

  6. The pan may appear smaller in the picture but it is a 9×13 pan just like the directions call for. 🙂

  7. Dumb question but can I make this recipe in two 8×8 cake pans instead of a 9×13 so I can give one to the neighbor??

  8. Absolutely the best cake without frosting!! I am so ecstatic to have came across your website.

    Thanks,

    Amy and family

  9. Was at Walmart and they were out..so I got French vanilla pudding instead and got double fudge Oreo cookies. Going to crush that up and put it in the mix and crushed on top! Hope it turns out good! I've made the red velvet and banana poke cake! So yummy!

  10. Loved this recipe. Made it yesterday for a party and everyone loved it. Let the pudding get too thick before I poured it but it still tasted great! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Sorry to hear you are having trouble finding it. My Wal-Mart still carries it – in fact I just bought a box this weekend. However, you can just use white chocolate pudding and add some crushed up Oreos to it. It tastes exactly the same! 🙂

  12. Has anyone been able to find the cookies and cream pudding lately? I went to three stores tonight and did not see it at any of the stores. Thanks!

  13. Brandie, Thank you so much for sharing this! I made it the other night, and we all LOVED it so much! I SLIGHTLY changed the way I put the topping on, and wanted to share it with you and hope you will give it a try sometime! 🙂
    I made the cake, poked the holes, and when I made the pudding layer, I only used ONE box of pudding instead of TWO, and used TWO cups of milk instead of FOUR. (So cutting it in half.) This seemed to be enough to cover the entire cake. I then put it in the fridge. After an hour or so, I made this TO DIE FOR FROSTING (LOL!) to put on the top:

    I used the 2nd box of oreo pudding with only ONE cup of milk. I blended them together with the mixer for 2 minutes, then I folded in one 8 ounce tub of cool whip. Then I spread that on top of the cake, and then topped it with the crushed oreos.
    IT IS SOOOOOO GOOD! TRUST ME! PLEASE TRY IT NEXT TIME! 🙂
    That frosting recipe is one I make all of the time with chocolate pudding mix to make chocolate frosting, or vanilla pudding mix to make vanilla frosting and everyone always loves it. You can also add in a tsp of vanilla, but I didn't do that when I made the oreo frosting, I just forgot to. After making the frosting, it's best to sit in the fridge for an hour or so to set. (Although we had a piece right after frosting it, and it was still great!)
    Thanks again for sharing this! (My family thanks you!)
    Jodie

  14. I believe Jello discontinued the Oreo Pudding. I saw it on discount at several stores last year and now its off the shelves everywhere I look. Guess we'll have to make our own using vanilla and crushed oreos.

  15. I wanted to make this for a while but can't seem to find oreo pudding anyplace. So instead I made a chocolate cake with butterscotch pudding. And oh my goodness….DELICIOUS!!!!!

  16. I am going to try the new pumpkin spice jello pudding flavor in a poke cake tonight for Thanksgiving tomorrow! Thank you for the inspiration on a twist to traditional pumpkin pie…

  17. Nicole – I have not made this as a layer cake. I probably wouldn't either. The pudding could make it a bit heavy after it cools and it may not balance well as a layer cake. Hope the helps!

  18. Hello,

    I was wondering, do you think this would work at all for a layered cake? Does the pudding set up enough to layer? I have a pretty cake stand I'd like to put it on and just wondered what you thought!

    Thanks

  19. I made this for my hubby's birthday I used a chocolate cake and chocolate pudding topped with crushed mint Oreos it was awesome

  20. Thanks so much for sharing this!! We have made your recipe before, and I am making it again tonight. My teenage son does not like frosting, and regular cake. So when his birthday rolls around we always try new things, different pies and such. However, this is all he asks for anymore.. It is his 15th birthday today, and we are making this yummy cake. He loves oreos and with this not having "regular" frosting, he is just in heaven, thanks for helping to make 1 happy teenager!

  21. My daughter and I have the day to ourselves so I asked her what she wanted to do. She told ne she wanted to bake so we are currently in the process of making this now cake has been in the oven for about 5 minutes and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I think I'm more excited than my daughter is!

  22. Went to buy the ingredients and couldn't find the cookies & cream pudding so I went a different direction. Spice cake mix with pumpkin spice pudding & cool whip on top. It was fantastic!

  23. This looks amazing! Since I'm allergic to dairy products, I substitute soymilk for milk. I find it works well most of the time. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂