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Red Velvet Poke Cake (+Video)

This Red Velvet Poke Cake is the original poke cake recipe! Red velvet cake poked with pudding, topped with Cool Whip and Oreos!

A SIMPLY DELICIOUS RED VELVET CAKE

Red Velvet Poke Cake is made with red velvet cake mix with a creamy cheesecake filling and topped with whipped topping and crushed Oreos. The idea for this Red Velvet Poke Cake came when I was at Wal-Mart. The Banana Pudding Poke Cake recipe was such a hit when I first introduced it here that I really wanted to create something special for Valentine’s Day. That is where this Red Velvet Poke Cake was born! It turned out so good!

close up photo of a slice of red velvet poke cake on a white plate with a bite removed.

CAN I USE HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM?

Of course! If you prefer homemade whipped cream, then by all means, make your own whipped cream. Homemade whipped cream often doesn’t stay stabilized for long though so it won’t hold up as well as Cool Whip.

two slices of Red Velvet Pudding Poke Cake on two small round plates with Oreo cookies in the background.

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

  • red velvet cake mix
  • ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil & water)
  • instant cheesecake pudding
  • milk
  • whipped topping (COOL WHIP),
  • Oreo cookies
red velvet cake mix, cheesecake pudding, Cool Whip, eggs, water, oil, Oreos.

HOW TO MAKE RED VELVET POKE CAKE:

Prepare cake according to package directions for a 9×13-inch cake.

prepared red velvet cake mix batter in a baking dish.

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.

poked holes in a red velvet 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.

prepared cheesecake pudding in a red bowl with a whisk.

Spread it all out and using the back of the spoon, gently push pudding down into the holes.

cheesecake Jell-o pudding layered on top of red velvet cake.

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.

whopped topping on red velvet cake topped with crushed Oreos.

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.

a spatula holding up a slice of red velvet cake from the pan.

Then dig in!

close up photo of a slice of red velvet poke cake topped with crushed Oreo cookies.

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Red Velvet Poke Cake recipe

Red Velvet Poke Cake (+Video)

Red Velvet Poke Cake is made with red velvet cake mix with a creamy cheesecake filling and topped with whipped topping and crushed Oreos. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce box red velvet cake mix
  • (ingredients needed to make cake – eggs, oil & water)
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) boxes instant Cheesecake-flavored pudding
  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 ounce tub frozen whipped topping (COOL WHIP) thawed
  • 10 Oreo cookies, crushed (optional)

Instructions

  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions for a 9×13 cake. Once cake comes out of the oven, allow it to cool for just a couple of minutes.
    prepared red velvet cake mix in a 9x13 baking dish
  • Then, with a wooden spoon handle, a spatula handle, or some other similarly-sized object, begin poking holes in the warm cake. You want the holes to be 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.
    poked holes in a red velvet cake
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix with 4 cups of milk. Whisk until all the lumps are gone.
    prepared cheesecake pudding in a bowl
  • Pour pudding over cake. Taking care to pour it right into the holes as much as possible.
    cheesecake Jell-o pudding layered on top of red velvet cake
  • 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).
  • Once your cake has completely cooled, spread on whipped topping. Spread it out evenly over the pudding layer.
  • Spread crushed Oreos onto the top of the cake.
    whopped topping on red velvet cake topped with crushed Oreos

Video

Notes

Adding the crushed Oreo’s immediately before serving will ensure the cookie bits are crunchy when you serve it. Keep refrigerated.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 404mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g

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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Originally published: July 2012
Updated and republished: May 2019

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  1. My son loved this cake. He asked me to try it a second time but for the filling he wanted me to try using Oreo instant pudding flavor! (I also added a bit of softened cream cheese) it was amazing. This is our go to cake now.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this many times. Everyone thinks I slaved for hours to make it nope. Sometimes I do French vanilla and cheesecake instead of just cheese cake pudding.

  3. 5 stars
    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.