Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake

Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake
Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake

Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake is one of the easiest cake recipes you'll ever make. Made with instant chocolate pudding mix, yellow cake mix and just 3 other ingredients, this 5-ingredient poke cake recipe will be the one to turn to in a pinch! If you're a fan of chocolate pudding, this is definitely the cake recipe for you because it's full of it -- literally! It's poked full of holes that you'll then fill with pudding and chocolate chips. What could be better? For all the chocolate lovers out there, this is the perfect cake to make for almost any occasion!


Cooking Vessel Size9x13-inch baking pan


  • 1 box (2-layer size) yellow cake mix or pudding-included cake mix
  • 2 (4-ounce) chocolate fudge instant pudding mix packets
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups cold milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Prepare cake in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan per package instructions. 

  2. When cake is done, remove to a cooling rack and immediately poke holes in it at 1-inch intervals using the handle of a wooden spoon.

  3. After holes are made but while cake is still warm, combine pudding mix and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Gradually add milk with electric mixer running on low speed for just 1 minute. Scrape down and stir only until all of the pudding mix is incorporated.

  4. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the cake, filling the holes, setting aside the remainder for about 5 minutes until it thickens slightly. Spoon over the top of the cake, using an offset frosting spatula or a rubber scraper to smooth the top. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips.

  5. Place into the refrigerator for 1 hour or longer to chill before cutting to serve. Store cake in the refrigerator. 

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I'm loving the thought of this recipe but am a little confused as to what the powdered sugar is for. Isn't the pudding sweet enough? Either way, the yellow cake and chocolate pudding combo is a perfect match and personally I'd leave out the chocolate chips and frost the top with some whipped cream and swirl in the rest of the pudding. Maybe throw some chopped peanuts on top as well...yum!


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