I had a great suggestion from Jilly about a Jello “Poke” Cake. That set me off to google and go through tons of sites and recipe ideas.
This is my version that I made for Marcus’ birthday:
1 box of Golden cake mix
1 box of chocolate instant pudding
1 tub of whipped cream
- Make cake as per directions on the box
- After you pull it out of the oven poke holes 1-inch apart. You can use the end of a wooden spoon, straw, thick end of a chop stick, to give you some ideas
- Only after the holes are poked, mix the pudding mix with 2-cups of milk until well blended. Immediately pour over your cake filling the holes (it’s ok for spillage all over the top of the cake. we’ll cover that up)
- Cover and put in fridge to have the pudding thicken.
- Take it out of the fridge, uncover, and spread cool whip all over it.
Black rope licorice
Spiderman decal set from the Bulk Barn (or try the baking isle)
Gummy spider candy
- Make an X using the rope on the cake
- Make an + using the rope on the cake, now it should kind of look like a star/asterisk *
- Place rope with a little bit of a dip in between to straight ropes, Web created
Marcus LOVED it! Especially the Spidey decals and candy. Everyone loved it. Even my nieces who don’t like pudding.
- Don’t take too long pouring the pudding into the cake, otherwise it will thicken and will not pour down the holes
- Try different cake and pudding combinations
- Instead of pudding you can use Jello
- Mix some pudding into the cool whip before spreading
- Make 2 packages of pudding to fill holes and spread over top of cake, then either top with whip cream or omit it
- Playing around with contrasting colors can be fun too. Such as; white cake with chocolate pudding, chocolate cake with vanilla pudding or a real pretty one is white cake with pistachio pudding.
Original Recipe that I’ve seen several times during my research:
Pudding Poke Cake
Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on package for 13×9 inch cake. Remove from oven. Poke holes at once down through cake to pan with round handle of wooden spoon (or poke holes with plastic drinking straw, using turning motion to make large holes.) Holes should be at 1 inch intervals. Only after the holes are made, combine pudding mix with sugar in large bowl. Gradually stir in milk. Beat with electric mixer at low speed for not more than 1 minute. Do not over beat. Quickly, before pudding thickens, pour about 1/2 of the thin pudding evenly over warm cake and into holes (This will make stripes in cake.) Allow remaining pudding to thicken slightly, then spoon over the top, swirling it to “frost” the cake. Chill at least 1 hour. Store cake in refrigerator.
UPDATE: found this list of list of poke cakes. The list brings poke cakes to a whole new level. Check it out!
UPDATE: pudding poke cakes are back with a vengeance. found lots of great links to really amazing combinations. It uses the basic idea above with mind blowing combinations: