Butterfinger Poke Cake

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This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake baked with Butterfinger pieces, soaked in a butterscotch pudding and covered with chocolate whipped cream.

This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake baked with Butterfinger pieces, soaked in a butterscotch pudding and covered with chocolate whipped cream.

I hope you all had a great Halloween! Yesterday I saw someone posted on Facebook that there are only 7 more weekends until Christmas. It made me feel like I wanted to hide in my bed and never come out! You see, my book manuscript is due right after Christmas and it’s freaking me out a little bit! I am in total denial, but that’s for another time.

This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake baked with Butterfinger pieces, soaked in a butterscotch pudding and covered with chocolate whipped cream.

We’ve been looking forward to Halloween for a couple weeks. Not because of the candy, or the costumes or any of that jazz. We’ve been on a no-pizza diet for at least a month, but we said we would break our diet for our Halloween tradition, which included scary movies and pizza. All week long we had been talking about pizza. Oh well.

Each year, the number of trick or treaters in our neighborhood grows. To be honest, I thought about not handing out candy this year. I didn’t even have time to think about, but my boyfriend insisted we do it. So while I was baking away preparing recipes for my cookbook, he took charge of handing out the candy. I told him I would do it after he reached 10,00 steps on his Fitbit. I thought I was so cleaver.

Dig into this Butterfinger Poke Cake! The vanilla cake is filled with Butterfingers bite, butterscotch pudding and topped with chocolate whipped cream!

Eventually he got tired of running up and down the stairs, so he took a beer and sat at the bottom of the stairs and waited for each group of trick or treaters to come by. I popped my head around the corner and joined him a couple times in-between batches of whipped cream. Really, I just loved hearing him interact and laugh with all the kids. He pay off was eating all the leftover bags of peanut MnMs.

Dig into this Butterfinger Poke Cake! The vanilla cake is filled with Butterfingers bite, butterscotch pudding and topped with chocolate whipped cream!

I thought it was a perfect time to share this Butterfinger Poke Cake with you. This cake was one of those ideas that came into my head when I was in the middle of another recipe, looking for an ingredient in my cabinet. I remember I had purchased a bag of Butterfinger Baking Bits and saw it sitting in my cabinet. Boom! Butterfinger cake.

This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake baked with Butterfinger pieces, soaked in a butterscotch pudding and covered with chocolate whipped cream. It is drizzled with chocolate syrup and sprinkled with more Butterfingers.

Butterfinger lovers deserve this cake! A Butterfinger-filld cake with butterscotch pudding and chocolate whipped cream

The cake is super easy because I used a cake mix and tossed in some of the baking bits. The Butterfinger bits soften when baked, but still offer a little bit of crunch to the cake. Once the cake had cooled, I poked holes all over the cake and poured butterscotch pudding inside. It’s soooo good, but if butterscotch isn’t you thing, you might try vanilla or even chocolate pudding.

This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake baked with Butterfinger pieces, soaked in a butterscotch pudding and covered with chocolate whipped cream.

The chocolate whipped cream is very simple. It is best if you pre-freeze your mixing bowl. Beat the heavy cream until it’s bubbly and then add cocoa powder and powdered sugar. The cocoa powder helps the whipped cream to be thick and mousse-like. Drizzle the top with hot fudge, sprinkle with additional Butterfinger chips and call it a day. I know you guys needed an excuse to hoard the Butterfingers from your children’s Halloween candy right?

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Butterfinger Poke Cake

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 slices

Description

This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake baked with Butterfinger pieces, soaked in a butterscotch pudding and covered with chocolate whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 box Vanilla cake mix
  • Ingredients on the box: eggs, water, oil
  • ½ C Butterfinger baking bits
  • 1 pkg Butterscoth pudding (3.4oz)
  • 1 ¾ C Milk
  • 1 ¾ C Heavy whipping cream
  • ½ C Powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • Hot fudge for drizzling
  • ¼ C Butterfinger baking bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare cake according to the instructions and ingredients listed on the box. Beat on medium speed until well combined, add Butterfinger bits and fold into batter. Pour batter into a 9 inch by 13 inch pan.
  3. Bake cake for 20-22 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. While the cake is still warm, take the end of a wooden spoon or another round object and poke holes all over the top of your cake. Allow to cool for another 20 minutes.
  5. Prepare the pudding filling by combining pudding mix with milk and whisk until the pudding is dissolved. Pour pudding over top of cake, filling the holes. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes until the pudding is firm.
  6. Put your mixing bowl and wire whisk in the freezer to help it get very cold. This is optional, but something I usually do.
  7. Combine heavy cream and beat on medium speed until heavy cream is bubbly. Slowly added powdered sugar, followed by cocoa powder and beat until still peaks form. Spread over cooled cake. Drizzle with hot fudge sauce and sprinkle with additional Butterfinger bits.
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This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake baked with Butterfinger pieces, soaked in a butterscotch pudding and covered with chocolate whipped cream.

14 Responses
  1. Pamela McDowell

    I want to try this recipe but I’m not crazy about butterscotch. Is there something I could possibly use to replace it and it still be good?

  2. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    You are nearing the finish line! I can’t wait to hear more about your book and try this delicious cake. I have so many leftover Butterfingers that I should really use.

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Only 7 more weekends until Christmas?!!!! and I’m not sure I have said this, but CONGRATS on the book! I can’t wait! Hang in there girl re: your book manuscript . . you can do it!!!!! and in the meantime, EAT MORE CAKE! 🙂 you are seriously the poke cake Queen in my eyes! love this!

  4. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    I’m going to try pre freezing my bowl the next time I’m whipping cream. Clever! This cake looks super yummy!

  5. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Next to Reese’s, Butterfingers are my favorite. I immediately stocked up on the Butterfinger baking bits as soon as I saw them 🙂 Love this poke cake Julianne!

  6. Melissa @ Treats With a Twistq

    I love handing out Halloween candy. My husband won’t admit it, but he loves it too! He always rushes to the door to see what all of the kids are dressed as. It’s adorable.
    Butterfinger is my FAV and this looks so amazing!!

  7. Beth

    As your trick or treaters grow each year.. we always have none! So sad!! Especially since we live across from a middle school.. but I think this cake could remedy my sadness pretty fast 🙂

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