French Toast Poke Cake

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Poke Cake

What’s a poke cake? I started seeing all these different poke cakes on Pinterest, and I had never heard of such a thing. Basically, a poke cake is a cake, which you poke holes in and pour pudding or something similar over the top and allow it to absorb into the cake. You top it off with whipped cream and/or other toppings. Umm, cool! So I did some research and decided to try a French Toast Poke Cake.

Poke Cake

What does my cake consist of? It is a cinnamon cake, loaded with maple syrup and vanilla pudding, topped with whipped cream. It’s pretty much dessert for breakfast, or breakfast for dessert. Either way you need to try this!

Poke Cake

French Toast Poke Cake
Recipe Adapted from yourcupofcake cookbook

1 Box Vanilla Cake mix

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

2 tsp Cinnamon

3 Large eggs + 1 egg yolk

1/3 C Butter melted and cooled

1 C Milk

1/4 C Sour cream

1 tbsp Pure vanilla extract

3 tbsp Pure maple syrup


2 Packages instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz size)

4 C Cold Milk

1/4 C Pure maple syurp

1 Container Cool Whip

Cinnamon for dusting

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine cake mix, nutmeg and cinnamon together in a medium sized bowl. Mix in eggs, one at a time ensuring the batter is well mixed after each egg. Add single yolk last. Next add melted butter, milk and sour cream. Cream together until well mixed. Add vanilla and maple syrup last and mix until combined. Pour into a greased and floured 9×13” pan. Bake for 25-28 minutes until the top of the cake is golden brown. Test the cake for doneness by sticking a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean, your cake is finished. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes.

Use the handle of a wooden spoon or another round object to poke holes into your cake. You will want them to be fairly large in order to allow the pudding to absorb in the cake. Take a 1/4 cup of maple syrup and drizzle over the top of your cake.

Poke Cake

In a separate bowl, mix together milk and pudding packets using a wire whisk until smooth. Do not allow the pudding to set. Pour the pudding over the cake and distribute evenly. Put the cake in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set.

Poke Cake

Poke Cake

To finish the cake, spread whipped cream over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Make sure to keep your cake refrigerated.

I am really excited to try more poke cakes this summer, I even dedicated a board on Pinterest to poke cakes! I will take my French Toast Poke Cake with a side of bacon please!

Poke Cake

38 Responses
  1. Andika

    Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here ! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained !

  2. Pat Cody

    Any chance you can tweek your Print button so that it only prints the recipe? I don’t really want to print every thing in the post. Just now I printed 8 pages!! and the recipe was split between pgs 2 & 3 along with Payless ads, etc. Frustrating. But on the bright side, the cake sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Pat- thanks for your comments. I am working on coding my old recipes to a more printable format, which you will notice on my newer recipes. In the meantime if you would like just the recipe for this, please send me an email at and I would be happy to email you just the recipe directly. Thanks for your patience.

  3. Pam

    Making this poke cake today, while Vince is out splitting wood. Trying to get Vince to eat breakfast is almost impossible. I am sure he won’t pass up this cake.
    I love that all of your recipes include maple syrup. Have lots of that in the house.
    Am addicted to your blog now. Thanks, for all of the yummy recipes and the additional pounds I will put on,

  4. carla @ eat sweet. by carla sue

    I have been seeing poke cakes popping up all over the place too! But french toast poke cake?! Looks and sounds amazing!

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