Homemade Funfetti Poke Cake

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This Homemade Funfetti Poke Cake is a moist vanilla cake loaded with sprinkles. It has a vanilla pudding filling and it’s topped with a cake batter whipped cream.

A close up shot of a slice of funfetti cake topped with whipped cream and sprinkles

This post has been updated in 2018

What is better than sinking your teeth into a homemade cake, especially if it’s funfetti. Ever since I made my first batch of moist vanilla cake, I’ve been remaking old recipes and converting them from cake mix to homemade. I thought this homemade Funfetti Poke Cake needed a bit of a facelift.

The difference between my moist vanilla cake and this funfetti cake is that I swapped the milk for buttermilk. It is not required to use buttermilk, but I like the tangy flavor it adds to the cake. Seriously, I can’t stop after just one bite. I LOVE this cake, and the original moist vanilla cake has rave reviews.

A slice of homemade funfetti cake on a gold polka dot plate, it has a vanilla pudding filling and whipped cream topping.

I’ve also listed the sour cream as optional. The addition of sour cream helps keep this cake super moist, even after its been refrigerated for a couple of days. However, since this cake has the pudding filling, it’s not necessarily required. The sour cream also produced a bit more of a denser cake, almost a sponge-like texture.

When I originally created this poke cake recipe, I made it with cake mix & sweetened condensed milk. However, when I revamped the recipe, I decided to use vanilla pudding instead because I just love the combination of the cold cake with pudding.

A slice of funfetti cake on a plate covered with sprinkles

My personal favorite is the Jello Simply Good vanilla pudding because it’s made with no artificial ingredients or preservatives and it even has vanilla beans! Once I discovered this, it replaced all other vanilla pudding in my house!

The one thing I didn’t change was the cake batter whipped cream. This stuff is like gold in my house. It’s a homemade whipped cream but instead of sweetening it with powdered sugar, I use powdered vanilla cake mix. The results are like a thick mousse and truly delicious!

A slice of cake on a gold plate with a few bites taken out of it.

Some people have asked if it’s safe to consume raw flour. That is your decision. You can heat treat the vanilla cake mix prior to adding it to the heavy cream, but I suggest sifting it first because of its heated, the cake mix sticks together a bit.

I’ve made plenty of desserts with the cake batter whipped cream at this point and it’s it one of my favorite toppings! It’s great for cakes or cupcakes, or even as a dip!

Next time you need a dessert for a potluck or a birthday party, surprise your guests with this easy, homemade Funfetti Poke Cake!

Homemade Funfetti Poke Cake

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A close up shot of a slice of funfetti cake topped with whipped cream and sprinkles

Funfetti Poke Cake

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 slices

Description

This homemade Funfetti Poke Cake is a moist vanilla cake loaded with sprinkles. It has a vanilla pudding filling and it’s topped with a cake batter whipped cream.

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup light sour cream (optional)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk (or milk)
  • ½ cup sprinkles

For the filling:

  •  1 package (3.4oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 ¾ cup milk

For the topping:

  • 1 ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup yellow cake mix (dry)
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles  

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until the eggs and oil are well incorporated and the batter is lighter in color, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  3. Next mix in the sour cream and beat until well combined.
  4. Add half the flour followed by the baking powder and salt, and beat on low speed while pouring in half of the milk and mix just until the flour starts to incorporate.
  5. Finally add the remaining flour, mixing on low speed while pouring in the remaining milk and beating until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the batter from the bottom to the top to ensure it’s well mixed. Stir in the sprinkles.
  7. Pour the batter in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and bake at 350°F for 28-32 minutes, keeping a careful eye on the baking during the last few minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. Test the cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, you cake is done. Cool for 30 minutes.
  9. 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. Cool completely.
  10. For the filling:  In a small mixing bowl, combine the vanilla pudding and the milk and whisk until the pudding mix is dissolved. Before the pudding sets (do not refrigerate), pour it over top of the cake, and spread with a spatula to fill in all the holes.
  11. For the topping: Prepare the whipped cream. Place the mixing bowl in the freeze for 10 minutes to chill.  Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until the cream starts to thicken. Slowly add the vanilla cake mix and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form. Stir in sprinkles.
  12. Spread whipped cream over top of the cake and refrigerate until ready to server.

Notes

  • The batter will be quite thin. It’s important that you stir the batter after mixing, to ensure everything on the bottom of the bowl is well mixed.
  • This cake will not produce a very high rise but that’s okay!
  • I used an aluminum pan. Baking times will vary by pan type and true internal oven temperatures.
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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45 Responses
    1. Beyond Frosting

      Yes, but you’d want to make sure the plate you put it on has a rim because I’d expect some of the liquid ingredients to seep out

  1. Annamarie

    Hi! I was just wondering how sweet this entire cake is? I have tried a couple of funfetti cakes with different frostings and they were absolutely sick-sweet. Your recipe looks great and I’d love to try it! Thanks!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Annamarie! Personally I wouldn’t call this sick-sweet, but I know what you mean when you say that! I think this is a nice balance myself, but that being said I still wouldn’t be able to finish a giant slice

  2. Sherry

    Do you use yellow cake mix or vanilla for the topping? The recipe says yellow and the directions say white. Or can you use either one? Thank you!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Sherry, this is for a homemade vanilla cake. If you want to make this cake with a cake mix, you can either use vanilla or yellow.

  3. Becky

    The original recipe is a coworkers favorite and I have missed placed mine. Any chance you can email it to me. I’d like to make it again for her birthday. It’s a tradition

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Becky, thanks for your email. I need to find the original recipe, I threw out my old copy when I updated it. I know the topping is the same, and I used a vanilla cake mix. Instead of a pudding filing, I used a can of sweetened condensed milk. And I crushed Golden Oreos on top.

  4. Becky F

    This is not your original recipe. I loved that but misplaced it. Can you please repost that or email it to me. Wanting to make it again for a special birthday.

  5. Corinne

    is this cake really sweet? My daughter loves the funfetti from the box, but I thought this would be better. Is it just about as sweet?

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Sylvia, I apologize, I do not know if this product is available in Florida, but I do know it is quite common. Check your local grocery stores or Target type stores. If not, you can substitute with a Golden Oreo.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Teagon. I have never used it, but the purpose is that the pudding should be mixed and then poured over the cake and then it sets in the fridge.

      1. Teagon

        Oh, I see. Your directions say to put the dry mix in with the cake mix and buttermilk and all. It says to pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top but not to make the pudding separate. I’ve made poke cakes before, and I was actually looking for one where you’d pour the pudding on top-I think it would be delicious!! Thank you for the quick response!!!

        1. Beyond Frosting

          Sorry Teagon! You are right, I am not sure what I was thinking! I do add the extra vanilla pudding mix to the batter, even if the mix has pudding in it. You could also use actually mixed pudding on top instead of sweetened condensed milk.

  6. Derek

    I have to thank you for sharing this recipe. I made it for a friend’s birthday this weekend, and it gets everything right. I used Betty Crocker’s French Vanilla cake mix, plus the other ingredients you listed, and it made my kitchen smell like Heaven. After I made the whipped cream (which was much easier than I expected) and spread a little more than half on the cake (which was more than enough), I dipped the leftover Oreos in the leftover whipped topping and enjoyed a delicious little snack. When it was time to eat the cake, everyone raved at how good it was, and boy was it good! This is one of my new favorite recipes, so thank you for bringing something so wonderful into my life.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Thank you Derek! I am so glad you came back to let me know. I love when readers share their experience with me, good and bad. Of course the good ones are the best 🙂 Have a great day!

  7. Kristin

    I was wondering if you could use white cake mix for the Cake Batter Whipped Cream? Or any other cake mix flavors? Can’t wait to make this! Thanks in advance!

  8. Kristin

    I was wondering if you could use white cake mix to make the Cake Batter Whipped Cream? Or any of the other cake mix flavors? This cake looks so fun and yummy at the same time! Can’t wait to make it!

  9. Kylie

    I am currently making this for my roommates 21st birthday celebration tomorrow and it makes my apartment smell wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Lauren Madsen

    This cake was soooooo good! I made it for my mother-in-law’s birthday because she loves funfetti cakes and she loved it. Thanks :).

  11. Amanda

    Is the amount of whipping cream in the recipe correct? I just made this and had twice as much cake batter whipped cream as was needed. Any suggestions for using the remainder of the whipped cream?

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Yes the amounts are correct! You might have some left over, but it is meant to be a healthy serving of the whipped cream on this cake! I eat it straight with a spoon 🙂 or maybe with some fruit so you feel less guilty after you piece of cake.

  12. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Oh my goodness! I must have missed this. 🙂 I love funfetti anything. The cake looks perfect! It’s so colorful and fun. 🙂

  13. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    I am such a funfetti addict so of course I love this cake! Those oreos are freaking awesome too! Awesome recipe!

      1. Jess

        Bought the ingredients to do this cake for my son this weekend. Couldn’t find the Golden Birthday Cake Oreos, so settled for the Chocolate, but at least they are the bday cake ones! Excited to try this…wonder if it could be done using round pans and layering? Would look so good!

        1. Beyond Frosting

          Hi Jess! Actually, another reader asked me about this on a different poke cake. If you have a spring form pan, I think it will be fine. The cake gets very “wet” after you pour the sweetened condensed milk over it. I would be too afraid of it falling apart!

  14. The Pescetarian and the Pig

    WHEW! That’s a whole lotta cake batter! The frosting looks amazing (I’ve gotta find some of those oreos!)

  15. Debra Dellicious

    That funfetti poke cake is one yummy fun looking treat! It just looks like it’s shouting, “hello, yipppppeeee, enjoy me, you deserve it!”

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