Boston Cream Poke Cake


Boston Cream Poke Cake

As far as copycat desserts go, this famous poke cake is one of the best!

Boston Cream Poke Cake
Boston Cream Poke Cake

This cake is all about mastering a very simple technique...poking holes in the cake and letting the delicious Boston Cream fill it in! For baking with a twist, give this copycat dessert recipe a try. If you love the taste of the Boston Cream doughnut recipes, we highly recommend this easy copycat recipe. For all of the dessert lovers in your house, this recipe is a true delight that should not be missed.

After all, what could be better than a buttery cake filled with a vanilla pudding and covered in chocolate? Maybe we should be calling this a "Heaven Cream" poke cake!


  • 1 box white cake mix (plus, box ingredients)
  • 2 (3.4-ounce) boxes instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Mix the cake mix according to the directions on the package. Bake according to the package in a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  2. When cake is done after testing it with a toothpick that comes out clean, remove it from the oven.

  3. Poke holes in it about an inch apart using the back of a wooden spoon.

  4. Mix two boxes vanilla instant pudding with 4 cups milk until smooth. Pour over the cake.

  5. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours until pudding is set.

Prepare the Ganache

  1. Heat the butter and heavy cream in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not let it boil. Remove from the microwave and add the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to stand for a couple of minutes then whisk it until smooth.

  2. Whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour over the cake and pudding that has been refrigerated.

  3. Refrigerate until chocolate ganache is set a couple of hours.

All About Boston Cream Pie

If you're familiar with the wonderful all-American dessert, Boston cream pie, then you know the name is a bit misleading. The dessert is actually more cake than pie. Boston cream pie has custard filling in between two sponge cake layers. It is topped with chocolate glaze of ganache. The dessert is traditionally cut into wedges and served like a pie. The name is thought to have come from the pie tins this dessert was baked in. When this dessert was created in the mid 1800s, pie tins were more common than cake pans. 

As the first incarnation of the popular pudding cake, Boston cream pie is actually the precursor to the poke cake. That's why this recipe for Boston Cream Poke Cake is so perfect! Poke cakes are like this one are loaded with pudding filling, just like Boston cream pie. This Boston cream poke cake is really a shortcut Boston cream pie. If has all the flavors, but it will save you a bunch of time by using cake mix.

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I thought I was going to like this poke cake more than I did. I didn't like how it was randomly moist/soggy in some places but perfectly cake-like in others. It's nothing against this recipe (I don't think). I guess I just learned that I don't care much for poke cakes!

I made a very similar to this recipe for my grown daughter's birthday back in June. She LOVED it, Boston Creme is her favorite, anyway, and this cake was easy and perfect for the moment! That recipe also used boxed cake mix and packaged pudding mix, the only difference was it called for a from-scratch chocolate ganache for the frosting, and was SUPPOSED to run down the sides and look all gooey and delicious, which it did. A very delicious multi-purpose recipe to keep and to share!


i use my own frosting and i made my own cooked pudding came out great yum-o

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I was able to print off the recipe no problem, can't wait to try it.

I made this for a gathering and it was a huge hit. So easy to make. I wish I had given the chocolate more time to chill. Love it and will be making this again.

Thanks so much for your comments!

I like this cake idea. I was able to print it with no problem other than it went to a PDF file to print. Can't wait to try it.

Whats wrong with this web site? Can't print off recipe for Boston Poke Cream Cake when I finally get it to come up . Screen keeps frezing up. A screen comes up reading, something wrong with the web site.....

The recipe does not appear. Just one ad after another. Frustrating!


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