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Boston Cream Poke Cake Mix Recipe

Boston Cream Poke Cake Mix Recipe

Do you enjoy extremely easy desserts that are amazing? This Boston Cream Poke Cake Mix Recipe is a chocolatey creamy, heavenly delight.  It is so simple to make using a cake mix.

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My most popular post on my post is my Banana Pudding Poke Cake, so I decided on making this easy chocolate poke cake .

I enjoy making things from scratch but those posts do not get near the hits as quick and easy recipes.  People just do not have time to spend in the kitchen.  We all need recipes that we can depend on that taste great and are extremely easy.  One of my favorite desserts is Boston Cream Pie.  It is really not a pie but more like a cake.  I love the combination of cake with a cream filling topped with chocolate icing or ganache.   I decided to try making a Boston Cream Poke Cake using a cake mix.  I baked a Ducan Hines Butter Golden cake mix and poked holes in it with the back of a wooden spoon.  I topped it with two boxes of instant vanilla pudding and a homemade icing or ganache.  My family loved it!  I too was so surprised!! It really was one of the best Boston Cream Pies I have ever had.  If you are looking for an extremely easy and great tasting dessert, try this Boston Cream Poke Cake recipe using a cake mix.  It is YUMMY!

#Easy #Boston Cream #Cake-Mix #Poke #Cake #recipe - I baked a cake mix and poked holes in it with the back of a wooden spoon. I topped it with two boxes of instant vanilla pudding and a homemade icing or ganache. AMAZING! #chocolate

Boston Cream Cake Mix Cake 1

Boston Cream Poke Cake using a Cake Mix. Bake the cake in a 9x13 inch baking pan according to the package directions.

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Chocolate Ganache
Serves: 12 pieces
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate-I used Baker's
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons hot water if needed to thin icing
  1. Scald the heavy cream and butter in the microwave. Do not let it boil. This will take about 2 minutes.
  2. Add 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate to the scalded milk. The scalded milk will melt the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is very smooth.
  3. Whisk in 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  4. The icing or ganache should easy run off your spoon. If it does not, add 1 tablespoon of hot water at a time and stir until it easily runs off the spoon.
  5. Homemade icing or ganache recipe below - If you are in a really big hurry, you could use a can of chocolate frosting. Just heat it up in the microwave until it will pour smoothly.

Boston Cream Poke Cake Mix Recipe
  • * 1 box yellow or butter cake mix
  • * Two 3 ounce packages of instant vanilla pudding
  • * 4 cups milk
  1. Mix the cake mix according to the directions on the package.
  2. Cook according to the directions in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  3. While the cake is still warm, poke holes in the cake one inch apart with the back of a wooden spoon all over the cake.
  4. Whisk together two boxes of instant vanilla pudding together with 4 cups of milk.
  5. Pour the pudding on top of the cake and into the holes of the cake. I gently tapped the baking dish on the counter to help the pudding get down into the holes. If the pudding sits a few minutes and becomes thick, it will not get down into the holes. If this happens, just add 1 to 4 tablespoons of milk and stir to thin it out.
  6. Place the cake with the pudding on it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  7. After the pudding sets, make the icing or ganache and pour it over the pudding. Spread the ganache evenly over the cake.
  8. Refrigerate the cake with the pudding and icing until the ganache firms up.

 Chocolate Icing or Ganache Recipe 

The homemade icing – ganache recipe is delicious on this cake.   If you are in a hurry, you could also heat a can of ready made frosting in the microwave for about 1 to 2 minutes.  Pour the frosting over the pudding that has completely set.

Ganache ingredients for the Boston Cream Poke Cake
Scald the milk (do not let the milk boil) and then add the chocolate. The chocolate will slowly melt to make the Ganache for Boston Cream Poke Cake

Scald the milk (do not let the milk boil) and then add the chocolate. The chocolate will slowly melt.  Next, add the powdered sugar and the vanilla to make the Ganache for Boston Cream Poke Cake

Ganache for Boston Cream Poke Cake
Ganache for Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake 

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40 Responses to Boston Cream Poke Cake Mix Recipe

  1. Thanks so much for this recipe. It was the Perfect cake for my dad’s birthday since Boston creme desserts are his favorite. This is my 2nd time making it and I learned from my first time making it not to prepare the pudding to soon. I love learning from mistakes lol . Anyway I’m making this for a thanksgiving eve cake. Can’t wait for everyone to have it tomo. Xoxo

  2. Wow this looks heavenly! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on my FB page. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!

  3. Hi, This cake looks unbelievable and super easy to make! I’ve been craving boston cream pie for months now.
    I was just wondering if I can substitute the milk for soy milk? Would it still taste good? Thanks!

  4. I found your recipe for Boston Cream Poke Cake on Pinterest, but the link was broken. I went searching for it and so glad I did! Made this for Easter dessert to serve after a simple backyard BBQ of burgers and such. Everyone LOVED it! I will definitely be making this again! I also want to say thanks to everyone who left positive comments before me. It was those comments that gave me the confidence to try a new recipe for company. (I usually do a test run first, but had no time!)
    P.S> I re-pinned, so the link will be there!

    • Jami,

      I am so glad you found my Boston Cream Poke cake. It is so easy to make and I LOVE IT! I am glad it turned out for you. This past Feb., I upgraded the theme for Recipes for our Daily Bread and move all the travel posts from Recipes for our Daily Bread to my new blog Our American Travels. In the process, I had new URL which caused all my pins on Pinterest not to link correctly. I am slowly fixing all of them.

      Thank you so much for supporting my blog. I truly appreciate you letting me know that you enjoyed the Boston Cream Poke Cake. If you enjoy banana pudding, you will have to try my easy banana pudding poke cake.

      Diane Roark
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  5. Oh my gosh! Made this cake for my dad because he LOVES Boston cream pies…. Normally I would just make a box yellow cake, mixture of pudding and cool whip, and chocolate icing. This thing blows the one i make out of the water or should I say pan! So much easier to make and tastes so amazing. Cakes usually take about 3 days to MAYBE get finished at my parents, this one was almost gone in a day. I still find myself wanting to make it and eat it, but I’d eat the whole thing, and my waist line can’t take that :) super easy to make and super easy to eat. One of my favorite dessert recipes no doubt!!!

    • Sara,

      You made my day!! Thank you so much for letting me know how much your family enjoyed this Boston Cream Poke cake. It is one of my favorites too.

      Thank you also for stopping by and supporting my blog.

      Many Blessings,
      Diane Roark
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  6. I made this cake today and we are loving it. I did make a tiny mistake of making the pudding too soon! But I will know next time because this is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am making this as I type this! It has been a very productive morning and this is another thing to add to the list lol.
    Just a hint to everyone if you do not have heavy cream a substitute that works just fine is milk and butter. I usually guys mix some milk and some butter until I like the consistency so I don’t really have exact measurements to give yall but it works just fine for future reference :)

    I will be taking this with me tonight to my nephews 1 year birthday party! So excited thanks for sharing! :)

  8. I saw in your banana toffee cake you got rid of your much needed wooden spoon I used an old school baster, the tube that sucks the juice up. The tip of that works great! Made my cake for a company picnic bake contest can’t wait to eat it.

    • Dee,

      You crack me up! I am glad you thought of something that would work and be about the same size holes. Please let me know how this cake does in your company picnic baking contest. It is really one of my favorites mainly because it not only taste really good, but it is so easy to make. I love the homemade icing. YUM!

      Sincerely thank you for stopping by, trying this cake and leaving me a comment.
      Diane Roark

  9. Diane , I made this Boston Cream Poke Cake today and it turned out great! Some may wish to add orange food coloring to the vanilla pudding to make it look autumn this time of year! I can share more recipes with you sometime if you like — I know you have my Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee cookbook as we have corresponded in the past. I also have two other cookbooks : Celebrate Virginia! and a small book called Very Virginia Christmas that I pull recipes from for local tv show cooking spots … I share your blog with many of my readers… Keep up the great work sharing blessings… All the best, Winette Sparkman Jeffery

    • Winette,

      I may have told you that my husband is from TN and he has lots of relatives still living there. We were just in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I LOVE Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee. I know the other books would be amazing.

      Thank you so much for your great idea for the Boston Cream Poke Cake. That sounds great for this time of the year.

      Diane Roark

  10. I am making this for tonight for my husband’s birthday! I didn’t have time to go to the store though so I made it with a homemade yellow cake recipe & homemade vanilla pudding. I can’t wait to taste it. And I’m gonna top with maraschino cherries.

  11. Oh Diane, this looks amazing! From the pictures, I sure wasn’t expecting it to be made from a boxed cake and for it to be easy!
    I will definitely be giving this a try- this sounds like the perfect cake for my Dad’s birthday! Thanks!
    Pinning your posts :)

    • Jamie,

      I love Boston Cream Poke Cake and this recipe is truly easy!! I hope you get to try it one day.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I finally got caught up on visiting everyone from Saturday Dishes last night. We had so many truly yummy cakes!!
      Blessings and have a great day!
      Diane Roark

  12. Just had to follow up and let you know that I did make this Boston Cream Poke Cake and my whole family loved it! It was gone in two days and my husband said it gets the best new dessert award. He was very impressed! Thank you again for sharing!!!

  13. We already tried the banana pudding poke cake. It was better couple days later. Can,t wait to try this one. Love you

    • Floy, This Boston Cream Poke Cake is my favorite and so easy to make. The secrets to all these pudding poke cakes is: 1) not to let the pudding get thick 2) Pour the pudding on the cake while the cake is still warm. 3) Mix the pudding up with a whisk after the cake comes out of the oven so the pudding does not get to thick. 4) Gently tap the cake pan on the counter to encourage the pudding to fall in the holes.
      The homemade ganache or icing is really tasty but you could also microwave can frosting and then pour it on the cake.
      Gooseberry is allowing me to review another cookbook for them. They sent me a copy of their Garfield cookbook to give away. I will be giving it away soon. Just leave me a message on that post for a chance to win the cookbook. Lots of Love! Diane

  14. Can’t wait to try this recipe! My husband’s favorite is Boston Cream Pie and I have tried several recipes that are quite time consuming to make and really aren’t all that great. Will be making this for his birthday later this month! Also, I made your Devil’s Food Stuffed Cookies and everyone loved them. I was putting them in my daughter’s school lunches and her friends all wanted to learn how to make them. I had them all over to our house this summer and we had a wonderful time making them together. I sent them home with a copy of the recipe printed from your web site and their very own cookie scoop (and some cookies, of course). I Enjoy your posts so much! Blessings to you and your family!

    • Susan, It truly thrilled my soul to hear you are using one of my recipes to cook together with your family and friends. My blog is all about spending time cooking together. Thank for letting me know you made the Devil’s Food Stuffed Cookies. They are a family favorite and so easy. I was recently thinking about making them and using a different color of stuffing.

      Your husband will love this easy and delicious Boston Cream Poke Cake recipe. I love Boston Cream Pie and this one is delicious. I am giving away a Gooseberry Garfield cookbook soon on my blog just leave me a message on the post to enter for a chance to win. It is on my homepage.

      Blessings Always, Diane Roark

    • Marsha, This cake is so easy and truly one of my favorites. I love Boston Cream Poke Cake. I am giving away a copy of Gooseberry Garfield cookbook on July 26th. Just leave me a message on that post for a chance to win it. Casey was asking if Matthew and Daniel had a chance to read the post he wrote about Disney. I hope you are doing well. Lots of Love, Diane

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