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Thank you for stopping by Recipes For Our Daily Bread to check out this Boston Cream Poke Cake recipe.

This Boston Cream Poke Cake Mix Recipe is a chocolaty, creamy, heavenly delight.  It is so simple to make using a cake mix.  I am going to teach you how to make it perfect the first time.



The 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 incredibly easy.  One of my favorite desserts is Boston Cream Pie.  It is not a pie but more like a cake.  I love the combination of cake with a cream filling topped with chocolate icing or ganache.

Use a Cake Mix to make a Boston Cream Poke Cake

After making a Boston Cream Poke Cake using a cake mix, I am still in love.  It is so easy to bake 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 was one of the best Boston Cream Pies I have ever had.  If you are looking for an effortless and great tasting dessert, try this Boston Cream Poke Cake recipe using a cake mix.  It is YUMMY!

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

If you love fabulous desserts using a cake mix, be sure to see this post:  25 EASY CAKE MIX DESSERTS

Boston Cream Poke Cake using a cake mix
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4 from 22 votes


Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Recipes for our Daily Bread



  • Mix the cake mix according to the directions on the package.
  • Bake according to the package in a 9x13 baking pan.
  • When cake is done after testing it with a toothpick that comes out clean, remove it from the oven.
  • Poke holes in it about an inch apart using the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Mix two boxes vanilla instant pudding with 4 cups milk until smooth.
  • Pour over the cake with holes poked in the cake.
  • Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours until pudding is set.
  • 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.
  • Whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour over the cake and pudding that has been refrigerated.
  • Refrigerate until chocolate ganache is set a couple of hours.

Chocolate Icing or Ganache Recipe For Boston Cream Poke Cake

The homemade icing – ganache recipe is delicious on this cake.   It is easy to make, but 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 glaze over the pudding that has 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

How do you make homemade Ganache?  It is easy to do.

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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  1. 5 stars
    I know I commented on this recipe 5 years ago, but it is so good I had to comment again! I made one of these last night and it is in the refrigerator waiting for me to put the ganache on it. My daughter requested this for her birthday. My whole family loves it and I’ve been making it since you first posted it on your blog. I love following your blog and am so happy for you when I read about a contest that you placed in or good news that you share about your family. I was also delighted to hear that you are now promoting Pampered Chef. They are truly fortunate to have you! I wish you and your family a blessed 2019!

    • Susan,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment. You made my day. I am so thankful that you love my Cake. It is one of our favorites too. Please tell your daughter I love hearing how she requested my cake. Hope you all have a fabulous New Year!

  2. 5 stars
    This looks like something our mother used to make for our birthdays. We are pinning it to our “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Pinterest board and our secret internal board for things we make in the Polka Dot offices. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. So excited!

  3. Hi there!

    I love this recipe, I have made it several times!
    But, I can’t find the recipe written anywhere.. did it disappear?
    Do you have a printer friendly version of this recipe?


    • Kathy,

      Thank you for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread and leaving me a comment on my Boston Cream Poke Cake. It is truly one of my favorite desserts. It is so delicious and easy to make.
      Thank you for supporting my blog.
      Many Blessings,
      Diane Roark

  4. 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

  5. 5 stars
    Mouth. Watering.

    OPositively Scrumptious looking!

    Pity I’m so useless in the kitchen LOL – seriously, all I can cook is those Maggi 2 minute noodles – and it takes me 8 minutes!!!!!!!

  6. I’m drooling right now! This looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  7. 4 stars
    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!

  8. 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!

  9. 5 stars
    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

  10. 5 stars
    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

  11. 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.

    • Pat,

      Thank you so much for letting me know you made this Boston Cream Poke cake. I am glad you liked it. I have learn with any pudding poke cakes that if you make the pudding a head of time, it will become too thick. I have had to add a couple of tablespoons of milk to my pudding several times to get it thinner. It goes down in the holes better if it is thinner. Anyway, I LOVE this Boston Cream Poke Cake. It is easy to make and yummy!
      Save a piece for me!
      Diane Roark

  12. 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

  13. 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

    • Kristina,

      YOU Crack me up! I have not laughed that hard in a while. I hope you did not drown. This Boston Cream Pie is super easy and wonderful! I love it!

      Diane Roark

  14. 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.

    • Selena,

      We are celebrating my husband birthday today too. If we were home, I would be fixing it for him also. I hope you husband loves the cake. Let me know what you did and how it turned out. It sounds so good.
      Please consider following my blog. Each month I send out a monthly newsletter with cooking tips. In April, I will be giving away a cookbook to one lucky follower.

      Diane Roark
      Other Easy Recipes:

  15. 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


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