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Cheesecake Birthday Poke Cake

This easy Cheesecake Birthday Poke Cake recipe proves that you can party like it’s your birthday any time of year. It begins with a cake mix hack that’s filled with cheesecake flavored pudding and topped with a delicious cheesecake frosting. It’s super simple to prepare with ingredients that are easy to find. It’s designed to be fun to make and eat.

Cheesecake Birthday Poke Cake

Easy Cheesecake Birthday Poke Cake Recipe

What is a poke cake? Poke cakes are sheet cakes that are baked then immediately poked all over with either a fork or the back of a wooden spoon to form holes. The holes are then filled with any variety of fillings depending on the specific cake. One thing I love about sheet cakes is they travel and store more easily than a layer cake making them great for entertaining large crowds They’re also one of those classic desserts always found at office and church potlucks and picnics.

Cheesecake Birthday Poke Cake

How to Make the Best Cheesecake Birthday Poke Cake Recipe

Poke cakes are a crowd pleaser by design and the fun variations are able to be made successfully by bakers of all skill levels. This poke cake is filled with cheesecake flavored pudding then topped with a fluffy cream cheese topping filled with crushed golden Oreo birthday cake cookies.  Top it off with colorful sprinkles, and it’s a party in your mouth.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe for homemade Birthday Poke Cake: One box of Butter flavored or yellow cake mix, cheesecake instant pudding mix, plain cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar, vanilla, whipped topping and birthday cake Oreos.
  • If you’re unable to find birthday cake Oreos you can use any private label brand or a different brand of funfetti or sprinkle sandwich cookies in the same amount.
  • You could use vanilla or white chocolate flavor instant pudding in place of cheesecake pudding if you’re unable to find it.
  • Do the cookies soften? Yes, they will soften just a bit much like Nilla wafers do in banana pudding. It doesn’t take away from the texture or flavor this cake is luscious and so simple to make. Consider it just a normal part of incorporating cookies in a filling.
  • You should store leftovers of this cheesecake birthday poke cake covered and chilled in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • You could freeze this birthday cake for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Cheesecake Birthday Poke Cake

More Poke Cake Recipes to Make

Poke cake flavors are only limited by your imagination. they’re not to be taken too seriously as they’re meant to be fun and playful. Other cake flavors you may like to try:


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Cheesecake Birthday Poke Cake

Prep Time25 minutes
Chill time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 25 minutes
Course: Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake-birthday-poke-cake
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 464kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 15.25 oz box of butter cake mix plus ingredients to prepare
  • 2 3.4 oz boxes instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 3 cup cold whole milk
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 16 oz frozen whipped topping thawed or 4 cups sweetened fresh whipped cream
  • 1 15.25 oz package Golden Birthday Cake Oreo cookies chopped and divided
  • sprinkles


  • Prepare the cake mix per the package instructions and bake accordingly for a 13 x 9 inch sheet cake.
  • Immediately after removing from the oven, poke holes over the top using the handle of a wooden spoon or similar.
  • Use a hand mixer to whip together both boxes of instant pudding with 3 cups of cold milk. Whip until thickened but still pourable
  • Pour over the cake and spread. Cool completely.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whip together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until combined. Fold in the whipped topping by hand until combined.
  • Fold in 1/2 of the chopped Oreo cookies. Spread over the top of the cake.
  • Garnish with the remaining chopped cookies and decorate with colorful sprinkles.
  • Chill for 4 hours before cutting. Store refrigerated.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 104mg | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Hi Courtney! There’s a bright green print button at the end of every post with the share buttons. You can choose to print with or without the images.

  2. Am I totally missing a link to printable versions of recipes? You have so many great ones! It’s much easier for me to print out a stack every few weeks:-)

  3. I’m not certain what your actual question is, however, I’ll try to help. You’ll need 1 box of cake mix plus the ingredients called for on the package to prepare. Generally, eggs, oil and water. I have also included the link to a homemade butter cake if you prefer to make it yourself.

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