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Caramel Apple Poke Cake Recipe

Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Course Cakes
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel-apple-poke-cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 15.25 oz yellow cake mix (plus ingredients to prepare)
  • 2 20 oz cans premium apple pie filling, divided
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice or cinnamon plus additional for dusting
  • 2 3.4 oz boxes instant Caramel pudding (See Cook's note)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 16 oz Whipped topping
  • ¼ cup toffee bits


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a non-stick 9 x 13-inch metal baking pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together the cake mix, water, eggs and oil as directed on the package adding 1 tsp apple pie spice or ground cinnamon. Decrease the water called for on the box by ¼ cup. Beat until smooth and fully moistened.
  • By hand mix in 1 can of apple pie filling.
  • Spread into the prepared pan. Bounce the pan on the counter a few times to remove air bubbles.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean.
  • Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat together the pudding mix (both boxes) and 3 cups whole milk. Beat until thickened but still pourable.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and immediately poke holes over the entire cake using the handle of a wooden spoon or similar. Be generous.
  • Spread ½ of the caramel pudding into the holes. Mix the remaining pudding with the final can of apple pie filling by hand. Spread over the pudding layer.
  • Chill for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Frost the top with whipped topping and sprinkle with cinnamon and toffee bits just before serving.


If you are unable to find caramel flavored instant pudding substitute with 1 (3.4) oz vanilla or butterscotch pudding prepared per the box instructions instead. For the caramel apple layer, mix 1 (10) oz jar of caramel ice cream topping with one can of apple pie filling then proceed with the assembly as noted in the recipe.