Chocolate Cream Pie Poke Cake Recipe

Kristan Roland | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Chocolate Cream Pie Poke Cake just became your potluck favorite. Devil's food cake and creamy chocolate pudding make the dessert a family favourite!

Living in the South, I am well-versed in what you might call "White Trash Comfort Food". It’s actually my favorite kind – comforting, not particularly (meaning not at all) healthy, and usually full of some combination of Cool Whip, pudding, Jell-O, sweetened condensed milk, butter, cake mix, or canned pie filling. Some might call it an abomination, but down here we call it the best food ever, devouring it while we swig our sweet tea.

Chocolate Cream Pie Poke Cake Photo

No regrets, friends. No regrets.

Chocolate Cream Pie Poke Cake Picture

Poke cakes are definitely a potluck staple and one of my all-time favorites. Any combination of pudding and cake is a winner in my book.

The pudding gives the cake a creamy texture contrast and the Cool-Whip topping is a nice change of pace from super rich frosting. My son is a frosting hater (alien), so poke cakes are always a winner with him.

One of these days I’ll pull him over to the frosting dark side, but until then, I can always pull a poke cake out of my hat when I want to make a cake that the whole family will love!

Chocolate Cream Pie Poke Cake Image

The name "poke cake" comes from the holes you poke in the cake. When you spread anything creamy (Jell-O, pudding, sweetened condensed milk), the mixture fills the holes, making a moist cake, full of flavor.

My husband has always loved chocolate cream pie, so I decided to try that in poke cake form – enter chocolate cream pie poke cake. It’s cool and creamy, with the chocolate pudding and buttery graham crumb topping giving it a special touch.

My husband and I might (definitely) have eaten this for lunch one day – it’s that good.

Chocolate Cream Pie Poke Cake Pic

Be sure to make this cake at least a few hours before you need it, preferably the evening before. While it sits covered in the refrigerator, the cake soaks up the filling, making it moist. It’s worth the wait!

If you're in a hurry though, my mocha coffee cupcakes don't need an overnight sleep in the fridge.

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Chocolate Cream Pie Poke Cake Recipe

      15 Servings


  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix, Plus eggs, oil, and water called for on box
  • 1 small package Instant Chocolate Fudge Pudding Mix, (3.9 ounce box)
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cups Milk, Cold
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip, Thawed
  • 3/4 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, Melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9x13 cake pan and set aside.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to directions. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until cake springs back when lightly touched in the center. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes across the surface of the cake, 1 inch apart.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix and powdered sugar. Whisk in cold milk for about 2 minutes, until thick but pourable. Spread pudding over the surface of the cake, gently pushing into the holes. Cover the cake and refrigerate for at least a few hours.
  4. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl. Frost cake with whipped topping, then sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Serve.


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Author: Kristan Roland
Recipe Yields: 15 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 230 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 15

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 47
Calories 226

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 13mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 21g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kristan Roland

About Kristan

Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake and cake creations!

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