Hot Fudge Poke Cake - This easy poke cake is a delicious and whimsical take on a hot fudge sundae, minus the ice cream.
I'm not an ice cream fanatic like the rest of my family. The husband and all 3 kids eat ice cream almost daily. I'm just too cold all the time for ice cream. Don't get me wrong, I like it. I just really have to be in the mood and it has to be really good ice cream.
Oh, and it also needs to be like 85 degrees out.
As I was making my kids hot fudge sundaes the other night for dessert, I made the mistake of licking the spoon that I had doled out the fudge with. Oh heaven! That hot fudge had me dreaming of a sundae. But I was already too cold and it was rainy with snow on the horizon. I just can't enjoy ice cream when cold. But I love all the other stuff. The toppings are the best part of a sundae aren't they?
The next day, since we were stuck in the house (stomach bug hit my son), I decided to scour through my pantry for something to bake. Not just anything either. Since the kiddos were home, I knew that Nora was going to want to "help" me, as five year olds do, so it had to be something easy.
That's when the idea of a poke cake came to mind. Poke cakes are great because you can start off with a boring boxed cake mix and end up with something totally amazing. You can just transform that cake mix. Plus, let's face it, I also like that I don't even have to take the cake out of the baking pan. No fancy icing or decorations. Just some good old fashioned yumminess.
Since I had a craving for hot fudge since the night before, I knew I wanted to use the flavors of an ice cream sundae, sans ice cream. I used a vanilla cake mix for the "ice cream" base then I poked it with hot fudge and chocolate pudding and topped it off with whipped topping and maraschino cherries. If you are into nuts on your sundae, add nuts to the top. We skip that step since my little angel is allergic. In all truthfulness, I actually only added the cherries to half the poke cake because not everyone here loves maraschino cherries.
That's it, easy, right? I tried to take step-by-step photos so you could see for yourself.
Before this blog post were you familiar with poke cakes? What is your favorite combination?
Be sure to also check out my Caramel Carrot Poke Cake.
Recipe Notes for Hot Fudge Poke Cake
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve
- I prefer to add the cherries just before serving to avoid the "frosting" getting tinted red around the cherry
- Chocolate cake can be subbed for the vanilla
- You could sub any of your favorite sundae toppings instead of hot fudge if desired (marshmallow sauce, caramel sauce etc)
Hot Fudge Poke Cake
- 1 box vanilla cake mix + ingredients called for on box
- 12.8 oz jar hot fudge sauce
- 3.4 oz box instant pudding chocolate fudge or devil's food variety
- 2 C milk
- 8 oz whipped topping
- 10 oz jar maraschino cherries
- Prepare cake as per box instructions in a 9x13 baking pan.
- Let cake cool, in pan for about 10 minutes.
- Using the handle of a wooden spoon or similar shaped utensil, poke holes all over the cake.
- Remove the cover from the jar of hot fudge sauce and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Pour hot fudge sauce in all the holes and the surface of the cake.
- In a bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. Mixture won't be set. Pour over the surface of cake. Place cake in fridge for pudding to set, about 30-60 minutes.
- Once pudding is set, spread whipped topping over pudding layer.