Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake

Nothing says fall more than pumpkin spice! I have been wanting to share this mouthwatering Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake with you for awhile and now that fall is right around the corner, it’s perfect timing. This is the only poke cake recipe you will need from now until Christmas. It’s soft, fluffy, and overflowing with melted cream cheese frosting and caramel. Be sure to pin and save this recipe for when you’re in the mood to bake. ?‍??‍?

This Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake is the only poke cake recipe you will need from now until Christmas. It's soft, fluffy, and overflowing with melted cream cheese frosting and caramel.

Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake

If you like cake, if you like caramel, cream cheese frosting, and if you like all things pumpkin spice, then this recipe is for you! My family loves this cake and it is truly one of my favorites.

This Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake is the only poke cake recipe you will need from now until Christmas. It's soft, fluffy, and overflowing with melted cream cheese frosting and caramel.

What is a poke cake?

A poke cake is where you poke holes into a freshly baked cake and then drizzle all sorts of yummy flavors into it. I have a wonderful Red Velvet Poke Cake that you should check out next.

To start off, you will need the following ingredients: spice cake mix, pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling), 2 eggs, a little bit of water, caramel dessert topping, mini chocolate chips, and caramel chips.

Pumpkin spice poke cake ingredients

A couple of other ingredients you’ll need to have on hand: Non-stick spray, pumpkin spice seasoning, and Cool Whip (yes, cool whip!). The cool whip will actually be thawed and used towards the end of the recipe. It is amazing!

Making a poke cake with pumpkin spice

Instead of following the directions on the back of the spice cake, we do our own thing with it. Instead, you’ll combine the powder cake mix, eggs, pumpkin purée, and a little water. I think it’s best to use an electric mixer.

Pumpkin spice cake

After that, prepare a 9X13 baking dish (or any size will do!) with non-stick cooking spray. Add the batter to the baking dish and bake it for about 28-35 minutes, or until you stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. Check the back of the cake mix box to get a better idea of your pan size and baking time.

Pumpkin spice cake

At this point, your house is going to start to smell AMAZING! Everyone who comes around will ask what you’re baking. Once the cake is done, let it cool for a few minutes. Then, using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke several holes into the baked cake.

The BEST pumpkin spice poke cake recipes.

At this point, you’ll do something with cream cheese frosting that will blow everyone’s minds! Remove the lid and peel off the foil lining. You’re going to place the frosting in the microwave and melt it into a liquid form. It’s SO cool!

Melt frosting in the microwave

Once the cream cheese frosting is melted, it’s time to add some pumpkin spice seasoning. Just a bit of stirring… it’s so simple!

Adding pumpkin spice seasoning into melted cream cheese frosting

This is where the poke cake magic begins! Pour the melted cream cheese pumpkin spice frosting alllllll over the cake. Pouring melted cream cheese pumpkin spice frosting over a pumpkin spice poke cake

It will fill in the holes all by itself and infuse the pumpkin cake with ooey-gooey goodness. Kids are really good at doing this job!

Pumpkin spice pok

Did you know that you can thaw Cool Whip? You can! After the melted frosting that you drizzled into the cake has cooled, you’ll add an entire tub of thawed Cool Whip on top for the ultimate fluffiness. Kids love this part of the job too.

The BEST pumpkin spice cake with cool whip frosted on top

Finally, you will sprinkle mini chocolate chips and caramel chips on top. The final step is drizzling caramel dessert topping over the entire cake.

This Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake is the only poke cake recipe you will need from now until Christmas. It's soft, fluffy, and overflowing with melted cream cheese frosting and caramel.

This mouthwatering pumpkin spice poke cake recipe will change your life! You’ll never be able to eat a plain spice cake EVER again. Why bake a regular cake with you can just as easily make an irresistible poke cake?

This Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake is the only poke cake recipe you will need from now until Christmas. It's soft, fluffy, and overflowing with melted cream cheese frosting and caramel.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Happy fall y’all!

This Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake is the only poke cake recipe you will need from now until Christmas. It's soft, fluffy, and overflowing with melted cream cheese frosting and caramel.

Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake

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Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake

You Will Need

  • 1 box of spice cake mix
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • Caramel dessert topping
  • 1 plastic container of pre-made cream cheese frosting
  • 1 Cup of mini chocolate chips (more or less, as desired)
  • 1 Cup of caramel chips (more or less, as desired)
  • 2 Teaspoons of pumpkin spice seasoning
  • 8 oz container of thawed Cool Whip
  • Non-stick spray

Other supplies needed:

  • 9×13 baking dish (or any size you prefer)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Spoon
  • Electric mixer
  • Wooden spoon

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. Take Cool Whip out of the freezer and let it begin to thaw
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the spice cake powder, water, eggs, and pumpkin purée with an electric mixer until smooth
  4. Prepare a baking dish with non-stick spray
  5. Add the cake batter to the baking dish and bake for 28-35 minutes or until you stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. Check the back of the spice cake box for an idea of baking times for your size dish. I used a 9×13 glass dish and it takes about 30 minutes.
  6. Let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes
  7. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke several holes in the cake
  8. Remove the lid and peel off the foil lining from the frosting container. Microwave for 30 seconds.
  9. Add the pumpkin spice seasoning to the melted frosting and stir until combined
  10. Microwave the frosting for another 10 seconds
  11. Pour the melted frosting over the cake
  12. Let the cake cool for at 20 minutes
  13. Using a spatula, frost the top of the cake with the thawed Cool Whip
  14. Add chocolate chips and caramel chips on top
  15. Drizzle with caramel dessert topping

1 thought on “Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake”

  1. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m going to take it to our church cook out after Sunday service.☺?

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