Pink Lemonade Poke Cake

This is so cute and pink.  Really, just look at it! Let's pretend I made it for a baby shower, because then it would be *even* cuter.

I got the pudding recipe from allrecipes.com for Vanilla Pudding.  Guess how I found it? That's right, I googled it.  Actually, I needed something to make that used a bunch of milk that was expiring today, so what I actually googled was 'recipe that uses lots of milk' and pudding came up.  That's when I remembered two things:

1.  I had seen a pudding poke cake recipe on The Country Cook.  Hers is for a Banana Pudding Poke Cake.

2. I had a box of pink lemonade cake mix from my lovely mother in the car (um, whoops?).

Ta-da! Pink Lemonade Poke Cake.

But... cooking pudding from scratch sounds quite scary, am I right?

I am.

It was.

I freaked out the entire time (almost all of 10 minutes). And especially when the little brown flecks begin to appear.  Moral of this story: start your pudding about 10 minutes before the cake is done.  The cake doesn't have to be hot, but the pudding should still be warm, otherwise it sets (duh, me).
You probably already figured that out, but since I had no idea how long making pudding would take... I started it way too early.

Also, I had to double the original recipe to make enough to cover the cake (and that was an extremely lucky guess -- it just BARELY covered it with all the holes). And since there are holes, air bubbles pop through.  I think that's why you should put something else on top, like cool whip. I didn't do that. It still tastes good, but it could probably be prettier.

Then I noticed that I don't have a single cooking utensil with a round handle.  Do you? Check now, before beginning.

I was lucky in finding a spare chopstick in a drawer.  Otherwise this wouldn't have been a poke-cake, it would've been a mash cake.

Mash Cake: A cake in which holes were poked with strange shaped handles and it wound up with a mostly smashed-up top.

Another note before beginning: since this *feels* like a very time-sensitive process, so start it when everyone has JUST gone to sleep, so you don't have to stop in the very careful process of cooking pudding to change diapers/make lunch/play toys/etc.  Not that I did stop to do those things - life would've been easier if I had, though.

Pink Lemonade Poke Cake

1 box Pink Lemonade Cake Mix

4 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup corn starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons butter

Step 1: Follow directions on cake box to make cake - all the way through putting it in the oven.  Do everything the box says.

Step 2: Start the pudding (or wait until the cake comes out, that would be fine also).

See the bubbles?

 Step 3: Heat milk in a saucepan until bubbles form around the edges.

Step 4: While heating, mix sugar, corn starch and salt in a bowl.

Step 5: When the milk is ready (see first picture) pour the sugar mixture in and whisk whisk whisk over medium heat.

Step 6: Whisk until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. (This is what the directions said.  The picture is what mine looked like. That is a metal teaspoon, hopefully that doesn't matter).

Step 8: Hopefully your cake is done.  Take your round-handled utensil (or chop stick) and poke a bunch of holes in it.  I forgot to take a picture of my holes. Whoops.

Step 9: Pour still-warm pudding over cake and spread.  Push it in to the holes as best you can... but you will still end up with little air holes in the pudding like these:

Step 10: You could put something else on top, like frosting or cool whip.  I have no idea how to do that and I just served mine with the pudding and cake.  Yum :)

Need more cake? Other cake recipes:
  1. Lemon Pound Cake 


  1. Looks great. Bet it tastes even better! So perfect for a baby shower!

  2. I have been obsessed with poke cakes lately lol. I haven't made one yet but I was thinking about it. Of course the recipe I was looking at is from America's test kitchen lol yours seems much easier. I think I should revisit my plans on making this cake. Yours looks yummy....thanks for the tips.

  3. It looks wonderful and delicious:) I have never made a poke cake. It is something I need to do.


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