This Caramel Apple Poke Cake will be one of your favorite poke cake recipes! With plenty of apples, walnuts and caramel, this cake has all the best flavors of an apple pie wrapped up into one easy poke cake!
This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is one of the best recipes using boxed cake mix! The vanilla pudding makes this easy poke cake extremely moist, while the apples and walnuts provide a nice crunch.
When it comes to making desserts, we all have a favorite, right? For me, poke cake recipes are one of my favorites! There is something slightly therapeutic about using a straw to poke lots and lots of holes into the freshly baked cake.
And then pouring the creamy pudding right on top is just so satisfying. There’s nothing quite like it. The “poking” would be a fun way for the kids to help, too!
I love how poke cakes are so easily customized, too. From the cake flavor to the pudding flavor, the add ins and the frosting, the flavor combinations of a poke cake are endless. The moist richness you get from pudding, while still getting a slight crunch from the toppings and add ins is to die for!
This particular Caramel Apple Poke Cake has the perfect combination of textures, and also provides a wonderful apple pie flavor. The cinnamon, apple pie spice and caramel perfectly complement the apples and vanilla pudding to make this delicious apple cake a true dessert win.
Topping the cake with broken Nilla Wafers and walnuts provides a crunch to the otherwise soft and creamy cake.
One of my favorite parts of this Caramel Apple Poke Cake is that it uses a boxed cake mix. It simplifies your ingredient list, but still packs a huge flavor punch. This particular recipe calls for a yellow cake mix, but feel free to amp up the flavor with a spice cake mix or any other flavor you see fit.
So if you’ve never tried a poke cake, I highly recommend it. Besides the flavor combinations and therapeutic poking, it would make for a super fun weekend baking project that could get the kids involved, too!
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Tools for making Caramel Apple Poke Cake:
9 x 13 Glass Baking Dish– an absolute essential for any kitchen! Use it for baking, marinating or storing. Get one with a lid, you’ll thank me later.
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is one of the best recipes using boxed cake mix! With tons of apples, and cinnamon, this from scratch apple cake will become an instant family favorite!
- 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups red apples , chopped into 1 inch cubes
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5.4 ounce box Instant French Vanilla Pudding
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 teaspoon apple pie seasoning
- 20 Nilla Wafer Cookies , broken into small pieces
- 1/2 cup walnuts , chopped, optional
- 1 cup caramel sauce
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine yellow cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix until just combined.
- In a separate mixing bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice and then sugar. Shake off excess sugar and fold into cake batter.
- Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cake passes the toothpick test.
- Remove cake from the oven and poke with the end of a wooden spoon or a straw while still hot. Make many holes. The more holes, the more space for the delicious pudding to hide.
- Allow the cake to cool slightly. Meanwhile whisk together French Vanilla pudding mix with milk. It will be liquidy, but will start to thicken as you whisk. It will take about 2 minutes. When you start to feel resistance allow to stand for 2 minutes. Fold in apple pie seasoning.
- Pour pudding mix over cake, patting down into the holes. Use a toothpick and prick more holes into the cake and pudding. Tap the whole dish several times to allow the pudding to settle into the cake.
- Top with broken Nilla Wafers and walnuts.
- Cover with aluminum foil and allow to set in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Store refrigerated.
- When ready to serve, drizzle with caramel sauce.
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