Easy Halloween Cake

And it is officially fall.  Food blogs are filled with anything and everything pumpkin and ghoulish.  Truth be told, I like Halloween, but I like the cutesy side, not the Zombies and spiders side, so my Halloween treats are generally simple, kid friendly and colorful.  This year I made a Halloween Oreo Poke Cake.  Using boxed cake mix and instant pudding with American’s favorite cookie, you will have a crowd pleasing dessert that will feed up to 20 people, all for about $10.

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The trick to any poke cake is to generously poke it with large holes.  The pudding seeps on through, keeping the cake moist and flavorful for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.  My rule to live by, there can never be enough pokes in your poke cake.  Also, spread pudding when the cake is still warm.  The heat will assist pudding in easing into every nook and cranny.

Halloween Oreo Poke Cake

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Halloween Poke Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
An easy to make, moist cake perfect for any Halloween gathering.
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
  • Chocolate Cake mix
  • Ingredients as required on the box
  • 5.1 ounce box vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 cups skim milk for pudding
  • 1 pound Halloween Colored Oreos
  • Orange Gel Food coloring
  • Edible white glitter
  • Cooking Spray
  1. Prepare cake according to package directions. Spread into a 9x13 glass baking dish coated with cooking spray and bake for 2 minutes less than package directions.
  2. Remove from the oven and poke generously with the end of a wooden spoon or a straw. Make many holes. The more holes, the more space for the delicious pudding to hide.
  3. Although the cake to cool slightly. Meanwhile whisk together pudding mix with skim 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. Stir in orange gel food coloring.
  4. 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.
  5. Put Oreo cookies into a large freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin. Or place cookies into a food processor and pulse until cookies are crumbled.
  6. Spread Oreo crumbles over pudding layer and pat down, top with edible glitter.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to set in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  8. Keep cake refrigerated for up to 3 days.



Cory Staley

Did you use the food coloring for the cake mix or the pudding?

    Savory Experiments

    Pudding mix- I just updated it to be more clear. If you used a white box cake mix instead of chocolate, you could add food coloring to the cake mix as well. Just make sure it is WHITE and not yellow, or else you won’t get orange 🙂


Poke cake is just SO good! I love this recipe and how festive it is! 😉

Debi @ Life Currents

This looks super yummy! And so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway as well!

Danielle @ We Have It All

Would you believe, I’ve never heard of a poke cake?!? Very cool, looks tasty! And awesome giveaway, thanks for hosting!


I don’t think I have ever made a poke cake before. My mother makes one that is super delicious though. This one looks simple enough for me to try too!


I’ve never heard or even thought about this before. Sounds so yummy thank you for sharing.

Marina @ Mommy Snippets

I’ve never tried a poke cake. What an awesome idea! I love it.


Ohmygoodness! That Oreo Poke cake looks delish! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway opportunity! YUMMY 🙂

Amy Desrosiers

I have never tried a poke cake before, but this looks so good!! I am gonna make something similar for my kiddos.

Debbie L

Pinned your recipe to my Halloween Board and entered the giveaway. Great giveaway


I absolutely love this poke cake! It looks so delicious!

Carly Anderson

This poke cake looks so delicious! I would love to make this for our Halloween party next weekend.

Chrystal @ YUM eating

Now that looks like a fun poke cake! Love the Halloween toppings.


I only recently found out what a poke cake is! I love oreo 🙂

Janel (A Mom's Take)

That cake looks so yum. I love Halloween and I love cake. So I’ve got to try to make this.


Never heard of a poke cake before but now I want one! Looks so good!


I have never head a poke cake before, but this looks like a great recipe to start with. I love the Halloween theme of it!


I haven’t made poke cake in a long time, but the kids love it. This one looks good!


Wow this looks amazing! I’ve seen poke cake a few times on pinterest but none as appealing as this! Delicious:)


I love poke cakes! This one looks so festive!

Nina Say

A Poke cake is one of the things I’ve never made before, but this makes me want to try it out.

Catherine S

This looks and sounds really good. I like that it isn’t expensive to make.

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