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Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake

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Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake combines two fantastic desserts, Boston cream pie and poke cake, into a moist, buttery cake filled with vanilla pudding and topped with chocolate ganache! 

When I asked my oldest what he wanted for his birthday dessert, he wisely replied, anything you need to make for your blog. I had selected this Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake for January’s #TwoSweetiePies, so it became a celebratory dessert!

Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake on a plate

Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake

Poke cakes are still all the rage. Allowing pudding or doctored up sweetened condensed milk to infuse into a baked cake makes for a super moist dessert. The components for this Boston cream pie poke cake are similar to the classic Boston cream pie, which is actually a vanilla butter cake filled with  pastry cream and topped with a chocolate glaze.

To make it even easier, instant vanilla pudding is used in lieu of the more complicated French creme patisserie. The family went nuts for this cake. And I sent some leftovers home with the birthday boy. His roommate sent him a text asking if he could have another piece! Winner all around.

If you are new to poke cakes, check out all this Poke Cake Recipe roundup along with my Chocolate Kahlua Poke Cake and Triple Chocolate Poke Cake.

2 white dessert plates of Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake

Two Sweetie Pies

Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month.

Check out Danielle’s take on this Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake as well as her social media sites! Make sure to check out which of my recipes she made this month, too.

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piece of Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake on a white dessert plate

To make the Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake recipe, you will need:

Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake | A moist, buttery cake filled with vanilla pudding and topped with ganache!

Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake

A "poke cake" twist on a Boston Cream Pie.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 servings



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding, mixed according to box directions.


  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar until combined.
  3. Add flour, milk. oil, baking powder, salt, and vanilla. Mix just until combined. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Once out of the oven, use a wooden spoon handle to poke holes throughout the cake.
  6. Prepare pudding according to box directions and pour over the cake. Let cool.
  7. For ganache, heat heavy cream just to a boil.
  8. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Whisk until completely smooth.*
  9. Let cool for a few minutes, then pour over pudding layer. Refrigerate until cold. Cut and serve.


*Note: Both my ganache and Danielle's set up fine, but some testers found there's did not thicken enough. If yours is very runny, let it sit out at room temperature for an hour, then check again. If it's still too runny, I'd add 2-4 more ounces of chopped semisweet chocolate, gently microwave until melted, whisk until smooth and let cool until it thickens.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 539Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 2gSugar: 44gProtein: 7g


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26 comments on “Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake”

  1. That thick layer of chocolate topping and the soft tender crumb…a heavenly combo!

  2. I could eat a slice right now 🙂

  3. Such a great idea ! I haven’t tried a poke cake yet but this will be the first one I do for sure!

  4. Your son is a very smart man:@) I’m sure he was very happy with this dessert!
    PS-Go Pack!!!

  5. Aw, the cake looks real creamy! Hope he had a great birthday celebration! xoxo

  6. My husband would go crazy over this. He’s a Boston Cream Pie lover. I love this simplified version, it would make a wonderful Valentine treat!

  7. Haha I love that answer! This looks fabulous!

  8. LOVE the candy on top!!!! What a fun choice for his birthday!!!! xoxo

  9. Dear LIzzy, This cake looks perfect! My brother would really love this since Boston Cream Pie is one of his very! favorites. Have a wonderful day my dear. xoxo Catherine

  10. This look absolutely delicious and beauiful Lizzy!!

  11. I distinctly remember the first time my Dear Mom made poke cake. She used instant pudding too because that is what the recipe called for but she made her own cake. The family looked on in disbelief, poking holes in a cake and pouring pudding onto it? It seemed crazy! But it was absolutely delicious! We loved it. And I can see why your family loved it too. Good thing you make enough to send home with the university student/birthday boy. What a lovely child to request anything that you need for the blog. He will definitely make a great partner for someone, someday!

  12. So pretty! I can’t wait to try a bite myself! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wow awesome pics. Wanna grab them right away

  14. I love everything about this cake!!! It would be gone in a flash with my crew. Looks delicious 🙂

  15. That’s a lucky birthday boy! That cake looks SO good and especially the ganache. Off to check out Danielle’s page.

  16. Boston Cream Pie is an amazing dessert – I used to beg my Mom to make it when I was a kid. This looks super easy!

  17. What a stunning looking cream pie poke cake, Liz. Happy Birthday to your son. I bet it was a great birthday dessert for him. That candy on top is so cute. 🙂

  18. What a beautiful cake, I love this take on Boston Cream Pie!

  19. aw what a sweet son you have!! And he is also super lucky because this poke cake looks SO DELICIOUS-I love boston cream pie!

  20. This sounds amazing!!! Just the kind of thing I’d like.

  21. Two Sweetie Pies recipes always catch my eye. This poke cake being no exception. But the real sweetie pie hero – besides you – is your wonderful son! What a good guy. You must be very proud =)

  22. It looks so sweet and delicious! I would love to have it as dessert asap, Liz!

  23. The sponge was perfect. Would be a great recipe for go to yellow cake mix. The ganache was runny. If you want it to set more firm you need much more chocolate to cream. I wanted a firm ganache on top and even in the fridge it was still liquid . And, I did measure using a digital kitchen scale to get the right amount of chocolate. I think if you want a firmer ganache, you need to do a 3:1 ratio of chocolate to cream. Other than that it was delicious.

    • So glad you enjoyed! Neither Danielle nor I had trouble with our ganache setting up, but I’ll add some notes to the recipe to help other bakers troubleshoot if this should happen.

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