Thursday, August 31, 2017

Try It Thursday: Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake

Happy Thursday! Things are finally starting to settle down around here after days of chaos! I had a different recipe planned to share today, but since I didn't get around to baking much during the storm, I thought I'd share Trip's favorite cake these days, Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake. 

Back in February, I found THIS recipe from Delish. We originally made it as a sheet cake like the recipe, but for Trip's birthday, I decided to play around and make it a layer cake instead. I think it turned out perfectly, and it's so easy that we'll be keeping this cake in the repertoire for years to come! Scroll down for the recipe!

* 2 small boxes OR 1 large box of instant vanilla pudding 
* Milk (as called for in the pudding mix)
* 1 box yellow cake mix 
* Eggs, water, vegetable oil (as called for in the cake mix)
* 2 cups chocolate chips
* 1 cup heavy cream 

* Prepare your yellow cake mix according to the box's directions. (I baked the cake in 2 round pans.)
* Let your cakes cool.
* While the cakes are cooling, prepare the vanilla pudding according to the box's directions. 
* Once the cakes are cool, put one cake on your cake stand.
* Poke many holes into the cake with a wooden spoon handle.
* Spread vanilla pudding all over this first layer, and make sure that the pudding fills the holes.
* Lay the second cake on top.
* Again, poke this layer with the spoon.
* Spread the remainder of the pudding on top, ensuring the pudding fills the holes. (If you don't use all of the pudding, that's okay! The amount of pudding is a personal preference, and I usually use less than what is called for in the Delish recipe.)
* Put the cake in the fridge for at least two hours to set.
* Pour the chocolate chips into a glass bowl.
* Heat the heavy cream over medium high until it starts to boil.
* Pour the cream over the chocolate chips, and stir until smooth. 
* Pour the ganache over the cake.
* Refrigerate until ready to serve, and enjoy!

Is there a cake that you ALWAYS serve for family birthdays? Tell me in the comments below, and make sure you check out the recipes from the other bloggers. Don't forget that you can check out all of the Try It Thursday recipes HERE! See you back here for Friday Favorites!


  1. Yummy! It looks so rich and good! Hoping the days are going faster and cleanup is in the process!

    1. Thanks, Beth! We are fortunate that we didn't flood in our part of town. My old part of town is another story. We feel pretty guilty for being virtually unscathed compared to others.

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    1. It's hard to eat a small slice- it is so darn good!

  3. That's a good one - my mammaw made that.

  4. This looks delicious! I haven't had Boston Cream Pie in forever! My husband usually requests German Chocolate Cake for his birthday! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I like the cake part of German chocolate, but not so much the icing.

  5. Yes! This would be a hit in my house! My cake requested for every birthdays is the Reese's peanut butter cake but I should try this one and surprise them. Our youngest has a birthday in September.

    1. OH that sounds awesome! Robert would love a Reese's cake! Is it on your website?

  6. Oh my WORD this looks amazing! I need to make this for my Momma's birthday! She would love it!

  7. This is one of my favorite cakes! Always a good pick.

    1. I might steal it from Trip to make it my birthday cake, too!

  8. Oh good heavens, this looks divine. It reminds me of chocolate eclair cake but with real cake instead of the graham crackers. I'm happy things are calming down. Sure glad you guys made it as well as you did. So many have so much damage. It's heart breaking.

    1. That sounds yummy! It's just so weird because I think everyone always thinks, "That'll never happen to me." Luckily for us, it didn't, but we know so many people who have been impacted, and it's so sad.

  9. I make something similar with pumpkin pudding and oh my gosh!! It's so good and so bad for you all at the same time :)


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