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Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake

Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake is a yellow cake, poked & filled with vanilla pudding then topped with smooth chocolate ganache. This poke cake recipe mimics Boston Cream Pie, only it's more quick & easy to make!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling time3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boston cream pie poke cake
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 248kcal


  • 1 box yellow cake mix made according to package directions
  • 1 5.1 oz box vanilla instant pudding made according to package directions
  • 2 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • Make the boxed yellow cake mix in a 9x13 pan according to the boxed directions. Allow the cake to cool completley.
  • Use the back of a wooden spoon and poke holes in the cake, spaced about an inch apart.
  • Mix up the vanilla instant pudding according to package direcitons. Allow it to sit or about 5 mintues until it is thick.
  • Pour the pudding over the cake, spreading to cover the entire cake. Spread to the edges of the cake, insuring that the pudding is creating a nice seal around the edges of the pan. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Make the chocolate ganache by first measuring out the chocolate chips into a large heat safe bowl.
  • Heat the heavy cream and butter in a sauce pan over medium heat until it is almost boiling. Pour the hot mixture over the chocolate chips and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Stir to combine the chocolate chips and cream mixture. The mixture will be thick and creamy. Let the mixture sit for 20-30 minutes until it has thickened and is cool.
  • Pour the ganache over the pudding layer of the cake and tip the pan (or spread with a rubber scraper) to cover the entire cake. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Can be made up to 3 days in advance.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg