August 31, 2023Review Recipe
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An easy homemade dessert, this lemon poke cake recipe doesn’t disappoint. The sweet citrusy treat boasts a deliciously moist cake infused with creamy lemon pudding that’s sure to be one of your new family favorites.
Lemon Poke Cake Ingredients
This recipe is made easy by using a boxed cake mix before being infused with the creamy filling.
With even more pudding on top, you are guaranteed a tangy treat.
For The Cake:
- 1 box of yellow cake mix
- 1 (3.4-ounce) box of lemon pudding
- 1 cup of water
- ⅓ cup of vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
For The Pudding Topping:
- 2 (3.4-ounce) boxes of lemon pudding
- 4 cups of milk
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
Substitutions And Additions
CAKE MIX: We used yellow cake mix in this recipe, but there are plenty of different flavors that would work just as well.
White cake mix or lemon cake mix would be ideal choices for this easy lemon cake.
LEMON: If you stick with white or yellow cake mix and want to increase the lemon flavor, you can add a couple of drops of lemon extract or a little lemon zest.
TOPPING: In place of lemon pudding for the topping, you could use lemon pie filling or lemon curd.
LEMON ZEST: If you’re looking to switch up the citrusy notes, consider using orange or lime zest instead of lemon.
This small change can bring a new dimension of flavor to the cake while maintaining that refreshing twist.
How To Make This Lemon Poke Cake Recipe
Once you bake the cake mix, the magic happens as you pour the creamy pudding into the holes in the cake, creating a moist and delicious dessert.
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Pour the boxed cake mix and pudding mix into a large mixing bowl.
STEP TWO: Add the water, oil, and eggs, and mix until it’s just combined.
STEP THREE: Pour the cake batter into the cake pan and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cake at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
STEP FOUR: When the cake is finished baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly.
STEP FIVE: Poke 12 holes in the baked cake using the handle of a wooden spoon.
It’s best to make the holes in the cake while it is still slightly warm because as it cools, the crust on top of the cake will crumble more easily.
STEP SIX: Mix the lemon pudding, milk, and powdered sugar. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
STEP SEVEN: Pour half of the pudding mix over the top of the cake, making sure it sinks into all of the holes.
When you’re pouring the pudding into the holes, tap the pan on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles and make sure the pudding fills the holes completely.
STEP EIGHT: Continue mixing the remaining pudding until it thickens completely and then spread over the top of the entire cake.
STEP NINE: Place in the fridge for three to four hours until completely set and chilled.
Make sure you don’t skip this step. It’s important to give the pudding time to set and soak into the cake before serving it.
How To Serve
This cake is lovely and fresh, perfect for a light dessert on a warm evening.
MORE LEMON RECIPES
Whether you’re planning to make it ahead of time or have leftovers, here are some tips to ensure your dessert stays delicious.
MAKE AHEAD: If you’re looking to save time on the day you plan to serve the lemon cake, you can definitely make it ahead.
Once assembled, cover the cake dish tightly with plastic wrap or an airtight lid. Refrigerate your cake until you’re ready to indulge.
IN THE FRIDGE: Tightly cover your lemon pudding poke cake, then place in the refrigerator for up to three days.
IN THE FREEZER: This easy recipe freezes well and will keep in the freezer for up to three months. Wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap before freezing.
This easy lemon poke cake takes only ten minutes to prep, and it bakes in half an hour, making it a great option for last-minute gatherings or a special occasion. Even though it doesn’t take long to make, it offers a big, bold, incredible burst of lemon flavor you’ll really enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Poke cake recipes create an easy cake that you poke holes into while it’s still hot after baking. The holes are then filled with a liquid or filling — like condensed milk, pureed fruit, chocolate cream, or pudding. It makes a moist and delicious cake.
The end of a wooden spoon or a wooden skewer is the best size to poke holes in the cake.
This lemon poke cake freezes well and will last in the freezer for up to three months.
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Lemon Poke Cake
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 3.4 ounces lemon pudding (1 box)
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 6.8 ounces lemon pudding (2 boxes)
- 4 cups milk
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Pour the boxed cake mix and pudding mix into a large mixing bowl.
- Add water, oil, and eggs. Mix until just combined.
- Pour into a cake pan and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
- When the cake is finished, remove it from the oven and let cool slightly.
- Poke 12 holes in the cake using the handle of a large wooden spoon.
- Mix the lemon pudding, milk, and powdered sugar. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
- Pour half of the pudding over the top of the cake, making sure it sinks into all of the holes.
- Mix the remaining pudding until it thickens completely then spread over the top of the cake.
- Place in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours until completely set and chilled.
- It’s best to make the holes in the cake while it is still slightly warm because as it cools, the crust on top of the cake will crumble more easily.
- When you’re pouring the cream into the holes, tap the pan on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles and make sure the pudding fills the holes completely.
- Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cake at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
- Make sure you don’t skip the chilling step. It’s important to give the pudding time to set and soak into the cake before serving it.