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Easy Boston Cream Poke Cake

Rated as 4.89 out of 5 Stars

"By using boxed cake mix and instant pudding, this Boston cream variation is super easy to make and is sure to be a hit at home or for a crowd."
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1 h 45 m servings 386
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 9x13-inch cake pan)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Beat cake mix, water, eggs, and oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Poke holes all over the cake using the handle of a wooden spoon. Whisk milk and pudding mix together in a bowl until just starting to thicken. Pour over cake, spreading with spatula to fill the holes. Refrigerate to firm, about 1 hour.
  5. Place chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Heat heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until bubbles form, about 3 minutes. Pour over the chocolate chips; whisk until smooth. Spread chocolate ganache over cake with a spatula.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can eat this right away, but I prefer to refrigerate and consume the next day. This lets the ingredients come together to make the cake insanely moist and the ganache thicken.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 386 calories; 20.4 49.1 5.4 56 399 Full nutrition

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Making this cake for the 2nd time tonight. My nephew, who loves Boston Cream Pie, loves this cake. Tomorrow is his birthday and he requested that I make it. Easy and delicious! Did not change a ...

There's nothing here not to like! I made the boxed cake mix just like it is written for the brand I bought (just less oil). I poured the pudding over and let that sit overnight. The next morning...

Simple and delicious. Next time I will use a little deeper pan as it was almost overflowing!

My 5-year-old helped me make this and it was a huge hit at work. Followed the recipe exactly and we will make it again soon!

Easy recipe and delicious! Everyone loved it!

I didn't make any changes to this recipe. However, I agree with another reviewer that the 2 boxes of pudding produces way too much. I made both boxes and could not put it all on the cake without...

Delicious. My family has been begging me to make it again. I made recipe exactly as is and it was perfect!