Easy Boston Cream Poke Cake


This Boston cream poke cake is a fun variation of a Boston cream pie. Made with boxed cake and instant pudding mixes, this super easy dessert is sure to be a hit with family and friends.

close up view of a slice of Boston Cream Poke Cake with chocolate icing, on a white plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
1 9x13-inch cake



  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 large eggs

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil


  • 4 cups milk

  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch pan.

  2. Make the cake: 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 for 15 to 30 minutes.

  4. Make the pudding: Whisk milk and pudding mix together in a bowl until just starting to thicken. Poke holes all over cake with the handle of a wooden spoon. Pour pudding mixture over cake, and spread over entire surface to fill the holes. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  5. When the cake is almost firm, make the ganache: Place chocolate chips into a glass bowl.

  6. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until bubbles form, about 3 minutes. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips; whisk until smooth.

  7. Spread ganache over cake.


You can eat this right away, but I prefer to refrigerate it overnight to serve the next day. This lets the ingredients come together to make the cake insanely moist, and it gives the ganache time to thicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
20g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 399mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 131mg 10%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 214mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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