Pumpkin Caramel Bourbon Poke Cake


A rich, creamy pumpkin poke cake with caramel and bourbon. One slice is never enough!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
36 mins
Total Time:
56 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup caramel sauce

  • 1 tablespoon bourbon, divided

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line an 8-inch square cake pan with parchment paper.

  2. Beat pumpkin puree, sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract together in a bowl.

  3. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Add to the pumpkin mixture; stir until just combined. Pour into prepared pan; smooth top with a spatula.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

  5. Combine caramel sauce and 1 1/2 teaspoons bourbon in a saucepan over low heat; warm through, about 2 minutes. Poke holes evenly over the surface of the cake using a chopstick. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the caramel-bourbon mixture; pour remaining mixture over the cake. Place on cooling rack.

  6. Beat cream and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons bourbon in a bowl using an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Spoon whipped cream on cake; scatter pecans and drizzle reserved caramel sauce on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

519 Calories
34g Fat
48g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 519
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 434mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 151mg 3%

* 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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