This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake with Butterfinger bits that has been soaked in butterscotch pudding and topped with chocolate whipped cream.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! I noticed on Facebook yesterday that there are just seven weekends before Christmas. It made me want to curl up in my bed and never get out! My novel manuscript is due just after Christmas, and it’s making me nervous! I’m in complete denial, but that’s a story for another time.

For a few weeks, we’ve been looking forward to Halloween. Not because of the candy, costumes, or anything else. We’d been on a no-pizza diet for at least a month, but we promised ourselves we’d break it for our Halloween custom, which comprised frightening movies and pizza. We’d been talking about pizza all week. So be it.

The number of trick-or-treaters in our area climbs each year. To be honest, I considered not giving out candy this year. I didn’t even have time to consider it, but my partner insisted on it. So, while I was busy making recipes for my cookbook, he was in charge of dishing out the sweets. I promised him I’d do it once he hit 10,000 steps on his Fitbit. I thought I was brilliant.

He eventually grew weary of going up and down the steps, so he grabbed a drink and sat at the foot of the stairs, waiting for each set of trick or treaters to arrive. In between batches of whipped cream, I poked my head around the corner and joined him a number of times. I really enjoyed hearing him engage and giggle with all of the children. He repaid himself by devouring the remaining bags of peanut MnMs.

It seemed like a good moment to share this Butterfinger Poke Cake with you. This cake was one of those ideas that occurred to me when I was in the midst of another dish and searching my pantry for an ingredient. I recall buying a bag of Butterfinger Baking Bits and finding it in my cupboard. Boom! Cake with butterfingers.

This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake with Butterfinger bits that has been soaked in butterscotch pudding and topped with chocolate whipped cream. It’s topped with additional Butterfingers and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

I bought a cake mix and threw in some baking pieces to make the cake incredibly simple. The Butterfinger crumbs soften as they bake, but they still provide a touch of crunch to the cake. I punched holes all over the cake when it had cooled and put butterscotch pudding within. It’s delicious, but if butterscotch isn’t your thing, try vanilla or chocolate pudding instead.

The chocolate whipped cream is quite easy to make. It is preferable to pre-freeze your mixing bowl. When the heavy cream is frothy, add the chocolate powder and powdered sugar. The cocoa powder contributes to the whipped cream’s thickness and mousse-like texture. Drizzle the top with hot fudge and sprinkle with more Butterfinger chips before calling it a day. I’m sure you needed a reason to save the Butterfingers from your kids’ Halloween candy, right?

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Butterfinger Poke Cake

  • Author:LEE
  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Yield:12-15 slices


This Butterfinger Poke Cake is a vanilla cake with Butterfinger bits that has been soaked in butterscotch pudding and topped with chocolate whipped cream.


  • 1 box Vanilla cake mix
  • Ingredients on the box: eggs, water, oil
  • C Butterfinger baking bits
  • 1 pkg Butterscoth pudding (3.4oz)
  • 1 C Milk
  • 1 C Heavy whipping cream
  • C Powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • Hot fudge for drizzling
  • C Butterfinger baking bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare the cake according to the package’s directions and ingredients. Mix on medium speed until thoroughly blended, then fold in the Butterfinger chunks. Pour the batter into a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
  3. Cook for 20-22 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake to check for doneness. Your cake is done when the toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes after removing from oven.
  4. While the cake is still warm, poke holes all over the top with the end of a wooden spoon or any round item. Allow for another 20 minutes of cooling.
  5. To make the pudding filling, whisk together the pudding mix and milk until the pudding is dissolved. Fill the holes in the cake with pudding. Refrigerate the pudding for at least 10 minutes, or until it is stiff.
  6. Freeze your mixing bowl and wire whisk to make them extremely cold. This is optional, but I generally do it.
  7. On medium speed, combine heavy cream and beat until it is frothy. Slowly add powdered sugar, then cocoa powder, beating until stiff peaks form. Spread on top of the cooled cake. Drizzle with hot fudge sauce and top with more Butterfinger pieces.


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What is a poke cake?

Yes, a poke cake is a cake that has been purposefully poked full of holes. The baker pierces the top of a newly baked cake and then pours something sweet, syrupy, or creamy, and frequently colorful, into the holes, allowing it to settle and soak.

When did poke cakes become popular?

When did Jello Poke Cake become popular? In the 1980s, this cake was quite popular. The cake received unanimous approval as a simple treat that can be prepared ahead of time. It didn’t hurt that it only required three ingredients (cake mix, gelatin, and whipped topping) that could be found at any grocery shop.

Who invented the poke cake?

A Short History of the Poke Cake

That changed in 1897, when a journeyman carpenter and amateur cough syrup producer called Pearle Bixby Wait devised a gelatin dessert. His wife flavored it with orange, lemon, and strawberry.

How do you make a cake?

Cake Baking Instructions
Step 1: Get your baking pans ready.
Step 2: Let the ingredients come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Step 4: Combine the dry ingredients.
Step 5: Mix the butter and sugar together.
Step 6: Add one egg at a time.
Step 7: Alternately add wet and dry ingredients.
Step 8: Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake.

Why is it called poke cake?

What Exactly Is a Poke-and-Pour Cake? Poke-and-pour cake (also known as poke cake) is a kind of cake that requires holes to be poked in it after baking, often with the handle of a wooden spoon or a wooden stick. The cooked cake is then poured with a liquid to soak into the cake holes.

What makes a poke a poke?

Poke (pronounced POH-keh) is Hawaiian for “to slice or cut” and refers to cubes of marinated sushi grade fish placed over rice and topped with Asian-inspired sauces. While sushi and poke both include raw fish, they are quite different in many respects.

Why is poke so popular?

To summarize, poke bowls have grown in popularity for a multitude of reasons. They are practical, adaptable, tasty, and healthful. They provide a novel and distinctive eating experience and are popular among health-conscious people and those on a sustainable diet.

What was the most popular cake from the 2000s?

Tres Leches Cake (2001-2004)

This delicacy, which consists of a sponge cake drenched in a syrup prepared from three milks and topped with whipped cream, has been around for decades, but it enjoyed a major resurgence in the early 2000s.

What is the original poke?

What exactly is poke, and where did it originate? The history and development of Hawaii’s most popular dish. Poke has come a long way from its pre-contact days, when ancient Hawaiians ate freshly caught fish rubbed with sea salt, seaweed, and crushed inamona or kukui nuts.

Who made Ooey Gooey butter cake?

The cake was allegedly invented in the 1930s by a St. Louis-area German American baker who was attempting to prepare standard cake batter but accidentally reversed the amounts of butter and flour. The bakery where the error occurred was owned by John Hoffman.

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