There is nothing better than an easy dessert. I love having a bunch of quick, throw together dishes in my arsenal that I know I can make speedily for last minute guests, a potluck, or just for us, so when I saw this Boston Creme Pie Poke Cake I knew I had to add it to my “to make” list. It seemed easy and Boston Creme Pie is one of my favorite desserts.

I ran out and bought all the ingredients for the cake and then promptly forgot about it. While rummaging through my pantry today, I saw the pudding boxes hanging out in the back and it dawned on me that I never made the cake! We have Sunday dinner at my in-laws, so I knew today would be a perfect day to make it.

This recipe was very quick to throw together and was really good! Despite all the layers, this cake is nice and light, and has all the delicious flavors of a traditional Boston Creme Pie. If you are looking for an easy dessert for your next get together, you have to try this cake!

My camera is broken, so I didn’t get to take a shot of an individual piece of cake, but there is a delicious layer of moist cake, a thick layer of pudding, and then the sweet chocolate topping! Together, these flavors work so well together! I can’t wait to make this cake again and to see if I can come up with any other combinations!

Boston Creme Pie Poke Cake

Boston Creme Pie Poke Cake
5 from 2 votes

Boston Creme Pie Poke Cake

This easy poke cake recipe is a delicious version of the popular Boston cream pie!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 cake
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix + Ingredients the box calls for
  • 2 3 oz. packages of vanilla pudding low fat and sugar free is fine
  • 4 cups milk

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate-A brick broken into pieces works best
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Prepare cake according to package directions. I like to replace the water with equal parts milk and also add one additional egg to make a moister, richer cake.
  2. When cake has about five minutes remaining, prepare your pudding. Whisk together the 4 cups of milk with both packages of pudding until pudding thickens up, but isn't set.
  3. When cake is finished, but still warm, poke holes all throughout the cake using the back of a wooden spoon. Pour pudding over the cake and then refrigerate until cooled and pudding has set up, about 2 hours.
  4. When pudding is set, prepare the ganache. In the microwave, scald the butter and cream, which takes about 2 minutes Do not boil. When finished, add in the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Whisk in the vanilla and powdered sugar until no lumps remain. If too thick, add a few drops of water until you get a nice consistency. Pour ganache over the cake and return to the fridge for another 2-3 hours.

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34 thoughts on “Boston Creme Pie Poke Cake

  1. Thanks so very much for sharing my Boston Creme Pie Poke Cake. It looks delicious. I pinned it twice, and tweeted it twice.
    I am glad you enjoyed it.
    Diane Roark

  2. Looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  3. Made this cake and it was a disaster … the chocolate topping slid off and looked unappetizing. However, it tasted good if you didn’t look at what you were eating. Sorry!

    1. Jan I’m so sorry it didn’t turn out! That has never happened to me, I can’t figure out what could have gone wrong. I am glad at least that the mess still tasted good!

    1. Just heavy cream or heavy whipping cream! Sorry! Updated that in the recipe.

    1. I haven’t Julie, but if you like chocolate cake, definitely go for it! I think it would be great!

  4. I made this for my sons Birthday. And EVERYONE SAID IT WAS THE BEST CAKE THEY HAVE EVER HAD 🙂 It was so good that I’m making my daughter in law one today for her Birthday! My sons Birthday was in June and it’s now August and I hope it turns out as wonderful as my first one 🙂 I did however make a little pasty cream but added the cook and serve vanilla pudding to my pastry cream for added color and flavor..

    1. AH LISA! I am so glad everyone loved it! This is such an old recipe on the site but is so good! I need to update it!!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this cake for our churches New Years Eve pot luck and one young girl came to me after and said that this cake was the best thing that had happened to her that year! It was really outstanding and I can’t wait for an excuse to make it again!

  6. 5 stars
    I served this at a New Year’s Eve event at my church and a young lady told me that the best that that happened to her all that year was this cake! It’s really so good!

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