Apple Pie Poke Cake

Enjoy the fall Apple harvest with this flavorful Apple Pie Poke Cake. It’s the perfect summer to fall transition recipe!

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Apple Pie Poke Cake: all the delicious flavor of apple pie in a delicious, moist poke cake!

Would you believe me if I said this is my favorite dessert?

I guess I probably claim that often around here. I try to hold out on the TRULY most deserving, and I’ve got to be honest guys. This cake is a hands down winner.

I don’t know what the weather has been like in your next of the woods, but a few weeks ago (when I made this cake) it was cool. Like, I had to put a hoodie and jeans on in the evenings type of cool. Which is definitely not the normal weather for Chicago in August.

And now this week we are being drowned in humidity with 90 degree temperatures (which is more normal and expected).

Apple Pie Poke Cake: all the delicious flavor of apple pie in a delicious, moist poke cake!

As one of the Crunch Pak bloggers (along with my good friend Jocelyn), I was asked to create a delicious Apple treat this month for their blog.

If you haven’t jumped on the Poke Cake bandwagon, I suggest you do this soon! You may remember this Banana Split Poke Cake recently, this Coconut Pudding Cake from the Spring, and one of my favorites, this dense Banana Caramel Poke Cake from last summer.

Making the perfect poke cake is easy.

Start with a box of cake mix. I usually do a white mix so that the color of your pudding or mix-ins will shine through. Although a chocolate poke cake is certainly something to behold as well.

When the cake comes out of the oven, you have several options. You can do a gelatin poke cake, like this strawberry JELL-O cake. Or you can just make pudding poke cake like the Coconut version I mentioned. Or, go all out, and grab the can of sweetened condensed milk. This creates an over the top, slightly dense, sweet cake.

Today’s version is one with sweetened condensed milk. I also used a bag of sliced Crunch Pak apples (because I seriously love the convenience and taste of their apples) to create a quick cinnamon apple topping. I kept the skins on my sliced apples: a/because I am lazy and b/because I love the chewy apple with the moist cake! Top this cake with a pudding/Cool Whip mixture with some added cinnamon. You won’t be disappointed.

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Apple Pie Poke Cake: all the delicious flavor of apple pie in a delicious, moist poke cake!

Apple Pie Poke Cake


  • 1 white cake (prepared in a 13×9 baking dish)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 cup Crunch Pak apple slices, diced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 12oz whipped topping, thawed


  1. Prepare white cake according to box directions for a 13×9 cake.
  2. While cake is baking, work on cooking the apples. In a large skillet, whisk together the brown sugar with water, 1tsp cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Heat over medium high heat until bubbly, then add diced apples. I leave the skins on (I like the chewy taste, but feel free to remove if desired). Reduce heat to low and simmer apples about 12-15 minutes.
  3. When cake is done baking, poke holes all over (I use a meat thermometer, you can also use a wooden spoon handle or fork). Pour can of sweetened condensed milk over hot cake. Then pour apple mixture. Spread and smooth until apples are evenly disbursed over top of cake and liquids have drained into the poked holes of the cake.
  4. Refrigerate 3-4 hours or overnight.
  5. While cake is in refrigerator, whisk the vanilla pudding with milk and 1tsp cinnamon until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. When ready to serve cake, combine pudding mixture with thawed Cool Whip. Spread over cake, slice and serve. ENJOY!

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Apple Pie Poke Cake: all the delicious flavor of apple pie in a delicious, moist poke cake!

 **I am part of the Ambassador program with Crunch Pak apples. While I have been compensated for this recipe, all opinions are 100% my own**

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on August 27, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. It does not seem that you are answering this question yet or that I just don’t see the answer. I would prefer to dice my own apples and I need to know how many apples it requires.

  2. Can you spread the cool whip mixture on the entire cake even if it won’t all be eaten on the same day or should you just put in on one piece at a a time? Will it make the cake soggy if kept a few days?

  3. Hey would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most.

  4. For the apples, does this mean 4 cups total apples? Most of the ones I have looked at say 1 1/2 cups is a serving and that there are approx. 2.5 servings in a bag which would be approx. 3 3/4 cups per package.

  5. Hi, can’t wait to try this yummy looking receipe!  I see this was a previous question but didn’t see the answer, what kinds of apples and how many slices?

  6. Hi!

    “CrunchPak” apples are not available in my area…..so…..

    I’m assuming I can use any apples, slice them & cook them per the recipe?

    Are “CrunchPak” apples just sliced frozen apples?

    The recipe looks absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to try it, just wanted a little more info.!


    1. If you click on the link where it says to see the recipe on the CrunchPak blog, it takes you right there! ENJOY

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