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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!

 

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**

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64 comments on “Apple Pie Poke Cake”

  1. Mir

    Ooh, an apple poke cake for the fall! That is very exciting. It looks so good!

  2. That looks delicious! Nothing like homemade poke cake. 🙂

  3. I would love a big slice of this right now! Looks so incredibly moist and that frosting….mmmmm!! 🙂 pinned!

  4. I proclaim that this is the best poke cake version ever. Oh my gosh!!

  5. Craving this cake right now! Love the sound of the frosting! Pinned!

  6. I am that weirdo that only eats the apple pie filling. Love that this captures all those apple pie flavors. Plus frosting yum! Pinned!

  7. I’ve never made a poke cake before, but I so want to eat one made with apples right now!!

  8. I love poke cakes and this one looks exceptionally yummy! Unfortunately, everyone in my family thinks they’re too sweet so I end up eating all of it.

  9. Loooove me some poke cake, and this apple pie version is perfect for fall!

  10. Love it! This may be my favorite poke cake ever! Gotta give it a try!

  11. I grew up with jello poke cake and am loving the versions you’ve created using pudding and sweetened condensed milk! The cinnamony apples inside the cake must taste heavenly… A definite must make for us!

  12. I can totally believe this is your favorite dessert. Oh my gosh! I love it. Can’t wait to try it. If I could reach through the screen, I would love to try some of that frosting. Yum!

  13. I love that summer met fall in this wonderful cake!!! I am drooling just thinking about how good that apple pie filling on top must be!!!

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  15. This apple pie poke cake looks amazingly light, soft and delicious! I think I could probably eat a bowlful of the icing just by itself too. I need to try out this recipe asap.

  16. I have not jumped on the Poke Cake bandwagon yet but if they all are this good, make room for me!

  17. I did not have success with the first poke cake I attempted but I think this one could be fabulous!

  18. Mmmm I am SO ready for Fall. I have a bunch of Apple and pumpkin ideas swirling around in my head, though now I just need to whip up apple pie poke cake because DUDE how do you hear all those words in one sentence and not rush to your kitchen to make it?! 😀

  19. Kathy

    Making this this morning!!!!

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  21. Melissa

    I don’t see the recipe

  22. How do I get the recipe for Apple pie poke cake can’t seem to find it anywhere?

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  24. Susan

    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.!

    THANKS!

  25. Beth

    Where do I get the apple pie poke cake recipe?

  26. Barbara

    Do u think a can of apple pie filling would work?

  27. Victorias

    Can I also bake this apple poke cake recipe in a bunt pan?

  28. Diana Scott

    Sounds fabulously delicious! Just hope I can find crunch pak apples, which I have never heard of before. Thanks!

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  31. Talya Davis

    This turned out great my family absolutely loved it!!

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  34. I also made this for one of my Easter desserts. It was beyond delicious and was a HUGE hit! =)

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  36. Bea

    What are crunch pack apples?    Packaged pre sliced?

  37. Vicki Williams

    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?
    Thanks!

  38. Pam

    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.

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  40. Pam Doty

    What size bag of apples do you use?

  41. Pam Doty

    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?

  42. Jacqueline Alger

    Can you spread the whole cake with the cool whip mixture and leave in refrigerator until ready to serve ?

  43. Cathy

    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.

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