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Apple Pie Poke Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes

Savor the flavors of fall with this Apple Pie Poke Cake recipe. Perfectly sweetened white cake meets homemade apple pie filling to help you transition from summer to autumn. Vanilla pudding and whipped cream make this simple apple cake even more decadent!


  • 1 white cake (prepared in a 13×9 baking dish)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups peeled & diced apples
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

For the topping

  • 1 box (3.4 ounce) Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 ounce 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, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Heat over medium high heat until bubbly, then add diced apples. 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 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!


  • Prefer a cake that's made from scratch? My Vanilla Cake Recipe (without frosting) is a perfect swap for the cake from a box.
  • Speaking of swaps, there's no end to the flavor combos you can play with here! Try making the recipe with a yellow cake or spice cake mix to change up the flavors.
  • Other pudding flavors are delicious too. Try making apple pie poke cake with caramel or butterscotch pudding!
  • Use our homemade whipped cream in place of the cool whip.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1 slice

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 0gSugar: 36gProtein: 3g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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