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The perfect party food! This Oreo Poke Cake is an easy dessert recipe that everyone loves! The chocolate poke cake with vanilla pudding is topped with a fluffy frosting and crushed Oreo cookies for the ultimate decadent treat!

Piece of Oreo Poke Cake on a plate with a fork

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If you love cake, or if you love Cookies n’ Cream Oreos, then you’re bound to adore this sweet combination. It’s truly the best of both worlds!

The vanilla pudding keeps this chocolate cake incredibly moist, while the Oreo cookies add just the right crunch on top! The Poke Cake with Jell-O pudding is a perfect potluck dessert, or even a nice treat to follow dinner on a special evening at home.

Fork slicing into a piece of Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

What’s Poke Cake?

“Poke Cake” refers to just about any cake that is poked with the end of a wooden spoon and filled with either pudding, Jell-O or any other sweet concoction. There are endless poke cake ideas, with flavors ranging from coconut and caramel to lemon, strawberry and vanilla. This chocolate Oreo version is definitely one of the best poke cake recipes out there!

How to Make Poke Cake with Pudding:

First, start by baking a chocolate cake mix in a 9 x 13-inch pan according to the package instructions.

Ingredients for oreo poke cake

While the cake is still warm, use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the cake.

Poking holes in chocolate cake

Then prepare a box of vanilla or white chocolate instant pudding according to package instructions. The pudding will be soft-set in just 5 minutes!

Milk and instant Jell O pudding box

Use a spatula to spread the pudding onto the warm cake, making sure that you press the pudding into each of the holes.

Spreading pudding on chocolate poke cake

Once the pudding is spread all over the cake and filled into each hole, place the cake in the refrigerator to cool completely. This will likely take about 2 hours.

Chocolate cake with vanilla pudding spread on top

Once the cake is completely cool, it’s time for the frosting! I like to use a container of Cool Whip, which has thawed in the refrigerator overnight.

Container of cool whip

Spread the whipped topping evenly over the top of the cake, and then refrigerate the cake until you’re ready to slice and serve.

Cool whip spread on top of Oreo Poke Cake

Just before serving, add the Oreos!

Box of Oreo cookies

Use a Ziploc bag to coarsely crush Oreos with a rolling pin.

Crushed oreo cookies in a bag with rolling pin

Sprinkle the Oreos over the top of the cake, just before serving. This way the cookies won’t get soggy as the cake sits in the refrigerator.

Crushed oreos on top of Oreo Poke Cake

When you slice into the cake, you see the little pockets of pudding throughout — just like the filling in an Oreo cookie!

Oreo Poke Cake with pockets of vanilla pudding inside

Can you make Poke Cake the day before?

Absolutely! In fact, I would suggest that you make this poke cake at least one (or even 2) days ahead of time. It seriously just gets better as it sits, giving the pudding more time to infuse and moisten the cake.

Can Poke Cake be frozen?

A pudding poke cake can be frozen before adding the whipped topping.

Overhead shot of two plates with Oreo Poke Cake

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations:

  • I would suggest that you make this poke cake at least one (or even 2) days ahead of time. It seriously just gets better as it sits in the refrigerator, giving the pudding more time to infuse and moisten the cake.
  • Don’t add the crushed Oreos to the top of your cake until you’re ready to serve. The cookies tend to get soft after a day or so in the refrigerator, so it’s best to wait and add them just before slicing the cake.
  • You can use either vanilla instant pudding or white chocolate instant pudding. Sugar free or regular varieties are both fine. I do not recommend using the French Vanilla instant pudding flavor, because that pudding is tinted yellow and will not look like an Oreo filling.
  • Make this a Coconut Poke Cake by using Coconut Cream flavored instant pudding, a chocolate or a white cake, and a sprinkling of sweetened shredded coconut on top in lieu of the Oreos.
  • Make a Caramel Poke Cake by swapping out the pudding filling and pouring caramel ice cream sauce into the holes of the cake. This is also delicious! Sprinkle crushed Heath bars or Butterfinger candy bars on top in lieu of the Oreos.
  • Prepare a Lemon Poke Cake by using lemon cake mix and lemon pudding.

Slice of Oreo Pudding Poke Cake with a bite taken out on a fork

Other easy cake recipes that you might enjoy:

Piece of Oreo Poke Cake on a plate with a fork

Oreo Poke Cake

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total: 50 minutes
Servings 18 slices
Calories 276.4 kcal
The perfect party food, this Oreo Poke Cake is an easy dessert recipe that everyone loves!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box chocolate cake mix plus ingredients called for on cake mix (eggs, oil, water)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box vanilla or white chocolate instant pudding mix (sugar free is fine, but either will work)
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) carton frozen whipped topping, thawed (I used Cool Whip Lite)
  • 10 Oreo cookies, crushed

Instructions

  • Bake cake in a 9 x 13-inch pan, according to package instructions.
  • While cake is still warm, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the cake.
  • In a medium bowl, use the pudding mix and milk to prepare the pudding according to package instructions. Spread pudding onto warm cake, using a spatula to gently push the pudding deep into each of the holes.
  • Place cake in refrigerator to cool completely before frosting (about 2 hours).
  • Spread whipped topping onto cooled cake and refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle with crushed Oreo cookies just before serving.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 276.4kcalCarbohydrates: 37.5gProtein: 3.8gFat: 12.7gSaturated Fat: 4.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.2gCholesterol: 37.2mgSodium: 494.9mgPotassium: 52.5mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 18.7g
Keyword: Chocolate Poke Cake, Oreo Poke Cake, Poke Cake
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This post was originally published in March, 2013. It was updated in March, 2019.

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  1. Just took it out of the oven, spread the pudding on top and put it in the fridge to cool. I’m visiting the grandsons tomorrow and will bring it along. I’ll let you know how well it was received.

    1. Cake was a hit! I used fat free vanilla pudding and skim milk because that’s what I had and I may not have let it set enough. I might try regular instant pudding and a 1 or 2 % milk next time. The pudding looked so nice in the pokes when cut. Thank you for the recipe. I’m looking for my next recipe to try.

  2. I’m making this now to take to work for my coworkers to enjoy tomorrow! I am using the Oreo Cookies ‘n Creme pudding for a little twist.

  3. I was thinking to pulse some Oreos and fold it into the cool whip ? Do you think it will be okay?