This Butter Pecan Dulce De Leche Poke Cake is out of this world. It’s light, delicious and oozing with dulce de leche goodness!
Have you guys made a poke cake before? They’re incredible, super easy to make, yet so incredibly good. Always a crowd pleaser so feel free to share!
The advantage with making a poke cake is that the rich filling soaks into every single bite so that you’re left with a dessert that is both delicious and oh so satisfying. I poured rich dulce de leche over a box made butter pecan cake and let me tell you those 2 flavors pair perfectly. So let’s give it a try!
What Is Poke Cake?
True to it’s name, a poke cake literally is a cake that you poke holes in it after you bake it. The holes are then filled with a filling or liquid to infuse extra flavor into every single bite. You can fill them with chocolate cream, pudding, pureed fruit, condensed milk or as I’ve done here, dulce de leche.
What Is Dulce De Leche?
This Latin American specialty is super easy to make and incredibly delicious topped on nearly anything sweet. It involves heating sweetened milk till it turns beautifully buttery brown and develops a caramel like flavor. I used store bought today but if you’d like to go homemade I’ve included directions on just how to do that below.
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Cake mix – I used 1 entire box of Betty Crocker Butter Pecan, but feel free to use any brand you’d like. If you can’t find butter pecan cake mix white cake mix will work just fine.
- Eggs – We’re going to use 3, yes 3 eggs.
- Oil – We want a light neutral tasting vegetable oil like canola.
- Water – To get the right consistency with our batter.
- Dulce de leche – We’re using 1 entire jar, the more dulce the better! You can substitute it for caramel sauce mixed with evaporated milk.
- Whipped cream – I used cool whip today but if you’d like to make yours fresh more power to you.
- Pecans – Chop up your pecans to give the whole dish some great crunch and flavor.
- Toffee – Toffee bits are my secret flavor weapon with this poke cake, they just pair oh so perfectly with butter pecan.
How To Make Butter Pecan Dulce De Leche Poke Cake
- Prepare the oven: Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and grease a 9″-x-13″ pan with cooking spray
- Combine the cake: Prepare the butter pecan cake mix according to package instructions. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Should take about 30 minutes.
- Fill the cake: Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes into the cake across the entire surface. Microwave the jar of dulce de leche for about 30 seconds, then stir it around, make sure it’s pour-able. Pour the dulce de leche over the top to fill the holes.
- Finish the cake: Spread the cool whip or whipped cream over the top of the cake and garnish with the pecans and toffee bits. Slice into squares and serve.
What Else Can I Pour Into Poke Cakes?
Poke cakes are a blank canvas for filling with any sweet, pourable thing you can think of! If you’re sick of dry cake that just doesn’t pack much of a punch, I’m so please to introduce you to your new best friend.
- Sweetened condensed milk – just be sure to combine with milk to ensure the cake absorbs it properly.
- Pureed fruit
- Chocolate cream
- Fruit syrup
If you re making this cake be sure to keep in refrigerated. Sealed with plastic wrap or in an airtight container it will keep for 3 – 5 days in the fridge.
Can I freeze poke cake?
You can freeze poke cake which means you can make it up to a month in advance. Prepare the cake but hold off on adding the whipped cream and toppings. Seal it tightly with plastic wrap or in an airtight container for up to a month.
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- Tres Leche Cake
- Red Velvet Cake
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Butter Pecan Dulce de Leche Poke Cake
For Cake Mix
- 15.25 oz butter pecan cake mix (1 box), I used Betty Crocker
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and grease a 9″-x-13″ pan with cooking spray.
- Prepare the butter pecan cake mix according to package instructions. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Should take about 30 minutes.
- Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes into the cake across the entire surface. Microwave the jar of dulce de leche for about 30 seconds, then stir it around, make sure it’s pour-able. Pour the dulce de leche over the top to fill the holes.
- Spread the cool whip or whipped cream over the top of the cake and garnish with the pecans and toffee bits.
- Slice into squares and serve.