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posted: 10/09/14

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A Caramel Apple Poke Cake that is easy to make, but super addictive! Try not to eat the whole pan. This caramel poke cake recipe is going to be your new go to dessert for family get togethers. If you are looking for other great caramel apple inspired recipes you are going to want to try this Caramel Apple Sangria and these Caramel Apple Bars. For more great poke cake recipes make sure you check these, More than 30 Poke Cake Recipes.

Caramel Apple Poke Cake that is easy to make, but super addictive! Try not to eat the whole pan.

Guess what’s more frustrating than trying to herd cats?

Trying to use logic and reason on a three year old.

Me:  “Quinn. You can’t throw yourself on the floor kicking and screaming when you don’t get your way.”

Quinn:  “Why?”

Me:  “Do you see me kicking and screaming on the floor when I don’t get my way?”

Quinn:  “Yes.”

Me:  {Sigh.}  “No, you don’t.”

Caramel Apple Poke Cake that is easy to make, but super addictive! Try not to eat the whole pan.

It’s like she literally knows the exact thing that I want her to say and picks the opposite.

Me:  “Quinn. You can’t live on junk food. You can’t have mac ‘n cheese every single day. We need to come up with something else for you to eat for lunch.”

Quinn:  “Why.”

Please note the period instead of the question mark. Because at this point in the game she isn’t really asking me why she can’t have mac ‘n cheese every single day for lunch. She gets that she has already been told the answer to that question. I mean, sometimes she will ask me something that has just been answered and then say to herself, “Oh yeah, you just told me why . . . . ?”

“Why.” has become her new favorite stalling tactic. It has become the answer to every statement of fact I give her. It has become the beginning and end to every argument between us.

In short, it has become my least favorite word in the English language.

“Those pants are wet, you can’t put them back on.”

“Why.”

“Why are they wet or why can’t you put them back on?”

“Why.”

“Well, they are wet because you peed in them and you can’t put them back on because you peed in them and they are wet.”

“Why.”

“Why did you pee in them?? I don’t know?!?! That’s a great question! Why did you pee in them??”

It goes on forever and ever until the only answer to “Why.” the statement not the question is:

Wine.

And bedtime.

Caramel Apple Poke Cake that is easy to make, but super addictive! Try not to eat the whole pan.

As is typical of my three year old, just when I’m about lose it with her and say something regretful and . . . . okay, mean, she does something hilariously awesome. Like as I was walking over to the most perfectly lit spot in my house with this piece of perfection and she comes trailing after me saying, “Mom . . . . is that cake???” all singsongy. Super adorable.

Not only that, but she understood that she had to wait until I got a great shot of said cake before she could taste it. And then when she did taste it she proclaimed, “Ooooooo, that’s tasty!!” And all was forgotten and forgiven. Well . . . until she said, “Can I have more??” and I promptly told her no.

“Why.”

Sigh.

This poke cake is ridiculously easy, and super awesome. You start with some white cake mix that you doctor up a bit with an extra punch of vanilla and cinnamon. Add some apple pie filling. I’m pretty sure that adding apples means that this just became breakfast. Right?? Then you poke some holes in it, fill it to the brim with caramel sauce, and let it soak in over night. This cake turned out fantaaaaaastic. Its such a perfect easy dessert to bring to a fall party . . . or eat by yourself with a fork and the whole pan with a side of a GIANT glass of red wine after your three year old is in bed. #justsayn

5 from 6 votes

Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Serves: 24 pieces
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
A Caramel Apple Poke Cake that is easy to make, but super addictive!  Try not to eat the whole pan. This caramel poke cake recipe is going to be your new go to dessert for family get togethers.

Ingredients

  • white cake mix plus what it takes to make it (see note)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 21 oz can apple pie filling
  • 12 oz caramel sauce
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • 1 cup toffee bits found in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and cinnamon. Mix in what the cake mix calls for (see note regarding adding oil) and vanilla extract.
  • With the apples still in their can, stick a knife in the can and cut up the apples making them smaller chunks. Then add the whole can to the cake mix.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let the cake stand for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then poke holes with the bottom of a wooden spoon throughout the cake, about an inch to two inches apart.
  • Warm the caramel sauce in the microwave so that it is easier to pour. Pour over the cake into the holes, making sure some sauce gets into each hole.
  • Refrigerate overnight. Before serving, top with whipped topping and toffee bits.

Notes

The cake mix that I used called for egg whites and oil.  I ended up eliminating the oil because of the apple pie filling.  However, if you use both your cake will be just fine.
Author: Lisa Longley

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  1. EL Mehdi says

    5 stars
    Do you have any tips that could help me make a homemade caramel sauce?

  2. Barb says

    5 stars
    I made this carmel apple poke cake today. It was a great cake. Everyone loved it! The guys couldn’t quit eating it. They each ate 3 or 4 pieces. My son came home and ate the rest of it. Glad I grabbed 1 piece before it vanished!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So happy everyone liked it Barb!

  3. Shirley says

    Anyone try this with a spice cake mix?! Might be good!

  4. Ema says

    i would very much appreciate it if you wouldn’t us boxed cake mix

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Ema. My apologies. The good news is there are lots of recipes to pick from on my site that don’t use a box mix. You might enjoy this Apple Cake. Have a great day!

  5. Mike says

    5 stars
    In order to cut down on the sweetness, I used chopped peanuts instead. Turned out great!! Hard to stop eating it 😋

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