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Lemon Pudding Poke Cake

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Lemon Pudding Poke Cake

I of course stumbled upon poke cakes on Pinterest and I finally decided to make one and now I must confess, I am addicted to making pudding poke cakes, the combinations are endless and I am going to share all the combos I make here with you guys!!  Starting with this Lemon Pudding Poke Cake, which is absolutely refreshing in this heat.  These poke cakes are so easy to make, require very little ingredients, very little time and they have a huge flavor payoff.

The pudding poke cake is pretty much the same as a jello poke cake (which are also awesome!) in that you choose a cake mix, choose your pudding and voila poke cake magic!!

When I made this lemon one I had such a hard time staying out of the fridge sneaking bites!!  The whole cake was gone after sharing it at my grandparent’s house for Sunday dinner.  Everyone loved it!!!!  You could easily decorate it with strawberries or blueberries to add a little color and bump up the fruit flavor.

This cake is perfect for potlucks, barbecues or get togethers too since it travels so well.

I cannot wait to mix and match all the flavors and share them with you guys and I am open to any flavor suggestions and combos.  I’m thinking strawberry for the next one?

But up first is the lemon one and it is utterly delicious!!!!

Lemon Pudding Poke Cake


Lemon Pudding Poke Cake


One yellow box cake mix (prepared as directed on box)

2 boxes lemon pudding (prepared as directed on box)

1 container whipped topping (cool whip)


Prepare cake mix and pour into 9×13 Pyrex dish
Bake as directed.
Using end of fork or mixing spoon poke numerous holes all over cake.
Prepare pudding
Pour all over cake.
Spread pudding evenly across cake.
Cool in refrigerator.
Top with whipped topping and serve.
Refrigerate leftovers.

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  1. Mmmmm, I remember my grandma making strawberry poke cakes when I was little. I’m a HUGE lemon fan, so this is definitely my next dessert recipe to knock out. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Wonderful Food Wed. ;)

  2. Poke cakes are the best! Who can resist the moist filling and whipped cream? Not me… I haven’t made a lemon cake in awhile. You’ve inspired me :) I found you at BeBety.com!

  3. Your pictures made me want to make this yummy dessert right now – it’s only 1:00 am in the morning – but what the heck!

    Thanks for linking up with us this week at BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

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  4. Oh, now this is just lemon perfection! :) It looks stunning! I’ve not gotten into the poke cake trend, but I’ve been meaning to; can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

    1. Thank you!! You should definitely try the poke cakes, they are soo easy and yummy and perfect for summer since they are cold. Thank you for hosting and sharing!!

  5. Do you use instant or cook and serve lemon pudding? It looks so delicious and I love poke cakes, anything easy in summer.

    1. I don’t let it cool, I just poke it, pour the pudding on the pop in the fridge :) hope you like it !!

  6. I have been making a version of this for years !!!!!!!!! I use a cook-type lemon pudding, and pour it over a white cake hot !
    I don’t poke holes either….. Yes, Cool Whip on top !
    I think a lemon jello poke cake would be awesome! I also never tried instant lemon pudding ! LOL So this seems a nice combo !
    They do make a lemon cake mix available, so that would also boost the flavor !!!!!

    Soooooo…. I would like to try a poke cake with COFFEE flavored gelatine !!! Maybe in a German Choc Cake ???
    What do you think ??? I think I might add espresso powder to the cake too …..

    1. That’s right :) One 8 oz container of cool whip but it is 2 of the smaller packages of instant pudding. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. This sounds delicious and so easy! I was wondering, have you ever used lemon cake mix with the lemon pudding or is that just way too much lemon??

  8. Made this today…sadly was disappointed it wasn’t as lemon tasting as I expected . I love poke cakes, so I think I will take the suggestion of using lemon cake mix as well. Thanks for sharing though. Have a great weekend!

  9. Making this for my daughter’s Birthday celebration. She live Lemon!
    Can it be made in round cake pans as a layered cake?
    Not sure if some of the pudding sits above the cake after fridgeration, it would slurry off the first
    Layer of round cake.

    1. Sadly I do not think this would work as a layer cake, the pudding would make things too slippery. Hope you daughter has a happy birthday!

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