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Spiced Caramel Apple Poke Cake

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Spiced Caramel Apple Poke Cake is the ultimate Fall dessert! Spice cake, butterscotch pudding, cinnamon fried apples and caramel drizzle, yum!

spiced Caramel Apple Poke Cake, yum

It’s Fall!! It’s Fall!!  IT’S FALL!!!!!!!!

Can you tell I love Fall?  Everything about Fall is just amazing!!  Crisp evening breezes that carry just a whiff of burning leaves.  Summer showers are replaced with orange and red leaves falling.  Scarves and boots come out.  Quilts are snuggled on the foot of everyone’s bed.  And most of all the comfort foods come out to play.  Fall brings warm soups, hearty chilis, filling casseroles, slow cooker meals that fill your home with the delicious aroma of dinner and the desserts!  Fall desserts are the best, everything is made with warming spices like cinnamon, caramel drizzles over everything and pumpkin and apples go into everything!!  No wonder Fall is my favorite!

Today I am making this super easy yet stunning and delicious Spiced Caramel Apple Poke Cake.  My grandma makes an amazing spice cake and it is one of my favorites!!  I am using a boxed spice cake here because it makes my life easier and it is still delicious!

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This cake could not be simpler! The spice cake is poked allowing butterscotch pudding to make an incredible filling.  Warm cinnamon fried apples top the cake before getting drizzled with caramel.  It tastes like a big bite of Fall!


I love how easy this cake is to make and it travels so well, perfect for taking to potlucks or a friend’s house.  It also just fills your house with the delicious smells of Fall.  Who needs fancy Fall candles when you can just make this cake! 

The spice cake is perfectly tender, the butterscotch pudding is flavorful and helps keep the cake moist, and the apples, oh man the apples! They are tender and perfectly spiced and take this cake to the next level.

Now I top this cake with caramel sauce from a jar lol, but feel free to make your own.  This cake also would be great with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, yum! 



You can easily use any flavor cake mix you like, white cake mix, yellow cake mix would be wonderful!

 Also if you are in a real time crunch you can use canned apple filling for the topping

Speaking of crunch feel free to add some pecans or walnuts to the top!

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Can I make this ahead of time?

Of course!! This is one of those recipes that are even better the next day!

What is the best caramel to use for topping?

I love using the caramel sauce for topping ice cream, it is easy to find and keeps wonderfully in the fridge.  You could also add a little kosher salt for a salted caramel taste.  You can also use homemade caramel sauce.

Topping ideas?

Any nuts like pecans, walnuts or even honey roasted peanuts would be great! You can also use caramel or butterscotch chips, granola or oatmeal, yum!

Looking for more great apple recipes for Fall? Check these out!

I just love caramel apple desserts in the Fall and cinnamon is like the official spice of the Fall and they both just go together so well in this recipe!

So grab your scarves, pull out your quilts, bake up this amazing Spiced Caramel Apple Poke Cake because it’s Fall Y’all!

Spiced Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Spiced Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Spiced Caramel Apple Poke Cake is the ultimate Fall dessert! Spice cake, butterscotch pudding, cinnamon fried apples and caramel drizzle, yum!


  • One box spice cake mix, eggs, oil and water instructions call for
  • Large box butterscotch pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Caramel sauce


  1. Mix spice cake according to box directions.
  2. Pour into 9x13 pan and bake according to directions
  3. Poke holes all over cake
  4. Mix up pudding mix with 3 cups milk
  5. Pour pudding over cake
  6. In a skillet mix the apples, sugar, butter and cinnamon
  7. Cook until apples are tender
  8. Pour apples over top of the cake
  9. Drizzle with caramel
  10. Chill and serve!
  11. Keep refrigerated

 spiced apple poke cake


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  1. That looks delicious! Perfect treat for a fall day… with the cooler morning, I’m getting “in the mood” for something with apples:) Even lit my “Maple Pumpkin Custard” candle this morning!

  2. do you let the cake cool before pouring the pudding on
    also do you let the pudding set before spreading over the cake
    do you let the cooked apples cool before spreading over the pudding

    1. Nope!! I just do everything warm, I do let the pudding thicken just slightly but not all the way before pouring it.

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