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White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake

The most delicious White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake. This dessert is easy to make and is very festive for your holiday dessert table. 

slice of White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake on a white plate with whole cake in the background.

For all of the white chocolate peppermint fans, you will love this simple to make poke cake. Only 4 ingredients are needed to make this wonderful cake. I’ve always been a huge fan of white chocolate. I don’t know about you, but white chocolate is just seems so buttery. Plus, sometimes the caffeine in milk or dark chocolate will keep me up at night. But, by using white chocolate instead there is no worry about caffeine intake. 

I want you to know, that while this cake has a few steps to make it, it’s so easy that even your children can get into the kitchen and help you bake. Children love to mix and stir and this is the perfect recipe for them to help with. Baking can be fun and educational! 

close up image of dessert topped with whipped topping and crushed peppermints.

What is a Jello Poke Cake

Jello Poke Cake is a fun name for a cake that it has Jello or Jello pudding all over the top. Poke cakes are very popular with the young-at-heart and make great treats to take to parties, potlucks or just serve after dinner on special occasions.

Poke cakes are typically made with a cake mix, then has holes poked into it, then it is filled with either Jello gelatin or Jello pudding. It also uses Cool Whip instead of the more traditional whipped cream as the topping.

 

uncut dessert in baking pan with a box of traditional candy canes in the background.

It’s an easy recipe for your Christmas parties or just a delicious cake to have at home!

Do I have to use candy canes for the top of this poke cake recipe 

Absolutely, not.  You can use any type of peppermint.  The round Starlight mints will work, as well as candy canes. You could also use Andes mints on the top if you want to add some chocolate taste to your cake. One of the best things about this poke cake recipe is that you can use whatever you desire. This poke cake recipe is so flexible that the options are endless. 

horizontal image of white chocolate peppermint poke cake on a white plate

 

Can I make this poke cake recipe ahead

Yes! This cake can be assembled and chilled overnight before serving. Do not assemble more than 24 hours in advance or the cake may dry out. If you want to bake ahead be sure to seal or wrap your cake tightly before storing in the fridge. 

If you have time with all of your Christmas cookie baking to fit this in, you will be so happy! Even my son who said he isn’t that crazy about Peppermint loved this cake, it is light and fluffy! If you love Peppermint, add Peppermint extract to the Cool Whip. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the warm cake and then pour the pudding mixture on top of the cake. Spread it around and push it into the little holes you created. Refrigerate it until it’s chilled completely, top it with some cool whip and more of the peppermint chips!

Ingredients

  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • One box White Chocolate Instant Pudding mix
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 12 Peppermint Candies

How to Make Jello Poke Cake 

Step 1. Prepare cake according to directions. Bake as directed and then allow to cool completely. 
Step 2. Prepare pudding according to directions.
Step 3. When cake is completely cooled off, us a wooden spoon’s handle to poke holes in the cake.
Step 4. Pour pudding over cake, smooth top.
Step 5. Spread Cool Whip over Pudding, smooth top.
Step 7. While candies are wrapped, hit a couple times with a mallet or hammer, unwrap candies over cake for decoration.
Step 8. Refrigerate cake for 1 hour or until set.

close up image of a slice of jello poke cake on white plate with whole cake in the background.

The pudding filled holes make this one super moist cake. It’s infused with peppermint and chocolate, which is absolutely heavenly.

It’s a super easy cake to make and bring to a pot luck or for having a holiday party at home.

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TIPS FOR POKE CAKE:

  • You can use a cake made from scratch, a box cake, or a store-bought cake.
  • White cake pairs well with all flavors of jello
  • Add a layer of similar pie filling to the top of the cake then top that with whip cream. Such as strawberry jello with strawberry pie filling
  • For a nice clean slice, wipe the knife after each cut.

VARIATIONS & STORING

Can I make poke cupcakes 

Absolutely! Instead of making a 9×13 cake make cupcakes according to the directions on the box. Once the cupcakes have cooled poke them with a fork or skewer, use a soup spoon to drizzle jello into the holes and chill.

How do I store poke cake

  • Refrigerate: Because of the pudding, keep the cake chilled. Tightly cover the cake and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • Freeze: To freeze, wrap the cake with plastic wrap, then again with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake
Yield: 12 servings

White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

An easy Holiday cake great for parties or for home, light and fluffy festive cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1 box White Chocolate Instant Pudding mix
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 12 Peppermint Candies

Instructions

  1. Prepare cake according to directions.
  2. Prepare pudding according to directions.
  3. When cake is completely cooled off, us a wooden spoon's handle to poke holes in the cake.
  4. Pour pudding over cake, smooth top.
  5. Spread Cool Whip over Pudding, smooth top.
  6. While candies are wrapped, hit a couple times with a mallet or hammer, unwrap candies over cake for decoration.
  7. Refrigerate cake for 1 hour or until set.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 79Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 2mgSodium 62mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 1g
White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake For all of the white chocolate Peppermint fans. #whitechocolate #peppermint #pokecake #mooreorlesscooking #whitechocolate #peppermint #pokecake #mooreorlesscooking via @Mooreorlesscook

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Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Monday 15th of December 2014

This looks like something for a holiday party! Love!

nettiemoore11

Monday 15th of December 2014

Thank you Patricia!! Nettie

Hadia

Monday 15th of December 2014

The cake looks so festive and decadent Nettie!

nettiemoore11

Monday 15th of December 2014

Thank you Hadia!! Nettie

Joanne/WineLady Cooks

Monday 15th of December 2014

This is such a delicious and festive dessert. Love how easy it is and I'm loving peppermint this year. Thanks for sharing your white chocolate peppermint poke cake.

nettiemoore11

Monday 15th of December 2014

Thank you Joanne!It is fun and festive! Nettie

Cindy @ Hun What's for Dinner?

Monday 15th of December 2014

Nettie, this cake looks so good!! You have me wanting to go make it right now. Only problem is, I don't have any cake mix, or vanilla pudding, LOL.

nettiemoore11

Monday 15th of December 2014

Loo Hoo! You have to get yourself some, your kids will love this cake, promise! Nettie

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