Caramel Apple Poke Cake is packed with apples and then smothered in whipped cream and caramel. It’s the easiest most delicious fall cake!
Caramel Apple Poke Cake is an easy cake mix recipe that takes hardly any time, but everyone will think you slaved all day over it. Son’t like cake mix? Go ahead and use your favorite spice cake recipe, but I love using this shortcut with this recipe. Jump into fall with this GREAT, totally delicious and super simple Caramel Apple Poke Cake! It’s the fall dessert you’ve been dreaming of!
What is a Poke Cake?
- A poke cake is a baked cake that is then ‘poked’ with the back of a wooden spoon to make holes in the cake. The holes should go to the bottom of the cake, allowing whatever filling to fill the holes.
- Poke cakes can be filled with puddings, whipped creams, syrups, caramel, jell-o and other liquids.
How to make Caramel Apple Poke Cake:
**Scroll down for how to make video and full ingredient list and directions**
- Use your favorite Spice Cake Mix for this recipe. Add chopped apples to the cake batter (make it according to the box directions). I love using fresh tree picked apples for this recipe, but in the fall super markets are FULL of fresh apples! Bake it!
- Once the cake is baked, poke holes using the handle of a wooden spoon (like this) all over the cake. Drizzle caramel – try my HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE RECIPE – all over the cake, letting it flow into the holes.
- Make the stabilized whipped cream (see below), then spread it over the top of the cake and top with more caramel and walnuts!!! YUM!!!!
In case you don’t believe how simple this caramel apple poke cake really is (I am telling you, this is a total lazy recipe), I have even made a quick step by step video for you to see for yourself…
More of my favorite fall recipes:
- Apple Grilled Cheese is perfect for fall! Smokey gouda cheese melted between tart granny smith apples is savory and delicious!
- Caramel Apple Dumplings – delicious caramel apples wrapped inside a crispy sugary shell! This is the PERFECT dessert!
- Caramel Apple Cider made in the slow cooker has only 3 ingredients, will leave your house smelling amazing, and warms your soul.
- Apple Monkey Bread is loaded with caramel, apples, and a sweet brown sugar butter glaze, this going to be everyone’s favorite fall treat! Serve it up for breakfast or dessert!
- One Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta is creamy and comforting with cheese and pumpkin paired together in this delicious one pot meal!
- On this list you will find over 15 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes which are perfect to set and forget!
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Caramel Apple Poke Cake is packed with apples and then smothered in whipped cream and caramel. It's the easiest most delicious fall cake!
- 1 box spice cake mix plus ingredients to make the cake - eggs, water, oil- see box directions
- 2-3 granny smith apples chopped into small pieces
- 1 TSP cinnamon
- 1 TSP flour
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp non flavored gelatin
- 1 cup caramel syrup/sauce divided in half
- 1/3 cup walnuts roughly chopped
Prepare box cake according to directions. In a small bowl, place apples and add flour and cinnamon, toss to coat. Fold apples into the batter. Pour into 9x13 baking dish. Bake and cool completely.
Prepare stabilized whipped cream: In a small bowl, add 2 TBS warm water, and add your gelatin, mixing to combine. Let sit for 3-5 minutes, or until set. Using a stand or hand mixer, pour in heavy cream and powdered sugar. Beat for 30 seconds on medium speed. Cook gelatin in microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and then 30 additional seconds, stir. Gelatin should be liquid, if not, cook until it's liquid. Turn stand mixer onto high speed, and slowly stream the gelatin into the bowl with the cream. Turn all the way onto high and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over your cooled spice cake. Drizzle 1/2 cup caramel syrup over the poked holes.
Spread the whipped cream over the top of the cake, then top with remaining caramel syrup. Add chopped nuts to the top, then refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Serve and enjoy!
This recipe was first published on Domestic Superhero in September 2016, and was updated in September 2017, and then August 2018.