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Easy Butterscotch Poke Cake

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For all of the butterscotch fans out there, this Butterscotch Poke Cake is going to be right up your alley. The fluffy cake, filled with butterscotch pudding and the amazing, easy to make butterscotch frosting, makes this foolproof cake one of our favorites. It also makes enough for a crowd, taking up a full 9×13 inch pan.

Butterscotch Poke Cake

You just need a few ingredients to pull off this fun cake. With the boxed cake mix it is such an easy cake to make! Here’s the full list of what you’ll need-

Butterscotch Poke Cake Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker butter yellow cake mix + ingredients on the box directions (water, eggs, oil)
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz) of instant butterscotch pudding (divided)
  • 3 ½ cups milk (divided)
  • 8 oz. cool whip
  • Butterscotch sauce (butterscotch sundae topping) for topping

Do I have to use the Butter Recipe Yellow cake mix?

You don’t have to, but it does add the nice buttery flavor to this Butterscotch poke cake! A box of yellow cake mix would work just fine, just keep in mind the ingredients on the box are a bit different. You could also use white cake mix, but you risk changing the flavor a bit, and losing a lot of buttery goodness in the cake. Another delicious option would be to use chocolate cake mix for this recipe to make a chocolate butterscotch cake!

Butterscotch Poke Cake Directions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, and spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, prepare the yellow cake, according to package directions.

You can vigorously whisk this cake mix, or break out the electric mixer or stand mixer. Having the butter softened is key for easy mixing.

2. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan and bake according to box directions. The cake is finished when a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean!

3. One finished and slightly cooled, use a straw (end of a wooden spoon works well, too!) to poke holes into the cake, about halfway through.

Butterscotch Poke Cake

4. In a large bowl, mix together 1 box of butterscotch pudding and 2 cups milk. Pour the butterscotch pudding mix into the holes and over the top of the cake. Spread it around with a spatula. Place the cake in the refrigerator for 1 hour to let the pudding set.

5. After 1 hour, in a large bow, mix together 1 box of butterscotch pudding and the remaining 1 ½ cups milk. Whisk in cool whip. Spread evenly to frost the cake.

6. Return the cake to the refrigerator to chill for another hour. Just before serving, top the surface of the cake with butterscotch syrup. This cake has an amazing buttery yellow cake topped with frosting and filled with pudding that has that classic butterscotch flavor throughout.

More Butterscotch Cake Toppings

You could also top this cake with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, sprinkles, toffee bits, etc! Feel free to use any toppings you like!

What if I can’t find butterscotch sauce?

Caramel sauce is a GREAT alternative!

7. Enjoy!

Butterscotch Poke Cake

So much butterscotch goodness! I hope you love this Butterscotch Poke Cake recipe.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Poke Cake

It’s also worth noting, you could also call this a delicious Harry Potter Butterbeer Poke Cake, and you can really get into it by substituting the water in the recipe for cream soda! Sprinkle with edible glitter dust for a really magical cake!

Butterscotch Poke Cake

More Butterscotch Pudding Poke Cake Tips & FAQs

  • Make this recipe a toffee butterscotch poke cake by topping it with 1/2 cup toffee bits. Heath toffee bits are delicious! Sprinkle toffee bits over top of the frosting before serving.
  • You can get creative when adding the holes to your poke cake- anything will work- a thick straw, the skinny end of a wooden spoon, etc..

Can I use whipped cream instead of cool whip?

Whipped cream isn’t as stable as cool whip whipped topping, and you really need that stability for this frosting. However, you can try some whipped topping alternatives, like TruWhip, if you prefer.

Can I made this cake ahead of time?

The cake, yes! However, you’ll want to wait to add the frosting just before serving.

This is such a delicious cake. You can serve it with ice cream or just as it is. For a printable version of this recipe, see the recipe card below!

You might also like these other poke cake recipes-

Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake

4th of July Jello Poke Cake

Caramel Carrot Cake Poke Cake

and, these other delicious cakes!

Texas Sheet Cake

Yield: 15 servings

Butterscotch Poke Cake

Butterscotch Poke Cake

Delicious buttery yellow cake, filled with butterscotch pudding and topped with delicious butterscotch frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box butter yellow cake mix + ingredients on the back (water, eggs, oil)
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz) of instant butterscotch pudding (divided)
  • 3 ½ cups milk (divided)
  • 8 oz. cool whip
  • Butterscotch sauce for topping

Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, and spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, prepare the yellow cake, according to box directions.
    3. Pour the cake mix into the 9x13 pan and bake according to box directions.
    4. One finished and slightly cooled, use a straw or the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes into the cake, about halfway through.
    5. In a large bowl, mix together 1 box of butterscotch pudding and 2 cups milk. Pour the pudding into the holes and over the top of the cake. Spread it around with a spatula.
    6. Place the cake in the refrigerator for 1 hour to let the pudding set.
    7. After 1 hour, in a large bow, mix together 1 box of butterscotch pudding and the remaining 1 ½ cups milk. Whisk in cool whip. Spread evenly to frost the cake.
    8. Return the cake to the refrigerator to chill for another hour.
    9. Just before serving, top the cake with butterscotch sauce.
    10. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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