Poke cakes are a classic dessert, but add the twist of cherry brandy and you've got a sweet treat with a kick!
Today we’re taking the classic poke cake to another level. Usually it’s just the cake with some pudding and the artificial whipped topping. We’re going with red velvet, cheesecake pudding, and fresh whipped cream. Oh, and uh – there’s booze in the pudding.
Ingredients! We start with an easy Betty Crocker red velvet cake mix + all the ingredients needed + instant cheesecake pudding + cherry brandy (also called kirsch). It has a great cherry flavor that goes well with the light cocoa taste in the cake.
To start we make the cake following the instructions on the back of the box. LOOK AT THAT RED! Red velvet cake mix means absolutely no need to run out and buy a giant bottle of red food coloring.
We pour the batter in the pan and bake according to the instructions on the box.
Once the cake is baked we let it cool and hang out for 10 minutes. And then, we poke! You need a fairly large hole so the pudding can go down in the cake. A chopstick or thin handled wooden spoon would be perfect here. Of course I didn’t have any of those so I went with a ballpoint pen handle (yes I washed it first). Check me out!
You want to poke all the way to the bottom of the cake in a grid.
Now we mix the pudding. Since it's instant, if you mix it to early it will thicken up and kind of just hang out on the top of the cake. The secret is to make sure the cake is still a little warm and the pudding is poured over the top right after making it. Smooth out the pudding so it goes in all the pokes.
P.S. There’s cherry brandy in there. Maraschino cherry juice would be a perfect substitute for non-alcohol people.
I let the cake sit overnight in the fridge, which isn’t really necessary, but it helps the cake and pudding become a little better friends. You just want to make sure the cake is cooled completely before you put the whip cream on there.
In the morning I whipped up some cream with powdered sugar and smoothed it out over the top.
Fresh whipped cream is one of my favorites when it comes to cake toppers. You could totally add a splash more of kirsch if you wanted to.
Serve in slices with a maraschino cherry on top!