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Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake

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

1
(15.25 oz) Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ red velvet cake mix
1 1/4
cup water
1/2
cup vegetable oil
3
large eggs
2
(3.4 ounce) packages instant pudding cheesecake or vanilla flavor
4
cups milk
3
tablespoons kirsch/cherry brandy or 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 1/2
cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2
tablespoons powdered sugar
Maraschino cherries for topping slices of cake

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F and grease the bottom of a 9x13”pan.
  • 2 In a large bowl combine eggs, oil, water and cake mix. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for 2 minutes until it’s thoroughly combined.
  • 3 Pour into prepared pan and bake according to directions on box.
  • 4 Once baked, let cool for 10 min then use a wooden spoon handle or chopsticks or a ballpoint pen handle to poke a grid of holes all over the cake.
  • 5 Combine milk, instant pudding, and kirsch in a large bowl. Once mixed together slowly pour onto cake trying to fill all the holes. Once all the pudding is poured out flatten out all the pudding so it’s evenly dispersed then caver in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cooled.
  • 6 To make the topping whip the cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form then spread evenly over cake. Serve topped with a maraschino cherry.
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Take your poke cake to the next level with red velvet cake mix and booze!

As prepared by Wit and Vinegar,

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.


Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake

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.


Boozy Red Velvet Poke 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.


Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake

We pour the batter in the pan and bake according to the instructions on the box.


Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake

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.


Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake

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.


Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake

In the morning I whipped up some cream with powdered sugar and smoothed it out over the top.


Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake

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.


Boozy Red Velvet Poke Cake

Serve in slices with a maraschino cherry on top!

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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
267
Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
34%
(
Saturated Fat
8g
38%
)
Cholesterol
84mg
28%
Sodium
130mg
5%
Potassium
150mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
10g
3%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
9g
)
Protein
5g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
12%
12%
Iron
2%
2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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