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S'mores Poke Cake

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S'mores Poke Cake

Dense milk chocolate cake topped with marshmallow pudding, cool whipped topping and crumbled Nature Valley granola bars. Tastes just like a s'more!

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12

S’mores Poke Cake  

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough

My family is a camping family.


You know what I mean – we’ve been all over the country’s state parks, and we’ve got all the bells and whistles when it comes to camping gear to prove it: Percolator (for coffee, the Elixir of Life), chairs, stools, skewers, camping stove, grill top, lanterns, a lifetime supply of bug spray, a pop-up trailer that now only stays up by a 2-by-4 and very sloooooow, cautious steps inside…

You get the idea. We’ve camped so much, our stuff is worn in and well-loved.

The same goes for our usual camping menu, which consists of meat and cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, eggs, bacon and s’mores. Lots and lots of s’mores. And then some more s’mores.

While I wouldn’t trade my family’s love of camping for anything, I wouldn’t mind if we upped the ante a bit when it comes to what we eat out in the wilderness. And this S’mores Poke Cake is a perfect place to start!

This cake is the easiest. This cake is the tastiest. This cake tells normal, boring ol’ s’mores who’s boss. And all it takes are a few simple ingredients to make your new favorite dessert, whether out on the trail or in your backyard.

Here’s how to do it:

Poking holes in the chocolate cake

First, bake up a chocolate cake. I love using Betty Crocker’s milk chocolate cake mix for its flavor and moistness (Sorry, bad word, I know. But there is no other way to describe it). Take a good look at its prettiness… then poke holes in it. Don’t worry, it’s for the GREATER GOOD.

Covering holes with marshmallow mixture

Now cover those holes with a creamy, fluffy, sweet and gooey marshmallow mixture. It’s a cross between clouds and pudding, if you will. Clouding. Pudds. Just go with it.

Frosting the top

Let that mixture chill on top of the cake for a couple hours to set, then frost the top with a cool whipped topping.

Nature Valley Bars

Topping with Nature Valley Oats n’ Honey granola bars

Now top that with crumbly crumbles of crunchy Nature Valley Oats n’ Honey granola bars for a graham cracker-like taste.

Close up of S’mores Poke Cake

And now, you STUFF, into your pie hole. Or s’mores hole. Whatever you call it.



Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!
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S'mores Poke Cake

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker SuperMoist milk chocolate cake mix
1 1/4
cups water
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
1
10 ounce package marshmallows
1/2
cup milk
1
tablespoon lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1
8 ounce container whipped topping, thawed
3
Nature Valley Oats n' Honey crunchy granola bars, crumbled

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for dark/nonstick pan). Lightly grease and flour the bottom only of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • 2 In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil and eggs. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, beat on low speed 30 seconds, then increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  • 3 Pour batter in prepared baking dish and bake 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and let cool 15 minutes.
  • 4 Meanwhile, make the marshmallow topping: In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt marshmallows and milk, stirring often, until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and vanilla.
  • 5 Using the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula, poke holes in cake about every 1/2 inch. Pour marshmallow topping evenly over cake. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours in refrigerator to set.
  • 6 Remove plastic wrap from fully set cake and frost top with whipped topping. Sprinkle with Nature Valley granola bar crumbs and serve.
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