Dessert, Easter

Easter Poke Cake Dessert with Vanilla Pudding

Create a colorful Easter poke cake using vanilla cake mix, vanilla pudding, and food coloring. This chilled cake is both delicious and fun.

One of the best parts about cooking for holidays is making the food festive! This Easter poke cake with pudding is definitely festive! And it’s easy to create!

Easter poke cake topped with whipped cream and marshmallow Peeps.

Make a poke cake this Easter for your family and friends to enjoy.

What Is a Poke Cake?

A poke cake is a cake with a filling poured over the top that incorporates into the cake. For the filling to incorporate, the cake is poked full of holes. Hence the name, poke cake.

Traditionally, poke cakes are made with Jell-O, pudding, or jam. But the possibilities are endless! Any liquid filling that solidifies in the refrigerator works for this kind of cake. This Easter cake contains vanilla pudding as the filling.

Ingredients Needed for Easter Poke Cake

  • White or Vanilla Box Cake Mix – White or vanilla cake is ideal for this recipe because the colorful pudding that fills the holes of the cake will be more visible.
  • Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix – Vanilla pudding tastes best for this poke cake recipe, but white chocolate pudding mix or cheesecake pudding are also great options.
  • Pink, Purple, Blue, and Green Food Coloring – Pastel colors are ideal for this recipe because they go well with Easter. Be sure to use gel food colorings!
  • Whipped Cream – I prefer to use Cool Whip whipped topping, but homemade whipped cream works well too.
  • Colorful Sprinkles – Top the cake with your favorite Easter sprinkles or pastel sprinkles.
Easter poke cake topped with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles served on a white plate.

How to Make a Pudding Poke Cake for Easter

If you can bake a cake, then you can make a poke cake! This Easter Poke Cake is simple to make, but looks so fun when served! It is the perfect dessert for your Easter celebrations.

Bake the Cake

Step One – First, bake the cake. Use your favorite box of white cake mix. Prepare the cake in a 9×13 pan according to the directions. The most important part of baking the cake is to properly grease the pan so it doesn’t stick. I also lined my pan with parchment paper to make lifting it out of the pan easier.

How to Line the Cake Pan

First, lightly spray the 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray. I like to use coconut oil, but whatever you prefer is fine. Then, cut two pieces of parchment paper into strips. Make one sheet of parchment paper 15×10.” Lay that piece of parchment paper inside the baking pan horizontally. Then cut a piece 10×12″ and lay it vertically. The parchment paper should form a cross shape and cover all four sides of the pan. This makes it easy to lift the cake out of the pan when it is finished.

Prepare the Pudding

Step Two – While the cake is in the oven, prepare the pudding. Use your favorite white pudding recipe or instant pudding mix. Follow the pudding directions on the box.

Step Three – Separate the pudding into 3 different bowls. Then add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl. The colorful pudding is visible when you cut the cake which makes this a show-stopping dessert.

Can I Use Jello Instead of Pudding?

Absolutely! Jello is an easy substitute for pudding. The only difference between this Easter Poke Cake recipe and Jello poke cakes is that Jello is flavored. The flavor of Jello changes the flavor of the cake. And it may be more difficult to use multiple colors/flavors together in one cake. But I think lemon and mixed berry flavors would pair nicely together.

Step Four – When the cake is finished baking, remove it from the oven. Use the handle end of a wooden spoon or a large straw to poke holes in the cake. The holes should only be a half-inch to an inch apart. 

Step Five – Next, pour the puddings over the top of the cake. Pour a different color pudding over small sections of the cake. Be sure to alternate the colors. It needs to look similar to tie-dye when you’re finished. That ensures that different colors are in many of the cake pieces. Then smooth out the pudding on top with a rubber spatula. 

Step Six – Place the cooled cake in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. This allows the cake to cool and gives the pudding time to set. This cake base has a moist texture from the pudding, but it holds up well and isn’t soggy if it sets in the refrigerator.

Step Seven – Once the cake is completely chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Use the parchment paper to lift the cake out of the cake pan. 

Step Eight – Now it’s time to ice the cake! Since this is a cold cake, Cool Whip makes an excellent icing.

Step Nine – Apply the Cool Whip frosting with a spatula. Spread it in a thick, even layer over the delicious cake.

Easter Poke Cake topped with whipped cream in a 9x13 baking dish.

Step Ten – Decorate the cake with colorful sprinkles or Easter candy. I used green sprinkles to create grass and added Peeps to a few pieces. On other pieces, I used green sprinkles and Cadbury mini chocolate eggs. Use multicolor sprinkles as well. The more colorful this cake is the better

Easter poke cake topped with whipped cream and sprinkles with a fork through it.

How to Store This Easter Poke Cake

This cake needs to remain chilled. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Can I Make This Cake in Advance?

Absolutely! Since the cake cools in the refrigerator, you can leave it there for a day before serving. Simply cover the top with plastic wrap after to keep it fresh. You can ice the cake ahead of time, or just before serving.

This easy Poke Cake is the perfect easter dessert. The moist cake and fluffy whipped cream are the perfect combination.

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easter poke cake

Easter Poke Cake

Create a colorful Easter poke cake using vanilla cake mix, vanilla pudding, and food coloring. This chilled cake is both delicious and fun.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baked Goods
Servings 8 people


  • 9×13 baking pan
  • wooden spoon
  • rubber spatula
  • parchment paper


  • 1 box white cake mix *and ingredients needed per instructions
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding mix *and ingredients needed per instructions
  • pink, blue, and purple food coloring
  • 10 oz Cool Whip


  • Bake a white cake per the instructions on the box. Use a 9×13 baking pan.
  • While the cake bakes, prepare a box of vanilla instant pudding per the instructions on the box.
  • Separate the pudding into 3 bowls.
  • Use food coloring to color each bowl of pudding a different color.
  • Remove the cake from the oven. Use a wooden spoon handle to poke holes into the cake every 1/2 inch.
  • Pour the puddings onto the cake in small sections alternating colors. The cake should have a tie-dye appearance when finished.
  • Chill the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator and ice using Cool Whip.
  • Remove the cake from the pan, slice, and serve.
  • Add toppings like sprinkles, Peeps, or Easter egg candies to each piece. Or to the entire cake before serving.
Keyword cake, easter food


One Comment

  1. Such pretty colors in this cake, and looks so easy!

    Hope you have a fantastic week,friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Make Life Marvelous

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