Halloween Poke Cake

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Get into the Halloween spirit with this spooky and sweet Halloween Poke Cake. A colorful surprise of delicious slime awaits in every bite. Easy to make and perfect for your Halloween celebrations.

Halloween poke cake in a white bowl

Halloween Poke Cake Recipe

You’ll love this Halloween Poke Cake because it’s a delightful and easy-to-make dessert that brings a touch of spookiness to your celebrations. With its vibrant layers and secret pudding fillings, it’s a visual delight that’s perfect for Halloween. This cake not only satisfies your sweet cravings but also adds an element of surprise to your party, making it a hit with both kids and adults. Plus, it’s simple to create, so you can focus on enjoying the festivities without spending too much time in the kitchen. It’s the perfect way to add some ghoulishly good fun to your Halloween parties.

What You’ll Need

  • Cake: Use a white cake mix, the ingredients needed to make the cake, like large eggs, vegetable oil, and water, plus purple gel food coloring.
  • Filling: The gooey filling is made using Jell-o brand vanilla pudding and milk, combined with green gel food coloring.
  • Topping: Top the cake with vanilla frosting, dyed with the green food dye, and top with ghoul mix M&Ms or Halloween sprinkles.

How to Make Halloween Poke Cake

Prepare the Cake: Start by baking the cake according to the package directions. Add the purple food coloring to the cake batter. Spray the baking pan using cooking spray. Once it’s baked and cooled for at least 15 minutes, use the end of a wooden spoon to 12 poke holes all over the cake. Make sure the holes are evenly spaced.

Hint: Don’t have a wooden spoon, a wooden skewer, spatula or something similar can be used.

Prepare the Pudding: In a small bowl add pudding mix and milk, whisk until creamy. Then add the green gel food coloring and stir until the pudding is green. Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

pour the green pudding on the cake

Pour, Frost, and Decorate: Pour the instant pudding over the top of the cake and make sure each hole is filled with pudding. Add 2 drops of green gel food coloring to the frosting and then frost the top of the cake. Then sprinkle with ghoul mix M&M’s

Refrigerate and let set before serving, about for 2-3 hours. Slice and Enjoy!

add the candies on top

How to Store Halloween Poke Cake with Pudding

After making and serving the cake, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or foil. This keeps the air out and prevents it from drying. Put the cake in the fridge to keep it cool. If it’s been out for a while, refrigerate it as soon as possible to keep it from going bad. This way, your pudding poke cake will stay good for 3-4 days, so you can enjoy it later.

Can It Be Frozen?

Freezing a poke cake with pudding is possible, but it requires some care. To freeze your leftover pudding poke cake, first ensure it’s well-cooled. Then, tightly wrap the cake in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, making sure to cover it completely. You can also place the cake in an airtight container. To prevent freezer burn and preserve the cake’s quality, consider double-wrapping it or using a layer of plastic wrap followed by foil. Remember to label the container or package with the date to keep track of its storage time.

When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen cake, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Avoid thawing at room temperature, as this can lead to moisture loss and affect the cake’s texture. Once thawed, your poke cake should retain its delicious flavor and texture, making it a convenient option for future treats.

Halloween poke cake

Tips and Tricks for Making This Halloween Cake

  1. Use Gel Food Coloring: Gel food coloring works best for achieving vibrant and spooky colors in your cake. It provides more intense hues compared to liquid food coloring.
  2. Even Hole Distribution: When poking holes in the cake, try to space them evenly across the entire cake. This ensures that each slice has a good mix of colors and flavors.
  3. Halloween Decorations: Go all out with Halloween-themed decorations. Use spooky sprinkles, gummy worms, candy eyes, or even plastic spiders to give your cake a frightful appearance.
  4. Whipped Topping: If you’re using whipped topping, make sure it’s thawed before spreading it on the cake. It’s easier to work with when it’s at the right consistency.
  5. Personalize: Get creative! You can customize the pudding colors to match your Halloween theme. Purple, green, and orange are classic choices, but you can experiment with other colors too.
  6. Serve Chilled: Poke cakes are best served chilled. Refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours before serving to enhance the flavor and texture.
  7. Plan Ahead: Since poke cakes need some time to set in the refrigerator, plan your baking accordingly to ensure your cake is ready when you want to serve it.
  8. Slice Carefully: When cutting the cake, use a clean, sharp knife dipped in hot water to make clean slices. This will help keep the colorful layers intact.
Halloween poke cake

More Halloween Treats

Halloween Poke Cake feature
No ratings yet

Halloween Poke Cake

Get into the Halloween spirit with this spooky and sweet Halloween Poke Cake. A colorful surprise of delicious slime awaits in every bite. Easy to make and perfect for your Halloween celebrations.
Servings: 12
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • Begin by mixing the cake mix, eggs, oil, and water, in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Next, add 4 drops of purple gel food coloring to the cake batter.
  • Then, spray a baking dish with cooking spray and pour batter into a 9×11 baking dish and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • In a medium size bowl add pudding mix and milk, whisk until smooth and creamy. Then add 4 drops of green gel food coloring and stir until the pudding is green. Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • With the handle of a wooden spoon, poke 12 holes in the top of the cake and then pour the pudding over the top of the cake and make sure each hole is filled with pudding.
  • Add one can of vanilla frosting to a bowl and add 2 drops of green gel food coloring to the frosting.
  • Add the frosting to the top of the cake and then sprinkle with ghoul mix m&m’s.
  • Cut into squares and serve.

Last Step:

Please leave a rating and comment letting us know how you liked this recipe! This helps our business to thrive and continue providing free, high-quality recipes for you.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 1mg