Easter Poke Cake

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This Easter Poke Cake is a Spring favorite and so easy to make. Made with a boxed cake mix topped with vanilla pudding, frosting, coconut, Peeps and Easter candy.

Easter Poke Cake

Peeps Easter Poke Cake Recipe

Poke Cakes are one of my favorite cakes for two simple reasons. One, they are incredibly simple to make; just a few ingredients is all you need. Second, they are often some of the tastiest desserts because they cake is so moist.

Before you tell me that you don’t like the flavor of Peeps candy, let me tell you this: there are no actual Peeps in this cake. The Easter bunny marshmallows are just for decoration and makes this a really fun Easter dessert. If your kids are like mine and love the candy, then they’ll just eat them all for you!

Ingredients You Need

  • Cake Mix – including the ingredients listed on the box.
  • Vanilla Pudding Mix – used for the filling and the frosting.
  • Milk – use 2% milk or whole milk.
  • Heavy Cream – this is whipped to make a fluffy vanilla whipped topping.
  • Powdered Sugar – this is used for the vanilla frosting.
  • Shredded Coconut – this will be colored green to look like grass.
  • Gel Food Coloring – this is optional, but we love the colorful look.
  • Easter Candy – Cadbury Mini Eggs, Easter sprinkles and Peeps bunnies.
Easter Poke Cake with Peeps

How To Make This Easter Poke Cake

  • Bake the cake. Follow along with the directions on the back of your cake mix.
  • Poke holes. When the cake has cooked and cooled, use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over.
  • Make the pudding. Whisk up the pudding mix and milk until it’s thick. Pour the pudding mixture over the cake and spread it out so it seeps into the holes.
  • Optional: color the pudding. You can simply use the pudding as is, or you can add some color to it but dividing it into smaller bowls and using some pastel food coloring to dye it.
  • Make the whipped cream frosting. Beat together the heavy cream, powdered sugar and extra pudding mix until stiff peaks. Then spread it over the pudding.
  • Make coconut “grass”. Put the shredded coconut in a ziploc bag and add some green food coloring. Shake it up to dye the coconut to look like grass!
  • Decorate. Sprinkle the coconut all over the cake and then add Peeps and mini Cadbury eggs to decorate your cake.


This Easter poke cake is best eaten within the first 3 days. Since there is milk in the pudding mix, you want to keep this cake refrigerated.

Easter Poke Cake with Peeps and Candy

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Easte Poke Cake

This Easter Poke Cake is a Spring favorite and so easy to make. Made with a boxed cake mix topped with vanilla pudding, frosting, coconut, Peeps and Easter candy.
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 13 minutes
Total: 28 minutes








  • Prepare the cake mix according to the box instructions for a 9×13-inch cake pan.
  • Let the cake cool completely, then use the handle of a wooden spoon to post holes all over the top of the cake about halfway down.
  • Whisk together the pudding mix and cold milk for 2 minutes in a large bowl, divide the prepared pudding into smaller bowls and add food coloring if desired.
  • Pipe or spoon the pudding over the top of the holes on the cake then spread it out over the top with a rubber spatula.
  • Add the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and pudding mix to a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Spread the frosting over the top of the pudding.
  • In a large ziploc bag, combine the coconut and several drops of green food coloring and squeeze and shake to dye it, then sprinkle over the top of the cake.
  • Decorate the cake with Cadbury mini eggs and peeps.

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If you prefer a non-pudding option for the filling, poke the cake all over with a fork while warm and pour a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk over the top.


Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 1mg


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