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Kentucky Butter Poke Cake

This Kentucky Butter Poke Cake just melts in your mouth with a soft and delectable texture. This simple to make recipe is so delicious, fluffy, and infused with butter to make it super moist.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chill1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kentucky Butter Poke Cake
Servings: 12 pieces
Author: Jill


  • 1 15.25 ounces box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 eggs


  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup pecans chopped and toasted


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, buttermilk, 4 ounces of softened cream cheese, and the 2 eggs until well combined.
  • Pour the cake batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 28 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Set cake aside to cool.
  • Once the cake is cool you can make your glaze.
  • In a medium microwavable bowl melt the butter and 8 ounces of cream cheese.
  • Whisk the cream cheese and butter until they are smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla and milk.
  • Next whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Using the bottom of a wooden spoon or large straw (like a smoothie straw) poke holes into the cake.
  • Pour the glaze all over the top of the cake spreading around as needed.
  • Immediately top with the toasted chopped pecans.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Serve!