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Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake

Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake!!  Made from a doctored up cake mix, filled with jarred caramel sauce and topped with an easy homemade cream cheese frosting - you're going to love this easy, moist cake recipe!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, cream cheese, poke cake, pumpkin, pumpkin dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 464kcal
Author Kasey Schwartz
Cost 10


For the cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie mix
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  • 2.25 ounces of Caramel topping

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 package cream cheese - softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter - softened
  • 5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons whole milk
  • Dash salt


For the cake

  • Heat oven to 350°Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, beat all of the cake ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 -minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
  • Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Poke holes into cake with the handle of a wooden spoon or fork.
  • While the cake is still warm, gently spread 1 cup caramel sauce over cake. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  • Spread frosting evenly on top once the cake is chilled.

For the frosting

  • Place the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Reduce the speed to low, slowly add powdered sugar, and beat until fully incorporated and smooth, about 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the paddle and sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Add vanilla and salt. Mixing completely.
  • Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until it's a smooth consistency. Turn mixer to high and beat until light and fluffy.



Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 2468IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg