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My Caramel Apple Pie Poke Cake is the dessert that’s going to win fall! Full of sweet chunks of apple pie filling, caramel and a delicious cinnamon caramel cream cheese frosting, it’s a fall treat everyone will enjoy.
Poke Cakes have been around forever, but there popularity has increased significantly in the past year. I hadn’t cared too much for them until I made my Chocolate Coconut Cream Poke Cake last year. It’s safe to save I’m kind of addicted now.
In my opinion they are a little easier to make than a layer cake, although there are a few more steps. Bake the cake, pour the filling, chill, add the frosting. There are so many options and variations you can make though! My strawberry poke cake is a favorite too. My friend Jamie even has a Poke Cake Cookbook (affiliate) coming out in October with 75 different recipes in it! Now that’s impressive!
The cake itself is a boxed cake mix. They are just easier and actually lend themselves better to poke cakes because they tend to be a little less dense than from scratch cakes so they are ready to soak up that filling. I mean, that’s what makes these cakes so moist and delicious! You could certainly use your favorite recipe though.
Another shortcut I used was to buy canned apple pie filling (affiliate). Again, you could always make your own from scratch. I was simply going for simple and easy here. I used kitchen scissors to cut up the apples right in the can so they were in small chunks. Much easier than trying to cut them up on the cutting board. I folded the apple into the cake batter then caked the cake according to the package instructions. With the addition of the apples it did take a little longer to cook.
For the filling, I poked holes in the cake and spread Dulce de Leche Sweetened Condensed Milk (affiliate) over the cake. The milk really needs to be warmed in the microwave to thin it and make it pourable and spreadable. Then comes the waiting. Four hours at least in the fridge, or overnight if you can stand it.
The frosting was kind of trial and error then major success as it tastes kind of amazing. I was going for a caramel cream cheese frosting, but with the added caramel sauce it was too thin so I folded in some fresh whipped cream to thicken it up. So, so good!
The final step in my Caramel Apple Pie Poke Cake was to drizzle and swirl some more caramel sauce over the top. Sprinkle on some chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts are good options) or even toffee bits. Slice into squares and serve with a smile!
Here’s another favorite Poke Cake we love:
For even more delicious cakes, try these: