i should be mopping the floor: Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake

According to my kids, this Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake
tastes exactly like Christmas.
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Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake  | A taste of Christmas in every bite of this moist, rich cake...and its topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.
I love a good poke cake. I think this is about the fourth one I've posted here in the last year or so.  They're just so versatile...and always moist and delicious. I always associate poke cakes with summer...since a lot of them are made with gelatin. But, I really wanted to come up with one that captured the yummy flavors of the holiday season. This one starts with red velvet cake as the base...and then has a white chocolate pudding that incorporates International Delight's Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Creamer in it. It soaks straight into the cake. It's then topped with a cream cheese frosting and chopped peppermint kiss candy. This cake is just all kinds of festive fabulous.
Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake  | A taste of Christmas in every bite of this moist, rich cake...and its topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.
I knew it was a winner when the boys couldn't get enough of it {I mean, they're not ones to turn down cake...but this time they ate the whole piece...not just the icing...wha?!?}. It only took us two days to finish off a 9x13 pan of it...that good, y'all! And it's so festive...both in appearance and taste. It's a really nice cake for a family gathering or to take to a pot luck.

Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake  | A taste of Christmas in every bite of this moist, rich cake...and its topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.
Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix {+ingredients to make cake listed on box}
  • 1 {4 serving size} white chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup cold International Delight Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Creamer
Frosting {prepared the next day}:
  • 1 {8 ounce} package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 {8 ounce} tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup candy-cane flavored kiss shaped candies, chopped {or chopped peppermint bark}
Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake  | A taste of Christmas in every bite of this moist, rich cake...and its topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

Directions:
Prepare red velvet cake in a 9x13 pan and bake according to package directions. Let cool completely. Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over cake.
Whisk pudding mix with milk and International Delight Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Creamer until incorporated. Don't allow to set up. Immediately pour pudding mixture over cake and use a rubber spatula to spread and work into all of the poked holes. Allow to sit out for 20-30 minutes {but not too much longer}, so pudding can soak all the way through to the bottom of the pan. I've played with poke cakes a bit and realized that if they're not immediately refrigerated, more of the pudding can soak through before it's too firm. If I refrigerate too early, the pudding begins to set up before it's soaked all the way through. After that, pop it into the refrigerator to sit overnight.

Mix the frosting by first beating the cream cheese and vanilla together with a mixer until smooth. Sift powdered sugar into the cream cheese and beat until incorporated. Fold in whipped topping until fully incorporated...but be careful not to over-mix. Spread frosting all over cake...it makes quite a bit, so if you take a lick or two {or ten}, it's all good. Sprinkle with chopped candy pieces. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Note: I first made this with actual chopped candy canes. But, after sitting for awhile, their color bled into the frosting and it looked like a nightmare {literally}. I love the kiss shaped candies {you know the kind...wink} that are candy cane flavored. Chopped peppermint bark would be a nice topping, too, if you can't find the others.

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Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake  | A taste of Christmas in every bite of this moist, rich cake...and its topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.
After the pudding soaks into the cake, it takes on the reddish hue, too.
It's really yummy...very fresh and wintry tasting!


Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake  | A taste of Christmas in every bite of this moist, rich cake...and its topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.
The above is one of my favorite photos...you can see the pudding mixture soaked all the way to the bottom. It even made it onto the plate. Can't you just taste it?

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Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake  | A taste of Christmas in every bite of this moist, rich cake...and its topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

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Red Velvet and Peppermint Pudding Poke Cake  | A taste of Christmas in every bite of this moist, rich cake...and its topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.