Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake

Life is too short
to say no to cake.

Hello, friends.
Boy, do I have a treat for you today!
This pumpkin caramel poke cake is
and it's the perfect treat to serve to guests. . .
or yourself.
A moist cake,
creamy frosting,
and ooey-gooey caramel,
what's not to like?!

These are the ingredients you need:

1 box, spice cake mix
1 cup canned, pumpkin puree
1 cup water
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 {8 oz.} pkg, cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup Confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cup whipped topping
{I whip my own, but you can use Cool Whip)

Let's get to baking, my friends!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray and set aside.
With a hand or stand mixer, 
mix together the cake mix, pumpkin, water, eggs and oil 
stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
Mix until nice and smooth. 
Pour batter into the prepared pan
and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, 
or until toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 
and crumb free.

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, 
while it is still hot, 
poke holes into the cake with the end of a wooden spoon. 
In a microwave safe bowl, heat up a 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce 
for about 20-30 seconds, just to warm.
This will make is easier to pour over the cake.
Pour the warm caramel sauce over the top of the hot cake, 
making sure to get the majority of the sauce into the holes of the cake. 
Let the cake cool completely.

Once the cake is cool, prepare the cream cheese frosting. 
With a hand or stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, 
powdered sugar and milk until smooth and creamy. 
Add the whipped topping, and fold into the cream cheese mixture. 
Spread the frosting over the top of the cake, 
gently pressing the frosting into the holes of the cake. 
Smooth out evenly.
Drizzle the top of the cake with the remaining 1/4 cup of caramel sauce. 
Refrigerate any leftovers
{if you have any}.

Nothing says HOME
like the smell of baking.

Keep cake moist
by eating it all in one sitting.

Thank you for stopping by!
I hope you have a very "sweet" day.



Kerin said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Looks like a delicious treat, perfect for family gatherings.

Have a happy day.


Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Hmmmmmm! Looks so delicious, sweet Stephanie!

Sylvia said...

I love anything Caramel Stephanie. This looks so good and yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

Carol said...

This sounds good even though I am not a huge fan of pumpkin.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Your cake looks so good and perfect for the holidays Stephanie!

Vee said...

Hahahahahahaha...loved the tip! This looks like a wonderful dessert for Christmas gatherings. I am snagging it for sure. Thank you!

hobbyloes said...

What a delicious sweet cake, you make everything so delicious!

Debbie Harris said...

I must remember your tip for those times I just can't leave angel food cake alone. ;) you know what angel food cake does to me. :-)
Now this cake, it was delicious!! Caramel and pumpkin will get me every time.

You have a "sweet" day as well~

Love you~

Chris Lally said...

This would not last two minutes in my house, but I guess I will have to test that theory to see if it is correct...
Thanks, Stephanie!!!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh yes....and lots of caramel too! Love it! Thanks the recipe sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Anne Payne said...

Keep cake moist
by eating it all in one sitting."

HAHAHA!!! Now that is funny! :-)


Magpie's Mumblings said...

LOL!! Keeping it moist by eating all in one sitting - hmmm - I'm already having trouble fitting into my jeans so that's definitely not such a good plan. However, I WOULD like to nosh on just a few little pieces of this!

Margie said...

Now that's a "pro tip" that I can follow. YUM!!!

krishna said...

This is so yummy!

e l i z a b e t h ♥ said...

Oh my, does this look good! Everything about this cake looks splendid, but I must say that the frosting sounds absolutely heavenly! A whipped cream cheese frosting...yes, please. I will definitely be storing this recipe away to make very soon, dear friend...thank you for sharing such a sweet post. ♥

By the way, I keep meaning to tell you, but for one of our Thanksgiving desserts, I made your Pumpkin Crumble Cake. It was scrumptious...almost like a coffee cake, which means that it would be suitable for breakfast with tea or coffee, right? Hee! Anyways, just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed that recipe. {{smiles}} Anything wit ha crumb topping has my heart!

Wishing you a most wonderful week, dear Stephanie! Love and blessings being sent your way ♥


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my....pumpkin, caramel and spice, yes please!! The only thing better would be sharing a slice with you in your cozy mountain home! Love to you, my friend!

Anonymous said...

Yum!Yum!! That cake looks so delicious! And I love your idea on how to keep it moist.... I totally agree.

Hugs from Shirley

Ang Specht said...

Your cake looks delicious, my friend! :) And I love those snowflakes. I don't know where you find them, but thanks to you, I have some in my centerpiece, given to me from years gone by. :) I hope you and your family are doing well and having a great December! :)

Conniecrafter said...

Oh that does sound delicious, I am still deciding what to make for our Life group Christmas party this Sunday night.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I have a cake that I make that is "very" similar. My recipe doesn't have the caramel sauce, but I will definitely add that next time! I bet that takes the cake to a whole new wonderful level! Thanks for sharing!

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to try this my friend. Sounds like a little slice of heaven. I love anything pumpkin and this sounds right up our alley. Thank you so much for sharing and sending hugs.

Sandi said...


Just the right amount of icing!

Lowcarb team member said...

LOL! Loved the tip!

Looks a delicious cake.

All the best Jan

Cheryl said...

OH, my word! My family would love this. Will have to try it soon, Lord willing. :) Sending love and hugs your way today, sweet friend!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my gosh, I'm drooling over this pumpkin caramel cake. I so wish I had a piece to go with my tea right now. Your pictures always make my mouth water haha. Pumpkin and caramel, what a wonderful combination. It looks very moist too. : )


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