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The holidays are a time to pull out all the stops while baking! I love creating beautiful and delicious food that has the wow factor for my family during this season! And yes, that involves some decadent desserts! For this recipe I decided to feature two things I love: red velvet everything and s’mores. This Red Velvet S’more Poke Cake definitely takes it to the next level while still being incredibly easy to make!
My Red Velvet S’More Poke Cake will leave your mouth-watering and looks intricate, but is so simple to make and budget-friendly. The layers of graham cracker, red velvet cake, pudding, and marshmallow creme frosting are gorgeous and decadent. If you haven’t made a poke cake before, I’d encourage you to give it a try because it’s so fun to make! I mean poking holes in a cake is generally a no-no, but not in this recipe! Poking the cake is also an excellent job for little hands that like to help.
This cake is super-moist thanks to the pudding and I love how the curls of bakers chocolate are a nice contrast to the super sweet marshmallow creme. Disclaimer: between the poking, the pudding, and the marshmallow creme this is a bit of a messy treat. Not that you’ll mind…it’s a fun and yummy mess, but considered yourself forewarned. 😉
- 3 cups pulsed graham cracker (about 20 sheets)
- ¾ cup butter
- ⅔ cup sugar
- Red velvet cake mix
- Cake mix ingredients (oil, water, egg--generally)
- Large chocolate pudding box (and milk)
- Marshmallow creme
- Baker's chocolate for topping
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar. It should resemble almost a sandy texture. Press into bottom of 9x13 pan or two 8 inch rounds.
- Prepare cake mix according to directions. Pour on top of graham cracker crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Poke holes in top of cake using a wooden spoon handle or straw. Prepare pudding mix according to package directions. Once smooth (but not set up) pour over cake. You may need to use a spoon to help it get down in all the holes.
- Let cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Spread slightly heated (in the microwave, the heat helps with spreading) marshmallow creme on top of cake. Garnish with baker's chocolate. Refrigerate or serve immediately.
This cake is perfect for sharing at your upcoming holiday parties and gatherings! It would also make a scrumptious birthday cake. I’m always on the lookout for a birthday cake that stands out from all the holidays desserts because my mom, sister, and I all have December birthdays!
I stopped at Wal-Mart to pick up the ingredients for this dessert. I used thee Kraft Holiday Bake Center, which was on the main aisle next to the grocery in my store, I appreciate them having most of the ingredients for holiday baking all in one spot. Makes shopping with a toddler almost easy! Anything I couldn’t find at the bake center I grabbed in the baking aisle and was on my way.
I love the tried and true holiday recipes, but it is so fun to create something unique and new for dessert! Hope you enjoy this Red Velvet S’More Poke Cake!
Which delicious Kraft holiday treat would you make? What is your favorite holiday dessert?