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Pumpkin Nutella Poke Cake

Pumpkin Nutella Poke Cake |

Ohhhhhhhh, you guys.

This is the one. This is the poke cake of all poke cakes. I mean…. I just have no words.

Pumpkin Nutella Poke Cake |

Last year I paired pumpkin and Nutella together in a fudge, and it absolutely rocked my world. So I’ve been impatiently waiting and toe tapping for the seasonally appropriate time to start back up where I left off with pumpkin last year!

Given my great love for poke cakes, this seemed like an excellent recipe to start with.


Pumpkin Nutella Poke Cake |

Aside from how yummy this cake is, I really love how easy it is to make. It’s made of 3 parts (cake, frosting, toppings), and each part is only 2 simple ingredients. The cake is just a boxed yellow cake mix plus a can of pumpkin. The frosting is Nutella and Cool Whip. And the toppings hot fudge sundae sauce and chopped Ferrero Rocher chocolates. So easy.

Oh… and I guess you have to work the hole poking and sweetened condensed milk in there too, but what effort really goes into that? Just poke some holes, pop open the can and pour! Voila!

Pumpkin Nutella Poke Cake |

Do me a favor? Promise me you’ll try this sometime this season. I mean it. You’re just going to die at how yummy this is!

And by the way… Happy Pumpkin Season everyone!!!

Pumpkin Nutella Poke Cake



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix and canned pumpkin until a batter forms. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  3. Let cool completely.
  4. Poke holes evenly through out the cake using a fork or the base of a wooden spoon (which is what I use, because I like bigger holes). Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, aiming to fill the holes. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Nutella and Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the cake.
  6. Cover and chill cake for at least 4 hours, overnight if possible.
  7. When ready to serve, top with chocolate sauce and chopped Ferrero Rocher chocolates.


Add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the cake batter for a more "pumpkin-y" taste!

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28 Responses to “Pumpkin Nutella Poke Cake”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on September 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm (#)

    Girl this looks and sounds so good! I love that it’s already a new fave for you. With the pumpkin, I’m sure it’s so moist. And the Nutella…oh boy. Pinned!

  2. Lindsay @ Life, Love and sugar posted on September 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm (#)

    Looks delicious! I saw your pictures on instagram and couldn’t wait to see it! :) I love pumpkin – yummy! Pinned

  3. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on September 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm (#)

    Someone needs to invite me to a party real soon so I can make this! It would completely dangerous to have this all to myself at home!!

  4. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on September 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm (#)

    Say what? YUMMY!

  5. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat posted on September 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm (#)

    Yup…now I’m drooling! This cake looks seriously amazing! Totally pinning this one!

  6. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on September 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm (#)

    I love the smashed up ferrero rocher. I bet that lends a lot of fun to the texture. This sounds awesome.

  7. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on September 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm (#)

    I pinned this on the post title alone…and then I got down to your pictures and ingredient list. Seriously, my mouth is watering. Holy moly, this looks so crazy good, Ashton!

  8. Joanna posted on September 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm (#)

    So I’m not the only one that counts down the days until it’s no longer considered weird to have pumpkin! This cake looks delicious!

  9. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm (#)

    Holy pumpkin craze!! This looks fantastic – pumpkin and nutella definitely look like the perfect pair :)

  10. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm (#)

    Pumpkin and Nutella. Yummmm.

  11. Mary Clay @ Cooking with the King posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm (#)

    Pumpkin plus Nutella equals the love of my life. So excited for autumn slash pumpkin season!

  12. Emma posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:51 am (#)

    woah woah woah

    This cake . . . I can’t even?!

    Totally making this for our little family thanksgiving this year no question!

    Well maybe one question . . . so you just mix the cake mix with the pumpkin puree and bake? Nothing else? No eggs, milk, oil required? Just cake mix and pumpkin puree?

    • Ashton posted on September 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm (#)

      You got it! Just be SURE it’s NOT pumpkin pie FILLING. That will totally mess everything up. It needs to say either “pure pumpkin” or “pumpkin puree.” :)

    • Emma posted on September 5, 2013 at 7:33 am (#)

      Awesome, will do Ashton, thanks :)

  13. tanya posted on September 4, 2013 at 9:38 am (#)

    Yep, pretty much the best poke cake ever! I love pumpkin and hate pumpkin pie! I have to make this for Thanksgiving! And maybe next week too, just to test it out!

  14. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on September 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm (#)

    Oh Ashton! This is incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on September 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm (#)

    Ashton!! This looks amazing!! There are just no words!! I am unable to resist anything pumpkin AND anything Nutella!!

  16. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on September 5, 2013 at 6:01 am (#)

    This is one amazing poke cake Ashton! The best I’ve ever seen. I love Nutella and pumpkin together!

  17. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on September 6, 2013 at 10:54 am (#)

    What a great combination for a poke cake! Love it!

  18. LauraD posted on September 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness. Nutella fudge on top of pumpkin cake! I had no idea what a “poke cake” was before this, but I am definitely trying it now.

  19. Just Jaime posted on September 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm (#)

    YUM! This looks great. Another idea to make the cake more pumpkin-y tasting would be to use a spice cake mix. I use that when I make pumpkin cookies and it works great! I’m excited about this combo!

  20. Sue posted on October 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm (#)

    I have the cake in the oven now. I only had a chocolate cake mix so I used it. Hope it tastes as good as it smells!!

  21. Allie posted on October 13, 2013 at 6:52 pm (#)

    I made this cake for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner today, and while it was tasty, it becomes cloyingly sweet very quickly. If the only need for the sweetened condensed milk is for moisture, I’d suggest halving or even quartering the amount called for. When I cut into the cake I would come upon the “poked” areas where the condensed milk was blobbed and not fully absorbed, and imo, that was kind of gross. I think this cake might be even better with no condensed milk or some other liquid, coffee maybe? Not sure how those flavours would work together. Anyhow, it *is* an easy cake to put together and was good in teeny tiny portions!

    • Ashton posted on October 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm (#)

      Whatever works for ya! This recipe is based off of the classic BTS cake, which is a lot like Tres Leches :) But, by all means, decrease the sweetness if you’d like! Sometimes I also sub in pudding or hot fudge sauce or caramel sauce (although– if you’re looking for less sweet, those may not be great options).

    • Allie posted on October 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm (#)

      Pudding sounds like a great idea!

    • Heather posted on October 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm (#)

      Perhaps 1/2 a can of evaporated milk? Or just regular milk for the moistness? Or would that make it too runny? I have made chocolate caramel poke cake 3x and love it. For the icing I have mixed Cool Whip with a package of instant chocolate pudding and it is perfect. I have also tried mixing it (very well) with a package of softened cream cheese (also super good and not overly sweet). Then I top it with crushed Butterfinger. YUM!

  22. Lindsay posted on November 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm (#)

    This sounds and looks amazing! One question tho… a 9×9 dish or a 9×13?? Thanks!

    • Ashton posted on December 17, 2013 at 11:08 pm (#)

      9×13 :)