Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake – Thanksgiving Desserts

It is rich, yes, but not too rich.. Very good, rave reviews from coworkers and family.. perfect for Thanksgiving! The family is still talking about it a week later and I have found that family members have even hid slices away from others 😀 .. Irresistibly moist pumpkin cake! Pockets of fudgy topping. Caramel drizzles. Yum.




Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake



  • 1 box Betty Crockerâ„¢ Super Moistâ„¢ yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup (from 15-oz can) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  • 1 jar (about 12 oz) hot fudge topping
  • 1 container Betty Crockerâ„¢ Rich & Creamy vanilla or Whipped fluffy white frosting
  • 2/3 cup (from a 12 oz jar) caramel topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted



Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom only of 13×9-inch pan.

In large bowl, beat cake mix, pumpkin, water, oil, eggs and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan. Bake 26 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Immediately poke cake every inch with handle of wooden spoon halfway into cake; cool 5 minutes. Place hot fudge topping in quart-size resealable bag. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze hot fudge into holes in cake. Repeat as necessary to use all topping.

Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled.

Drop frosting by spoonfuls onto cake; spread evenly.

Just before serving, heat caramel sauce as directed on jar; drizzle a heaping teaspoon over each serving of cake. Sprinkle with pecans. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.


To toast pecans, heat oven to 350°F. Spread pecans in ungreased shallow pan. Bake uncovered about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown.
For a gooey caramel pumpkin cake, try hot caramel topping instead of hot fudge.




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