Easy Oreo Poke Cake Recipe

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This Oreo Poke Cake will make chocolate lovers think they’ve died and gone to heaven! It’s a rich, indulgent dessert that everyone will love, and an easy dessert recipe that’s perfect for any occasion!

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Pouring chocolate syrup over oreo poke cake

We can’t get enough Oreo cookies in my house! We’ve made everything from Oreo Cheesecake Bites to an amazing (and super easy) Oreo Milkshake. That’s why, when I needed a dessert for my weekly girl’s night with the neighbors, I decided to try an Oreo Poke Cake!

If you’ve ever had one, it’s pretty obvious how a poke cake gets its name. You basically poke holes throughout a baked box mix cake using the back of a wooden spoon handle, then fill it with something yummy. In this case, something yummy would be vanilla pudding.

Once you see how easy and delicious this cake recipe is, you’ll be totally hooked. Then you can try this Strawberry Poke or this amazing Banana Pudding Poke Cake next!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make: This Oreo cake uses a boxed cake mix that takes little effort to make.
  • Delicious flavors: Tons of chocolate and Oreo flavor for all the chocolate lovers out there.
  • Great make ahead dessert: This easy recipe can be made ahead a day or two in advance.
  • Ideal for any occasion: Perfect dessert for potlucks, birthday parties or just about any gathering. 
Oreo Poke Cake Ingredients

What’s Needed for this Oreo Poke Cake Recipe

  • Chocolate cake mix: (PLUS all ingredients listed on the box directions needed to make the cake)
  • Vanilla instant pudding: you can use white chocolate pudding mix
  • Milk: you’ll need whole milk to make the pudding
  • Whipped topping: we used Cool Whip 
  • Oreo cookies: or other chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Chocolate syrup

How to Make an Easy Oreo Poke Cake

Step 1: In a large bowl, prepare chocolate cake according to box directions. Pour the cake batter in a 9×13 pan and bake according to instructions on back of the box.

Step 2: While the cake is baking, combine the vanilla pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl and mix until combined and smooth.

Vanilla pudding in bowl

Step 3: When the cake is done, let it cool for a few minutes, then use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the warm cake.

Note: It’s important to poke holes in the top while the cake is still warm so that the cake crust will break more easily, and the pudding will soak in better.

Wooden spoon poking holes in chocolate cake

Step 4: Pour the pudding mixture over the top of the cake.

Spooning vanilla pudding over poke cake

Step 5: Spread the pudding evenly across the surface, making sure to guide it into all the holes of the cake. Refrigerate the cake for at least 30 minutes.

Note: Make sure you pour pudding around the edges and in the corners of the cake too.

Chocolate cake topped with pudding

Step 6: While the cake is chilling, crush 5 Oreos in a Ziploc bag. Stir into the Cool Whip.

Cool whip with oreo cookies

Step 7: Using an offset spatula, spread the whipped topping and crushed Oreos mixture over the entire cake. Chill the cake in the fridge for another 30 minutes.

Cool whip with Oreos spread over cake

Step 8: Crush the remaining 15 Oreo cookies. Just before serving, sprinkle them over the top of the cake, then drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Chocolate syrup getting poured over Oreo poke cake

Step 9. Serve and enjoy your delicious Oreo pudding cake!

Oreo poke cake from above

How Do You Store Oreo Cookie Poke Cake?

If you’re lucky, you’ll have enough left over to last a few days. Just keep the cake in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It’s even better after the first day because the pudding seeps further into the cake, making it even more moist and delicious!

Slice of Oreo Poke Cake on spatula

Can I Make This Oreo Poke Cake Ahead of Time?

You can make this cake and keep it covered well with plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 2-3 days after you make it.

Can I Use Homemade Whipped Cream?

Oreo pudding poke cake is topped with whipped cream, crushed cookies, and syrup. You can make homemade whipped cream, but you’ll want to stabilize it with a little mascarpone or crème fraiche to help it hold up to the toppings.

Oreo poke cake with slice taken out

Oreo Chocolate Poke Cake Variations and Add-ins

  • Cake- I used a traditional chocolate cake mix, you could use a German chocolate cake mix. We love this cake with devil’s food cake mix too.
  • Pudding- Have fun and use any pudding flavors you like. If you want a more intense chocolate flavor, you can use a chocolate instant pudding mix. White chocolate instant pudding is another great option. You can also use instant Oreo pudding mix, or cookies and cream pudding.
  • Cookies- Regular chocolate Oreos give this delicious cake that traditional cookies and cream flavor, but you can add a fun twist by using Peanut Butter Oreos, Mint Oreos or even Golden Oreos.
  • Toppings- Our cake is drizzled with regular chocolate syrup, but you can use a homemade chocolate ganache by melting chocolate chips with a little heavy cream.
  • Garnish- We used additional crushed cookies, but you can add some chocolate sprinkles too. If you’re making this for Halloween, orange sprinkles would look awesome. For a pretty pop of color, you can scatter a few maraschino cherries on the top of the whipped cream and crushed Oreo cookies.
Oreo poke cake on white plate

Want More Oreo Dessert Recipes?

If you love Oreo cookies as much as we do, you’ll want to check out these recipes:

Oreo Poke cake with bite taken out
Oreo Poke Cake recipe card
4.64 from 19 votes

Oreo Poke Cake Recipe

Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
This Oreo Poke Cake is the perfect dessert for any occasion! Always a hit, it's chocolate overload in all the best ways!


For The Cake

For the pudding:

For the topping

  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 20 Oreo cookies
  • 3 tbsp chocolate syrup


  • Prepare and bake the cake according to the directions on the box.
    1 box chocolate cake mix, 1 cup water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs
  • While the cake is baking, combine the pudding mix and milk.
    1 box vanilla instant pudding mix, 2 cups milk
  • Once cake is finished baking, take the handle of a wooden spoon and poke holes in the cake (do this while the cake is still warm).
  • Pour the pudding over the top of the cake, guiding it into the holes.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes. While the cake is chilling, crush 5 Oreos and stir them into the Cool Whip.
    8 oz Cool Whip, 20 Oreo cookies
  • Spread the Cool Whip over the cake and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
  • Crush the remaining 15 Oreo cookies. Just before serving, sprinkle them over the top of the cake.
  • Drizzle with chocolate syrup and serve immediately.
    3 tbsp chocolate syrup


  • Have fun and use any pudding flavors you like. If you want a more intense chocolate flavor, you can use a chocolate instant pudding mix. Another great option is Oreo Cookies & Cream instant pudding!
  • We usually just use regular chocolate syrup you make top ice cream with or chocolate milk with, but you can use a homemade chocolate ganache by melting chocolate chips with a little heavy cream.
Check out the post above for more helpful tips & tricks!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 4mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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  1. This looks and sounds delicious. I have all ingredients so I will be making this recipe. I am craving something chocolate!! YUM!!

    1. If you’re craving chocolate, this is definitely the recipe for you! Can’t wait to hear how you like it 🙂

  2. Jean E Mayes says:

    This looks wonderful! I have everything except vanilla pudding but I would imagine a chocolate pudding filling would not be unwelcome. Thanks for this idea. I will be trying it as soon as I have room in my post-Thanksgiving refrigerator.

    1. Yes, you can totally use chocolate pudding! There’s no such thing as too much chocolate, right? Enjoy! 🙂

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