Chocolate-Peppermint Poke Cake

Prep Time 25 Minutes
Total Time 3:15 Hrs:Mins
Makes 15 servings

Make a cake that's easy to take and share. Pockets of creamy pudding and melt-in-your-mouth peppermint candies are the memories you'll make.

Ingredients

Cake:
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® chocolate
    fudge cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Filling:
1 box (4-serving size) white chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Frosting:
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 container (12 ounces) Betty Crocker® Whipped milk chocolate frosting
3/4 cup coarsely chopped chocolate-covered peppermint patties (8 candies)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F for shiny metal or glass pan (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13 x 9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13 x 9-inch pan. Cool 15 minutes.
  2. With handle of wooden spoon, poke top of warm cake every 1/2 inch.
  3. In medium bowl, beat filling ingredients with wire whisk about 2 minutes. Immediately pour over cake. Cover loosely; refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled.
  4. Stir 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract into frosting. Spread frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle with peppermint patties. Store covered in refrigerator.

Success
To keep candies from sticking together as you cut them, sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over the cutting board. As you cut the candies, toss them with the sugar.

Substitution
Vanilla or chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix can be used instead of the white chocolate pudding mix.

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving (1 Serving) Calories 360
(Calories from Fat 130), Total Fat 15g (Saturated Fat 4 1/2g, Trans Fat 1 1/2g), Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 440mg; Total Carbohydrate 54g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 38g), Protein 4g

Exchanges: 1 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices: 3 1/2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Betty Crocker/© 2010 ®/TM General Mills.