A slice of apple spice poke cake on a green plate next to the cake pan and two apples
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Apple Spice Poke Cake

Apple Spice Poke Cake is a semi homemade cake with a spice cake base, caramel glaze, fresh whipped cream, and topped with super simple spiced apples.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Chill time2 hrs
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 514kcal
Author: Jade Jones


Spice cake:

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter or instead of the oil called for
  • 1 cup milk or instead of the water called for
  • 3 eggs

Spiced apples:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 5 apples sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp apple pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Caramel glaze:

  • 1/2 cup jarred caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


Apple Spice Poke Cake

  • Make the cake according to the package directions replacing the water with milk and the oil with butter.  Bake according to the directions on the package.
  • Mix the sweetened condensed milk and the caramel together until well blended. Set aside.
  • Once the cake is cooked, allow it to cool for 5 minutes.  Poke holes with a skewer or fork and then pour the caramel glaze over the cake.  Place cake in fridge.

Spiced Apples

  • Add butter to a large pan over medium heat.  Once the butter has melted, add apple slices and cook for 5 minutes to soften the apples.
  • Add brown sugar, vanilla extract, apple pie spice and kosher salt to the apples and stir to combine.  Continue to cook over medium heat until apples are soft, about 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and cornstarch. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the apple mixture.
  • Once the apples are soft, turn up the heat to medium high and cook for 2-3 minutes to thicken the syrup. The apples and syrup will be ready once it reaches the same consistency as maple syrup.  Allow to cool.

Whipped cream

  • In a stand mixer, take the heavy cream straight from the fridge and pour it into the stand mixer bowl. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and whip on medium high speed until the mixture has soft peaks.
  • Spread whipped cream over the top of the cake.  Add the spiced apples over the whipped cream.  Chill for 2 hours before serving.


Spiced apples adapted from the Nutmeg Nanny Vanilla Spiced Apples


Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2.5mg