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Carrot Cake Poke Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

carrot cake poke cake on a white plate with a fork

My Carrot Cake Poke Cake is rich, moist, spiced, and topped with a cream cheese whipped topping. A perfect dessert for spring and Easter.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Carrot cake is a household favorite in our house. I love making different variations on the flavors in carrot cake, but one of my favorites is my Carrot Cake Poke Cake.

This cake starts really simple with a spiced carrot cake filled with carrots and pineapple. Next, I add a layer of sweetened condensed milk mixed with pudding mix. The finishing touch is a whipped cream cheese topping with fun seasonal sprinkles!

Today is the final day of Spring Sweets Week and I have been celebrating with a few other friends this week and there is a giveaway. The bottom of the page has all the details to enter!

For my Carrot Cake Poke Cake I used sugar from Dixie Crystals, and sprinkles from Sweets and Treats.

side view of carrot cake poke cake unsliced and in baking dish

Ingredients

For Cake

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • ground cloves
  • ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • melted butter
  • brown sugar, packed
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • whole milk
  • grated carrot
  • crushed pineapple
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • instant vanilla pudding

For Cream Cheese Topping

  • cream cheese
  • vanilla
  • powdered sugar
  • heavy cream
  • whipped topping
  • seasonal sprinkles

Instructions

For Cake

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet. Do not over-mix. Fold carrots and pineapple into the batter.
  4. Spread the batter into a baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. While cake is baking, mix together the sweetened condensed milk with the pudding mix.
  6. Remove cake from oven. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make holes in the warm cake. Pour the pudding mixture over the cake and spread it evenly on top. Place the cake in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

For Cream Cheese Topping

  1. Place cream cheese in a medium bowl and mix in the vanilla with a hand mixer.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and whip till smooth. Mix in the heavy cream.
  3. Fold in the whipped topping.
  4. To frost Carrot Cake Poke Cake, remove from the fridge and spread evenly over the cake. Top with seasonal sprinkles, nuts, or caramel sauce.
  5. Store covered in the fridge.

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carrot cake poke cake lifted from the pan with a spatula

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carrot cake poke cake on a white plate with a fork

Carrot Cake Poke Cake

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Fridge Time 1 hr

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Ingredients 

 

For Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsps baking soda
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ tsps vanilla extract
  • cup whole milk
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 3.9 oz box instant vanilla pudding

For Cream Cheese Topping

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • seasonal sprinkles

Instructions 

For Cake

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet. Do not over-mix. Fold carrots and pineapple into the batter.

  • Spread the batter into a baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

  • While cake is baking, mix together the sweetened condensed milk with the pudding mix.

  • Remove cake from oven. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make holes in the warm cake. Pour the pudding mixture over the cake and spread it evenly on top. Place the cake in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

For Cream Cheese Topping

  • Place cream cheese in a medium bowl and mix in the vanilla with a hand mixer.

  • Add the powdered sugar and whip till smooth. Mix in the heavy cream.

  • Fold in the whipped topping.

  • To frost cake, remove from the fridge and spread evenly over the cake. Top with seasonal sprinkles, nuts, or caramel sauce.

  • Store covered in the fridge.

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Thank you #SpringSweetsWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Anolon, Sweets & Treats, Melissa’s Produce, Taylor and Colledge, and Nairn’s for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #SpringSweetsWeek giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.   All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six (6) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #SpringSweetsWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #SpringSweetsWeek posts or entry.



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