Pineapple Poke Cake Recipe
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Pineapple Poke Cake Recipe

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This delicious dessert refreshes all year round. With several store-bought ingredients, it’s a snap to prepare any time. –Sandra Etelamaki of Ishpeming, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 180 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine pineapple and brown sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 4-5 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated; cool slightly. Remove cake from the oven; place on a wire rack. Poke holes in warm cake with a fork. Spoon pineapple mixture evenly over cake; cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cake. Spread whipped topping over pudding. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Pineapple Poke Cake in Light & Tasty October/November 2006, p17

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dctill User ID: 7217276 64163
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"Why do people continue 2 use sugar free products and think they are better for you???? NOT!!! reduced sugar products contain toxins like aspartame that are way worse than sugar !!!!"

Vicks6 User ID: 5093215 59760
Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"After reading all the reviews, I made this cake but I used a pineapple cake mix, and I doubled the amount of pineapple and brown sugar. Next time I won't boil off as much of the pineapple juice. It is a very refreshing cake. I would make this again."

tchr90 User ID: 2795278 137813
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"I have made this several times for family gatherings and everyone loves it! My sister-in-law even asked for the recipe. We all thought it was perfect the way it is!"

Netizen User ID: 4154355 118995
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"Boxed mixes and frozen whipped toppings, including Cool Whip Free (look at the ingredients for partially hydrogenated oils) have TRANS FATS and they are NOT healthy!"

oteri User ID: 2786763 56791
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Wouldn't this be yummy, too, with carrot cake? mmmmmm . . ."

imjstagrl0814 User ID: 4634921 59758
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I do not like pineapple, however this cake is delicious! If you are a big pineapple fan, I would suggest doubling the pineapple and brown sugar. That way you are sure to get pineapple in every bite! Will definitely make again."

nisey1000 User ID: 4520127 137812
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"I made this cake for out of town company, They all loved it and couldn't get enough. There weren't any left overs."

DonnaLadley User ID: 1109658 60682
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"I made this for work and everyone went back for seconds. I will make it again."

[email protected] User ID: 4062597 59757
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"Everyone loved this recipe! I doubled the pineapple and brown sugar topping, and I used regular pudding (3 oz size) and regular topping, since none of us like the sugar free versions. It was a hit and a "keeper"."

ruppie User ID: 1042838 143736
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"very yummy dessert....the whole family loved it....I did use a pineapple cake mix and also doubled the pinapple using tidbits instead of crushed. really gave it an awesome pinapple flavor."

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