Title: Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 box (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Praline Filling:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup whipped cream or whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Caramel sauce for drizzling (optional)


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven according to the instructions on the cake mix box.
  2. Prepare Cake Batter:
    • Prepare the yellow cake mix according to the package instructions. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter and mix well.
  3. Bake Cake:
    • Pour the cake batter into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish and bake according to the package instructions. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Poke Holes:
    • Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the warm cake.
  5. Prepare Praline Filling:
    • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, heavy cream, chopped pecans, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the praline filling thickens slightly.
  6. Pour Praline Filling:
    • Pour the warm praline filling over the poked cake, ensuring it fills the holes.
  7. Chill Cake:
    • Place the cake in the refrigerator and allow it to cool completely, allowing the praline filling to set.
  8. Top with Whipped Cream and Pecans:
    • Once the cake is chilled, spread a layer of whipped cream or whipped topping over the top. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top.
  9. Optional Drizzle:
    • Drizzle caramel sauce over the cake for an extra touch of sweetness if desired.
  10. Chill Before Serving:
    • Place the cake back in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours before serving to allow all the flavors to meld.
  11. Slice and Serve:
    • Slice the Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake into squares and serve chilled.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Baking Time: As per cake mix instructions
  • Chilling Time: 3-4 hours
  • Total Time: Approximately 4-5 hours
  • Intensity: Moderate

Note: This Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake is a decadent dessert with the rich flavors of pecans and praline. The combination of the moist cake, gooey praline filling, and creamy whipped topping makes it a delightful treat. Adjust the sweetness and toppings according to your preference. Enjoy this indulgent dessert for special occasions or family gatherings!

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