Eggnog Poke Cake with Salted Caramel


Can you believe there is less than one week till Christmas?!

Where has the time gone guys?!

I had such a fabulous time in California with my family at Disneyland, and thank you very much to all those who wished us well and to those lovely ladies who guest posted right here in my absence. I feel so loved.

If you’re a fan of eggnog, or cake, or salted caramel, then you’re going to simply flip over this lovely Eggnog Poke Cake.

Remember that Peppermint Poke Cake I showed you not too long ago?

Yeah, I have pretty much become obsessed with poke cakes.

It’s beneficial for both of us… yes?

There is just something about Eggnog that makes the holidays that much merrier.

I can’t drink too much of it because it’s so rich, but using eggnog in place of milk for some white chocolate pudding mix completely changes everything. It’s an exquisite dessert by itself, but infused into a warm French Vanilla Cake, then topped with Salted Caramel and whip cream, and it’s practically mind blowing.

I wasn’t going to do the Salted Caramel but my son changed my mind.

I would say, “I am going to make an Eggnog Poke Cake tonight guys!”

Then my son would quickly reply, “With Salted Caramel.”

It wasn’t a question, more of just a statement. Like I forgot to add it to the end of my sentence. After this happened three times I figured the boy was right. It needed some Salted Caramel. So it was done.

Boy was he spot on. 

Maybe I should run things by my 5 year old more often…

This cake is ultra moist, and full of that rich eggnog flavor that makes long lines at the store, and 3 feet of snow seem bearable.

I see a lot of snow in my future.

And a lot of cake.

Eggnog is a great way to get your daily dose of Milk, and lucky for you Shamrock Farms and Arizona Milk Producers have a beautiful gift basket full of kitchen goodies and $50 in free Shamrock Product coupons!

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They not only have regular milks, but tons of flavored milks, creams, sour cream, cottage cheese, and of course… eggnog!

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Eggnog Poke Cake with Salted Caramel
  • 1 box cake mix in French Vanilla (yellow cake mix will work too)
  • * ingredients needed to make box cake (eggs, water, oil)
  • 1 box Sugar Free White Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 2 cups Eggnog
  • 1 cup Salted Caramel Sauce (recipe below)
  • 8 oz container of Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions in a 9x13 inch pan. Once the cake is done baking remove from oven and use the handle end of wooden spoon to poke holes all over the warm cake.
  2. In a bowl combine the pudding mix and the eggnog with a whisk and beat for 1 minute. Pour the pudding mixture over the warm cake and use a rubber spatula to smooth it over the holes.
  3. Let the cake cool to room temperature and then pour the room temperature Salted Caramel Sauce over the top and spread evenly.
  4. Top with the Cool Whip and dust with the cinnamon.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. Stores in the refrigerator covered for up to 1 week.

Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  1. {Gather all of your ingredients and have them nearby ready to add to the mixture as needed}
  2. In a heavy-bottomed 3 quart saucepan, heat sugar and water over high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar.
  3. Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color, carefully swirling pan occasionally.
  4. Once mixture reaches that dark amber color, immediately add butter and whisk until butter has melted then immediately remove from heat. Wait 3 seconds then carefully pour in cream and immediately whisk to combine (it will bubble vigorously).
  5. Whisk until mixture is smooth.
  6. Allow caramel to cool several minutes then pour into a glass jar to cool completely.
  7. Enjoy!

disclaimer: this post is in partnership with AZ Milk Producers. All thoughts and opinions here are my own.


  1. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    Love using half and half in my sauces!

  2. Ahhhhhhhh, your killing me, I need some of this rich pokey in my belly right now!! Happy Holidays :)

  3. I love eggnog! I also really enjoy some of the flavored holiday milks that are out there. Have you seen the chocolate mint milk? Yum!

  4. Definitely heavy cream because a little bit goes a long way to make sauces and gravies really good.

  5. First of all, yay Disneyland! Glad you guys had a great time :) Second of all, this poke cake looks incredible, Shawn! Eggnog is far too rich for me to drink regularly, but I have a feeling I’d have no problems eating half this cake 😉 that caramel sauce looks glorious!

  6. I love butter!

    • Who doesn’t love butter!?! It’s fabulous… you have got to try the Salted Caramel recipe. It calls for Salted Butter! :)

      • I only buy unsalted butter so how much salt would I need to add to it to make the salted caramel? It’s too cold for me to run to the store for salted butter plus i’d never use it again. Unless I made another one of these cakes <3

        • Hi Ranji, I would add just a pinch a salt to the butter. You can add a pinch more after it’s turned to caramel too, that will give it an even bigger boost of flavor. :)

  7. OMG, Eggnog and Salted Caramel, I’m in LOVE!!!
    Looks wonderful!!!

  8. I love trying different cheeses!

  9. I think yogurt is my favorite….unless you count half and half in my coffee….

  10. My favorite way to use a dairy product is the way I put a TON of cream in my coffee, and I drink gallons of coffee daily. I won’t even touch nondairy creamer.

  11. I am a cheese and butter junkie. I go through so much of these that I should own stock in both of them.

  12. Cheese!

  13. I like any variety of cheese excluding goats!

  14. I love all kinds of cheese!!

  15. Michelle Wright says:

    I love cheese and I love poke cakes!!!

  16. This looks SO good! I’m with your son–salted caramel is a given. 😉

  17. I love yogurt for breakfast with added fruit. Also, love cottage cheese with peaches or pears! Very good light lunch!!

    • That sounds fabulous! I’m totally into Greek yogurt these days, can’t get enough. I need to try the cottage cheese with peaches. Have you tried it with pineapple tid-bits? Sooo good!

  18. My favorite is ricotta cheese in baked ziti, spinach pie, etc

  19. As a baker, I’m definitely a butter user!

  20. I, too, am totally obsessed with poke cakes. And eggnog…so this is a win-win!

  21. Amanda Thompson says:

    I love cheese!!!!

  22. BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. I love yogurt! Though cheese and butter are great too…

  24. Definitely cheese!

  25. Bobbi Dougherty says:

    I love Cheese!!!! That is my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway…

  26. awesome!

  27. Ummm, all of the above? I love cheese. I love butter. And I like milk a lot too. I’ve never tried Eggnog but this recipe looks so good that I think I’ll try it soon!

  28. sounds yummy!

  29. Cheese and yogurt!

  30. Made this for Christmas! So good! Used a vanilla pudding

  31. Cake looks super yummy! I’ve never made a poke cake before..don’t think I’ve even had one before…definitely need to give it a try!

  32. That is wonderful that I won. I made the eggnog Poke cake for Christmas Dinner and everybody loved it. Thanks again.

  33. I love your blog. I have a question about the yummy sauce. How long is it good for? Do you store it in the fridge or on a counter covered?

    • Hi Stephanie! The Salted Caramel Sauce is best stored in an air tight container (I always use a mason jar), and kept in the fridge. It can last for a couple weeks (if it even makes it that long 😉 )

  34. Marg Turner says:

    This sounds great. Can’t wait to try it. I’ve never had the salted caramal before.
    The link to enter the giveaway it not working.

  35. Sounds absolutely delicious! I am still laughing about the fact that it will keep in the fridge for a week???? How did you ever discover that? I’d give it two days at the most…..gone!!!!!!

  36. Sounds like a delicious, fun recipe to try.

  37. Wow this cake is great! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  38. Cheryl Christian says:

    This cake sounds really good. Can’t wait to try!!

  39. Perfect for a party I have to go to next weekend. it’s an original idea I have never heard of. So excited to try it.

  40. Sounds really yummy, good way to use eggnog

  41. Wow, never heard of Eggnog Poke Cake with Salted Caramel, sounds and looks delicious, printed off the recipe and will certainly be trying this one very soon, going out to buy the rest of the ingredients today for this recipe, thanks for sharing!!!

    • I made this for thanksgiving and it was good but very rich so cut small pieces :) I did have a little problem with the caramel sauce, when I made it as I was putting the heavy cream in it tried to clump on me so I turned the stove back on to low and whished it until it was smooth so from then on it was a keeper. This was my first time at making caramel so you can take it from there LOL

  42. I can hardly wait to try the Egg Nog Poke and Pour cake . It sounds delicious , I know my family will love it.

  43. My Family is going to love this. Eggnog, and caramel…Yum.

  44. Cheryll Wesoja says:

    This is an awesome recipe!!

  45. pam orielly says:

    a great treat for a family of eggnog fiends!

  46. Looks dreamy! Will have to give this one a try.

  47. looks delicious

  48. Terri Seibech says:

    I cannot wait to try this!!

  49. Edna Williams says:

    Love Egg Nog. That sounds incredible!

  50. Did you use instant or cook and serve pudding?

  51. First time making caramel and I think I burned it. Any tips? I also couldn’t find white chocolate pudding so I used vanilla. Still turned out good though!

  52. Great recipe. Only change I made was the cool whip. And made my own yellow cake. Eliminating hydrogenated oils from my diet is a must and organic heavy cream whipped to a cloud works much better and is much healthier on this cake.

  53. Apparently me and caramel dont go well together lol. Mine ended up tasting like burnt ass :p. So ima go pick up some Hersheys caramel sauce and put that on it lol.

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