This easy Oreo Cookies and Cream Poke Cake with a Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting begins with a yellow cake mix, is filled with an Oreo chocolate pudding and topped with a cookies and cream frosting.
If you love Oreos, you are sure to love this Cookies and Cream Poke Cake with crushed Oreos in the cake, the chocolate pudding filling and in the cream cheese frosting! It’s an explosion of all things cookies, cream and chocolate.
I mentioned this on instagram a few days back, but this past week had been filled with moments leaving me feeling a lot older than I want to feel.
There was a song on the radio the other day—a song that I remember hearing on the radio in the late 90s when it first came out—that was playing on the local ‘oldies’ station. Technically, while the 90s were a lot longer ago than I often realize (anyone else feel like inflatable furniture, purple shimmer lipstick and platform sandals were just a few years back instead of a few decades?!), I’m not sure I think a song that is only 20 years old is worthy of the oldies station…
That was just the start of these moments leaving me feeling weirdly older. While I know age is just a number, I couldn’t shake the sobering realization that time is moving incredibly quickly, and I want to savor each moment before it’s gone. ❤️ (Even the boring moments. 😜)
I don’t want to be complacent in life, and I know just how easy it is to get wrapped up in the responsibilities of everyday life and forget to find joy in each and every moment.
Truthfully, for me, I’m more about the simple, small things in life.
It’s the smallest of things that can bring me joy. Sipping a really good iced coffee on a sunny day. Sharing a muffin with my nieces. Catching up with friends over a meal. Hearing a new song on the radio. Finding a new dessert I can’t stop obsessing over.
Despite the fact it doesn’t take all that much to make me happy (but really though), it can be far too easy to take each moment for granted, letting them pass by without taking a second to commit them to memory.
Whether it’s taking a trip with my best friend or eating a slice of this Oreo Cookies and Cream Poke Cake (you knew I had to segue somehow, but given how much I love dessert, you know the joy is real when I eat cake), I’m vowing to try to savor each and every moment.
Leaving the sentimentality behind and moving forward to why most of you are here…
And not just any cake; a rich and chocolatey cake filled top to bottom with Oreos.
There’s not a lot to this Oreo Cookies and Cream Poke Cake recipe since it begins with a boxed cake mix. If you’ve never had a poke cake before, this is definitely a good recipe to begin with (that is, if you love all things chocolate and cookies—I mean, if you don’t, what are you doing here?! Kidding. Sort of. But seriously, if you don’t love cookies and cream things, instead try this Tiramisu Poke Cake. It’ll change your life).
Oreo Cookies and Cream Poke Cake Recipe Tips & Tricks
- While I used a yellow boxed cake mix, you can make this Oreo poke cake with white cake mix. Ultimately, the two flavors are interchangeable in this recipe. Use whatever you have on hand.
- If you don’t know, a poke cake is a cake (usually a sheet cake of sorts) that has holes poked in it so that a filling can be poured on top and sink into those holes, making a super moist and flavorful cake.
- I like to use the back of a wooden spoon to make my ‘poke’ holes. Only poke about halfway down into the cake.
- Make sure you use instant chocolate pudding. This really has nothing to do with anything, but chocolate pudding + Oreos = all my childhood hopes and dreams in one bite.
- I used original Oreos, but I’m 100% certain the chocolate filled Oreos or the mint filled Oreos would be amazing in this recipe!
- 1 box yellow cake mix (plus all ingredients on the back of the box)
- 1 cup Oreos, chopped into small pieces
- 1 box (3.4oinstant chocolate pudding
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 6 oz whipped cream cheese (it must be whipped)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup Oreos, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
- Mix cake with all ingredients on the back of the box. Once combined, add in Oreos and mix until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake according to the directions on the back of the box.
- Once the cake is baked, allow the cake to cool for a few minutes. Then, using the back of a wooden spoon (or something that is similar in sizpoke holes across the surface of the cake. Only poke about halfway down into the cake (you do not want to poke all the way to the bottom).
- Whisk 1 1/2 cups milk and instant chocolate pudding mix together until the pudding has thickened. Pour the pudding over the top of the cake, spreading the pudding evenly over the cake (as you spread the pudding, it will start to fall into the poked holes).
- Place the cake in the fridge to chill (at least 2 hours or so).
- Once the cake has chilled, whisk the heavy whipping cream (using a hand mixer or standing mixeuntil soft peaks begin to form.
- Add in powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whisk until just combined.
- Next, add in whipped cream cheese, 3oz at a time, whisking until just combined.
- Spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
- Sprinkle with crushed Oreos.
- Serve immediately or keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
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