Vampire Poke Cake

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Embrace the Halloween spirit with a mischievous dessert that’s perfect for spooky celebrations. This is the time of year I eagerly dive into crafting enchantingly eerie treats. When I’m in the kitchen concocting Halloween delights, my go-to eggs are @Egglandsbest. They’re not just any eggs; they’re the secret to my spooktacular baking. These eggs have a special power – they stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs, ensuring my creations are always wickedly good.

Now, let’s dive into the frightening world of Halloween with a dessert that’s as thrilling to create as it is to savor. Say hello to the mysterious Vampire Poke Cake, a confection that’s ready to sink its sweet, fang-tastic claws into your taste buds. This time of year calls for spooktacular treats, and this cake is the epitome of Halloween fun. But beware, beneath its playful exterior lies a sinful delight that’s devilishly delicious!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE VAMPIRE POKE CAKE

  • Frighteningly Fun: Halloween is all about the fun and spooky ambiance. My Vampire Poke Cake is a playful dessert that captures the spirit of the season. The vampire teeth on top are sure to elicit smiles and maybe even a few surprised gasps.
  • Ghoulishly Good Taste: Beneath its playful exterior, this cake is a taste bud-tingling delight. With layers of cherry glaze, vanilla frosting, and a moist cake base, it’s a harmonious blend of sweet and tart flavors. You’ll be amazed at how a cake that looks this eerie can taste so delicious.
  • Easy to Make: You don’t have to be a professional baker to create this masterpiece. The recipe is straightforward, and I’ll guide you through each step. Whether you’re preparing it for a Halloween party or a family dessert, it’s sure to be a hit.
  • Customizable: While my recipe includes the classic vampire teeth on top, you can get creative and add your own spooky decorations. From edible spiders to gummy worms, the possibilities are endless.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Whether you’re hosting a Halloween gathering or taking it to a potluck, this cake is a showstopper. It’s a dessert that’s as much about the presentation as it is about taste, and it’s guaranteed to steal the spotlight at any event.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE VAMPIRE POKE CAKE

Cake

  • Gluten-free all-purpose baking flour or all-purpose flour
  • Eggs
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Sugar
  • Butter (room temperature)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt
  • Sour cream

Finishing the Cake

  • Cherry glaze 
  • Vanilla frosting 

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE VAMPIRE POKE CAKE

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups/Spoons
  • KitchenAid Mixer or Hand Mixer
  • 9×13 Baking Dish
  • Skewer

HOW TO MAKE VAMPIRE POKE CAKE

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Whip the sugar and butter in a bowl until creamy. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, followed by the sour cream.
  3. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow it to cool.

Finishing the Cake

  1. Once the cake is cooled, use a wooden dowel to poke larger holes in the cake, approximately 1/4″ in diameter.
  2. Spread 6 oz of cherry glaze on top.
  3. Apply the vanilla frosting on top.
  4. Drizzle the remaining glaze on top of the cake.
  5. Place vampire teeth on top for a playful touch.
  6. Enjoy!

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store and reheat the Vampire Poke Cake?

To store the cake, cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days. When reheating, place a slice in the microwave for a few seconds to achieve a soft, gooey texture.

Can I make this cake in advance for my Halloween party?

Yes, you can prepare the cake a day or two in advance. Just be sure to store it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and moist.

Can I use different decorations on top of the cake?

Certainly! Get creative with your decorations. You can add gummy worms, edible spiders, or any other spooky elements to fit your Halloween theme.

Can I freeze it?

Absolutely! Just make sure you wrap it tightly in foil or parchment paper to prevent freezer burn. Then, pop it into an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat using the instructions above.

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, All-Purpose Flour can be used. Use the same amount that is listed in the ingredients, but swap with all purpose.

Can I use regular dairy?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free milk, but feel welcome to choose your preferred dairy option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the milk of your choice for the recipe.

Note: While almond milk is an option, it is less preferred due to its liquid consistency. Consider opting for a milk alternative with a thicker texture.

Vampire Poke Cake

Sink your teeth into my spooky Vampire Poke Cake this Halloween! Easy to make, eerie to look at, and devilishly delicious, it’s a crowd-pleaser for your next Halloween party.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vampire Poke Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 568kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • KitchenAid mixer or hand mixer
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Skewer

Ingredients

Cake

Finishing the Cake

  • 8 oz cherry glaze
  • 16 oz vanilla frosting

Instructions

Making the Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  • In a bowl, whip the sugar and butter on high for 5 minutes. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, followed by the sour cream.
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow it to cool.

Finishing the Cake

  • Once the cake is cooled, use a wooden dowel to poke larger holes in the cake, approximately 1/4″ in diameter.
  • Spread 6 oz of cherry glaze on top.
  • Apply the vanilla frosting on top.
  • Drizzle the remaining glaze on top of the cake.
  • Place vampire teeth on top for a playful touch.
  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 652IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg
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This Vampire Poke Cake is the perfect blend of playful, spooky, and delicious. Whether you’re surprising your kids, impressing your party guests, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth, this cake is a winner. So, embrace the Halloween spirit with this fang-tastic treat. Enjoy making, sharing, and indulging in this delightful and eerie creation.

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