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Toffee Butterscotch Poke Cake

Poke cakes are some of the best desserts to feed a crowd. There’s no icing, you don’t need a special pan, and they always turn out moist and flavorful thanks to the liquid that you pour over the cake after poking some holes in it. This particular poke cake has one of my all time favorite flavors in it: butterscotch. Then the whole thing is topped with toffee- another fave. It doesn’t get any better than this toffee butterscotch poke cake.

When I went to the grocery to get the ingredients my heart sank a bit when I got to the toppings section. They were out of my usual butterscotch sundae syrup. I had 2 choices, one was artificially flavored which I don’t love. So I got the only other option which was a bourbon butterscotch topping.

I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. But, I actually liked even more than the other kind I normally buy! If you want to add some depth and pizazz to this (already) incredible cake, then this is the way to do it. This happy fluke turned out to be a wonderful addition to this recipe for me. If you have the option at your supermarket for bourbon butterscotch syrup I highly recommend this substitution.

The base of the cake is a simple yellow box cake mix. After baking use a thick wooden spoon to poke a bunch of holes in the cake. You can also use the thick end of some wooden chopsticks. Either way, you need to make a lot of these holes. When you think you’re done add some more.

Then you pour a mixture of butterscotch topping and sweetened condensed milk over the top while it’s still warm. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and top with Cool Whip, toffee pieces, and chopped, honey roasted nuts. It’s an out-of-this world dessert that makes a hefty number of servings and comes together with only a few steps. It’s now one of my favorites and it’s so easy to make!

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1 box yellow cake mix (plus ingredients required on the box)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butterscotch sauce
1 cup toffee bits
1 container whipped topping (thawed)
Caramel sauce for drizzling (optional)


Prepare the Cake:
Preheat your oven according to the cake mix instructions. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
Follow the instructions on the cake mix box to prepare the yellow cake batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake as directed.
Poke Holes:
Once the cake is baked and still warm, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes evenly across the entire cake.
Fill with Sweetness:
In a bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk and butterscotch sauce until well combined. Pour this mixture over the warm cake, ensuring it fills the holes.
Top with Toffee Delight:
Sprinkle a generous amount of toffee bits over the cake, allowing them to nestle into the holes and create pockets of toffee goodness.
Chill and Set:
Place the cake in the refrigerator to cool completely and allow the flavors to meld. This step also helps the cake set.
Frost and Garnish:
Once the cake is chilled, spread the thawed whipped topping over the top, creating a smooth and creamy layer. Drizzle with caramel sauce for an extra touch of indulgence.
Serve and Delight! 🎉🍰
Slice into squares, serve on elegant dessert plates, and watch as your guests delight in the rich, toffee-infused layers.

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