Eggnog Poke Cake Recipe

This deliciously simple Eggnog Poke Cake recipe is filled with a creamy eggnog filling and a silky smooth salted caramel topping!

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.

This deliciously simple Eggnog Poke Cake recipe is filled with a creamy eggnog filling and a silky smooth salted caramel topping! 


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.

Salted caramel recipe

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.

Eggnog Cake recipe

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.

Can you say Merry Christmas!?!

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Eggnog Poke Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

A moist cake with to die for caramel sauce. Delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 378 kcal
Author: Shawn


For Cake:

  • 1 box cake mix, french vanilla or yellow cake mix + ingredients needed to make box cake (eggs, water, oil)
  • 1 box White Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 2 cups Eggnog
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon

For Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream


For Cake:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Let the cake cool to room temperature and then pour the room temperature Salted Caramel Sauce over the top and spread evenly.
  • Top with the Cool Whip and dust with the cinnamon.
  • Enjoy!
  • Stores in the refrigerator covered for up to 1 week.

For Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • {Gather all of your ingredients and have them nearby ready to add to the mixture as needed}
  • In a heavy-bottomed 3 quart saucepan, heat sugar and water over high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar.
  • Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color, carefully swirling pan occasionally.
  • 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).
  • Whisk until mixture is smooth.
  • Allow caramel to cool several minutes then pour into a glass jar to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 433IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: cake, eggnog, salted caramel, whipped topping
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disclaimer: this post is in partnership with AZ Milk Producers. All thoughts and opinions here are my own.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
79 Responses
  1. Amy Stockman

    Can’t wait to make this pan full of yumminess!
    Quick question….when you poke the holes in the cake, do you go all the way to the bottom of the pan, or halfway through the cake? Does it make a difference either way?
    Thank you!

  2. Alvie

    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.

  3. Cindy

    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.

  4. Ryan

    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!

      1. Jane CHANCE

        I was sure I wasn’t the only one with this question and kept searching through the comments. This cake peaked my interest and I might just try making it.

  5. Eileen

    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!!!

    1. Ranji

      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

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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