Sunday, March 6, 2016

Oreo Poke Cake: National Oreo Cookie Day

One of the easiest cakes to make is a Poke Cake, aka Puddin' Poke Cake. Obviously this is a very moist cake. A poke cake is usually made with a boxed cake mix and a pudding mix. You poke holes in the cake after it's been baked, but still warm, and you pour the pudding over it. How easy is that? Very Retro!

But first a few Oreo facts to commemorate the day. Oreos are the best selling cookie in the world with more than 450 million Oreo cookies sold since they were created. They are also found in 100 countries. There are now seven flavors of Oreos, not counting seasonal varieties. Nabisco got the idea from Hydrox which made its debut in 1908, four years before Oresos were placed on store shelves. It wasn't until 1997 that Oreos became kosher when the lard was removed. Oreos are vegan. The 'cream' doesn't contain any dairy.

Since today is National Oreo Cookie Day, I thought I'd post this recipe for Oreo Poke Cake. You'll probably find you have some or all the ingredients for this Oreo Poke Cake in your cupboard and fridge. The following recipe is all over the internet. You'll probably make your own modifications over time, and I can guarantee you'll make this more than once. Some people add cool whip as a topping before adding more crushed Oreos, but I don't, but I posted the option below.

OREO POKE CAKE

Ingredients
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix and (eggs, oil and water for the cake mix)  I like Duncan Hines
2 (4 ounce) packages of Instant Oreo pudding
4 cups whole milk
Bag of Oreo Cookies, chopped or crushed (use the whole bag)

Directions
Make cake mix according to directions (but add a cup of the chopped oreos to batter). Bake according to directions in well-greased 9 x13 pan.
Just before cake is done, start making pudding.
In medium bowl, add milk to pudding mixture and continue to whisk until most of lumps are removed. Let pudding mixture sit for about 2 minutes. Thicken slightly but don't let it get too runny or too thick.
When cake is finished, while still warm, quickly poke holes all over top of cake, about 1-inch intervals using chopsticks, bottom of a wooden spoon, or straw.
Pour pudding mixture all over warm cake. Top with 1/2 the chopped Oreos.
Put cake in refrigerator to cool. About an hour.
Once Oreo Poke Cake is set, top with rest of crushed or chopped Oreo cookies (or at this point you can add a container of Cool Whip--once cake is completely cooled-- and then add the rest of the chopped Oreos)
Keep cake refrigerated.

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