Toffee Butterscotch Poke Cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

For the Topping:

  • 1 (10 oz) jar butterscotch sundae syrup or ice cream topping
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip (thawed)
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1 (2 oz) package honey toasted peanuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat the oven to 350˚F (175˚C).
  2. Prepare the Cake Batter: In a large mixing bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Use an electric mixer on high speed until the batter is uniform in color.
  3. Bake the Cake: Pour the cake batter into a 9”x13” pan. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Prepare Butterscotch Mixture: While the cake is baking, combine the butterscotch sundae syrup or ice cream topping with the sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
  5. Poke Holes and Pour Mixture: Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes in the warm cake, going almost to the bottom of the pan each time if possible. Pour the butterscotch mixture over the warm cake, ensuring each hole gets filled with the sauce.
  6. Refrigerate: Refrigerate the cake for 2-4 hours to allow it to cool and for the flavors to meld.
  7. Top with Cool Whip: When ready to serve, spread the thawed Cool Whip over the entire cake in an even layer.
  8. Add Toffee Bits and Peanuts: Sprinkle toffee bits and chopped honey toasted peanuts over the Cool Whip layer for added texture and flavor.
  9. Serve and Enjoy: Slice and serve this decadent Toffee Butterscotch Poke Cake. Keep refrigerated after making.

Optional:* Drizzle additional butterscotch syrup on top just before serving for an extra indulgent touch.

This Toffee Butterscotch Poke Cake is a delightful combination of moist cake, sweet butterscotch, and crunchy toppings—a perfect treat for any occasion! 🍰✨

Here are some tips to make the Toffee Butterscotch Poke Cake even more delicious and foolproof:

  1. Use Quality Ingredients: Opt for high-quality cake mix, butterscotch syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and other ingredients. Quality ingredients contribute to a better-tasting cake.
  2. Room Temperature Ingredients: Allow the eggs and other refrigerated ingredients to come to room temperature before mixing the cake batter. This helps in achieving a smoother and more evenly textured cake.
  3. Add Flavor to the Cake Mix: Enhance the flavor of the yellow cake mix by adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a pinch of salt to the batter. This adds depth to the cake.
  4. Properly Grease the Pan: Ensure the baking pan is properly greased or lined with parchment paper to prevent the cake from sticking.
  5. Check for Doneness: Use the toothpick test to check for doneness. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, and it should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but not wet batter.
  6. Warm Butterscotch Mixture: Warm the butterscotch and sweetened condensed milk mixture slightly before pouring it over the warm cake. This helps the sauce to penetrate the holes more effectively.
  7. Uniformly Poke Holes: Use the end of a wooden spoon or a skewer to poke holes in the cake. Ensure the holes are evenly distributed for uniform flavor absorption.
  8. Refrigerate for Optimal Flavor: Refrigerate the cake for at least 2-4 hours, or overnight if possible. This allows the flavors to meld and results in a more moist and flavorful cake.
  9. Thaw Cool Whip Properly: Thaw the Cool Whip in the refrigerator or according to the package instructions. This ensures a smooth and creamy consistency when spreading it over the cake.
  10. Get Creative with Toppings: Experiment with additional toppings like caramel drizzle, extra toffee bits, or a sprinkle of sea salt to enhance the overall flavor profile.
  11. Serve Chilled: For the best texture and flavor, serve the Toffee Butterscotch Poke Cake chilled. This makes it refreshing and perfect for warmer days.
  12. Make Ahead for Convenience: This cake can be made a day in advance. The flavors tend to deepen and the texture improves as it sits in the refrigerator.
  13. Customize According to Preferences: Feel free to customize the cake by adding your favorite nuts, adjusting the level of sweetness, or incorporating other candies that you love.
  14. Slice with a Warm Knife: For clean and smooth slices, dip the knife in warm water before each cut. Wipe the knife between cuts for neat servings.

Enjoy creating this delightful Toffee Butterscotch Poke Cake

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