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Rich & decadent desserts like this Walnut & Toffee Chocolate Poke Cake don’t have to be difficult. This one is super easy & oh so delicious. Yum chocolate!
Walnut & Toffee Chocolate Poke Cake
I love cake. It’s definitely at the top of my list when it comes to treats. It was the thing my mom & I shared most often together. She made the most exquisite cakes. She was known for them. People from all over would ask her to make them a cake for whatever event they had going on. It was her thing & she had great joy sharing that special talent of hers with others. They were so delicious. My favorite thing though was the evening after or maybe the next day after- she would look at me & say “let’s have some cake”. Then we would share a whopping piece of the leftovers & sit & chat. That was our special time together. So cake is dear to me & it’s the thing I tie most of my favorite memories to.
I love having cake mixes on hand because they are so versatile in a multitude of recipes. Besides, just because I blog about food a whole lot, doesn’t mean I make every single thing from scratch. Things like cake mix save me time. So when I saw this Pillsbury Purely Simple cake mix while at my local Fred Meyer I had to give it a try. I mean, no colors, preservatives or artificial flavors are always a plus in my book. I was thrilled to make something delicious with it.
Just milk, butter & eggs are needed to make this cake mix. I like to use shortening to grease my pan & when making a chocolate cake & dust it with cocoa powder instead of flour.
Then I make my pudding for the poke layer & poke my holes. Then add the frosting layer & top with walnuts & toffee bits. So easy & wow it’s AMAZINGLY tasty!
I love the combo of chocolate, walnuts & toffee. It brings back so many memories with my mom. Even though she was a professional cake decorator in her off time, she still made cake from a mix for personal enjoyment. I think back to all those times we would make a cake just because it was fun to do. Sigh……I loved those times.
Walnut & Toffee Chocolate Poke Cake
- 1 box Pillsbury Purely Simple chocolate cake mix
- 1 stick butter
- 1 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- *For the pudding layer
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2-1/4 cup milk
- *For the frosting layer
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1-1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 2 cups walnut halves
- 1/4 cup toffee bits
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Prepare your 9x13 baking pan by coating the bottom with shortening & dusting with cocoa powder
In your mixer bowl, combine the cake mix, & butter- beat
Add in eggs & milk & beat well for approx 2 min
Transfer to prepared pan & bake to package directions
While your cake is baking- make your pudding layer by combining all ingredients except the butter in a medium saucepan & bringing to a boil over med/low heat
Allow to boil approx 1 min
Remove from heat & stir in butter
Allow to cool slightly while waiting for the cake to finish baking
Remove cake & use a thin object to poke holes all over your cake- I used a chop stick
Pour the majority of your pudding over your cake & allow it to soak in to the holes you created
Place the cake in the refrigerator to chill while you make your frosting layer
*For the frosting
Combine the milk, butter & sugar in small saucepan & heat over medium until boiling
Allow to boil approx 1 min & then remove from heat
Stir in chocolate chips
Once smooth, pour & smooth over cake
Add walnuts & toffee bits
Return to refrigerator to set for at least 30-60 minutes before serving
This is oh so delectable! You absolutely must make one yourself!
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