For the past few years, Mr. FeistyEats and I have hosted Thanksgiving at our house. This year was a little different since we have moved, have different jobs and also just returned from a week’s vacation in Florida. We did not want to travel and just wanted something low-key. We invited my parents over and due to my work schedule I did not have time to prepare anything in advance. Naturally, I wanted a dessert, but needed something that came together fast.
Oreo Poke Cake it is! Do you know those Jell-O Poke cakes? You make them with a white cake mix, poke holes in the cake and put the Jell-O in? It makes a neat design and also makes for a super moist cake. This recipe was a play on that and I found the idea on The Country Cook website. This was a super easy recipe – you just need a chocolate cake mix (any will do) and the ingredients to make that. The topping is two boxes of instant Oreo pudding and 4 cups of milk.
Ingredients via The Country Cook
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
Ingredients needed to make cake (usually eggs, oil and water)
2 (4 oz.)packages of Instant Oreo pudding
4 cups milk (2% or higher)
Crushed Oreo Cookies (optional)
Make cake mix according to directions and bake in a well-greased 9×13 pan and bake according to the box’s directions.
Just before cake is done, start making pudding. In a bowl, add milk to pudding mixture and continue to whisk until most of the lumps are removed. Let pudding mixture sit for 3-5 minutes. You want sort of thick, but not totally set.
When cake is finished, while still warm, poke holes all over cake using a wooden spoon handle. After I was done, I think I would have poked even more holes in the cake, as those were the best bites in my opinion.
Pour pudding mixture over warm cake.
Allow the cake to cool for several minutes on the counter then put into the fridge to set up for at least 1 hour. You can top with crushed Oreos if you would like.
The cake right before it went into the fridge for a cool down.
Right about this time, Mr. FeistyEats came home with his limit of geese. Winston was really interested in them. It is nice for him to have hunting so close to us instead of driving over and hour or two away to hunt.
While the cake was cooling, I got my other items around to get ready for our guests. I divided the dressing into cupcakes – this assures everyone gets crunchy bits – the best parts, right?
Our holiday spread – thankful for all of this food.
We feasted on: deviled eggs, pickles, dressing cups, traditional green bean casserole, assorted roasted veggies (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bristle sprouts and carrots), mashed potatoes, mashed squash, fresh buns, cranberry sauce and grilled chicken with gravy. It was a gorgeous day that allowed for easy grilling.
For dessert, some pumpkin pie my Mom brought and Oreo cake. You can see a pocket of pudding in there. Yum! It was nice to have a cold dessert.
I was going to have 1/2 piece of pumpkin pie and the Oreo dessert. I decided to go all out though. It was delicious and a wonderful day with family. This is a great, quick dessert to throw together.