Cake recipes don’t get much better than this Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake – tender white cake filled with buttery cinnamon-sugar filling and rich cream cheese frosting!
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While I was in school, I didn’t do nearly as much baking as I do now. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, though, so I found time to do a little baking when I could.
One of my favorite cookbooks at that time was The Cake Mix Doctor.
The recipes were pretty easy, and I could keep a few cake mixes on hand. Then I just had to add a little to them for a cake that tasted more like a homemade cake.
I don’t use cake mixes as often these days, but I have few cake recipes that get a jump on things by starting with a mix.
This Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake is one of those recipes. The cake is soft and tender, and the buttery cinnamon-sugar filling is incredible!
The cake is topped with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting that perfectly compliments the cake. It’s the perfect way to indulge your cinnamon roll craving!
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Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake Recipe
- 15.25 oz white cake mix
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 c . milk
- 1/2 c . water
- 1/4 c . butter (melted)
- 1/2 c . butter (melted)
- 1/2 c . brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 c . fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1 T . ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp . vanilla extract
- 8 oz package reduced-fat cream cheese (, softened)
- 1/4 c . butter (, softened)
- 2 c . powdered sugar
- 2-3 T . fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 tsp . vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, milk, water, and butter on low for 30 seconds.
- Turn speed up to medium, and mix together for 1-2 minutes, or until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- While the cake is baking, stir together butter, brown sugar, condensed milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- Using the handle of a wooden spoon (or similar instrument), poke holes in the cake (I poke about 35).
- Pour filling mixture over warm cake, gently spreading as necessary.
- Let cake cool to room temperature.
- To make the frosting, beat together cream cheese and butter until combined.
- Add powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon condensed milk. Beat together until well-combined.
- Mix in additional condensed milk and vanilla to desired consistency.
- Spread frosting over room temperature cake.
- Enjoy at room temperature, or chill and enjoy cold.
- Cover and chill any leftovers.
Cake adapted from Love, Life, & Sugar.
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