Ah February! I am so happy to see you. While this tends to be one of the colder months of the Winter in Michigan we are now starting to see that it’s creeping closer and closer to Spring. It’s lighter out in the morning and we are making it to nearly 6pm before it gets dark. We made it over the holiday hump and are still motivated with all the New Year resolutions we made. Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of Winter but February brings a little holiday that can easily leave you feeling warm in the heart & soul even if it’s cold outside, “Valentine’s Day”. For my sweethearts I made this Neapolitan Poke Cake. Layers of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla make this simple dessert into a special treat for the ones I love.
Aren’t simple desserts the best? Not only are they easy to make but I am still in the learning phases of becoming the baker I one day hope to be! Until then I will stick with no-bake cheesecakes, simple upside down cakes and poke cakes. Easy and delicious.
When I make cakes I always go straight to the box but then I divert from the directions by substituting the water for milk and that is what I did here by following the directions but adding whole milk instead. So all you have to do it beat cake mix ingredients in a bowl at medium speed until well combines. Grease a 13×9 pan and add cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Take cake out and let cool.
Once the cake has cooled down a bit make the pudding. With an electric mixer blend together the milk and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes. Now it’s time to ‘poke’ it. Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake. Pour the pudding on top of the cake then take spatula to push the pudding so that it goes into all the ‘pokes’ and spread evenly all over the top.
Refrigerate to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours. Just before serving add vanilla to tub of whipped cream and stir to combine. Spread whipped cream all over the top of the cake. Top with chopped strawberries and chocolate syrup. Place several pecks on the cheek for good measure when serving. And here you are…..
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Happy Valentine’s Day!