Pie Filling Poke Cake - E.D.SMITH®

Pie Filling Poke Cake

This trendy cake combines creamy caramel sauce throughout a cherry studded cake then is layered with whipped cream for an impressive dessert.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty Level Intermediate
Servings 16


  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups (550 mL) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder and vanilla
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt
  • 1⅓ cups (325 mL) granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 can (540 mL) E.D.SMITH® Pie Filling of Choice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 35% whipping cream

Caramel Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) 35% whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt


  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture in 3 parts alternately with milk in 2 parts, starting and ending with flour mixture.
  • Scrape half the batter into greased and floured 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking pan; dollop with half the pie filling. Top with remaining batter; dollop with remaining pie filling. Using tip of knife, swirl pie filling. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes on rack. Using handle of wooden spoon, poke about 30 holes into cake.
  • Caramel Sauce: Meanwhile, in heavy-bottomed saucepan; cook sugar and 3 tbsp (45 mL) water over medium heat, without stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully add cream, stirring slowly with wooden spoon until combined. Cook for 2 minutes; remove from heat. Add butter and salt. Pour evenly over cake. Let cool. Whip cream; spread over cake.


  1. Use your favourite fruit or pumpkin pie filling to make this cake
  2. If you don´t have buttermilk, add 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice or white vinegar to measuring cup. Pour in milk to measure 1 cup (250 mL). Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. When poking holes into your cake, you can also use the round end of a wooden skewer or chopstick.
Type Cakes & Cupcakes - Pastries
Season/Occasion Holiday, Christmas & New Years - Spring & Easter - Thanksgiving, Autumn & Halloween