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FROM PUBLISHER: Poke cakes mean year-round fun and flavor. No stress--just rave reviews. From the authors of Delicious Dump Cakes, this collection of fifty tested recipes is a quick, easy guide to delicious desserts. Begin with a baked cake, prepared from a box mix, or use one of the cake recipes included. Poke holes in the baked cake with a fork, the handle of a wooden spoon, or a skewer so all of the goodness and flavor can soak into the cake. Then just pour pudding, a topping, glaze, gelatin, or sauce over the cake and let the flavor seep into every crevice and permeate every morsel of cake. Finish it off with a luscious, creamy whipped topping or frosting and suddenly that everyday cake is new, unique, and oh-so-inviting, with an extra flavor punch in every bite.
THINGS I'VE MADE
CHOCOLATE-PEANUT BUTTER POKE CAKE
I made the Homemade Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake recipe instead of using a boxed cake mix like all the recipes state to do. The cake is extremely moist but it needed a lot more salt than called for. I made half in a 9"x1.5" round pan and it baked in 22 minutes. This exact cake recipe is one I've made several times before. This one called for a little more cocoa powder than I felt it should so I used 1.5 tablespoons less, so I used just 4T. for half a cake.
The peanut butter sauce wasn't at all 'pourable' like the recipe said it would be so I had to use a lot more milk (I used milk in place of cream since I didn't have any) and it still wasn't pourable and it didn't seep way down into the holes like shown in the photo in the book. It tastes very good. I didn't make the chocolate frosting recipe in the book because it had too much chocolate in it so I made my own chocolate glaze for this.
The cake was excellent and the peanut butter filling was good but because it didn't seep into the holes properly I won't use the poke method but will continue to make this cake, minus the filling.
MY THOUGHTS: I've only made one recipe out of this book but the book is filled with very simple recipes that take basic skills. They give you one from scratch recipe for chocolate cake, white, and yellow cake. The recipes use store bought boxed cake mix but you can use their homemade recipes in place of boxed.
There's a great variety of recipes and flavorings: Make Your Own Cakes, All-Time Favorite Poke Cakes, Chocolate Poke Cakes, Flavorful Poke Cakes, Boozy Poke Cakes, Bundt Poke Cakes, Frostings.
There are a lot of photos but not one for each cake. The full book is in color too.
I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.