A graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding, and a marshmallow topping make this Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake the perfect summer dessert for picnics and parties.
(photos updated July 2017)
By now you know that I love all things s’mores, but I still do not love the sticky mess that comes from kids roasting marshmallows.
Even with older children comes the scariness of a pointy stick and fire. It must be the mom in me that cringes when those two things get together. I realize that I am not alone in this aversion to how s’mores are made when I talk with friends.
But there is something about the summer and the need for all things s’mores. I have been having fun creating s’mores that do not need campfires to be enjoyed this summer. These s’mores cookie cups were one sweet treat that I can’t wait to make again.
One of my favorite summer time desserts is the poke cake. Poke cakes have been around for quite a long time, but every so often I have a comment asking what exactly is a poke cake.
A poke cake is exactly what it sounds like. You bake a cake and then while it is warm, POKE it with a fork or a wooden spoon. This creates holes or pockets for a filling to collect. Sweetened condensed milk, Jell-O, or pudding are usually the three things you drizzle into those holes.
Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows are the three components of a good s’mores, so I made sure this cake had plenty of each.
This cake starts with a graham cracker crust that you bake the cake on top of. I happen to like cake mixes, so that is all I ever use for these cakes. If you want to make a homemade one, feel free too.
Let the cake cool about 10 minutes. Then poke it with the end of a wooden spoon. There is no right way to do this, but be a little more careful with this cake because of the crust. Then whisk together the pudding mix and milk and pour it over the cake. Try to pour the pudding before it sets up.
Use the back of a spoon to gently smooth and press the pudding into the holes. I also like to gently tap the cake pan on the counter to make the pudding settle into the holes. Let it cool for about 30 minutes on the counter, then place it in the refrigerator until chilled.
Now for the marshmallow topping. Stir together a jar of marshmallow cream and one container of Cool Whip. Go ahead and taste a spoonful because I know you want to. I did too!!! Spread it on top of this chocolate s’mores pudding cake. FYI it’s also amazing on this peanut butter fudge poke cake.
Then top it with some candy bars, graham crackers, and marshmallows because more s’mores goodness is always a good idea.
Summer s’mores with out the danger of getting your eye poked out or sitting on a sticky marshmallow-ed chair. It’s a summer win!!!
(original photo from June 2014)
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Looking for more s’mores goodness for your summer plans? Check out these awesome recipes from some of my friends.
- S’mores Coffee Milkshake from Shugary Sweets
- No Bake S’mores Mousse Jars from Love from the Oven
- S’mores Stuffed Chocolate Krispie Treats from Melanie Makes