Apple, Salted Caramel and Custard Poke Cake

For today's bake, I used up some custard that's been in my cupboard for months now (in date, don't worry)! I didn't want to make anything too well known so did some digging and found the concept of a 'poke cake'!

The clue is in the method as to why it's called a poke cake! Using the handle of a wooden spoon, multiple holes are poked into the cake which are then filled with whatever ya fancy! 


For the cake:
  • 180g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 160ml milk
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled and coarsely grated
For the filling and cream cheese icing: 
  • 250g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 200g icing sugar 
  • 3tsp lemon juice 
  • Salted caramel (my recipe is on my blog now)
  • 125ml custard ( I use shop bought)
  • 30g chopped pecans (to decorate)
  • 20X20cm square cake tin


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ Fan 160C/ Gas Mark 4. Line the cake tin with greaseproof paper and set to the side.  
  2. In a bowl, beat together 150g of the unsalted butter and caster sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until fully combined. 
  3. Now stir in the flour and milk until combined. Fold in the apple and then gently pour into the prepared tin. 
  4. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before tipping out of the tin. Leave to cool completely. 
  5. Whilst it's cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a bowl, beat together the remainder of the butter and the icing sugar & cream cheese until smooth. Pop this in the fridge to thicken a little whilst the cake completely cools. 
  6. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke 16 holes into the top of the cake in a 4 by 4 formation. Now using a teaspoon, pop salted caramel into each hole, filling them up approximately 3 quarters of the way.
  7. Using a slightly larger spoon, spoon the custard onto the top of the cake to fill the remainder of the holes. Follow this with blobs of the cream cheese frosting; spread this to smoothen the top. Sprinkle over the chopped pecans. 
  8. Make a cuppa, kick your legs up and enjoy this little moment of joy!
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