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Thursday, July 7, 2011

German Chocolate 'n Butterscotch Pudding Poke Cake (pictures)

                                                      (Photo by me, Doris)

                                                                                                  (Photo by me, Doris)

This is what I often take to pot luck (or funeral) doings at church...  today, I took this for the 'potluck' tailgate party before the Timber Rattlers baseball game in Appleton.  The party was sponsored by Family Works.  There was a big variety of very tasty food there, and we had a 'big bunch of fun"........
You will need:

1 German Chocolate cake mix (See my note about 'variations' at the bottom.)
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 (3.4 oz.) box instant butterscotch pudding
1 and 1/2 cups milk
1/2 pint of whipping cream (OR 8 oz. Cool Whip)
1 or 2 mini Heath Bars, coarsely chopped (optional).  Two crushed mini-Butterfinger bars OR little shaved curls of chocolate work, too.  Use whatever you want.


Preheat oven to 350-degrees.  Grease/flour baking pan/dish.

Prepare and bake cake as directed on package for 9x13x2-inch pan.  Cool for 15 minutes. 

Poke top of warm cake with the round handle of a wooden spoon.  Make a 'V' in the pouring edge of the sweetened condensed milk can and pour the milk into the poked holes and then over the top of the cake; let stand until milk has been absorbed into cake.

Place in refrigerator until completely cooled (I like to let it sit for overnight).  Mix instant pudding with the 1 and 1/2 cups milk until it's thick and then spread this over the cake, easing the pudding into each poked hole. 

Place back in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  Spread whipped cream OR Cool Whip over top and then sprinkle with the chopped candy bar pieces.

When I take this cake to pot luck doings, I always 'tag/name' it by attaching a tiny piece of paper to a Popsicle stick and sticking that into the cake with the message:  "German Chocolate cake/with butterscotch pudding and Heath Bar pieces".   That way, it won't be taken and wasted by someone who finds they don't care for those flavors--  well, so far, the pan has always been emptied.
This same kind of cake could be put together using the sweetened condensed milk with white cake mix/chocolate pudding; lemon cake with lemon pudding; chocolate cake with vanilla OR chocolate pudding, etc. 

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