Nov 20

Gingerbread Butterscotch Better Than… Poke Cake

This Gingerbread Poke Cake is an amazing Christmas Treat!

Gingerbread Poke Cake | crazyforcrust.com

Let’s talk Christmas shopping for a minute, shall we?

Actually, let’s talk about outrageous Christmas gift prices instead. That’s more fun!

Jordan has an American Girl Doll, Jenny. Santa brought it for her a few years ago. After a lot of soul-searching, Santa decided he should buy the “real” thing because, well, honestly? She didn’t look scary, like some of the “fake” ones. And, it’s something Jordan would play with for years. {Plus, Santa’s mom never let him have the real American Girl doll when he was a kid. He has some deep-rooted mommy issues.}

Somewhere Santa draws the line, however? Buying actual American Girl merchandise. Have you seen the Christmas catalogue yet?

{If not, or if your child is 3 and has not ever heard of American Girl, do not, I repeat, DO NOT give her the catalogue. You have been warned.}

Most of Jordan’s doll accessories have been purchased at Target or other store that carries cheaper but just-as-good doll stuff. She has a couple of “brand name” items, but not many.

And she ain’t getting any more any time soon, that’s for sure.

In case you think I’ve gone off my rocker writing a post about a doll catalogue, let me give you some examples:

They sell a convertible toy VW Beetle for dolls. I say toy in case you get confused, because it costs $350. FOR A TOY CAR.

I was flipping through the other night and I almost choked on my slice of cake, I kid you not.

Also? A doll banquet table with a selection of (plastic) doll cakes and pastries sells for $152. So, ladies. If you’re selling your baked goods this holiday season, be sure to charge accordingly. Because American Girl is selling a layer cake, some cupcakes, and a plate of cookies for, like, three times what you’re charging.

And, the best one. A gingerbread house kit for dolls. It’s comes mostly assembled because, well, the dolls don’t have opposable thumbs. Guess how much? Yup. $58. Totally reasonable!

And you know what? People buy the stuff. I want to buy the stuff, because Jordan wants it. Sometimes I really wish I could just fork over $75 for a doll tent, but you know, I have to buy Oreos and pay for gas.

So, instead of spending $38 for a doll comforter, I’ll just make Jordan sugar.Gingerbread Poke Cake | crazyforcrust.com

Poke cakes (otherwise known as a Better Than Sex cake [ohmigod yes! I just wrote the actual word!]) are not new. They are new to me…but not new to blogland.

Ashton has made my two favorites: pumpkin and peppermint. Nikki has, like, a gazillion on her blog, namely Butterfinger and Oreo. I had to join the party with one of my favorite Holiday flavors: gingerbread.

If you’ve never heard of a Better Than… Cake before, you’re missing out. Basically, it’s a cake that you poke a bunch of holes in, then douse it in the most delicious liquid ever created: sweetened condensed milk. Then you add other fun things, like ice cream topping or cookies.

I used gingerbread cake mix. And butterscotch. (Thanks for the combo idea Sally!) Oh, and toffee bits too.

And don’t forget the Cool Whip. Never for get that!

Better Than… weeellll. Let me just say…

I don’t kiss and tell. Did you really think I would? πŸ˜‰

{It is realllllllly good. Really.}


Gingerbread Butterscotch Better Than… Poke Cake


  • 1 Gingerbread Cake Mix (14.5 oz; Betty Crocker has one), plus ingredients listed to make the cake
  • 7 ounces (half a 14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 jar (or thereabouts) Butterscotch ice cream topping
  • 4-8 ounces Cool Whip (about half to a full container, depending on preference)
  • 1 cup toffee bits


  1. Make cake as directed on the back of the box. (I used a 9x9 square pan.) Let cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Poke the cake with the back of a wooden spoon at least 15 times. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top of the cake, making sure that it gets in the holes. (I warmed mine up in the microwave for a few seconds to make it more pourable.) Pour the butterscotch ice cream topping over the top of the cake, making sure it gets in the holes also.
  3. Top the cake with an even layer of Cool Whip (use at least half the container, more if you like lots!) Sprinkle with toffee bits.
  4. Chill for 4-6 hours for flavors to meld. Best served at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

If you like extra crunch, use an extra cup of toffee bits and sprinkle them on top the cake before adding the Cool Whip.
Gingerbread Butterscotch Better Than... Poke Cake by Crazy for Crust

Like Gingerbread? Check out these other yummy treats with the classic holiday flavor:

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles

Gingerbread 7-layer Bars by Something Swanky

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls by Love From The Oven

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