White Chocolate Gingerbread Poke Cake

Which flavours do you think of when you think Christmas?

Usually, when it comes to desserts, I’m not very picky. Mint, chocolate, ginger and spice, cranberry…. I’ll take them all. And some combinations of those flavors are pretty wonderful, too.

I was thinking about gingersnaps — because they’re some of my favourite Christmas cookies — and some White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Stuffed Gingersnaps I made for a cookie contest some time ago (yes — they won!), and I realized I’ve never made gingerbread.

piece of gingerbread poke cake on plate with whipped cream and caramel sauce

I’ve also never made gingerbread men, but those are crunchy and the only reason to eat most crunchy cookies is the icing. Am I right?

With this cake, there are so many more reasons.

I didn’t want the flavor of the cake to be too overwhelming, so I reduced the molasses significantly and a few of the spices. You can tell by the color that there’s still enough molasses in it to give it that deep, rich flavor so characteristic of gingerbread.

The cake itself is super moist, but the white chocolate pudding just takes it over the edge. It is so luscious, and the creamy, silky pudding complements the rich, spiciness of the cake so incredibly well.

And, obviously, you need some whipped cream on top of that.

close up of white chocolate gingerbread poke cake with whipped cream and caramel sauce

There are a lot of ways to make this a simple holiday dessert. It’s also great for making ahead! When I made it, I made a homemade gingerbread cake and homemade white chocolate pudding. These can easily be substituted with easier options if you’re in a rush or low on energy this holiday season. I don’t think anyone would even notice the difference!

You can find the recipe for this White Chocolate Gingerbread Poke Cake over on Julie’s Eats and Treats where I’m happy to be a regular contributor! Be sure to say hi while you’re there ๐Ÿ™‚

And stay tuned for some more Christmas baking ideas coming up on The Recipe Rebel this week!

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Mary Frances says

    Whipped cream for life! I have never made a poke cake but I’ve always thought they look SO fun. I’m in love with the flavors and colors in this dessert! Pinned!

  2. Danielle says

    This looks so incredibly perfect and moist! I love just about anything when it comes to desserts and the holidays. I don’t think this would stand a chance near me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Ashley says

      Haha, I’m still in full on Christmas mode, even though I started in October! Lol. I feel like I should start prepping some skinny recipes for January though… mostly for my own good!

  3. marcie@flavorthemoments says

    Gingerbread is my top Christmas flavor, with cranberries, mint, etc. close behind. This poke cake looks amazing — I could go for a great big slice despite all the sugar I’ve been consuming lately. haha Pinned! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ashley says

      Lol. I totally understand. If I wasn’t 9 months pregnant, I think I’d have a better idea how much of this weight gain is from starting Christmas baking in October!

  4. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    This sounds amazing! I love that you reduced the molasses, I made gingerbread muffins and the molasses was waaaay too strong (oops!). This looks so delicious, especially with that white chocolate topping. Pinned!

  5. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    I agree with Gayle, Ashley. I could go for a slice of this right now with my morning coffee! Please. ๐Ÿ™‚ This cake is the perfect holiday cake and I am so going to make this for my mom. She will love it! I’ll let you know when she eats the whole thing. Pinned! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says

    What an awesome poke cake for the holidays, Ashley! Gingerbread and white chocolate is a heavenly combo. ๐Ÿ˜€

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