A moist decadent chocolate poke cake covered with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate mint cream pie filling, and topped with fresh whipped cream, crushed mint Oreo cookies and Andes mint baking chips.
It's March and St. Patrick's Day is upon us. Are you looking for an easy St. Patrick's Day dessert to celebrate the holiday? If you are then I think today is your lucky day because I'm sharing this decadent Chocolate Mint Poke Cake in honor of the upcoming holiday.
Ever since my kids were little we have had a celebration for just about every holiday, so St. Patrick's Day is no different. We don't go overboard, but we do a little something special so the holiday doesn't go unnoticed.
When my kids were younger they loved running around the house and pinching everyone that didn't wear green, so you learn fairly quickly to come dressed for the occasion. Oh how I miss the days of my kids being little.
To celebrate the holiday I usually prepare an Irish meal such as, corned beef and cabbage, shepherds pie, or Irish beef stew with Irish soda bread. Dessert is a must and it's always holiday themed, green in color, and most times mint flavored. This year I settled on a Chocolate Mint Poke Cake for our festive dessert.
Last week while grocery shopping at my local Walmart I picked up everything I needed to celebrate the holiday. Corned beef and cabbage, ingredients for this mint poke cake, and festive tableware to complete the look. I know St. Patrick's Day isn't a major holiday, but it's still fun celebrating the Irish holiday together as a family.
Let's get started and this easy cake! All ingredients needed were found at Walmart. One devils food cake mix + oil, eggs and water called for on cake mix, one can sweetened condensed milk, Lucky Leaf chocolate mint creme pie filling, heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, crushed mint Oreo cookies and Andes mint baking chips.
Start by baking the cake according to package directions for a 13 x 9 inch cake. Allow the cake to cool and then using the back of a wooden spoon poke holes across the entire cake. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake aiming for the holes. Spread the chocolate mint creme pie filling evenly over the cake.
Whip the heavy cream, adding the vanilla extract and powdered sugar (see below recipe for full directions). Spread the whipped cream over the chocolate mint layer, and add crushed mint Oreo cookies and Andes baking chips on top.
Refrigerate cake at least 4 hours before serving and enjoy. How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in your home?
Chocolate Mint Poke Cake
1 - box devils food cake mix plus
water, oil and eggs called for on cake mix
1 - 14 - 14.5 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 - 21 oz can Lucky Leaf chocolate mint creme pie filling (see cooks note for a substitution)
1 - 16 oz container heavy cream, whipped
1/2 - cup powdered sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - cup mint ores, crushed
Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. I substituted melted butter in place of the oil and added one extra egg than called for on the box.
Allow cake to cool completely. Using the end of a wooden spoon poke holes evenly across the entire cake.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake making sure to aim the milk into the holes.
Spread the chocolate mint cream pie filling over the entire cake using an offset spatula. Place the cake in the refrigerator while you prepare the whipped cream topping.
Place a large metal bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes. I used my Kitchen aid mixer bowl with the whisk attachment. Remove bowl from freezer and add 2 cups cream and set on low speed.
Add the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Whip the cream mixture slowly (this is key and keeps the cream from separating later). Whisk for about 10-15 minutes until the cream begins to ripple (be patient).
Turn the mixer off and finish whisking by hand with a wire whisk until the cream starts to thicken and stick to the whisk. Be careful not to whisk to hard or the cream will become clumpy.
Spread the whipped cream over the chocolate mint creme layer using an offset spatula.
Crumble one cup mint Oreo cookies and 1/2 cup Andes creme de menthe baking chips over the top of the whipped cream .
Refrigerate the cake at least 4 hours before serving. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Cook's Note: If you would like to tint the fresh whipping cream green to make it even more festive, fold in one Duncan Hines Mint Flavor Frosting Creations packet into the whipped cream. The mint cream pie filling is located in the baking isle at Walmart and also on the holiday baking kiosk in the grocery department. If you cannot find the chocolate mint creme pie filling you can substitute with two packages of instant chocolate pudding and flavor it with a bit of mint extract.
Looking for more St. Patrick's Day Recipes & Crafts? Check out my fellow Walmart Moms and their ideas.
These Mini Easter Dirt Pies are a festive twist on traditional dirt cups. Only 6 ingredients and 10 minutes is all it takes to make these fun little treats.Have you ever had dirt cups? I'm sure you have because they've been around ever since I was a kid and that's a long time! My kids love the traditional dirt cups with the gummy worms, so I decided to change things up a bit and make a fun Easter version.
You're kids will love these cute little Easter Peep Dirt Pies. Each peep pie consists of a mini graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding, crushed Oreo cookies, bunny peep, candy, and holiday sprinkles. The best part is since this recipe doesn't require an oven your kiddos can make these all by themselves.
I thought it would be neat to use these cute little graham cracker crusts and make mini dirt pies instead of cups. This idea came to me while shopping at Walmart and looking for clear plastic cups. I couldn't find the appropriate size, so I went with a whole different idea.
While in the baking isle picking up the pudding I came across these mini graham cracker crusts and my whole plan went into a different direction. I think these little pies turned out really cute and they're the perfect size for kids. I purchased 6 mini crusts for $1.68, so they're really reasonably priced.
Every year our family has a big Easter get together with food, family, friends, and a big Easter egg hunt to end the day. I try to keep things as easy and affordable as possible and Walmart helps keep my pocketbook in check. I love that I can get everything I need in one convenient place.
Let's get started on how to make this easy recipe. You will need the following ingredients and supplies:
Once you get all your ingredients together the kids can pretty much take this recipe on all by themselves. As you can see Carson helped me out and made a few on his own.
Just a thought, but this would be the perfect activity for the kids to do while the adults are hiding Easter eggs for the egg hunt. What sweet treat do you have planned for Easter?
Mini Easter Peep Dirt Pies
1 - package (6) Keebler Graham Cracker Mini Crusts
1 - 4.2 oz package instant chocolate, vanilla or cookies & cream pudding
2 1/2 - cups milk
1 - 14 oz package Oreo cookies, crushed (can also use golden Oreo's if using vanilla pudding)
1 - package Easter bunny peeps
Jelly beans, chocolate eggs, robin eggs, M&M's or other Easter Candies
Easter sprinkles of your choosing
Holiday plates and napkins
In a large bowl prepare the pudding mix according to package directions for pie using 2 1/2 cups milk. Whisk until smooth and thick.
Divide the prepared pudding (about 3 tablespoons) among 6 of the graham cracker crusts. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of crushed Oreo cookies over each pie.
Top each pie with one marshmallow peep. Decorate with Easter candy and sprinkles of your choosing and enjoy.
Cooks Notes: You can also substitute instant vanilla pudding and golden Oreo's. I was going to use a few of the chocolate marshmallow bunnies, but after opening the packages they did not have faces on them, so that's why they were included with the ingredient photo.
Also check out my fellow Walmart Moms and their Easter Recipes & Crafts: