Decadent Baklava Poke Cake Recipe


This Baklava Poke Cake combines the rich, nutty flavors of traditional baklava with a moist, spongy cake. It’s soaked in a honey-cinnamon syrup and topped with a layer of sweet, crunchy nuts for a truly decadent dessert experience.


For the Cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Syrup:

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


  1. Prepare the Cake:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions, adding in the ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish and bake according to the package instructions or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  2. Make the Syrup:
    • While the cake is baking, combine the honey, water, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
    • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the syrup thickens slightly.
    • Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  3. Poke the Cake:
    • Once the cake is done baking and while it’s still warm, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the cake.
    • Pour the warm syrup evenly over the cake, ensuring it seeps into the holes. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the Topping:
    • In a medium bowl, combine the chopped walnuts, chopped pistachios, and ground cinnamon.
    • Stir in the melted butter until the nuts are well coated.
  5. Assemble the Cake:
    • Once the cake has cooled and absorbed the syrup, evenly spread the nut mixture over the top of the cake.
    • Press down gently to ensure the nuts adhere to the syrup-soaked cake.
  6. Serve:
    • Slice the cake into squares and serve. Enjoy the rich, layered flavors reminiscent of classic baklava.

This Baklava Poke Cake is a delightful fusion dessert perfect for any occasion, bringing a taste of Mediterranean indulgence to your table.

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