Take 5 Poke Cake



take5pokeI don’t know about your neighborhoods, but the past few Halloweens here haven’t been super busy.

We get a handful of trick-or-treaters, but nothing like it should be.  As a kid, I remembered throngs of kidlets walking the streets going door-to-door for sugar.  I had to speed walk to get ahead of them so I got the best chances at the candy bowls.

Nowadays, it’s pretty much like I live in an abandoned neighborhood.  There are occasional Cinderellas and witches and Spidermen that show up, but nothing noteworthy or recordbreaking.

The houses around are barely decorated — we’re talking a rogue pumpkin in a yard or some haphazardly strewn cobwebs.  No strobe lights, no fog machines, no creepy laughter soundtrack.

Where have all the Halloween people gone?!

So usually we are stuck with a ton of extra Halloween candy.  This is both awesome and dangerous, and usually after awhile we are all so sick of eating candy bars that we wish Jason would barge through the door just so we could pawn off some Baby Ruths.

But thankfully, I dress up as a genius 365 days of the year (with not a stitch of modesty, apparently) and I have a knack of sneaking candy into treats to change up the same ol’, same ol’.

And while it may be hard to stomach the notion that some people may get sick of eating Take 5 bars constantly, it happens.  What won’t be hard to stomach is this incredible Take 5 Poke Cake which combines all those awesome components of Take 5 candy bars into one luscious, swoonworthy cake.

If Freddy shows up and wants a piece, just show him to the door.


4.7 from 3 reviews
Take 5 Poke Cake
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 12
This cake has all of the components of a Take 5 candy bar in each moist and delicious slice!
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup caramel sundae sauce
  • About 10 miniature Take 5 candy bars, roughly chopped
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cake mix according to instructions on back of box; pour batter into a greased 13x9" baking pan. Bake according to package directions; cool completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk with the peanut butter until smooth. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke shallow holes throughout the entire cake and pour the mixture on top as evenly as possible, trying your best to fill in all the holes.
  3. Spread the top of the cake with the Cool Whip in an even layer. Refrigerate the cake for at LEAST 4 hours, but recommended overnight.
  4. Once the cake has set, sprinkle the top of the cake evenly with the chopped Take 5 candy bars. Drizzle the caramel sauce copiously over the top. Cut into squares and serve!

DSC_0492ATake 5 bars are one of my favorites because of all the different components, flavors and textures.  First, I am a HUGE fan of caramel + peanut butter — the sweet & salty combination is simply droolworthy!  I love the added salty crunch of the pretzels and that creamy, sweet milk chocolate.  Together, this cake combines those classic components but in new ways–the moist peanut butter infused chocolate cake and that drizzle of buttery caramel on top of it all, topped off with crunchy bits of the actual candy.  It’ll become a family favorite fast — just be sure to hoard those Take 5 bars 🙂

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Growing up in a small town that had many trick or treaters, and then moving to a big city where there is nonexistent trick or treaters in my big apartment building bums me out pretty bad. It’s hands one one of the things I miss most (next to Dairy Queen). Sometimes I think I should just sit outside and throw candy at people.

  2. Thankfully I don’t get any Trick or Treaters so all the candy is all mine!! And I love Take 5 bars so this poke cake sounds extra delicious!!

  3. OMG, I LOVE Take 5 bars, sooooo good, I need this cake in my life! Nice work Hayleigh!

  4. Take 5 is one of my favorite candies! And this is the only time of year I can find them. I’ve already bought two bags (one is already eaten), and now that I’m reading this recipe, I think I need to go get another bag. 🙂 An am totally making this recipe!! Thank you and Happy Halloween!

  5. Totally in love with Take 5 bars, they have to be my most favorite candy bar. Sharing this on my FB this week!

  6. Mmmmmmm I think I would be happy to have less trick or treaters if it means I get to gooble up cakes made of leftover candy like this! Teehee I am so terrible. 😉 I mean I GUESS I can share some of this cake with people…but I think this poke cake and I have a date with my couch and some Hocus Pocus on TV.

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Take 5 bars! And I LOVE the idea of putting them into a cake. Yes, please!

  8. Can you believe I’ve NEVER HAD a Take 5? I must remedy that.

    And, er, I’m a Halloween Grinch. I’m glad there aren’t too many trick or treaters, lol.

  9. I lovelovelovelovelooooove Take 5’s!!!! This is the best cake everrrrrrR!!

  10. There isn’t a lot of little kids running around my neighborhood during Halloween either but that’s ok because I dont like to share my candy. It means it goes to better use in a cake like this recipe.

  11. You, my friend, are a genius! This cake looks fantastic!!!

  12. Hayley! I was just pondering the same thing (but in much less crafty words I might add) – just where have all the Halloween people gone?!? It used to be sooo cool! I vow to bring it back with a vengeance when I have kids haha.

    This cake looks like the perfect way to use up extra candy – especially Take 5’s cuz they are delicious!

  13. We get a decent number of trick-or-treaters every year, but since I’ll be by myself and getting off the couch takes more time/effort these days than I would like to admit ;), we won’t be giving out candy this year. I’ll make up for it with super awesome candy bags next year!

    This cake looks incredible!!

  14. This sounds soooo yummy! I have the Cake cooling in fact right now and I hope my substitution of butterfinger candy bars turns out well. Not so many trick or treaters this year so I had plenty of them left over But I knew I could turn to you and find something to do with them!

    Love all your ideas and they usually turn out wonderful in my own kitchen as well.

    Keep them coming and good luck with the food network!

  15. hi i am from australia and we dont have the take 5 bars do you think i could use snickers bars instead cheers susan


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