Baklava Poke Cake

This Baklava Poke Cake is full of cinnamon, walnuts and honey! The flavor combination is seriously addicting and tastes just like you’re eating a cake version of the real thing.

Baklava Poke Cake - lots of cinnamon, honey and walnuts! So good!
Baklava Poke Cake - lots of cinnamon, honey and walnuts! So good!

So did you watch the USA vs Germany World Cup game today? I’d say it was a great game, but we lost. That’s not so great. However, we can take solice in the fact that we still get to move on to the next round. The dream is still alive!

I’m not really an avid soccer watcher or anything, but the hubs likes it and some of my coworkers are pretty big soccer fans so I’ve actually seen quite a bit of soccer since the World Cup’s been on.

Baklava Poke Cake - lots of cinnamon, honey and walnuts! So good!

In fact, I work full-time for a smaller company and enough of them were totally into it that we actually got to watch the game during lunch. One of my coworkers, who is totally into soccer, was so focused on the game I’m pretty sure someone could have died right in from of him and he wouldn’t have even noticed. It was pretty funny.

Lunches out are a regular thing for us. A recent favorite for lunch is this new Greek place – Tazikis. Have you heard of it? Apparently it’s a chain, but it is delicious. I wouldn’t normally be the kinda gal that orders a veggie plate for my meal, but they do it so well that’s pretty much the only thing I get. And it never gets old.

Baklava Poke Cake - lots of cinnamon, honey and walnuts! So good!

They also have baklava. I recently tried it for the first time. I can’t believe I’d never had baklava before. I immediately knew I wanted to make a baklava-inspired dessert. It just took a little bit before I figured out what that would be.

Then the other day I was thinking about how I wanted to make another poke cake – those babies are tasty and so easy to make. Have you seen my Cannoli Poke Cake? And it hit me! Baklava Poke Cake! Yes!

Baklava Poke Cake - lots of cinnamon, honey and walnuts! So good!

Though I tend to be a fan of cakes from scratch, I used a butter pecan cake mix. I figured the butter and nutty flavor would be perfect for adding to the baklava flavor.

Like any other poke cake, you have to poke it full of holes. That’s where gets it’s name after all. And since baklava is soaked in honey, why wouldn’t this cake be? Instead of just using sweetened condensed milk, the usual for poke cakes, I added honey to it. Pure. Heaven.

Baklava Poke Cake
Baklava Poke Cake - lots of cinnamon, honey and walnuts! So good!
I topped the soaked cake with a mixture of cinnamon, butter and walnuts – the usual filling for baklava. Then I let everything soak and come together in the fridge. The cake absorbs all those delicious flavors!

Cinnamon honey whipped cream sounded absolutely perfect for the top of this cake, so I made some of that and spread that right on top.

For a little decor, I added a few more walnuts and some honey drizzle.

Baklava Poke Cake - lots of cinnamon, honey and walnuts! So good!

This cake got rave reviews! In fact, one taste tester said it tasted just like the baklava her grandmother used to make. Rock on!

If you’re into cinnamon, honey and walnuts, you will undoubtedly love this cake – and how easy it is to make.

Baklava Poke Cake


15.25 oz box Butter Pecan cake mix
2 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup honey

Whipped Topping
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
additional walnuts and honey for topping, if desired


1. Bake cake according to package directions in a 9x13 cake pan.
2. While cake bakes, mix together walnuts, cinnamon and butter and set aside.
3. Once cake is done, removed from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
4. Mix together sweetened condensed milk and honey.
5. Poke holes all over the cake.
6. Pour about three quarters of sweetened condensed milk mixture over cake.
7. Cover cake with walnut mixture.
8. Pour the rest of sweetened condensed milk mixture over walnut layer.
9. Put cake in refrigerator and allow to cool completely and absorb the milk mixture, about an hour.
10. To make the whipped topping, freeze a mixer bowl and whisk attachment for 10-15 minutes.
11. Remove bowl from freezer and whip heavy cream until it begins to thicken.
12. Add powdered sugar, honey, vanilla and cinnamon and whip until stiff peaks form.
13. Spread whipped topping onto completely cooled cake.
14. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve.
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Recipes from friends:
Peanut Butter Baklava from Crazy for Crust
Maple Pecan Baklava from Bakeaholic Mama
Baklava Brownie Bombs from The Domestic Rebel
Baklava Bites from Lemons for Lulu


  1. Wow! Looks really good ..loved the idea
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  2. I’m so sad we lost! But this cake will definitely help. Poke cake plus baklava equals happiness!
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  3. ARE YOU SERIOUS with this cake?!?! I need it right now!!
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  4. Oh my goodness! This looks so amazing! Pinning right now!
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  5. What a genius poke cake idea!! I’ve got one coming next week, but I’m wishing I had this one in front of me right now!
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  6. Love this! Such an easier way to make Baklava or to have all the flavors in one place :) Gorgeous Lindsay!
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  7. I love how moist and scrumptious this cake looks! Such a clever idea :).
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  8. Mmmm my mom adores baklava but hates the idea of making it. I’ll have to send her this poke cake version ASAP! She’ll be so excited! Thanks for the amazing recipe, Lindsay!! 😀
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  9. Brenda Kirkland says:

    You are a genius! Thanks.

  10. You’re a cake genius! Love this version girl! Pinned!
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  11. Oooo, now this is something special. I am just itching to give this a try!! Brilliance, my dear.
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  12. Oh goodness, this cake looks crazy good, Lindsay! Cinnamon, walnuts, CAKE, YUM!
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  13. Ok, I’ve been stumbling around your blog for a bit this morning drooling, pinning, and sharing on my facebook page, @Crazy Daisy, and thought I’d stop to leave drop you a note! What an insanely delicious beautiful blog you have! Kudos!
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  14. Brenda Kirkland says:

    Made the Baklava Poke Cake. Awesome. The new family favorite. Thank you so much.

  15. Hi. Could you use pistachios instead of walnuts?

    • says:

      The flavor might be a bit different, but if you prefer pistachios go for it! It shouldn’t change anything about making it.

  16. Can’t find the butter pecan cake mix anywhere, any suggestions?

    • says:

      Well that’s a bummer. Have you tried Walmart? They usually have all the things that I can’t find anywhere else. :) If not, you could try adding some butter extract to the a spice cake mix. I imagine some of the flavor is similar, and the butter extract could add a little flavor to it. With or without the butter extract, a spice cake mix might be the next best thing. I think the cake would still be delicious. I’d love to know what you think if you try it – I still am so in love with all the flavors in this cake. :)

  17. April Bunch says:

    Sounds wonderful. one question, can you use cool whip instead of heavy whipping cream?

    • says:

      Yes, you should be able to add the honey and cinnamon to the Cool Whip.

      • April Bunch says:

        Thanks so much for such a timely reply. Will give it a shot with the cool whip. I am a gastric bypass patient and the heavy whipping cream makes me sick.

      • April Bunch says:

        Would I not add the powdered sugar?

        • says:

          Nope. The powdered sugar helps thicken the whipping cream, but Cool Whip is already thick enough. You also shouldn’t need the vanilla. Just the honey and cinnamon.


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