Salted Caramel Gingerbread Poke Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

 

The flavors of gingerbread, salted caramel filling, and pumpkin cream cheese frosting marry to become the ultimate fall and holiday poke cake. This cake is a great snack cake or dessert and it's pretty enough to serve to guests. One taste and you're sure to bring this cake to potlucks all season long.

What you will need

1 (14.5 ounce) gingerbread cake mix (such as Betty Crocker), plus the ingredients called for on package instructions

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies

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